"The modern world is a hypnotizing heap of neon lights shining brightly in the eyes of conforming masses. But some fall through the cracks . . . into little personal universe of simple pleasures." Hengki Koentjoro
An example of which we see above: a pleasing architecture of integrated form and color.
Sitting here, listening to the rain, watching it run down the windows and the haziness in the distance, a grey, grey, monochromatic morning, and yet almost pleasant. Great sleeping or just daydreaming weather!!
A man may be on the way to the truth, just in virtue of his doubting. George MacDonald
I know there are many who live here in Florida who claim to miss this color, but I must admit I doubt it--given what comes after it . . .
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
Through whom you brighten up the night,
How beautiful is he, how gay! Full of power and strength.
Francis of Assisi
Gary Snyder: "There is nothing like stepping away from the road and heading into a new part of the watershed. Not for the sake of newness, but for the sense of coming home . . 'Off the trail' is another name for the Way, and sauntering off the trail is the practice of the wild."
Gary Snyder wrote: "(Dogen's) mountains and streams are the processes of this earth, all of existence, process, essence, action, absence; they roll being and nonbeing together . . .For those who would see directly into essential nature . . . (must see) what is before our eyes: plain thusness . . . No hierarcy, no equality. No occult and exoteric . . . No wild and tame, no bound or free, no natural or artificial. Each totally its own frail self. Even though connected all which ways; even because connected all which ways.
This, thusness, is the nature of the nature of nature. The wild in the wild."
(Dogen was a Zen master who wrote the "Mountains and Waters Sutra".)
"The cities rise and fall and rise again
From storm and quake and fire and bomb . . .
And all that growing up and burning down
Hangs in the void a little knot of sound." Gary Snyder
Two more urban views: one is Tampa's riverwalk and the other is the bridge from downtown Clearwater (to the extent that such a thing exists) to the beach: