No moss growing under me, that’ for sure! lol. The last few days in Bhutan were just as wonderful as the first part, but I ran out of time to do much editing/posting. Then we hit home and had to edit the edited manuscript of the book. That kept me busy through Sunday when we left to come to Yosemite. Still working on the book edit, here, ironically, but the view out the ‘office’ window is of high cliffs, blue sky, clouds, and well it’s not bad!!
This image is Paro with it’s fortress, or dzong, below the prayer flags from an overlook. I can’t wait to delve into the 5000 pics I took while there. Lots of winter work to do now.
Yosemite is our last workshop/tour for the year and I’m actually looking foward to getting other things caught up in Nov-January before we begin again with Death Valley first on the list for 2012. Schedule of other events still being finalized but you can see more info at the Workshops and Tours link on this site.
There are two types of prayer flags in Bhutan: The string of five different colored flags, where blue corresponds with the sky, white with clouds, red with fire, green with water and yellow with earth. It is believed that the special blessing power of the mantras printed on them is spread all over the world by the wind, bringing benefits and happiness to those touched by them. By putting up prayer flags for the benefit and happiness of all being one can gain merits for the next life.
The white, tall flags have mantras printed on them but they are for honoring the dead – and placed in an auspicious place chosen for good winds to carry the wishes and spirit of the deceased into the next life.
In a nutshell, perhaps more than you wanted to know! Yes, home safe and you, too, from Mexico! New book will be co-authored with Jed, and about photography closer to home…due out in August 2012.
Thanks for commenting, John!
Are the prayer flags connected in any way to Day of the Dead celebrations? Love the near far relationship with the flags and town. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog Bren. Glad you’re home safely. Looking forward to another Tharp book! You know how much I love your first one and recommend it to all my students.