Nazca Lines of Homewood at Plum Creek. I made this image from a picture of our driveway. The lines were made by snow plows last winter.
It was more fun to photograph the Nazca Lines from the air when we were in Peru in 2006.
I just read some more about the Nazca Lines in Peru in Wikipedia. They have found even more of them since we were there, but they still aren’t sure of why they were made.
I don’t think I posted my aerial pictures of the Nazca Lines so I might reprocess the pictures using the latest version of LR CC and post some of them.
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of my two trips into the Amazon. This book is a memoir about a young couple who were traveling in South America in the 1970s. I’d like to go back, but I would need a fellow traveler who likes heat, humidity, and insects. I would like to take a better camera the next time; but, I was amazed by the pictures Holly took with a film camera. You would also be amazed that the pictures and camera survived the trip after their plane crashed and they went down the river on a balsa raft.
I took some pictures in 2001 in Peru with a small film camera. I have since lost the negatives and prints and digital files that were made from scans. All that I have left are the images in my blog and they are only 800 pixels in the longest dimension.
I have been continuing to see what I could do with them and have made a couple of color prints that are now on my wall; but I continue to see if I can make them better. This morning I tried B&W and I think I like these better.
You have to consider that they were originally 35mm film negatives that were printed and then scanned and then downsized to put in my blog and then extracted from Word Press.com and then converted to B&W and then upsized to 8×10 at 300 pixels per inch and then reduced again for use in my blog as you see them above. Ridiculous isn’t it, but since it is unlikely that I will ever go back to get better images, this is the best that I have been able to do so far. I may go back and rework the whole set of them since I think this style of B&W fits the old architecture.
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”
― Laozi, Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching
That is the way of nature. It lets the Amazon River take its’ course. It meanders, changing course slightly year by year. It also raises and lowers each year, sometimes as much as 60 feet from high to low. That is how it survives and nourishes the plants and animals along its course. It is only man who foolishly tries to dam its tributaries and thus brings ruin to a marvelous ecosystem.
“Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.”