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Postcards from the Valley

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Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:19 am

Hi all

This thread has been a long time coming.
Thanks to Venerable Pesala and Poto, here is a panorama view of the part of the Fingal Valley, Tasmania I have been haunting these last few months. This photo was taken on the 1st Sept and shows about 300 degrees of view. Unfortunately, with this resolution, some of the detail is lost which includes a cottage on the other side of the man-made lake. The geographic features from left to right inc. Mt Foster, St Paul's Dome and then to the right of the lake are the flood-plains down to the South Esk.

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From time to time, I'll include some additional photos where I've tried to capture the mood and beauty of this place.
Your comments are welcome - either here, on my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/people/benoloughlin/ or my practice diary: http://benoloughlin.wordpress.com/
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby christopher::: » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:00 am

wow. just beautiful, ben. many birds there?
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:13 am

Hi Chris

Thanks!
Yes, lots of birds. We've got a family group of black swans who live on site as well as cormorants, wild ducks and coots. Around campus we get lots of blue wrens, crows, cockatoos and kookaburras.

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This one was taken about a week ago, early morning before the fog had a chance to disperse.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Dan74 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:49 am

Gorgious panorama, WOW!!!

(I'd crop it to remove the black - pedantic photographer here, sorry)
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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:00 pm

Hi Dan
Thanks for your comments!
Yes, it was just a first attempt and I was just keen to share it.
I've got three other photos of part of the same scene in wet weather that I want to stitch together.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Annapurna » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:04 pm

It's awesome, Ben!

Kudos!
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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:19 pm

Thanks Anna,
I'm currently trying to upload 108 resized photos to flickr which could take all night as my service has been slowed to 64kb.
I think some of the photos have merit and some...not so great!
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Annapurna » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:26 pm

I know the feeling! Stayed up last night until 2 and now I feel ... :zzz:
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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Admiral » Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:37 pm

Waow, awesome picture!
Looks like a wonderful place to spend time, indeed :anjali:

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby bodom » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:32 pm

Very nice Ben! :thumbsup:

Looking forward to more from you.

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To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby christopher::: » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:15 pm

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:29 pm

Thanks Chris

Here's another one (not a panorama this time!)
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Early morning on the floodplain of the South Esk River a few hundred metres north of the campus.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby christopher::: » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:38 pm

That's nice! Your photos remind me of one of my favorite talks from Ajahn Chah...

http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Dhamma_Nature1.php
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby alan » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:26 pm

Looks like a very peaceful area.
I like that stitched pan--any special software required?
*cancel that question, just checked your blog*

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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:23 pm

:thumbsup:

Beautiful; looks like a great place to meditate.
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Re: Postcards from the Valley

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:41 pm

Thanks guys.
I'm going to make my way down back there in about an hour with Quinn. Its school holidays down here.
We'll go down for three days and spend time together, alone. We'll have a lot of time to spend together when I'm not working.
I think the chess set's going to get a serious workout!
Yes David, it is a great place to meditate. The campus is set back from the road by about 1km (approx). You occassionally hear agricultural machinery of the neighbours and the sheep next door, but apart from that, its silent except for the sound of birds. Night is a lot noisier. In the cabin I'm in, I have possums jumping around on the roof and I've got a rabbit warren directly underneath me. One could very easily get spooked by the night time noise and believe the place is haunted.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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