Video – What Might Have Been – Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Just the other day a few of us were pondering some of the unknown. We were theorizing about how many times we might have met someone who was in relatively close proximity to us, but a connection was never made. Implied in this thread was the change in our lives that might have occurred had we actually met that certain individual. What impact might they have had on our lives?

A tangent to this line of thinking is how many close calls we might have had in life, but never knew because they never actually happened. Waiting an additional two seconds at a red light might have prevented us from being the victim of a reckless driver or perhaps getting on a subway a stop or two after someone with a disease coughed wildly and spread sickening germs might have spared us an illness. We will never know of course, but it is something to contemplate.

The video below from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows offers similar thoughts about this philosophical realm.

Moment of Tangency: A Glimpse of What Might Have Been

    If two lines are truly parallel,
    it means they’ll never actually meet.

Quoted from the YouTube video of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

Making this episode was a joy, but naturally took forever to find shots that paired up. Sifting through hours of people’s Super8 and 16mm home videos was one of the sweetest wisftully painful pleasures I’ve ever had. If you ever get tired of what the world has come to, browse around on Vimeo for old movies like this. Even just the soft grainy color of the film stock will make your heart ache.

Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan – (2015)

One of the major attractions that we looked forward to on our trip to Japan was a visit to Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion. The original strcuture (Kinkakuji), a Zen Buddhist temple, dates back to the 14th century, but unfortunately it was destroyed by arson. The temple was reconstructed and opened to the public in 1955. It is a beautiful, gold leaf-covered building oriented so the reflection in the surrounding water enhances its beauty.

Looking at the photo of the entrance below, one might think it was raining, but these were “sunbrellas” which proved very popular in Japan.


Golden Pavilion Entrance, Kyoto, Japan

Throughout our trip to Japan in 2015, I was taken in by the architectural elements that were so different from those found in other places I have visited. The very intricate designs incorporating contrasting and complementary materials were very creative as evidenced in this roof detail on a building at the Golden Pavilion compound.


Architectural roof detail, Kyoto, Japan

Here is yet another example


Architectural roof detail, Kyoto, Japan

Of course the main attraction was the Golden Pavilion itself…


Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan


Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

which had some of its very own interesting roof detail in the form of a golden bird.


Golden bird roof detail, Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

There are, of course, other interesting things to see on the compound grounds. The photo below shows a coin toss venue where guests try to get the coins in the metal cup which they hope will bring them good luck. The symbolism of the statues was not clear, but one might intuit that they are religious in nature or at least cultural/spiritual.


Coin Toss at the Golden Pavilion Compound - Kyoto, Japan

The guide explained that the 500+ year old tree below was pruned to resemble a ship and if a bit of imagination is employed, one can imagine a large main sail and perhaps the bow of a ship pointing straight toward the viewer. If you look carefully, you might be able to see the wooden superstructure supporting the branches in the front.


Old tree pruned in shape of a ship. Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

Perhaps a clearer rendering can be seen HERE:

This mound (Hakuja-zuka) in Anmin-taku pond is home for a stone Pagoda.


Stone pagoda at the Golden Pavilion compound - Kyoto, Japan

Naturally a major tourist site such as the Golden Pavilion would have a souvenir stand to offer remembrances for sale. Pictured in pretty gold and red garb were visitors from Bali.


Souvenir stand at the Golden Pavilion Compound - Kyoto, Japan

We mustn’t overlook the religious and spiritual mission of the Golden Pavilion. Fudo Hall is an area where visitors can light incense, ring a bell and ask for blessings.


Fudo Hall, Golden Pavilion compound - Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion is one of those world renowned places that is hard to resist and as such, visitors (including me) seemed compelled to take large numbers of photographs.


One last photograph of the Golden Pavilion - Kyoto, Japan

Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2016 – II

If you would like to read the first part of the 2016 Enchanted Pumpkin Garden story, click HERE

This year’s pumpkin display at the Carefree Sundial garden had a couple of western themed exhibits. Below, we see two pumpkins sitting outside a saloon with decidedly carefree expressions.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

One fruit obviously violated the rules of the house as he was tossed from the card game onto the nearby street!

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Another patron onlooker waved to those strolling by as he continued to enjoy his beverage.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

More macabre is the neighboring gallows where the apparent wrongdoing pumpkin escapes the noose when his stem breaks away. Of course we cannot assume this squash was not deserving the prescribed punishment.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Off to the side, a pumpkin outhouse provides some needed relief .

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A group of pumpkins were hauling hay to a nearby loft. I am not certain they were doing it as efficiently as possible. The rope seemed to serve as a zip line for at least one of the workers.

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A pumpkin parent took her youngster to the nearby general store for a candy.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

At several points along the paths there were artificial saguaros which housed round brine tanks containing carved pumpkins. They were lit for an eerie effect.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Some of the pumpkins just wanted to have fun!

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The sculptors weren’t the only creative types. This jack-o’-lantern painter took up the brush to create signs, but…

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unfortunately, this guy was splattered with some errant paint.

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At a nearby pond, a couple of pumpkins were fishing to relax a for a while.

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Of course there were some real harrowing displays as well. This poor fellow was being roasted. Who would do such a thing?

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

This is the scoundrel who was turning the skewered squash!

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Here we can see the cook in the act!

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Hopefully, this will satisfy his tummy or these pumpkins “in waiting” may also face the heat.

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In another area of the garden, a mad scientist enlisted some of the melons to help pull the switches…

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while the boss mixes elixirs for the holiday celebration.

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Other helpers continued to keep the lab machinery going.

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All of this is just ho hum for some of the resident pumpkins and they found places to rest!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!

 

*NOTE: The pumpkins in the scenes were made using artificial resources to keep them from being eaten by the native wildlife such as Javelinas. Also of note, some of the metal stands supporting the pumpkins in the “scenes” have been removed in the photographs.

Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2016 – I

During this season last year, we visited Carefree, AZ which is just a short distance from our Sonoran Desert home. They had a pumpkin carving/Halloween display and festival that was, as the title indicates, enchanting. I can also add very creative and entertaining.

To read last year’s posts with daytime pictures that are quite different, visit the links below:

Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2015 – I

Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2015 – II

Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2015 – III

We decided to visit the exhibition once again. This year, however we arrived after dark. The nighttime presented several photographic challenges, so I hope you will overlook some of the shots if they are not quite as sharp or colorful as they should be. I think you will enjoy this post (and the next post) which should stimulate the holiday spirit.

When we arrived, it was just at the end of family pumpkin carving time. Professional sculptors had taught the skill of pumpkin carving and families were finishing their individual creations as we made our way to the large rotunda. This is done to raise money for the local “Y.”

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

It is interesting to watch the experts bring out the detailed facial features.

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Why so puzzled or is it sad?

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The previously carved pumpkins were jealously watching as others were getting all of the attention.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

And this little guy didn’t seem to care one way or the other as he sat upon the table. BTW – we were told last year that the appendages were artificial, but made to look real.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

There were plenty of carved pumpkins to see and some burlap-stuffed figures as well. Notice the faint figure in the background.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Here is that burlappy cowboy that was lurking in the previous photo. After all, it is Halloween in the western desert!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

There was a four hundred pound pumpkin on display as you can see…

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And it was very orange and large. Notice the person’s legs on the left for some perspective.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

The family-carved pumpkins were judged and this young fellow was brought up to the stage to have his picture taken with pumpkin carver extraordinaire, Ray Villafane, as he was selected for his excellent carving. I was very impressed to see how well all of the amateur family carvers performed. I don’t think I could have done as well.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

A more traditional October pumpkin scarecrow was propped on the stage to help set the autumnal mood even though it was 90 + degrees that afternoon; pretty scary!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

This figure was sitting on a ledge off to the side and would be easy to miss. He was attempting to play a balancing game with some rocks. Just as a side note…the attention to detail in this exhibit was outstanding!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Instead of scaring passersby, this pumpkin looked as though it was scared of us!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

Below is another view of a pumpkin pictured above. You may notice that the face glistens a bit. A brine mixture is sprayed onto the surface of the pumpkin as a preservative so when visiting the garden, there is a slight vinegar odor, but not unpleasant.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

These pumps were placed in the back of the stage to help provide that Halloween ambiance.

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Not only the pumpkins were golden as..

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several dogs seemed to be enjoying the exhibit as well. This one may be a bit scared!

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Some pumpkins were just enjoying the exhibition. Others, as viewers will see in the next post, were not quite as lucky!

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

We will leave you this day with an onlooking burlap maiden and child which were appropriately dressed for the occasion.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden-2016-Carefree, AZ

View Carefree, AZ – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden , 2016 – Part II


*NOTE:
The pumpkins in the scenes were made using artificial resources to keep them from being eaten by the native wildlife such as Javelinas. Also of note, some of the metal stands supporting the pumpkins in the “scenes” have been removed in the photographs.

Altar Ego – From Church To Skate Park

An abandoned church in Llanera, Spain has been turned into a skate park by a group known as La Iglesia Skate. It started small and picked up advocates along the way and has since been noticed globally.

From Church to Skate Park
Picture courtesy of Church Brigade

Instagram Church Skate
Before and After pictures of Church Transformation to a Skate Park Picture Via Instagram

You can read more of the story here:

Mental Floss

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Video – Bruno – A Home Town Dog

Every once in a while a tale appears about a kindred spirit of one sort or another. This is a true story about a dog who had a rough start in life, but had a need for friendship. He was full of wanderlust and was hard to keep home. Although he apparently loved his adopted family, his heart was much bigger than that and he had more to share with everyone.

Every day for more than a decade, Bruno walked four miles to a nearby town where he made regularly scheduled stops and visited with as many people as he could.

Watch the heartwarming video below for more of the details about how Bruno became a home town hero!


If you want to read even more about Bruno, you can visit OddityCentral and read their story: Legendary Dog Has Been Commuting 4 Miles Every Day for the Past 12 Years to Visit Minnesota Town

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Video – Haru Urara – A Winning Loser of a Horse

This twenty minute (+/-) video shows how the persistence of one horse and her spirit to keep on trying gave courage and faith to a segment of the people of Japan during a very difficult time. Everyone loves a winner, but in this case the horse that wouldn’t win captured everyone’s heart. This short movie has garnered praise from several film festivals. Narrated in Japanese with English subtitles, the video is quite interesting.

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere from The All-Nighter Room on Vimeo.

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USA Disasters – No One Can Rest In Peace

Two pictures of disasters from last week remind all of us that we are closer to disaster than we might like to think

Casket floating in the LA floods
“A casket is seen floating in floodwaters in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, after heavy rains. Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

CA Fires Destroying Homes and Lives
“Flames whipped by strong winds burn though a hillside during the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County, Californi – Patrick Fallon / Reutersa”

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