STATUS QUOtes — 20181215

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“To know when to be generous and when to be firm — this is wisdom.” — Elbert Hubbard

“A great chess player is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.” — William Hazlitt

“If Leonardo was alive today I’m convinced he would have a paint and paintbrush sponsor, gallery reps, agents and maybe his own line of brushes and paints. The tools make your work easier, hard work and repetition make your work better.” — Gina Milicia, Professional Photographer

“The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look.” — P.J. O’Rourke

 
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Photography: My Shot — Pine Cones in the Mist

When we plan our hiking and photography trips, we understand that we are most likely going to have some days when the weather is not ideal. Even if it rains, as long as it isn’t a deluge, we carry out our plans to hike. We may elect to alter the selection of trails, but hike we will.

During our adventures in Sequoia National Park, California, we wanted to see a stand of the giant sequoias that were located in the Muir Grove near the end of the Muir Grove Trail. The day was a dreary, drizzly one. To add a bit of drama, we had a map that accessed the trailhead through one of the campgrounds that was unfortunately closed for renovations. Cars were not allowed, but we were told we could walk in.

The construction turned the campground into ghost town and the cloudy, misty, rainy day created an eerie spectacle. Undeterred however, and with most of the landmarks altered or removed, we finally located the trailhead.

As we made our way along the designated path, we came across the beautiful branch pictured below. The two elongated pine cones were dangling in the air. They were posed in such near perfect juxtaposition against the misty background, that I was inspired to take this photograph and I am glad that I did.



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Metadata

File Name: 000031_sequoia_1619.NEF
Capture time: 12:10 PM
Capture date: June 10, 2018
Exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/16
Focal Length: 35mm
ISO: 1250
Camera: Nikon D3300
Lens: 18.0 – 55.0mm f/3.5-5.6
Edited in Lightroom

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BTW – Here is a picture of me by the unbelievably huge sequoia’s near the end of the trail. To give some perspective to the scene, I am nearly six feet tall and I am standing at the base of a single tree.

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STATUS QUOtes — 20181214

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“You can get to the ends of the world on a lie, but you can never go back.” — Russian Proverb

“The sea and wind can at the same time convey my neighbor’s vessel and my own.” — Jean-Baptiste Say

“The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.” — Paul Valery

“Some people have a chip on their shoulder; Billy has a whole lumberyard.” — Jim Murray

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20181213

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“She fought him by reminding herself what her father had said …that they lived in a country where believing had taken the place of knowing.” — Ursula Hegi

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” — Abraham Lincoln

“He has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful.” — Reverend Sydney Smith

 
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Portugal – Evora’s Capela dos Ossos

Evora was established by the Romans and had its halcyon days during the 17th century when the Portuguese royalty became residents. It is noted for the white building facades as well as the popular wrought iron and tile accents.


The city of Ever

One of the major tourist attractions is the Royal Church of St. Francis which, from the exterior, is similar to dozens of other churches one might encounter throughout Portugal. It is located within easy walking distance of the main square.


Royal Church of St. Francis

The building has arched arcades that open to an interior courtyard.


Royal Church of St. Francis - Arcade

Naturally, the church has beautifully detailed altars with ornate artwork.


Royal Church of St. Francis - beautiful altar

What distinguishes the Royal Church of St. Francis from almost every other church in the world is that it houses one of the most famous sights in Evora – the famous Capela dos Ossos (Bones Chapel) dating back to the 1500s.


wall of the Bones Chapel

“The Chapel’s story is a familiar one. By the 16th century, there were as many as 43 cemeteries in and around Évora that were taking up valuable land. Not wanting to condemn the souls of the people buried there, the monks decided to build the Chapel and relocate the bones.” – https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/portugals-chapel-bones


closer look at the skeletons of the Bones Chapel

Rather than trying to create a macabre setting, the monks thought they were paying homage to Evora’s deceased and hoped this would provide a place of tranquility and meditation. Bones were chosen to add decorations to the architectural elements of the chapel.


Skulls embedded in the arch of a support column

Here is a close up of one of the support columns. Note the partial skull, second from the bottom of the frame. This may have been damaged accidentally, but bones have been intentionally removed as collector items and visitors are now restricted from getting too close to the walls.


More skeletal remains in a support column

A very poignant display was of the Pompei-like presentation of the bodies below which, at one time, were hanging from the walls by a ropes as complete desiccated specimens until one fell. Now they rest peacefully in a glass coffins.


a desiccated adult body

There are stories associated with these bodies and you can read about them at the Ancient Origins website.


a desiccated child's body

One can only imagine how many bones are located within this structure and the time and patience it took to construct this edifice.


Another wall of bones

As one leaves the chapel to visit the main sanctuary, a somewhat morbid signs harkens to those leaving:


Inscription - We bones in here wait for yours to join us.

“We bones in here wait for yours to join us.”

 
More things to see and do in Evora in the next Portugal and Spain post!


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Read previous posts about our adventures traveling in Portugal and Spain:

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 1

Portugal – Alfama District, Lisbon Part 2

Portugal – Lisbon Streets & Garden

Lisbon Portugal – The Belem and Tejo River District

Sintra Portugal – National Palace and Quaint Streets

Portugal – Seaside Resort of Cascais

Portugal – Lisbon’s Edward VII Park

Lisbon, Portugal – Walking the Avenue to the Rossio District

Lisbon, Portugal – Unique Gift Shop

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20181212

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.” — Randy Pausch

“Among giants, try and be a dwarf; among dwarfs, try and be a giant; but among equals, try and be an equal.” — Stanislaw Lec

“Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy

“How do migrating birds know which one to follow? What if the lead bird just wants to be alone?” — Bill Bryson

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20181211

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“You bring your own weather to the picnic.” — Harlan Coben, Caught

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” — Margaret Thatcher

“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” — Charles Bukowski

“I definitely rediscovered reading for pleasure by devoting such a large swath of my time to sitting on airplanes. I am now painfully adept at removing my shoes so as to have the least amount of foot surface area touching an airport floor.” — Sloane Crosley

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20181210

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves.” — Al-Ghazali

“If you can’t do anything about it, laugh like hell.” — David Cook

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“Oh my God, seven years of college, down the drain.” — John Belushi

 
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Kicked to the Curb: A Pony for Christmas

Description: I don’t know if you have looked down at the roads and parking lots when you travel, but there are some very interesting items being discarded in these areas. I decided they were worth recording and perhaps discussing a bit. It seems that our current culture is leaving some interesting finds for future anthropologists.


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We are taking a bit of a detour in our “Kicked to the Curb” series to show something else found in a local parking lot.



It looks like someone is getting a very special Christmas present this year.



I’m thinking that the name Lucky is going to apply to more than just the item in the truck. Wouldn’t every child want a pony for Christmas? And this looks like a very special one indeed!

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20181209

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“Take a second look, it costs you nothing.” — Chinese Proverb

“Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.” — Sydney Smith

“To be in love Is to touch with a lighter hand. In yourself you stretch, you are well.” — Gwendolyn Brooks

“Not only do I not know what’s going on, I wouldn’t know what to do about it if I did.” — George Carlin

 
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