Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kathmandu, Nepal: Homecomings

Kathmandu 9/26/09

There’s something about Kathmandu that just makes everything all right. After chasing the sunrise from the other side of the planet and being somewhat exhausted and overwhelmed, Kathmandu is utterly energizing. The last thing I want to do is sit still while life happens around me. So out we go, to Swayambunath Temple.

Along the way there’s this oversized painted door, and an undersized square room. In the middle of the room is a floor to ceiling prayer wheel, rotating gently clockwise. The idea is to walk around it and with it clockwise also. Odd how it works, but it does. I go around, and come out the same door I walked in, only moments later, but with a heartbeat half the speed and an instant relaxation and groundedness. It’s like taking a plunge into the ocean - the immediate sensation (for me anyway) that this is where I belong, this planet is my home, and everything is all right. The simple act of walking around a prayer wheel, or stepping into the ocean, both equal homecomings.

A dog barks through the night. In the room next door, a prayer is said aloud for all people in the house. Further down the road, hundreds of goats are awaiting to sacrifice their lives for the festival of Dashain. A few firecrackers echo in the valley. And I’ve just signed off Skyping with my daughter, who had her toes painted at a birthday party yesterday. Her sun is rising, and mine has set. Goodnight Kathmandu. It's good to be back.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kids Around the World: Kenya's Kids

My "Kids Around the World" photos this week are from Kenya, featuring Maasai children of the Mara and Samburu regions.

Wonder what is a little different about the children in this photo at left? Follow the link to read my journal entry written on the day I photographed these children, just north of Isiola - the "Last Town".

Happy Photo Friday to my friends at Delicious Baby! This is the last chance I have to post a Photo Friday "Kids Around the World" installment before I am heading around the world myself! Well, halfway anyway, first to Nepal, then on to China, for the next 6 weeks. In Nepal I will have plenty of kids to blog about, as I will be filming a documentary feature at two orphanages in Kathmandu. I may not have time nor means to link up for a few Fridays, but I will be posting articles and images from my travels as I am able, so be sure to become a follower (at right) or sign up for my RSS feed so you can keep posted!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Kid + Camera = Aquarium Fun!

Cape Town, South Africa boasts a great attraction for kids and cameras - the Two Oceans Aquarium located right at the Waterfront. For this week's "Kids Around the World" post, once again, I feature my own kid as she follows in my footsteps...rather, I follow in hers!

My shot:

Her shot:

My Shot:

Her Shot:

She takes great video too!

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