Friday, February 25, 2011

What sky?

This is the view out my window through a piece of stained glass because there is no sky to be seen today.

SkyWatch Friday has the colors of the rainbow in it every week.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A February Walk with Animals

Brogan and Skipper were so excited that I decided to walk down to the mailbox today!  It's a beautiful sunny day and almost above freezing.  Brogan loves to play with Skipper, but Skipper is overwhelmed by Brogan's size.

 Ringo was curious to see what we were doing, but not curious enough to come along with us.

We are still sending out prayers to the world for everyone to be happy and free from suffering.

 You can see the snow is still piled high on the side of the road.

Skipper is showing his enthusiasm for the walk again, what a smile!

There were lots of interesting shapes from the shadows and shining snow crystals from the sun.

And even a snow sculpture in the shape of a guinea pig!

That's MyWorld today!  How are things in your neck of the woods?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Taktshang - Tiger's Nest Monastery

How is it that this post never got posted?  I just found it in my draft section because I was looking for these pictures.  These are from our trip to Bhutan three years ago.

Queen of All She Surveys?

Almost there means another big push to the top of the stairs!

Getting closer.....

There it is!
Paul in front of the prayer wheel

Kuenzang on the left and Chhimi on the right

Quite often when you see a picture of Bhutan, it's a shot of Taktshang, the Tiger's Nest Monastery. It is perched dramatically on the side of a cliff. The trail is spectacular not only for the scenery but the for the prayer flags, chortens and prayer wheels that line the way. Of course, it is also very steep, sometimes narrow and rocky in parts. Our guide, Chhimi Rinzin and driver, Kuenzang Dorji, were my "bodyguards." They walked with me and helped me along the way. At first I was really embarrassed about it but eventually I became grateful for their kind assistance.

As you can see, we slowly get closer and closer. Once we arrive, the best is yet to come. Thanks to a letter of introduction from Lama Thupten from the Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa in Salt Lake, we were able to go inside and meet the head lama of the monastery. This was a very rare honor and privilege. Young monks served us tea and cookies while Chhimi translated for us. We received the lama's blessing and went on our way feeling refreshed physically and spiritually.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Driving home on a winter afternoon

Rock formation

 Cloud formation

Turn right or left?

The scenery here is never boring, neither are the skies featured in SkyWatch Fridays.