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Samadhi

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The Samadhi Buddha is a statue situated at Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The Buddha is depicted in the position of the Dhyana Mudra, the posture of meditation associated with his first Enlightenment, also called Nirvana.  In the Dhyana Mudra the Buddha sits cross – legged with his upturned palms placed one over the other on his lap. This position is universally known throughout the Buddhist world, and this statue is therefore one of the most typical pieces of Buddhist sculpture. This statue is 8 feet in height and carved from granite.

Nelson Mandela kept a well worn photo of the Samadhi Buddha in his prison cell and his meditations on it are credited by some who knew him with tempering the fiery spirit of his early years before imprisonment..

Entrance to Thorin’s Halls

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Seattle Transit Tunnel, Westlake Station

The Dowtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) is used by light rail and buses alike and this station is beneath Westlake Mall and Nordstroms. At this particular station about 10,000 people per week board the trains and buses running in both directions.

The small image below, from the DSTT website, shows both types of transportation in the tunnel at the same time but on separate tracks. As far as I know, there is only one other multi-use transit tunnel in the U.S. It’s too bad the Alaska Way Viaduct (AWV) replacement tunnel project isn’t going as well as this one did. The AWV project is a total cock-up on the order of Boston’s Big Dig project.Seattle-Transit-Tunnel

Fifty Shades of White

lrexp-dsc_9989-edit-edit-2-edit-20100310-2In Black & White photography, one of the challenges is to get all the shades of grey that are inherent in a particular image to display correctly. But, for me this is less of a problem than getting all the “shades of white” to stand out. It’s especially a problem in snow scenes and white flowers. These white orchids took a bit of time in Lightroom to come out the way I originally saw them with my naked eye.
And perhaps no color is so hard to be perceived as intended on multiple computer screens. In fact, every one looking at this right now is probably seeing it a little differently, even on calibrated monitors.
The following example shows the complexity in rendering and perceiving “white”. Some of us will see shades of red or blue in some of these samples.

My photo at the top of this post was taken in a large, high ceiling nursery. The staff there tolerated me dragging my tripod around the display tables, but they frowned on me moving plants around to suit my purposes. So a hand-held, off camera flash was my only option. And that at the lowest possible output that would  show the surface texture without totally blowing out the highlights.