Monday, January 16, 2012

Open to the experience

"To receive everything, one must open one's hand and give." 
--Taisen Deshimaru
Linking up with Texture Tuesday over at Kim Klassen's cafe.
offering jars at Wat Pho
processed with three layers of Kim Klassen's "Warm Sun" texture
(overlay @50%, linear burn @75%, and linear light @11%)

Here are some images from our first day in Thailand:  a visit to Bangkok's Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha.
flowers for sale outside the temple

an offering tree

miniature Buddha beside the great reclining statue

I fell in love with the peaceful, gentle nature of this country! 
 (Is it possible to be a Christian Buddhist?)

19 comments:

I'm Veronica said...

all these are lovely with these rich textures and colors.

nancyjean said...

you have captured these offering pots just beautifully. It must be an amazing place. thank you for sharing its beauty.

Susan said...

What beautiful pictures and texture.

Hope your day is blessed♥

Bella said...

These are all so beautiful!

Kathy said...

THAILAND??!!?? You are my travel hero! :) I love the richness of the colors and the textures you chose compliments the photos perfectly. I hope you will be posting more photos of Thailand soon...would love to see them :) Have a great day.

Kathy

Pat said...

Oh boy, I'm drooling over these pictures. I've got to put Thailand on my Bucket List!

Michelle Renee said...

Lovely texture work.

Angie said...

Kathleen, these images are exquisite. They do give a feeling of gentleness and the image of the flowers is just beautiful. So much feeling in these images. Lovely texture work, too!

johanna said...

wonderful pictures... hope to see more...
and i think if we are open for religious things, we can find many similarities between christianity and buddhism. i know that there are christian monks spending some time in buddhist monasteries f.e.

Becs said...

Love your images and your interpretation for 'open'.

elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos and texture work!

Kia said...

Ciao Kathleen! Thanks for stopping by :)

I just ♥ your images and your interpretation for "open" :) That miniature Buddha is exquisite!

So happy you are taking BL! I got Kim's first email... and I got the "writer's block"! Argh!

Have a lovely Wednesday ahead!

Sharon said...

Exotic, rich, and lovely photos! The textures enhance the shots beautifully!

georgia b. said...

i really love that first photo! and i so love your profile blurb... it's the best!

came her via kk's texture tuesday, and so glad i did! great blog! i'm your newest follower and fan!

georgia b. said...

oh, by the way... lucky you to have had the chance to go to thailand! i would love to visit... not just because of the food {it's my favorite cuisine... thai food}, but because of all the things you've shown here... just a peaceful, yet rich in color culture.

my brother went there shortly after the big tsunami years back... to help with the relief efforts.

hmmmm... i've heard of a marriage of christianity with buddhism. there are many who practice it. but growing up in a christian home, i was always raised to believe that is not right... "thou shalt have no other God's..." but i do know it exists as an actual religion... or blend of.

geetlee said...

Bangkok is a special place. I have some great memories of my trip there, years back.
Thank you for sharing the lovely images and the beautiful quote :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a wonderful opportunity and these photos are wow! Thanks so much for stopping by Kathleen. Hope you are having a great day. :)

SMcB said...

Super photos, thanks for sharing

Sivinden said...

Beautiful pictures and quote!
Buddhism changed my life:)