When I woke up to the snow on Wednesday morning, I knew I’d have to work quickly to photograph the magical scene. As soon as I stepped out the door I could hear the snow melting. Yeongcheon isn’t dealing with the heaps of snow my friends in Gangwon-do are dealing with. Actually the snow was mostly gone by Wednesday afternoon.
The following pictures are descriptions of what the snow revealed to me.
Samsoon waits patiently as I get the right shot.
The moss woke up for a moment.
On the right, the snow reveals a lone grave.
Samsoon is getting bored with my photography. *yawn
Once again the snow reveals layers you would miss without it.
In my last entry for the “Object“ photo challenge, my objects were more on the abstract, unnatural side. Now we go back to the beach on Tioman Island, Malaysia and find objects that are still abstract, yet this time, all natural.
The objects are worth a close look. Click on a picture to see a slideshow of the gallery.
After a long hiatus from WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt has pulled me back in: object. During my family’s recent trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia, I found many curious objects washed up on the shore.
Based on my pictures, you may think the beach was filthy. This is not the case. This is how beautiful the beach was.
I just happened to find a small treasure filled patch. Perhaps, the rough rainy season waves were the cause of these little quirks.
I’m just keeping the legs
Taking out the good china
Then on a little hike to “town”, I found this bike chain melted into to asphalt. It was a hot day, but not this hot.
For this week’s photo challenge, Good Morning!, let me take you through my Sunday morning.
When I stepped outside this morning, this little guy was at the door. Mystery solved about the faint knocking sound I heard previously. The knock of a praying mantis is nothing like its grip. ;-)
This morning’s breakfast was a bit more special than usual. Yesterday we went to Gyeongju, and this ancient city is well-known for its famous, Gyeongju Bbang (bread). Each time I go there, I pick some up. Although it’s usually eaten as a snack, in my opinion, it makes for a hearty breakfast. The perfect companion to a strong coffee.
Don’t let them fool you. That isn’t chocolate. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste.
After breakfast, it’s time for my morning meditation: sit for a bit and then journal.
And now, my Sunday is coming to an end. If you’re in the Western hemisphere, your Sunday is just beginning. Have a wonderful Sunday!
Before coming to Korea, I had a short career as a fire performer: I did workshops (my first teaching experience I think) and performances in my community, and I once busked at a jazz festival. I haven’t spun in about 6 years. My speciality was spinning fire poi.
When Byongchan and I went to Thailand recently, we sat down at an outdoor market for dinner. We didn’t expect to see the performance you see below. Watching him spin, I was flooded with memories of a time that seemed so foreign. He reminded me of how much I loved spinning. He reminded me of the long hours I used to spend practicing, and how hours passed by like minutes. I recalled the joy I used to feel when I finally got a new move.
Well, thanks to this bit of nostalgia, I am picking up poi again.
Now, please enjoy the Thailand fire show, and scroll down for a performance of my very own.
Below is a video of me spinning LED poi at the SIT El Café in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. It’s not the best lighting, but it is a dear moment. The voices in the background are voices I hold dear in my heart. They are the voices of my dear MA TESOL friends, and they remind me of a night we all shared a little piece of ourselves. This is my little piece.