Aglow

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Photo: S. Levenberg

 

Beaches with sprawling, gentle surf are among my favorite things in the world. Long, shallow waves that coat expanses of sand evoke an instant relaxation response in me, and this glowing photo taken in Australia is no exception. The light on the water deepens the magic and transports me to time before time and this very moment in time, where the steady breath of the ocean pulses the very heartbeat of Earth and moon and sun.

 

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Scaled Contrast

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Photo: Atara Katz

 

I am mesmerized by this photo of the guide guiding other guides in the Judea Desert. His finger is pointing at the very small spot their location represents, onto a map where the complete area isn’t much larger than the square mileage of New Jersey …

I love how his exacting indication contrasts with the vast dunes, hills, and mountains undulating far into the horizon behind him … How the vivid topographical colors on the map contrast with the subdued palette of the landscape …

To me this photo also tells the story of the limited perception one may have of the true scale of things: The size of our cells in relation to our body; our human form compared to the vast Earth; the Earth’s size in the Milky Way; our galaxy as a dot among other dots scattered through the universe like barely a pinprick on a map.

 

 

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The Bewitching Hour

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Bathed in magic purple light turned pink turned orange-gold,

Along the banks of river swam since days of old,

A raft of mama-ducks leisure their ducklings home.

 

 

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Walkabout

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

In the monotonous pace of desert hikes, there lies a meditative calm: as wispy trails rise and descend, as footpaths curl around a bend, as dirt turns palettes of light and shade, as layers pressed in rock clutch eras so long gone, they are quite literally written in stone.

 

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Pedestrian

 

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

This photo makes me smile.

The vistas and the light and play of shade and stream and sun, yes … But more than anything, the path and the story it tells: the measured step of the dad with the baby on his back, keeping one eye on the older one; the exuberant skip of the boy; the plastic bag tied to the father’s carrier, containing who knows what but probably some leftover drink and snack; the other people in the background, strolling, skipping, taking in the fresh air and the sights.

A timeless story. Set in any place, in every language. Humans walking from one place to another, the oldest mode of transport since we’d swung down from the trees to become bipedal and free up our hands.

 

 

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Life in a Window

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

The stories told

In windows.

The sound of small feet

Represented

In a princess nightgown

Drying

Sheltered

By other clothing

Under a small awning

Behind

Weathered bars

Bracketed by

An antenna

And a plant.

 

 

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Layer Not

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Photo: Ofir Asif

 

Some photos of a layered world aren’t pretty. Some are there to remind us of history that shouldn’t have happened yet did: People stacked in slave ships’ holds. People forced to march. People warehoused in concentration camps. People massacred. People just like us … stripped of dignity. Dehumanized.

And yet. People they each were. Each one a universe of thoughts and soul and feelings. Each one worthy. Each a human being.

Layered in the bowels of our collective histories are memories that hurt as the agony they resurrect is peeled away so they be seen. And yet they may be there exactly to remind us what we should know … and never repeat.

 

 

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Mighty Layered

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

In the mighty desert

Old times loom.

Layers of crushed history

Pressed by ancient rain

By ash and mud

Bones and sand.

Carved craters

Cleaved by flaming travelers

Hurling from

Beyond the sun.

Pressed down eras

Sandwiched by eternity

And painted

In primordial

Deposits:

Iron

Copper

Lime.

 

 

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