pollyfern:

Finished! This painting will also be available to purchase in my online shop when it opens in a few weeks time #mushrooms #toadstools #miniature #painting #drawing #illustration #ink #watercolour #gouache

pollyfern:

Finished! This painting will also be available to purchase in my online shop when it opens in a few weeks time #mushrooms #toadstools #miniature #painting #drawing #illustration #ink #watercolour #gouache

Inspiration from the Dalai Lama

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Protect the Sacred #MMIW

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Protect the Sacred #MMIW

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Worth Reading

Misty Mountain Journey

Sunday & Monday

We left Thamel early this morning and took a taxi to a nearby bus park where we found a bus to take us to Pokhara for five bucks each. The brakes are pretty squeaky but these are the typical buses everyone takes. We stopped a few times on our way out of the city and people kept hopping on the bus to sell us snacks. There was a man with one arm begging for money as well as a tiny woman with a baby. The bus market temporarily ended after the newspaper guy. Not too long after a musician steps on and starts singing and playing his violin-like instrument with much enthusiasm. We are driving through misty, cloudy mountains and the rain is sprinkling. There are so many dogs running around everywhere over here. They’re often curled up sleeping on the sides of the streets or trotting around in a small dog pack. It’s common to see cows, chicken, and goats here. There’s so much rubble, piles of bricks and garbage in the city and many people making their living selling items to travelers. Lots of people wear mouth covers to protect against city smog. I cannot believe the views along this bus ride. The mountains are lush and green with rice paddies in some areas and terraced hill sides. The road is winding and packed with buses and motorbikes. The dense forest is thick with tall trees, brightly colored flowers, and fruit trees. We lucked out being on a bus that is not crowded. (For most of the ride!) Joe and I both have window seats for the journey. I am the luckiest woman in the world to be able to travel with the love of my life. It is my first time traveling and I am learning a lot already. There are many things I take for granted and one of them being having easy access to clean water. This bus ride is both breathtakingly gorgeous and terrifying. Everybody passes each other speeding up and playing chicken with oncoming traffic. Just as I wrote this I looked up to see a bus coming our way having to swiftly dodge us and I decided it is best for me to look at the incredible landscape all around me…around seven hours later we arrive in Pokhara and take a taxi to the lakeshore and luck out once again! The man who gave us the taxi ride brought us to his family run guesthouse with a beautiful view of Phewa Lake, Pokhara World Peace Pagoda, and Machhapuchchhre Peak (it has an elevation of 22,943 ft.). Our room is only 600 rupees (6 USD) since it is the off-season and has AC, two beds, private bathroom, and a balcony. We did some guesthouse hunting which was pretty fun and discovered how fortunate we are to have this inexpensive nice room. Time to go out for lunch and hike to the World Peace Pagoda :)

Royal Kumari 

Kathmandu, Nepal

“Terence McKenna”

No one knows how it is that I can command my hand to make a fist and that it will do that. I mean, that’s mind over matter: That’s the violation of every scientific principle in the books… The body is the nexus of the mystery of life. And our culture takes us out of the body, and sells our loyalty into political systems, into religions, into inanimate objects and machines, collections, so forth and so on. The felt experience of the body is what the psychedelics are handing back to us; that’s why it’s called escape, because it’s escape from HBO, from walking the mall, from seeing what’s on the tube, from consuming trash media—it’s escape from all of that, into the authenticity of the body

Durbar Square

Walking around Thamel

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Traveling with Joe is a dream come true. Yesterday we arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal and took a taxi to Thamel where the streets are narrow and bustling with cars, motorbikes, and people. We’re here during the end of the wet monsoon season so we lucked out that the rain didn’t start pouring til the evening. It wasn’t hard finding a reasonable guesthouse with a nice room when the people who run them approached us to check it out and it turned out to be just right. I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed at first when we explored the crowded streets of Kathmandu, but then I learned to walk fast- not only to dodge the motorbikes but to keep up with Joe and it makes getting through the busy streets easier. As we walked around we were shown how to spin the prayer wheels- counterclockwise and ventured to Durbar Square where there are many beautiful temples and birds flying everywhere. We ate some momo served in leaf bowls, traditional Nepalese food,for dinner and had a seat at one of the temples steps. People were sitting all over waiting for something it seemed and as we waited the square grew more and more loud and filled with people. Drummers walked into the square from all directions and played for quite some time. There was an older man dancing while smoking in one of the drum circles with a big goofy grin that made us smile. All of a sudden Lakhey, the traditional dancing Nepalese demon comes parading with a large red demon mask on and the crowds go wild with excitement for him. The Lakhey’s job is to lead the way for the Kumari’s chariot. The Royal Kumari of Kathmandu is worshipped as a living goddess, the manifestation of the divine female energy Durga. It turns out that yesterday was the first day of the Indra Jātrā festival, which is a religious celebration observed by Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists. Joe and I wanted to get something to drink and make our way back to the guesthouse and ended up getting stuck parading behind the Kumari’s chariot which was really fun and exciting to see the Nepalese throwing flowers from their windows and doorsteps and the energy in the crowded streets. Small children were doing cartwheels and the drummers followed behind. Eventually we were able to squeeze our way back and relax for the night. Today has been wonderful also. The food here is amazing and cheap. Today the rains came in a downpour as we searched for a rain jacket for Joe and took refuge and had a delicious snack until it slowed down then walked through the puddles and shared some curry for lunch at a hidden little restaurant called Chili’s. Tomorrow we’re planning on heading to Pokhara and today figuring out the bus situation. The Nepalese are very warm and welcoming. Although the city is very exciting, we are looking forward to seeing the nature and being in less crowded places. This is still so surreal. Nepal is green and breathtaking and a lovely place to be! Pictures to come soon.

terramantra:

Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous.

terramantra:

Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous.

D O G S !!!!! :)

D O G S !!!!! :)

primatefacts:

An itty-bitty baby marmoset, from ZooBorns:

While their tiny size and inquisitive eyes make marmosets adorable, they also make them a frequent target for the illegal pet trade. Native to South and Central America, many species of marmoset are endangered thanks in part to this kind of poaching. So as cute as they are, remember they are meant to be admired from a distance!

primatefacts:

An itty-bitty baby marmoset, from ZooBorns:

While their tiny size and inquisitive eyes make marmosets adorable, they also make them a frequent target for the illegal pet trade. Native to South and Central America, many species of marmoset are endangered thanks in part to this kind of poaching. So as cute as they are, remember they are meant to be admired from a distance!