Sunday, August 30, 2009

What a Colorful World!

Everytime I gaze at the world around me, I see the world as a colorful place - full of vivid and lively hues making my sight so valuable.

Unlike other creatures who can see a few shades only, we are so privileged to be granted the capacity to see a multitude of colors.

For example, dogs are said to have dichromatic vision. They see the colors of the world as basically yellow, blue and gray. Compared to humans, they are "color blind", per se. However, experts estimate that we can distinguish perhaps as many as 10 million colors! Yes, the human eye can distinguish a lot of hues!

Taking advantage of this ability, I captured multi-colored things around me, and came up with these shots.

Elephant stuffed toys in all shades!

Choose stoned containers of all hues.

Accessorize and colorize!

I'm blooming and life is colorful ;)

Yes, to everything (and everyone) who makes my life colorful, thanks a bunch! :)

May everyone have the colorful life we've always wanted. ;)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Images of all Colors

Ebony and Ivory. (B&W)

Two distinct identities which were seldom put together due to racial discrimination. True, racism poisons the community and negatively harms all of us in different ways. Blatantly hateful actions arise due to discrimination, affecting pursuits in worldwide progress.

But it’s good to know that there is an organization which develops racial awareness in everything it does. It is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Distributing publications worldwide, it caters to a vast market yet always takes into consideration its readers and the issues that lie within.

An article making copies which adapt to the regions which they will be shipped.

Not only the persons are considered, but also the settings of the photos.

There is no snow in the second copy. (To be shipped to African regions where there is no snow)

Racial awareness and culture are really considered.

Skin tone, even of partial exposure, are also significant.

Thus, magazines of all kinds...

...and even tracts (or smaller publications) are also customized for different cultures.

Extensive studies and efforts are carried out in order to come up with these results. The goal? To reach the hearts of all sorts of people without offending others or causing conflicts. So, the next time these publications with "images of all colors" reach your doors, please feel free to appreciate it.

Truly a remarkable provision!

Gazing at Her

Again, I saw this lady.

She was staring at me with her expressive eyes, and a special beam within her.
Her curious expression seemed to search me for answers to her questions.
Her light and cheerful expression took me away for a second, and I was captivated by the sincerity in her.

I smiled, amused by her looks, and she smiled back.

Now I realized that she is an individual who has grown up, who has faced realizations in life, and has already stepped into a stage in her life. Despite the changes she had made, her sweet smile still shows that she has ventured into challenging and exciting phases in life, yet she never forgets to share happiness with others.

As I looked at her, I felt her bliss and inner peace.

And as I gazed and smiled at her, watching her every move, I felt at ease.

Tomorrow, I will see her again.

Tomorrow, I will look again at the mirror.

Captured a Red Lady ;)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An Extraordinary Garden

We read from Science books that plants grow because of the proper mix of air, water and sunlight. However, experience teaches us that plants grow well because of the gardener’s TLC (tender, loving care). Yes, gardening is an interesting hobby, not only for “domesticated” individuals, but also for the outgoing ones.

I was amused and privileged to see two exemplary gardens during my visit to 2 provinces in Japan – Ebina and Chiba. These gardens were called the GARDEN of BIBLE PLANTS.

Created by Bible-oriented individuals, these gardens include the major plants mentioned in the Bible.

1. THE FIG TREE was to be found in the first garden ever planted on our earth. Our first human parents started us off in eating this delicious fruit, the fig. Quite out of the ordinary, the first clothing that our first parents, Adam and Eve, wore for a short time to cover their loins was made from fig leaves, sewn together.

2. The OLIVE TREE was unquestionably one of the most valuable plants in Bible times, of equal importance with the vine and the fig tree. (It appears early in the Bible record; following the Flood it was an olive leaf brought back by a dove that indicated to Noah the recession of the waters.

3. The VINE was mentioned bu Jesus. On the night when he drank wine for the last time with eleven of his loyal companions, he said the following significant words: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator. I am the vine, you are the branches.”

There were more Bible plants in these gardens, and I’m giving you the chance to explore more of these plants. C’mon, let’s start making a research on the Bible. ;)

Credits to WTLib2008 for some lines.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Colorful Prisms

Prisms are inevitably heartwarming for they twinkle with exquisite colors that make the eyes ponder upon its beauty for a moment.

This is what I felt after looking at this lighted lamp above me.

I realized that at some point in time, we give off vibrant and exquisite colors to delight others. Inside our hearts, there is a switch; which when turned on, makes the surroundings extraordinarily colorful.

Yes, life is colorful.
Life is warm and glowing and beautiful.

If we only turn on the switch inside us, we can make a difference!

I am happy that I made a lot of lives colorful. I am happy that I made a difference in others. I am happy that I shared my life with others and gave them a reason to straighten out their paths. I am so grateful and blessed for we are all living in a colorful world. Giving off the vibrant colors is a symbiotic relationship – we all benefit from life’s colorful glow. Thanks for turning on the switch inside me ;)