Friday, October 24, 2014

Kinugawa River Contemplation 鬼怒川

Kinugawa River 鬼怒川
Tochigi Prefecture 栃木県

Photographs (c) 2014 Bruce Behnke

Thursday, October 23, 2014

autumn on the Kinugawa River

Autumn begins on the Kinugawa River
Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

Photo: Bruce Behnke
(c) 2014 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

toyokawa inari shrine 豊川稲荷


toyokawa inari shrine
toyokawa, japan
(eastern aichi prefecture)

Despite the torii gate at the entrance, and the popular identification of its main image of veneration with Inari Okami, (the Shinto kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, industry and worldly success,) the institution is a Buddhist temple and has no overt association with the Shinto religion.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mt. Fuji from Shimizu, Japan

Mt. Fuji from Shimizu, Japan

Thursday, September 4, 2014

what are you seeing right now? really seeing? (2)

“Look at those clouds," said Jamie, gazing up at the sky. "Look at them." 

"Yes," said Isabel. "They're very beautiful, aren't they? Clouds are very beautiful and yet so often we fail to appreciate them properly. We should do that. We should look at them and think about how lucky we are to have them." 

"Look at the shape of the clouds," she said. "What do you see in those beautiful clouds, Jamie?"

"I see you," he said.” 

~ Alexander McCall Smith
 The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Friday, August 29, 2014

pay attention 15

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The report warns that higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gases are brought under control. And furthermore, the report warns that the world is nearing the temperature at which the loss of the vast Greenland ice sheet is inevitable.

Despite increased awareness about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the world hasn’t been able to effectively reduce them – and in fact they are getting worse! From 1970 to 2000, global emissions of greenhouse gases grew at 1.3 percent a year. But from 2000 to 2010, that rate jumped to 2.2 percent a year, and the pace seems to be accelerating. A major part of the jump was caused by industrialization in China, which now accounts for half the world’s coal use. Those emissions are being incurred in large part to produce goods for consumption in the West.

Emissions are now falling in nearly all Western countries because of an increased focus on efficiency and the spread of cleaner energy sources. But the declines are not yet sufficient to offset rising emissions in developing countries, where governments are focused on pulling their populations out of poverty.

The draft report found that it was still technically possible to limit global warming to an internationally agreed upper bound of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 degrees Celsius, above the preindustrial level. But continued political delays for another decade or two will make that unachievable without severe economic disruption.

The report is not final and could change substantially before release. It is being written to summarize and restate a string of earlier reports about climate change released over the past year, and it will be unveiled in early November in Copenhagen.

photo: Greenland
(c) Bruce Behnke 2014
all rights reserved

Friday, April 18, 2014

creative cycle, personal cycle, or universe cycle?

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
don't swim in the same slough.
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and
stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
change your tone and shape so often that they can never categorize you.

reinvigorate yourself and
accept what is
but only on the terms that you have invented
and reinvented.

be self-taught.

and reinvent your life because you must;
it is your life and
its history
and the present
belong only to

~ Charles Bukowski

photos: Narita San Temple
(c) Bruce Behnke 2014