Sunday, September 25, 2016

canadian rockies notebook

canadian rockies
kananaskis country
september 2016
all images (c) bruce behnke 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

on September 11 2016

the world has changed
life has changed
friends have changed
we have all changed

but for one constant:

memories have not changed
we will not forget you

image in honor of the victims of 9/11
by Bruce Behnke
(c) 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

summer dream

I have had a most rare vision. 
I have had a dream, 
past the wit of man to say 
what dream it was.

~William Shakespeare
  A Midsummer Night's Dream

photo:(c) bruce behnke 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ka'ena Point-- the ultimate jumping off place in the islands

Hawaiian folklore believed O'ahu's Ka'ena Point to be a “jumping off” place for souls. As the land dissolves into the sea the differentiation between earth and ocean, life and death, becomes less distinct. According to Island traditions, when a person is dying, his soul leaves his body. The wandering spirit first arrives at a fishing shrine, known as hauone. There, the fulfillment of one’s worldly obligations is assessed. If all is well, the soul crosses over.
The soul then arrives at Ka'ena Point whereupon death finally occurs. The spirit’s journey continues toward Na ulu o lei walu for final judgment—the good go right, while the bad go left.
Ka'ena Point is a gathering space of spiritual forces. Hawaiians have long held it to be one of their most sacred places, both because of its significance in the soul’s journey and as the site where mortals make the final leap into the realm of the gods.

Photos: (c) bruce behnke 2016
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Friday, July 15, 2016


Before human beings possessed fire or tools or language, the moon had been their ally. It would calm people’s fears now and then by illuminating the dark world like a heavenly lantern. Its waxing and waning gave people an understanding of the concept of time. Even now, when darkness had been banished from most parts of the world, there remained a sense of human gratitude toward the moon and its unconditional compassion. It was imprinted upon human genes like a warm collective memory.

~ Haruki Murakami (1Q84)

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

come to the woods

Come to the woods, for here is rest. 
There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. 
Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.
~John Muir

photo: (c) bruce behnke 2016 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.

Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.

I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. 

I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

~Henry David Thoreau

photo: © bruce behnke 2016