The veil is a picture for the secrets. Veiled Maya who has her place in the Buddhism is valid as a symbol of the illusions of the world who ventilates her veil, attains a confidential knowledge about the reality of the world.

So what does it mean?


Frederic Edwin Church’s OLANA

Almost an hour south of Albany is the Center of the World—I own it.
– F. Church.

Frederic Edwin Church’s house is located on top of the hill overlooking the Hudson River valley and the Catskill Mountains.
The house, now a museum stopped in time, is bathed in radiance. I have never seen anything like this. The place is literally immersed in light and melts with the surrounding beauty perfectly.
One experiences Church’s interpretation of light immediately. No way I could ever capture what I saw so I am supplementing this post with Church’s “light” work. If you can, go visit the house at the sunset, sunrise hours and wish for a show because nature delivers that at Olana. Church will be happy.

Above the Clouds at Sunrise by Frederick Church

Cotopaxi by Frederick Church


What ails it, intrinsically, is a dearth of intellectual audacity and of aesthetic passion. Running through it, and characterizing the work of almost every man and woman producing it, there is an unescapable suggestion of the old Puritan suspicion of the fine arts as such—of the doctrine that they offer fit asylum for good citizens only when some ulterior and superior purpose is carried into them.
-H.L. Mencken

Mount Huascaran is King

The image of Mount Huascaran  is part of Highway of An Empire: The Great Inca Road  photographic exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.

from website:

The vast Inca Empire owed its reach and power to this extensive and intricate network of roads. Linking forts, religious sites, and administrative centers from the Pacific coast to the Amazonian rainforest, the Inca roads allowed armies and imperial officials to conquer and then control the largest empire in the Americas.
In this series of stunning photographs, Highway of An Empire reveals the diversity of this road system—from broad paved highways to woven suspension bridges to beaten tracks through barren desert—and of the landscape through which it travels. Other highlights include intriguing round terraces of Moray, which may have been used to grow special plants brought from distant parts of the empire; a tropical forest located along the Amazon tributary near the present-day border between Peru and Bolivia; Sondor, a terraced knoll that may have been used for religious rituals; the Huascarán peak in the Cordillera Blanca, the highest in Peru and one of the highest in the Andes; Laguna de Los Condores, where in 1996 a local worker discovered a cache of some 200 mummy bundles tucked in a cliff side high above a lake; Andeans gathering a potato crop; and maps of the road network.

Your Secrets? No Such Thing.

Data Harvesting is a topic I am exploring through visual series of ads generated in Phoster.
I have poster today but this article is way better than a picture. I did myself a favor and educated myself quite a bit by reading Duhigg’s piece. Pretty revealing stuff.

Today The New York times posted this article.
How Companies Learn Your Secrets by 

[…]The science of habit formation has become a major field of research in neurology and psychology departments at hundreds of major medical centers and universities, as well as inside extremely well financed corporate labs.

[…]One Target employee I spoke to provided a hypothetical example. Take a fictional Target shopper named Jenny Ward, who is 23, lives in Atlanta and in March bought cocoa-butter lotion, a purse large enough to double as a diaper bag, zinc and magnesium supplements and a bright blue rug. There’s, say, an 87 percent chance that she’s pregnant and that her delivery date is sometime in late August. What’s more, because of the data attached to her Guest ID number, Target knows how to trigger Jenny’s habits. They know that if she receives a coupon via e-mail, it will most likely cue her to buy online. They know that if she receives an ad in the mail on Friday, she frequently uses it on a weekend trip to the store. And they know that if they reward her with a printed receipt that entitles her to a free cup of Starbucks coffee, she’ll use it when she comes back again.

[…]Using data to predict a woman’s pregnancy, Target realized soon after Pole perfected his model, could be a public-relations disaster. So the question became: how could they get their advertisements into expectant mothers’ hands without making it appear they were spying on them? How do you take advantage of someone’s habits without letting them know you’re studying their lives?

[…]After someone pointed out that some of those women might be a little upset if they received an advertisement making it obvious Target was studying their reproductive status, everyone decided to slow things down.
[…]“And we found out that as long as a pregnant woman thinks she hasn’t been spied on, she’ll use the coupons. She just assumes that everyone else on her block got the same mailer for diapers and cribs. As long as we don’t spook her, it works.”

Kayla in NYC

The following photo essay is by my daughter, Kayla. She took her pictures around Union Square in New York City. When we moved to New York less than a year ago, she left behind her family, friends, family pets, a llama herd and open space of the Sierra Foothills where the mountain lions still stalk  their prey.

This is how she saw a part of NYC on one late afternoon.