Archive for May, 2012

By the water’s edge

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

Ibises and turtles enjoying a midday meal together.

Photo by Allison LaBine; Florida

Meaning of humanity

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine

This is a video of a hippo, of all animals, showing a very human trait – the ability to show compassion towards another creature from a different species that is suffering and come to its defense.

Is not the highest measure of any person his/her capacity to care for and help other living creatures? You love someone, because they reach your heart, not because they reach your ego. The most treasured memories we have are the ones that leave footprints on our hearts.

If animals can show the height of what we deem “humanity,” should we not be their voice? Death is part of the cycle of life, but don’t they at least have the right not to suffer?

(In the video, the hippo fends off a crocodile to save an impala and then tries to revive the severely wounded creature in vain).

 

 

Photo by unknown

Fire of life

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  – George Bernard Shaw

 

Photo by Allison LaBine; Italy

 

 

 

The Elements at work

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by allisonlabine

Earth beneath your feet,
Water on your skin,
Fire from the sun…
Air to breathe it all in.

 

Words and photo by Allison LaBine; Florida

Inner walls

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by allisonlabine

It takes a great force of love to take down walls built from a great deal of pain – and – an open receptiveness to that force.

-Allison LaBine

Photo by Allison LaBine; Florida

The soul within

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

“Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.”

– Alfred Lord Tennyson

Photo by Allison LaBine, Florida

The mountain and the sun

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by allisonlabine

 

….and the last rays of sunset bid the mountain good night.

 

Photo by Allison LaBine; The Alps