school kids photo with Curious Cat in Indonesia

In Indonesia I am asked to have my photo taken with people much more than anywhere else. This one is at a very small temple (Candi Sambisari) that I don’t think gets many tourists but I think these girls were just waiting (and enjoying talking with each other) to get there photo taken with tourists.

The girls asked the only other tourists there during my time there for photos also. I am wearing my Curious Cat t-shirt in the photo.

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Tibetan, copper figurine of Manjusri

Tibetan figurine of a wrathful Manjusri, with copper gild, at Shanghai Art Museum. From the Qing dynasty era (1664 to 1911).

Je Tsongkhapa, who founded the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have received his teachings from visions of Mañjuśrī.

Within Esoteric Buddhism, Mañjuśrī is a meditational deity, and considered a fully enlightened Buddha. In the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism, he is one of the thirteen deities to whom disciples devote themselves. He figures extensively in many Esoteric Buddhist texts such as the Mañjuśrī-mūla-kalpa and the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti.

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carving at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

photo of carving at Angkor Wat, Cambodia by John Hunter

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photo of white fungi growing on tree trunk

Santubong Jungle Trek, Mount Santubong, Damai, Borneo, Malaysia.

Quite a wonderful hike that is very steep as you climb to the summit (the longest steep climb I have ever done, by far). This photo is taken on the trail that runs along the base of the mountain.

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photo of cicada and discarded shell

Cicada and a discarded shell on day lily buds in Virginia.

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photo of Pinecones, Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin

Green Pinecones at the Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

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photo of a large bird

If you know what bird this is, please leave a comment with the name. My guess is it is a fish eating bird based on the size and beak.

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close up photo of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Close up view of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem by Bill Hunter.

The Dome of the Rock (Arabic: مسجد قبة الصخرة‎ – Masjid Qubbat As-Sakhrah, Hebrew: כיפת הסלע‎ – Kipat Hasela) is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Foundation Stone, at its heart, bears great significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Dome of the Rock is situated in the center of the Temple Mount, the site of the Jewish Second Temple. The location is holy to Christians primarily because of the role the Temple played in the life of Jesus. The Temple was destroyed in 70 CE by the Romans, who built a temple to Jupiter on the site. During the Byzantine era, Jerusalem was primarily Christian, and pilgrims came by the tens of thousands to experience the places where Jesus walked.

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photo of view inside Cadet Chapel USAF Academy looking through windows to mountains.

View more photos of the Cadet Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, USA.

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photo of art carving in Nigeria

This site had a large number of statues and other art displays. Photo by William Hunter.

“Susanne Wenger, a European, who has lived in Oshogbo, Nigeria, for many years, has been interested in religious symbols, dreams, fairy tales of the Yoruba. These images are syncretized in her work as shown in these two aspects of a fence and stairway in front of her home in Oshogbo.”

page 24-25, Contemporary African Arts and Crafts by Thelma Newman

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