Images from Tucson, Arizona; the Southwest in June. People in these parts are active outside in the early, early morning and after sunset. Otherwise, it's air conditioning indoors! The sun had set when I saw this spider plant on the shaded adobe wall. Plants have to be tough to survive.
You're a good ol' wagon, but you done broke down! 6:00 AM photo. Olympus Pen with 45mm lens.
On Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 7:00 PM, Ms Gwhyneth Chen will perform J.S. Bach's French Suite #5 and selections from Franz Listz's Transcendental Etudes at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Ukiah, California. All are welcome!
The concert concludes a weekend of observances and celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua's bringing the Dharma to the West. Ms Chen's concert is a gift from our community to everyone. The musical offering represents the late Master Hua's life-long devotion to the arts. He himself was a song-writer, poet, sculptor, architect and essayist, as well as a Dharma Master. He hoped that his disciples would use their artistic talents to propagate the teachings of wisdom and compassion.
The CTTB is blessed with a large community of peacocks. These large birds have a legacy within Buddhism as fabled warriors, Dharma-protecters, and even soldiers who guard the monasteries. Our CTTB peacocks know that humans don't eat them, so they have lost any fear of humans. They are proud and vain, and spectacular!