nineteen days

day two

Posted in day two, the fast - 2010 by leila on March 3, 2010

Yea, the abject beetle can never scent the fragrance of holiness, and the bat of darkness can never face the splendour of the sun.

Bahá’u’lláh


ramin (windhoek, namibia) left: The Fast, among other things, has become a way of clearing my mind, reflecting on what has happened in the last year, what could have been done better, and what needs to be done in the next year. It also lets me show my stomach who’s boss, while it feeds on itself. Evidently, getting work done can also be a major challenge. Afternoon-meditation disguised as sleep—not so much.

leili (boston, u.s.a.) right: Inspired in part by the quotation Ramin selected for this second day of the Fast, my reflections centered on contrasts, the light and the dark. My struggle to “recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty” is ongoing. The opportunity to think about this prayerfully in a period of time set aside for this purpose—and to make changes—is one for which I am grateful every year. The visual version of these reflections are the morning light coming through my favorite window, and a great flare of dusky clouds in Concord, MA, next to Walden Pond.

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  1. leila said, on March 4, 2010 at 12:01 am

    The resonance in colour between Ramin’s dusk and Leili’s dawn photos is unbelievable. Such perfection! Thank you both so much.

  2. Leili Egea said, on March 4, 2010 at 12:38 am

    WOW! These four photos complement each other so well!!! They are all perfect!!
    Thank you so much 🙂

  3. kadria said, on March 4, 2010 at 12:39 am

    beautiful images and words, ramin and leili! love the intricacy of the leaf macro and that vibrant green and the warmth of that stainglass window reflection.

  4. Margaret said, on March 4, 2010 at 12:59 am

    thank you this is beautiful

  5. yas said, on March 4, 2010 at 1:39 am

    stunning colours and patterns. this is visually breathtaking! thank you both.

  6. amysahba said, on March 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

    inspiring and re-invigorating, both visually and spiritually. what glorious colors.

  7. Elizabeth said, on March 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I love the contrasting warm/cool pairings of colors in both the morning and evening sets. Gorgeous shots.

  8. Pritha said, on March 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    These images make think about the soft, quiet and light heart that beats in the dark, before releasing itself into the bright.

    Really lovely. Thanks to you both!

  9. Lev said, on March 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Green red, red blue. Love it.

    Leili – that window always makes me smile when I walk by.

  10. amy d-s said, on March 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    lovely meditation!

  11. Leili said, on March 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I’m pretty thrilled about the serendipitous color harmony in our photos for today, although we had zero idea as to what each other would do. I like your green velvet leaves, and your written reflection, too, Ramin.

    @Pritha – beautiful thing to write. Thank you.

    @Lev – I love thinking about you walking by!

    A large percentage of commenters in this post are named “Leili”, “Leila,” etc. We just need Layli Samimi-Aazami and a couple more to make it complete.

  12. samimi-extremie said, on March 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    i love them all, but especially both of your dawns!! phenomenal!

  13. NM said, on March 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    This is beautiful work, you two!

  14. Ava said, on March 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I am really enjoying your posts, they help me focus during the fast and set goals for growth. Thanks!

  15. Leili said, on March 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    @Leila: Good noticing. This happens quite a lot here in 19 Days Land, no? I was expecting him to submit a photo of a beetle, frankly.
    @Leili: Thank you. Same to you. I am still walking about with yours and Shahriar’s images in my head.
    @Kadria: Thanks. Isn’t that leaf by Ramin so lush and velvety?
    @Margaret and @Yas: Thanks so much.
    @Amy: reinvigorating is what this project is, that you and L have made.
    @Elizabeth: Very much looking forward to seeing yours….
    @Pritha: Wins poem prize for comments
    @Amy: Thanks for all your kind comments on various sites today.
    @Samimi: And …. there she is! The other “L/ei/ay/li/la” I’ve been waiting for!
    Thanks @NM and @Ava. Me too, @Ava.

  16. Sarah said, on March 5, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Incredible! How lucky are you to be able to take such beautiful photographs, and how lucky are we to see them! The macro and the window are my favorites. It is always great to see what gems of the Writings people choose.

  17. tamila said, on March 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    well-chosen quotation, very strong, very true!

  18. Juliet said, on March 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    unbelievably beautiful and inspiring. Thankyou!

  19. negeen said, on March 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

    circles and lines, light to darkness and rich complimenting colors beatuifully tie together this set of images. your dawns are divine.

  20. Bobby Aazami said, on March 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I know it’s 4 days later, but i really love the way the green and the gold work so well together. Ramin’s usage of depth of field, which brings out the texture on the leaves, along with the warm autumn colors of the other two shots and Towfigh’s usage of composition and reflection keeps me coming back to this day. Great work guys!

  21. Leili said, on March 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Bobby, thanks for your comments. I can’t wait for your day! Extra excited!

    I suppose I can overlook your tardiness just this once – four days! For heaven’s sake!

  22. Leili said, on March 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    @Sarah: Thanks very much, and thanks for sharing more of your photos via flickr! They are windows onto a whole different world, and so crisp and clear.
    @Tamila: Your comment prompting me to go check out your flickr – haven’t looked in a while and I am missing your eye for beauty.
    @Juliet: Thank you!
    @Negeen: High praise coming from you. Means a lot.


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