nineteen days

day three

Posted in the fast - 2010 by leila on March 5, 2010

“Never lose thy trust in God.  Be thou ever hopeful, for the bounties of God never cease to flow upon man.   If viewed from one perspective they seem to decrease, but from another they are full and complete.  Man is under all conditions immersed in a sea of God’s blessings.  Therefore, be thou not hopeless under any circumstances, but rather be firm in thy hope.”


“Make haste to love! Make haste to trust! Make haste to give! To guidance come!

Come ye for harmony!  To behold the Star of Day!  Come here for kindliness, for ease!  Come here for amity and peace!

Come and cast down your weapons of wrath, till unity is won!  Come and in the Lord’s true path each one help each one.


kadria (victoria, canada) left: During these nineteen days, I find that the power of reflection and insight are greater than other times of year and life is suddenly in much sharper focus. In many ways, there is more readiness and eagerness to change as the spiritual heat created by fasting “burn[s] away all veils and wrappings”. It’s incredibly comforting to think that there are souls across the globe living the same process of spiritual refinement, each in their own unique way. These trees at dawn reminded me of similar ones in Israel and at dusk I couldn’t help but want to capture this sweet couple waving goodbye to their friends as they sailed off to Australia.

brendan (chicago, u.s.a.) right: The first few days of the Fast are always the most disorienting. My sense of smell becomes superhuman. Minor annoyances spur intractable rage. Sleepiness creeps up on me and clubs me in the head two hours before important work projects are done. However, as the Fast proceeds, these superficial observations diminish, and I spend more and more time in contemplative reflection.


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  1. Leili said, on March 5, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Kadria! I love the almost-green of the sky at top, with its tangle of branches. Very unusual colors. And the lonely, peaceful shot of people on a rock has a story in it. They’re sailing to Australia in … that little dinghy?

    Brendan: That Union Pacific image is off the hook. Amazing light, color, glinting gold. Wow.

  2. samimi-extremie said, on March 5, 2010 at 12:17 am

    HAHAHAHAHAA! I am literally laughing aloud as i read Towfigh’s comment above…as i was thinking THE SAME EXACT THING. kadria: are they sailing in that dingy?? i really, really want to know the story behind this story, i hope you do share. i know for a fact that it will honestly be one of my favorite photographs this 19 days, as it tells a story, and makes you wonder and transports you there. maybe its because i miss the overcast sea so much.

    brendan: may i just congratulate you for capturing SUCH a fantastic sunrise in the AM, i know for me, its damn hard to wake up and eat, let alone take beautiful photographs. i salute you. beautiful.

  3. Sarah said, on March 5, 2010 at 12:27 am


  4. kadria said, on March 5, 2010 at 1:04 am

    leili and layli – your comments totally made me laugh. it is a small sailboat, isn’t it?!!! the story behind the story is that i was up at this lookout trying to capture something interesting (and feeling the time pressure!)… and all i came across was boring with a capital B. and then all of a sudden this car pulls up, this elderly couple jumps out and they scramble down to the rocks you see in the photo and start waving… it was so cute! i looked over and along came the dinghy! some guy was also taking photos of them and told me he knew them and that they were waving to friends who were headed for Australia. this all happened in the span of 5 minutes or less…

  5. kadria said, on March 5, 2010 at 1:14 am

    p.s. Brendan, the colours in your photos are so vibrant! i love the silhouettes of the buildings and that blue dusk sky is beautiful. also: your writing so creatively captured what most of us feel these first few days of the Fast.

  6. yas said, on March 5, 2010 at 4:21 am

    i am always amazed at how these photos ‘work’ so well together. i love the expanse of sky in brendan’s dawn and kadria’s dusk. beautiful. thank you! (and very cute story k!)

  7. Manuela said, on March 5, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I really like this idea!! ;-)) the pics are sssoo beautiful.

  8. Sholeh said, on March 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Fantastic. Kadria, how lucky that you came across those people. Brendan, those colors are amazing, and the photos are SO “Chicago”. Great job.

  9. Brendan said, on March 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    Kadria, i love the open sky in your boat shot. Great exposure and depth of field. Very nice.

  10. amysahba said, on March 5, 2010 at 10:33 am

    adorable waving image and hilarious comments.
    brendan – that skyline is gorgeous!

  11. Elizabeth said, on March 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Kadrida, I love the story that goes along with your evening image, and am happy to have a sleeply morning chuckle at the commentary!

    Brendan, Gorgeous dawn colors. And that Union Pacific image–so cool.

  12. Omid said, on March 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Day two and three photos were beautiful and the quotes uplifting. This site has become my daily spiritual “Powerbar.” When I feel my mind drifting or my energy diminishing, I come to the site and feel uplifted and re-energized by the photos and the quotations; it’s kind of like eating a spiritual Powerbar, only it’s much better and has way fewer calories.

  13. Bobby Aazami said, on March 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Say what you want about Brendan Aaron, but the little tyke really understands how to use color dramatically.

    Kadria, I love the photo and the story associated with the people on the rock waving goodbye.

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