SLV – April 2014 – Photos

SLV = San Luis Valley; I tend to spent my time in its northern part on the Colorado side (Alamosa, Moffat, Crestone, Great Sand Dunes National Park,…), rather than on the (Taos, etc.) southern New Mexico end of this “largest alpine valley in the world.”

Previous photo- & region-related blogposts were:

Some more recent photos from the Northern San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado:

A local billboard along Highway 17, just south of Moffat, Southern Colorado. Photo taken in February (2014). Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

A local billboard along Highway 17, just south of Moffat, Southern Colorado. Photo taken in February (2014).
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

I don’t go there very often as its at the very southern end of a long dead-end dirt road, but when I do it, the sight, silence and energy is timelessly beautiful and inspiring: ‘The Karmapa Stupa’ at KTTG (http://www.kttg.org/):

Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

The Tashi Gomang Stupa embodies His Holiness the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa. In the words of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: “Within the stupa the teacher remains unchanging.  April 2014.  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

The relics inside this stupa include those of:

  • The Buddha
  • Sixteenth Karmapa
  • Kalu Rinpoche
  • Padmasambhava
  • Longchenpa
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • Tilopa
  • Rechungpa
  • Marpa
  • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
  • Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
  • Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Milarepa
  • Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche III
Dirt road flanked by Tibetan Prayer flags. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 - All Rights Reserved.

Dirt road flanked by Tibetan Prayer flags.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 – All Rights Reserved.

Going down a dirt road flanked by Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags… iPod on Shuffle picks “The Carnaval is Over’ by Dead Can Dance

“… Outside 
The storm clouds gathering, 
Moved silently along the dusty boulevard. 
Where flowers turning crane their fragile necks 
So they can in turn 
Reach up and kiss the sky. 
They are driven by a strange desire 
Unseen by the human eye 
Someone is calling. 
I remember when you held my hand…
…”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtNFQ7RJbaQ

Later on that same day (earlier in this week), seen from just north of Moffat, CO:

Dust storms often sweep the San Luis Valley in the spring. "The dusty season". Photo by © Michaël Van broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Dust storms often sweep the San Luis Valley in the spring. “The dusty season”.
Photo by © Michaël Van broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Turning back to Crestone… Awe:

Late afternoon... Sangre de Cristos on left; behind the rainbow is the Great San Dune National Park. (April 2014) Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 - All Rights Reserved.

Late afternoon rainstorm brings moisture and magical play of light to the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, in the Northern San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado.  Behind the rainbow is the Great San Dune National Park. 
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 – All Rights Reserved.

For closing, a poem:

Clouds Gather Upon Clouds
by Rabindranath Tagore  (Translation by Snehendu B. Kar Geetabitaan)

Clouds gather upon clouds
and darkness speads,
Oh, why do you keep me waiting
alone by the door?  

On my workdays,  
I’m busy with many chores
amongst countless strangers,
today – I just sit and wait  
only in your anticipation.  

If you do not appear,  
if you choose to ignore me,
tell me how may I bear  
these endless rainy hours.  

I keep my eyes wide open,
my  gaze fixed on the horizon
my mind weeps and roams
with this ominous rainstorm.   

May All Discord be Pacified

May All Discord Be Pacified

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