Thursday, May 13, 2010

mysterious ways

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
Diane Ackerman (b. 1948) author, poet, naturalist

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher, peace activist

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?"

Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four

Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.

Julia Cameron (b. 1948) teacher, author, artist

I met his eyes, confused. Eric Gault and a gun went together like cavier and hot dogs.

Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator created by Dennis Lehane in Darkness, Take My Hand

What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), philosopher & writer

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.
quote attributed to Albert Einstein

notes on photos:
  1. illuminated word on floor of the rubin museum from the what is it? exhibit. there are currently two exhibits at the rubin which explore one of life's great mysteries - that would be death, well death isn't a mystery as it is inevitable and will happen to each of us. what is the mystery are the various perspectives on what happens after death and why death comes when it comes. I can't wait to check these special exhibits out next month when I head to nyc! you can be certain I'll report back to you on the exhibits! october 2009
  2. for me iceland is a place of mystery and the icelandic language is particularly mysterious. in my investigation of what the word valahn├║kur means this came up - quite mysterious and coincidental given the current volcanic activities going on these days. (transferred from film) march 1999
  3. statue of sherlock, london (transferred from film) may, 2001
  4. isn't it a bit mysterious how there are (at least) two extremely notable individuals named francis bacon in history - there's the philosopher from the 16th century and the artist of the 20th century. it is said that everything is better with bacon - I doubt that the expression pertains to the wisdom of the francis bacons' of history, but then again..... photo taken in some sort of art space in gruene texas (sorry, forgot the name of the space), april 2005
  5. perhaps my favorite bookstore for mysteries - a trip to new york city isn't complete unless it entails a visit (or two) to partners in crime. march 2009
  6. graffiti often contains some very mysterious references; for instance, just who is hacuha? the portal of all knowledge is mysteriously void in terms of providing a clue; however, the tag is alive and well in cyberspace!
  7. one current mystery is colony collapse disorder (ccd); according to a recent update on ccd the condition is described: "While bee hives die from many causes, scientists diagnose a hive with CCD when all the worker bees mysteriously disappear. The queen and brood (eggs and larvae) may be left behind, along with a few nurse bees, but the vast majority of bees are gone without a trace. The current CCD epidemic began in North America in 2006." if interested, you can read more about ccd here and if you go here you can watch a pbs program on the current crises of colony collapse. sorry I used this photo not too long ago - but I don't have much time this afternoon to devote to theme thursday in order to mine the archive for another bee hive photo. my time issue also explains why I also have a less snaps than usual. I had other ideas but like with the bee hive snap, no time to mine!

U2's mysterious ways from their 1991 album achtung baby


Ronda Laveen said...

All hail the mighty bee!

Baino said...

I can't believe I'm actually early. Awesome quotes, awesome pics, just awesome. (Sorry it's my word this week)

Tom said...

oops! guess we're doomed...Albert should have found us a substitute bee instead of making bombs.

favorite u2 song...good one.

Kate Hanley said...

I just knew you were going to choose Mysterious Ways - which I love by the way. Another great Theme Thursday - great quotes, great pics!

Roy said...

A Great match of photos and quotes. I did a little search on Valahn├║kur myself, and all I discovered was that it's a stretch of coast in Iceland; nobody seems to have wanted to translate it.

Good choice on the U2.

Brian Miller said...

oh these were delicious and just kept getting better...the random vald... sign is really cool. this came up! neat mysteries today...and U2 always rocks!

Linda Bob Grifins Brin Korbetis said...

cool signs,
how thoughtful u r!

Alan Burnett said...

As usual, a treat to the eyes and to the senses, No mystery in that.

Salty Miss Jill said...

I especially love when you post about bees. :)

Betsy Brock said...

I agree with you about Iceland..quite the mysterious place!

U2...hadn't heard that in forever!

Tess Kincaid said...

The Iceland sign is deliciously mysterious!

ArtSparker said...

I like the Montaigne quote with its photo- a little education here today.

The Blue Elephant said...

The metaphor for the mystery that feeds us is so often described as a twilight state or is set in a twilight scene. The in-between place seems the cleft for mystery. Perhaps not quite to the point, but I was intrigued by this, from a Parabola article by Shrivati Goswami and Margaret Case: "A sacred place is where two worlds intersect." One must be open to Other, don't you think? One of the ways I keep open to mystery. In Asian thought, Keep a Beginner's Mind. I guess we all find tools or tricks or keys to keep open our channel to mystery. Elephant thanks Mouse once again for her guidance.

Cheryl said...

I loved the photos and the words you chose to accompany them. Nice TT.

Watson said...

That first picture ("WHY") is "Me"! :-) Used to drive my mother and all adults, nuts! Now I just thrive on it!

Love the book store too. And the bee problem is here, locally. Not pleasant.

As always, a treat.

Bob Mac said...

absolutely brilliant post

Kat Mortensen said...

Well done, Kimy! I love that statue of SH and I would also love to visit that "Partners in Crime" bookstore.

That's one of my favourite U2 songs as well, so for me, you've knocked this out of the park!


tony said...

phew! I saw My first Bee of 2010 yesterday!

lettuce said...

looking forward to you reporting back on the mystery exhibits - intruiging!

the bee photo is my fave.

Betty said...

Love the U2 & the Bacon quote.