Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

photograph of a Buddha statue and incense by Doug Couvillion

Here’s my submission for the weekly photo challenge subject Heritage.

I’ve been practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation for the last 10 years or so.  Striving for non-attachment, self awareness and compassion for all sentient beings has changed my life in ways that are difficult to explain.

Kona Coast, Sunset, II

Photograph by Doug Couvillion: Kona Coast at sunset (2 of 4)

Another image of waves breaking against the Kona shore just before sunset.  This one feels more serene than Kona Coast, Sunset, I but the two photos were taken within minutes of each other along the same stretch of the coast.  The key difference being the length of the exposure.  For this photo I used a 2.5 second exposure while the other was only 0.3 seconds.

Corolla Sunrise

photograph of sunrise over the beach at Corolla, North Carolina

 

Sometimes being a morning person pays off.  I took this photo during a trip to the beach last August.  I noticed the cloud bank that night and thought it was a shame the clouds probably wouldn’t be there at sunrise.  To my great surprise, the clouds barely moved overnight!  I awoke before dawn and watched this amazing sunrise slowly transform into morning.

Foggy Morning in the Neighborhood

photograph of a suburban street in the early morning fog

The trees, silhouetted by early morning fog, make the houses seem small and almost insignificant.  A neighbor’s porch lights offer the only evidence anybody else might be awake.  Within an hour this scene will be transformed into a more familiar arrangement.  It might be months or even a year before it looks like this again.

Lazy Morning

still life black and white photograph of an unmade bed in the early morning lightThe bright morning light streams in through the windows to illuminates this bedroom on a lazy Sunday morning.

 

Smyth County Courthouse

Low light image of the Smyth County Court House in Marion, VAI drove by the Smyth County Court House in Marion, VA and thought it would be a great subject.  When I came back to take pictures it seemed sort of boring in the light of day.  The building itself is pretty impressive but the lighting was all wrong.  I didn’t take a single photo that day but decided to come back after the sun went down and found it much more interesting at night.  This photo was one of the first I took.  As the evening went on the sky quickly grew darker and became black in the photos.