WPC: Symbol

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This week’s photo challenge: share a symbol with us, and tell us what it means to you.

The  courtyard in the Nasrid Palace of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain is a symbol of paradise. For me it is the paradise of the physical world interwoven with and expressive of the paradise of a soul incarnate. The enclosed garden provides coolness and refuge from the summer heat and bustle. This is a place where life bursts the confines of man-made geometric designs. The music of falling water, to me, is a celebration of life in the physical world, while the silence of the space represents the potency of a Presence which seeks expression.

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  1. It looks absolutely idyllic! Cheers =)

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    1. It surely is that. Completely serene.

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  2. Beautiful architecture and I love the symbolism it represented to you. Your posts from that trip were wonderful! I really enjoyed being an armchair traveler. 🙂

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    1. I find a natural response to that Moorish architecture. But I also like Gothic architecture. Something about the juxtaposition of formal constraints and breaking through with human expressiveness.

      I’m so glad you enjoy the Spain posts It was fun to do more of a post by local theme, versus a post by local place..

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  4. I don’t know why but water, whether moving or still, always seems to add a sense of serenity to an environment.

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    1. That is so true. I’ve visited gardens with still water, reflecting ponds, koi ponds, falling water making a sound-screen, bubbling brooks. I love them all.

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  5. La chica que vino a la vida July 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Nice pictures. I’ve been there it’s beautiful!

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    1. It’s a great world heritage sight. I’m so glad I got to see it.
      Thanks Chica.

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  7. Alhambra truly was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited – good pick 🙂

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    1. Wow, Spain is a bit of a hike from Australia! Yes, the Alhambra is quite extraordinary. Once inside, it is easy to see why it is on the list of world heritage sites, isn’t it?

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      1. Absolutely- and why it’s so influential in architecture.. Still haven’t encountered more intricate mosaics anywhere else 🙂

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