Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

“There is something perfect to be found in the imperfect: the law keeps balance through the juxtaposition of beauty, which gains perfection through nurtured imperfection.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

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This is my response to the weekly photo challenge: juxtaposition.

Travel Theme: Wood in Sardinia

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.” Dante Alighieri

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I certainly lost myself in this lovely wooded forest in Aggius, Sardinia.

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: wood.

Travel theme: Silver

Hand-crafted silver bladed knives, in every size from the heart of SardiniaMamoiada.

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2014 Mamoiada

Upon further investigation I have found that Opinel knives originate from France. Can anyone of my followers confirm this? A few months ago I made the voyage to Mamoiada and noticed this display outside a shop window. The three knives under the Opinels look like they were made in Sardinia. My husband has a small collection and they resemble these.

This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Silver.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

The window to the universe opens inward and outward.” Daniel Lee Edstrom

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This is my response to the weekly photo challenge: window.

Travel theme: Illuminated in Sardinia

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Okay, so my version of illuminated is probably the polar opposite of your illuminated with bright lights and bright skies, but let me explain: I’ve wanted to visit this little pond for six years, as from the road you can see an inkling of water – and yesterday my six-year dream came true. I was illuminated with excitement and giggles like a child when I found this pure white swan, I jumped up and down and sang “Duck, Duck, Goose” as I ran around the pond with my hands up in the air. Needless to say my heavily embarrassed Sard stayed in the car laughing his butt off while this lovely goose followed me around the pond honking.

You can find this pond in the quaint little town of Aggius.

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: illuminated.

Travel theme: Possibility

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra

Children on lunch break at Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jamaican children by Jennifer Avventura

Fortunately for children, the uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.” – Gelsey Kirkland

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: possibility.

The setting sun on winter solstice 2013 – Sardinia, Italy

The winter solstice setting sun 21/12/2013. It’s official winter has arrived and depending on where you live the weather will be dramatically different from heavy snow falls to a beautiful bright sun.

Winter by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

The first day of winter in Sardinia felt like a beautiful summer day in July, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees in some parts of the island. I spent the day in shorts and a t-shirt, yes you read that right! On the first day of winter Santa gave to me … a wonderful, colourful winter’s setting sun.

This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Winter.

Happy Winter Solstice!

A still angel captured in the Sardinian sky

A spectacular still moment captured forever. A guardian angel light as a feather, watches over the islanders … silently from heaven.

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This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Still

This photographic is dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives during the worst cyclone to ever hit Sardinia, Italy.

May you find peace and continue to soar.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Masks from Sardinia

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This is a stunning monument at Ottana, Sardinia.

The mask on the left represents the typical mask worn at carnival from the rural mountain town of Ottana.  Boes e Merdules represent an ox and his master. Wild pear wood is used in making these stunning, intricate masks, the star carved on the mask is for good luck and fortune.

The mask on the right is the mask of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada. The masks are made from the fig, elm, chestnut or walnut tree and are blackened to give off a phantom of a presence. The Mamuthone legacy is shrouded in secrecy and there is little documented evidence on their origins; some scholars argue that the Mamuthones had already marched in the nineteenth century while others argue that the ritual dance and parade goes back even further, to the Nuraghic Age.

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Have you witnessed carnival in central Sardinia?

Travel Theme: Symbol from Sardinia

Sardinia has a beautiful overabundance of symbols dotted throughout the island. There remains very little written data on the history of symbolism in Sardinia; I couldn’t find any information on this symbol, anywhere on the internet!

So, I sent the photo to a trusted friend and this is what he said “The stele was found at the foot of the pyramid or ziggurat – “Monte d’Accoddi,” the north side, in 1979. There is only an interpretation that it could be a female deity but nothing certain as to its purpose. The original is in the museum at Sassari.”

She remains a mystery, this beautiful and interesting deity.

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A special thanks to Tharros.info for the trusted explanation of this symbol. 🙂

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Front and back of the “deity.” This was on a poster at Monte d’Accoddi where the stele was found.

I wish there was more concrete evidence of the life the islanders lived eons ago. I wish I could step back in time and witness Sardinia’s future in the making. I wish to run with wild horses over the range of Gennargentu.

This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Symbol.