Ordinary enjoyments are pleasurable in the beginning, but as time goes on, they become an increasing source of torment, If you wrap a strip of wet leather around your wrist, it is fine at first, but as the leather dries and shrinks, it tightens painfully. What a relief it is to cut it away with a knife! Once you have understood the union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena, you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome. When you realised the utter foolishness of spending your life attached to friends and scheming to subdue your enemies and competitors, you will find it tedious. Once you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it …. That will inspire you to strive towards liberation - and by striving for it, you will attain it. Samsara will never just disappear on its own. You have to want to get rid of it actively yourself.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Exploding Light

My poor Lisabet has not been very well, so I treated us to lunch at Ireby Green Farm & Cafe (delicious!) and then we had a gentle wander around nearby Ribblehead Viaduct.

Conditions were somewhat hazy and cloudy as we made our way up Whernside’s shoulder but once we neared the top of the track the sun burst through the racing clouds, illuminating mighty Ingleborough.

Ribblehead Viaduct, Chapel-le-Dale, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

ISO100, f/8, 1min11secs at 13mm (19.5mm full-frame equiv.) using a soft 3-stop ND grad filter, a hard 2-stop ND grad filter, and a 10-stop full-ND filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. I was able to control the incredible light show using two grad filters and thankfully the wind was gentle enough to allow me to try a long exposure, which worked wonderfully.