Doug Bruns

Moleskine Notes, redux

In Nature, Photography, Religion, Travel on May 28, 2010 at 6:05 am

…lying in wait, my muse?

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Robert Sapolsky describes a parasite that infects the brains of rats with no effect on their behavior except that they lose their instinctual aversion to the smell of cats and, instead, are drawn to them. Needless to say, the rats are quickly gobbled up: bad for the rat but great for the parasite, since it can only reproduce inside a cat host. The next generation hitches a ride out on the cat’s feces, which are ingested by rats and the cycle starts again.

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Himalayas, Tibet: coming out of the mountains, descending, brakes overheating. My driver stops and pulls over. He pours water over the front wheels, cooling the brakes. He gets back in and we continue. I think hard on this as we continue our descent.

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“It is hard to judge a photograph that does not include a human or a moment.” Constantine Manos, Magnum workshop.

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Zen does not ask, Where are you going? Rather, it asks, by what means are you going?

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“Die knowing something. You are not here long.” ~ Walker Evans

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