The Seeker

In between times …is NOW.


Fireflies and Stars

Time Fireflies Photograph by Ionut Burloiu

Time Fireflies Photograph by Ionut Burloiu

Fireflies in the Garden

By Robert Frost 

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part.


An allegory between the stars and the fireflies:
We may want to shoot for the stars and be like fireflies to shine like the stars but I say just be yourself, you will shine with your inner light.

Image credit to: Ionut Burloiu of Italy for having chosen as one of the best contributors of “After Midnight” Your Shot assignment at National Geographic.  Thank you Ionut for allowing me to share your photo of my memorable childhood.


Say Aaahhh…


NatGeo Dental ExamHaving a tooth implant takes more than a year to complete. Thank goodness, it’s over, for now.  That was an experience and a half.

Being in a dental surgeon’s office and part of their experiment (yes, I tend to place myself a lot as a guinea pig), there were two surgeons working to plant one tooth, additional two dentist watching and two dental assistants.  That’s a total of seven people, including me, in the room to work on just ONE tooth!

I could hear them say, Oooohhh – Aaaaahhh.  That is really good, Vincent.  Let me take a photo on that one.  Hey you guys, take a look at this.  Isn’t that a beauty?

That is just so annoying that I can’t even see what they were doing.  I wish they have installed a mirror on the ceiling. Not only that, they have taken thousands of photos of me and I did not get to see my selfie.

One year felt forever and it was the longest time of my life. Missing two Christmas dinners and New Years bash, plenty of birthday celebrations, Easter party, other lunches and dinners.  Most of my meal was practically baby food, no chewing involved.

For now, I am giving my mouth a rest and close it for a year.  I have one year to decide if I want to have the other front tooth done. Besides, I have a lot of eating to catch up.

Photograph by Wesley Thomas Wong posted at National Geographic.
“I was at the Museum of Natural History in Beijing with my daughter checking out the ‘contemporary life’ exhibits one day when I saw this scene. I thought the mouth display actually looked a lot better with people looking inside of it like in this photo, than it did without ……so I left a message in the comment box for the museum telling them my suggestion although I’m sure they probably ignored it….. particularly since I wrote it in English…… ;-)”



Body and Soul

The Veiled Lady in the Wind

The Veiled Lady in the Wind

I know how to let my soul out of the business it’s tied up in. I hear my blood singing and boiling, I’m light-headed. And this matter which is my own somewhere on the border of slow disturbance recombines in a chain of primary links.

There in the unbiased ether our essences balance against star weights hurled at the now just trembling scales. The ecstasy of life
lives at this edge – the body’s memory of its immutable homeland.

– Osip Mandelstam translated by Barbara Einzig from “Collected Works” by Osip Mandelstam ed. Struve and Filipoff (Washington D.C.: Interlanguage Associates, 1967) via Parabola


Photo Credit:  Stephane Couture ~ Published at National Geographic Daily Dozen on December 19, 2013
“I love to see people standing on the side of the ocean at sunset witnessing this unique moment. We don’t really know if they are day dreaming or just simply enjoying the mesmerizing colors. I was one of them when this veiled lady passed in front of my lens dancing to the sound of the waves with her veil moving to the tempo of the wind. I feel very fortunate to have captured this moment when everything falls into place at the perfect time.”



Chinese Fisherman

Chinese Fisherman





谢谢你 (xièxienǐ )

Hello to the People of Republic China
I am thinking of you from Vancouver, BC, CANADA.
I understand that China is a beautiful country.
How are you?
Where are you from?
Thank you.

Photo Credit: National Geographic



Sisters in Arms - The Animals we Love

Sisters in Arms – The Animals We Love photographed by Maria Vanesa Acuto

Photographer’s Note:
‘Cayenne’ in the back, six months old :) one of the twelve puppies we fostered for the BCSPCA animal shelter in Squamish, British Columbia Canada…’Raine’ in the front, also a rescued dog….almost two years old…we love them both! Cayenne is very easy-going, calm and very grounded…on the other hand, Raine is quite active, full of energy and a bit of a handful. After playing with the ball…a step sister embrace ~ Maria Vanesa Acuto

Photographing pets give me an immense soul joy!, discovering their personalities and capturing with an image their world, little expressions and movements…

I volunteer my time as a photographer to the SPCA Squamish Branch, BC Canada. Some of my clients include Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital, Paw in Hand Services.

You can also visit her webpage at and Facebook.

Editor’s Note:
This union, their love of each other is evident in your photo. It is lovely. I had two whippet that were devoted to each other, one older by 6 years. It was a painful separation when my older whippet passed away. Your photo reminds me of their interdependence. Mine too were quite different. The stoic older dog took a lot of heat and got attacked defending my sometimes rude younger girl whippet but they supported one another. Sorry, for my going down memory lane. ~ Robin Schwartz

My Note:
Another winner of National Geographic: Your Shot Assignment “The Animals We Love.” I receive so much joy in sharing people’s talents and passion in helping animals.




NatGeo Orphan Elephant

Orphan Elephant

I met this baby elephant while documenting a baby elephant rehabilitation/release program in Assam, India. He had lost his mother in a flood. I spent a lot of time with him and became quite attached. When I finally had to leave, I turned around one more time to look at the building that housed him and saw he had got up on his hind legs and was looking out the window at me. His expression was so strikingly human in that moment and I saw in his eyes something universal and profoundly expressive. Photographed by: Julia Cumes

Editor’s Note:
Julia, Breathtaking and poignant photograph. Your backstory enriches the information and is heart rending – if that is the right word. Thank you, Robin Schwartz

Julia’s photo received over 1,250, the most “I heart it” symbol in the National Geographic assingment “The Animals We Love.”  Congratulations, Julia.


Love is not blind

NatGeo Perfect Pair

A Perfect Pair
This is me and Dillon, my blind cat. He and I have a symbiotic relationship. I rescued him, and he rescues me every day. He is determined, courageous, intelligent, and humorous. He constantly inspires me, personally and creatively. He gives me perspective. We love each other, and we make each other’s lives better. What more could you ask for from a cat? Photograph by Hannah Harvey.

Editor’s Note:
Hannah, I admire you for rescuing Dillon, your blind cat. I hope you inspire others to look beyond the surface of the cute and young when doing the good deed of rescuing, it is hard to do. Of course the focus of this photograph is the dramatic eyes or lack of. Thank you, Robin Schwartz

From: National Geographic’s Assignment “The Animals We Love.”

There were 28 winning contributors out of over 16,000 photos and this is one of winning photos.



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