Posts by: VinnyMo

Simple Things

Simple Things

If your mind is anything like mine than you may often find yourself looking at the big picture of life. The next major move towards the future. But my mind also likes to keep me on my toes. In between trying to think about life altering decisions it often slows down and takes time to acknowledge and appreciate the simple things that are happening in the present moment. From children flying kites and an eagle soaring over the moon through the Himalayas to a lively lighting storm in a small village and even the prayer flags wavering with the mountain…

Chitwan

Chitwan

Uncle!…. Uncle!… Its 10:30pm and the shop is closed, but Devraj still wants a couple of cigarettes and is insisting on me eating some chocolate, which is how he refers to all forms of candy. I didn’t bother asking if the shop owner was a biological brother of his parents, because it doesn’t much matter. Uncle is often used as a term of respect. In a small village like this there is a sense of community that I have found in few other places, everyone is family and there is an incredible amount of trust. Once someone came to open…

Decade Ambiguity – Using Black & White photography To Create Timeless Images

Decade Ambiguity – Using Black & White photography To Create Timeless Images

I don’t actually know the technicalities of black and white photography. To be frank, I had a conversation with a 14-year-old last month and he knew WAY more about photographic technology than I did – new types of sensors, better lenses etc… and that was fine. Call me old fashion but I say if people were creating amazing photographs in the 60’s, and even earlier, than I don’t need to be up on the new technology. I have a camera that works, I shoot everything on Manuel and I can honestly say I have no taken more than 10 pictures…

Why does farming seem so old fashioned to me?

Why does farming seem so old fashioned to me?

As I moseyed through a village far enough off the beaten path that literally everyone stared at me, an impressively intelligent 12-year-old asked me to play football with him. We kicked a ball around for a couple of minutes and then he confessed that he wanted to be a tour guide when he got older, his father was a tour guide when he was younger and that was his path as well. Upon his request we strolled around the village and he shared some local insight; quite the conversationalist he was. There was one question in particular has stuck with…

The Milk Man Is Dead

The Milk Man Is Dead

There’s a new sheriff in town. Well, not really. There never was an old sheriff and there still isn’t one. But if you are in Pokhara,Nepal and need the freshest of fresh milk delivered daily to your doorstep than don’t call the milkman, call Sophia from Worldganics Farm. Each morning at 4:30am she loads up her scooter with 80 liters of organic milk that was inside a cow less than 12 hours ago. She rides through the front gates by 5 and spends the next three hours bringing joy and nutrition to about 90 house holds throughout the city. When…

A Subsequently Spooky Scene on Halloween

A Subsequently Spooky Scene on Halloween

Nepalese, Fins, Canadians, Kiwis Argentinians and Amerrrricans from east to west came together to celebrate the hallows eve in Nepal. For better or worse there was no candy, carved pumpkins, or decorations, but night fell and the crazies came out. I was surprised, but apparently more and more people from around the world are adopting the tradition. We ended up in a bar not half as sweaty as it was smokey, yet an hour into the bands rockadelic performance everyone was drenched in sweat. They had some spook about them, with the looks of a death metal band, but the songs…

“If You Plant Hope You Will Grow Life”

“If You Plant Hope You Will Grow Life”

The gent on the right is Krishna. His foundation, KRMEF, has built eco friendly guest houses, developed volunteer programs, spread the ideas and benefits of BioDymanic Agriculture, and started a school. Recently he brought together community leaders, farmers, students & teachers from 7 countries to learn about Biodynamic Agriculture. Biodynamics essentially refers to the various aspects of organic, sustainable farming. Agriculture can be broken up into two root words: agri, which is latin for land, and culture.   Hans Mulder ran the workshop and started off by posing the question “is agriculture still a culture? Or is a business.” He confidently followed…

Little Shops

Little Shops

Kathmandu is filled with little shops. Really little shops. Im talking about maybe 3 feet wide and 6 feet deep, but of course no two are the same so thats just an average. As I moseyed through this particular alleyway today I pondered the idea that each little shop and shop owner was special but no one seemed to realize it. So after walking past these shops something inside my head clicked – there was a camera in my hand, and therefore I had the power to share their specialness with the world, or at least with those of you…

Diwaly Mandala$

Diwaly Mandala$

Nepal know$ how to celebrate. Each year when the harve$t $eason i$ over and fall is $etting in the fe$tival$ $tart. And they la$t through the winter. Dewaly ju$t ended, but not before I had a chance to walk around and capture $ome of the colorful Mandala$ that are made so Lak$hmi, the godde$$ of wealth, come$ to be$tow fortune$ upon her devotee$   For the mo$t part the colored powder, also known as Holi, come$ from the$e $hop$: And then it i$ $old on the $ide$ of the road like thi$: Then folk$ make the$e mandala$ to honor Lak$hmi:…

Dharan

Dharan

Although it is Sandwiched between mountains and forests in the eastern part of landlocked Nepal, Dharan has the feel of a sleepy beach town. As you depart the Main Street you’ll find more folks walking than driving, plenty of Palm trees and just as much fresh air. It’s only an overnight bus ride from Kathmandu but it is a world of difference, in Dharan you can spend your days hiking, mountain biking or lounging by a river and enjoying natures peace. If you are interested in mountain biking I can give my highest recommendation to Green Wheels. There is a group…

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