Thursday in Santa Fe

02009-12-24 | Photos | 8 comments

That’s what the light was like yesterday afternoon. Today is different, at least in the early Morning. Soft light. Impossible to see where the snow ends and the sky starts. Like living inside a big lightbox, the fabric reflector that attaches to studio lighting to create soft lighting by diffusing the strobe flash. A black and white world. Or, like living inside a diorama. One could expect a giant hand to reach into the diorama to gently adjust a tree or house, or move some snow away from a window.

Holiday cards. What do I wish for? Peace? Like the idea of a permanent paradise, the wish for peace seems silly, static, unnatural, impossible. Arguments are the spice of life. Maybe one should wish for non-bloody confrontations that solve differences and create new meaning and possibilities!!! Maybe that’s too long for a Christmas card? Maybe live in harmony with the World? When it’s raining, put on a raincoat, when it’s cold, wear a sweater. When crazies run through the street waving banners and weapons, stay inside. When the wheel squeeks, put a few drops of oil on the bearings. Maybe just Live in Harmony. Yes, that says it all. To me that implies acceptance of what is coming down my path. Fight what can be fought and accept what cannot. Living in harmony with whatever it is that is happening. Doing what is appropriate. Reacting appropriately. And it also means, I think, taking only what is necessary, not taking all that is on display. Please Live in Harmony – yes that’s even better.

Now the sun has broken through! Snow is evaporating, and it looks like steam rising from the ground. The sky is blue, the snow-covered ground a brilliant white. The days are becoming longer again. Happy solstice, happy holidays!

For’s selection of snowy seasonal photos click here.

Here are some Digital Dharma movie previews. These will only be available for viewing until January 9th. (((in some cases I had to hit reload a couple of times to see the movie)))

1. Opening Review
2. Gene’s Beginning
3. Shechen
4. Sherab Ling
5. Kathmandu University


  1. Vic

    Merry Christmas, Ottmar and I reciprocate your sentiments… I hope you and everyone here can find & live in Harmony and enjoy those precious moments of peace.

  2. James

    I like your holiday card wish. I will pass it on to others including my future self.

  3. steve

    “Live in Harmony”

    I suspect Lao Tsu would agree with you!
    I do as well, and I wish you and all here the same.

  4. Kaz

    ‘Live in Harmony’ Well said!, and may we see differences as diversity and become gentle instead of judgemental. Happy Holidays to all and thank you Ottmar and Luna Negra for sharing your gifts with us! Peace

  5. Brenda

    Merry Christmas and Many Blessings to you and yours.
    May your cupbard be filled with an array of spices.
    May life’s jar of oil confront all squicks.
    May Sante Fe shelter protect you from all weather’s storm.
    May your path of life be filled with Ottamr-friends.
    May these friends enjoy 2010 Blue Skies.

  6. Carol

    Those words just kind of soaked right into my being. I’ll try to do all I can to help others be happy and content as you make me. Merry Christmas.

  7. Panj

    I thought the photos so beautiful then found your words even more so. I felt what you said about Harmony, and there and then adoped my New Year’s Resolution! Harmony. I have even practiced some since reading it yesterday. Perhaps a pathway to that nebulous state called Peace. I hope you are having a most wonderful Christmas, filled with loads of Laughs and Love and of course Harmony…:-)

  8. Panj

    And THANK YOU, Ottmar and Luna Negra and All…for everything you have done for all us this last Year! Have a Healthy, Happy and Harmonious New Year! :-)


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