The Many Mundras of Buddha

Buddhism is just one of many beliefs that can be found in a multicultural city such as Houston. I was surprised to find out that there are several variations of Buddha, with multiple poses. In fact, the handposes, or mundras of the Buddha have significant and varied meaning. They are the positions that illustrate the life of Buddha, can number at 100, each pose with a specific hand position. The pose might symbolize meditation, protection, perfection or others.

From what I can tell from a little research, “Dhyana” mudra statues show the Buddha with one hand or both in his lap, which symbolizes wisdom. This seems to be the case at the Hoi Thanh Buddhist Temple in southwest Houston.

 

From what I can tell from a little research, Dhyana mudra statues show the Buddha with one hand or both in his lap, which symbolizes wisdom. This seems to be the case at the Hoi Thanh Buddhist Temple in southwest Houston. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Washington Monuments

In most of our cities you will find a monument to someone of importance to that area. It will usually be a statue of the person, sometimes on a horse or some other striking pose. That is one thing that makes the Washington Monument different. No person, no horse, just a tall obelisque that can be seen for miles around. It’s strong construction and grandeur make it a fitting tribute to the person whose name it carries.

In a way, the American Flag is another form of monument. It waves freely, high atop a pole to be seen by many. But what it represents makes it unique. It stands for freedom and liberty. It stands for the sacrifice made by those before us and those to come after us. It stands for bravery and justice and a so much more. 
  

The American Flag is another form of monument. It stands for freedom and liberty. It stands for the sacrifice made by those before us and those to come after us. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Downtown Houston Sculpture

One perk about photo walking is you run across items you miss driving by in the car. Take this shot for example. This large sculpture, as big as it is, can be easy to miss driving by. Not to any fault of the sculpture, but the driver is looking at traffic signs, places to park, building names and more. The last item on the list is a casual look for unique art or other attractions. 

I didn’t get the name of this artwork, but its lines and vertical flow seems to mimic much of the downtown buildings and structures. Leave a comment if you know the name!
  

This downtown artwork uses its lines and vertical flow to mimic the downtown buildings and structures. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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The Big Porch at Union Station

Union Station is a place I hope to spend more time at one day. While in Washington D.C., we went there much by chance, not being part of our agenda and it turned out to be one of those unexpected surprises.The style of architecture and it’s sheer size make it a building worth seeing.

It had been a long day and everyone was tired and hungry. We went to Union Station to catch the Metro back towards the hotel, but stayed long enough for a sandwich. Next time, I’ll stay even longer and really explore it in more detail. Put it on your list of places to see when you visit next time you’re in D.C.

Union Station is a place I hope to spend more time at one day. The style of architecture and it's sheer size make it a building worth seeing. Photo by Tim STanley Photography.

 

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Flat Fins

The late fifties and early sixties were a special era in the automotive design field. Cars everywhere were growing bullet taillights, tail fins and other extremities. Such new design features caught the imagination of the public. Maybe they hoped it made the car go faster, or maybe they simply thought it was cool. Either way, that distinct look has held its own throughout the decades as a unique time of automotive excitement and change.
  

The late fifties and early sixties were a special era in the automotive design field. Cars everywhere were growing bullet taillights, tail fins and other extremities. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Julia Ideson Building

As mentioned in the state historical marker, Julia Ideson was the Houston Public Library librarian from 1903 to 1945.  Under her term, the library expanded its services to include several branches and a bookmobile. She oversaw construction of a newer, larger facility in 1926. This building was later renamed in her honor.

I can only imagine that she must have been a strong, dedicated person, as a woman in charge of so much, during a time when men were usually in positions of authority. 

Julia Ideson was the Houston librarian from 1903 to 1945.  Under her term, the library expanded its services to include several branches and a bookmobile. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Garden Angel

Backyard gardens are an escape from the daily grind and provide a private get-away for their owners. These gardens can be filled with roses, rocks or whatever the owner dreams up. Many people like to include decorative items to enhance the theme or simply add atmosphere. Statues and fountains are popular items to sprinkle across the area, to surprise visitors as they meander through the garden. 

This little garden angel stands watch in a patch of fern at my friends house on the lake, not far from the Blue Frog on a Post

This little garden angel stands watch in a patch of fern at my friends house on the lake, not far from the Blue Frog on a Post. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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