"touch the sky" is my new beautiful impression taken last week during my recent visit to french polynesia...
"this polynesian palm tree is a metaphor of me, carrying the spiritually parallel meaning of being able to simultaneously "touch the sky" while still remaining firmly rooted in the ground, by reaching up with all your soul and simply feeling heaven....just as i did while taking this photo at sunset on the tropical island paradise of bora bora" ― bodhi, touch the sky
"clouds like colorful covers
are the pastels of lovers
the sunset's a glorious sight
bathing me in ethereal light
metaphysical and reality splice
while in this tropical paradise
with all its island charms
i outstretch my arms
they're branches of a tree
a living metaphor of me
sea breeze in my leaves
i'm down on my knees
planted on the ground
such beauty all around
as waves kiss the shore
all my aspirations soar
my soul reaches out
without a single doubt
i can touch the sky
as my spirits sigh
taking my breath away
'twas such a beautiful day!"
"now i'm sure, i'm sure...look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good" ― porter robinson, look at the sky.
"find me here at your feet again, everything i am, reaching out i surrender. come sweep me up in your love again and my soul will dance on the wings of forever, upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground" ― hillsong united, touch the sky.
"a tropical storm howls in my soul. a wild torrent of madness, feral, wet, and raw, echoing my longing through the ancient palm trees...the shores bear witness to the spell that forms upon my lips. a ritual woven of hope and aching desire whispered to the crashing waves, witnessed by a blanket of starlight...there i stand in the darkness, while digging my roots deep into the moss and rocks below. anchored in the solace of the earth, awaiting the rebirth that comes with in the illumination of the milky way...i'm the altar upon which the winds of change do blow. here i wait in silent worship. surrendering at the edge of the unknown, opening to all that lies beyond...at long last she rises, a jewel shining on the horizon calling to the depths of my spirit. a feast of nightsong to sooth these weary bones, her great strength granted to my outstretched branches as i touch the sky...here my spirit is born. here my eyes finally see. here where all things are eternally free" ― c. ara campbell, the storm in my soul (modified by bodhi)
"i inhaled the spirit surrounding me, feeling my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, ocean, clouds, sunset, the palm tree...i thought, this is what it's like to be happy" ― bodhinku, touch the sky
this tune, released in 2021 by the indie folk-rock artist, porter robinson is about finding yourself again, after doubting yourself and feeling that you lost your special talent in this life...you look at the sky and find your hope, you can touch the sky metaphysically and find the confidence that you are still you and that you've lost nothing and that life is good, so good...so this tune and deeper meaning for me, is a nice accompaniment to my impression and blog today..."look at the sky" by porter robinson. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
"is it fate? if it's not easy, it must not be. at that age, i cherished the flowers beneath my feet. but then something must have changed in me. i used to feel so light, now i'll try. i just want time, wait again, i will be much better then. holding on, i said "i will be much better, then"...look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good. look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good...are you close? shouldn't it come to you naturally? and everyone knows, you're losing your gift, and it's plain to see. but then something must have changed in me, i don't fear it anymore. now i'm sure, i'm sure...look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good. look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good...wait again, i will be much better then. and suddenly, i've restored your faith in me. look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good. look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, oh, something good. look at the sky, i'm still here. i'll be alive next year. i can make something good, something good" ― porter robinson, look at the sky.
"i'm overwhelmed and blissfully happy to feel so insignificant at the sight of it all as the universe sends me this gift of namaste, and i once again touch the sky" ― bodhi, touch the sky
"clouds in my head, my head in the clouds. my feet rooted in the earth, the earth rooted in my feet. i touch the sky, the sky touches i" ― bodhi, touch the sky
"touch the sky" is an idiom defined by merriam-webster as:
1. to be gloriously happy, or ultra high, as if in heaven or amongst the gods
2. to turn your life over to god
3. to reach a peak moment when you feel like you are flying
this polynesian palm tree is a metaphor of me, carrying the spiritually parallel meaning of being able to simultaneously "touch the sky" while still remaining firmly rooted in the ground, by reaching up with all your soul and simply feeling heaven....just as i did while taking this photo at sunset on the tropical island paradise of bora bora...
it's like the tree (me) is reaching up to touch the sky with its (my) palms, feeling the colorful clouds cool its (my) branches with a vapor mist, easing the tropical heat of the day as the sun disappears below the horizon to sleep and not rise again until dawn...
here under this palm tree at sunset...my heart melts, as love runneth me over, peacefully soothing my soul, while my spirit touches the sky. it's a metaphysical wonderland finding all of me lost in the moment, a moment of sheer beauty. it's pure love as i die and become reborn in this same instant. i'm overwhelmed and blissfully happy to feel so insignificant at the sight of it all, as the universe sends me this gift of namaste, and i once again touch the sky...
but believe it or not, this is a scene that just keeps getting more and more beautiful, more and more stellar as the day transitions into the night. as the sunlight from the colorful sunset fades away, just a bit later, the sky will glow a soft maroon mixed with purple and pink. the stars will begin to sparkle and shine as the crescent moon starts to glow in the twilight, and jupiter, venus and the green comet all join in the grand celebration of light (for more details, see my photo and blog from two weeks ago entitled "worlds apart")...
i'm pure and simply in love with bora-bora, and i will return soon to stoke up our romance yet again, rekindle our flame in the near future. her and i, we will touch the sky again together really soon, you can absolutely count on it for sure...
"these clouds, like colorful covers, are the pastels of lovers. and the sunset's a glorious sight, bathing me in ethereal light. metaphysical and reality splice while in this tropical paradise. with all its island charms, i outstretch my arms; they're branches of a tree, a living metaphor of me. with the sea breeze in my leaves, i'm down on my knees, planted on the ground with such beauty all around . and as waves kiss the shore, all my aspirations soar, my soul reaches out without a single doubt. i can touch the sky as my spirits sigh, taking my breath away. today was such a beautiful day!" ― bodhi, touch the sky
this tune released in 2015 by the christian rock band, hillsong united who is based out of sydney australia, is the absolutely perfect song to go along with my impression and blog today. not only because it has the same exact title as my image here, but its lyrics go much deeper, carrying a spiritually parallel meaning for me, with having the idea of being able to simultaneously "touch the sky" while still remaining firmly rooted in the ground, by reaching up with all your soul and simply feeling heaven...just as i did while taking this photo at sunset on the tropical island paradise of bora bora... "touch the sky" by hillsong united. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
"what fortune lies beyond the stars? those dazzling heights too vast to climb. i got so high to fall so far, but i found heaven as love swept low. my heart beating, my soul breathing, i found my life when i laid it down. upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground. what treasure waits within your scars? this gift of freedom gold can't buy. i bought the world and sold my heart. you traded heaven to have me again...my heart beating, my soul breathing, i found my life when i laid it down. upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground...find me here at your feet again. everything i am, reaching out i surrender, come sweep me up in your love again. and my soul will dance on the wings of forever. find me here at your feet again, everything i am, reaching out i surrender. come sweep me up in your love again and my soul will dance on the wings of forever. my heart beating, my soul breathing, i found my life when i laid it down. upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground. my heart beating, my soul breathing, i found my life when i laid it down. upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground...find me here at your feet again, everything i am, reaching out i surrender. come sweep me up in your love again and my soul will dance on the wings of forever, upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground" ― hillsong united, touch the sky.
"trees are the most versatile and majestic beings. no matter where they find themselves, they are always simultaneously touching the ground and reaching for the sky" ― bodhi, touch the sky
MORE BODHI QUOTES
and now here are a few more quotes from bodhi. from past blogs to help add to the deeper meaning of this blog today...
"all so vivid like a lucid dream...it's like you can reach out your hand and touch the crescent moon, or venus, or jupiter, or the green comet...taking it all in is simply worlds apart from anything else i've ever experienced" ― bodhi, worlds apart
"most of the time, i'm at peace with the only thing i need to be happy: myself...it's at those other times when i truly need the therapeutic focus of my photography" ― bodhi, onofre
"i'm in awe of the universe, looking up into the sky, the glowing colors of twilight, the maroons, pinks, purples, greens and blues mingling with the flowing clouds take my soul and breath away" ― bodhi, worlds apart
"the great mystic rumi once said: what you seek is seeking you...so remember, when you are looking for your paradise, it is already looking for you" ― bodhi, my paradise
"my soul is
the reflection you see
but my heart, my hope,
my spirit is me
everything i am,
and will ever be"
"some aspect of soul is reflected in every single piece of artwork, by every genre of art: poetry/literature, music, performance, and visual art" ― bodhi, uhane
"on this night, there's no conflict. there's no tough decision to ponder. there's no stress, no worry, no fogginess. there's clarity in relaxing and letting go of the unimportant. there's only peace. there's only love. there's only the next breath entering my lungs, followed by the next exhale letting me know i'm alive. so alive...this is life, and life is good" ― bodhi, onofre
"everywhere i see
you're every star, bird, and tree
everything to me"
"it's a silent orchestra playing the orgasmic melodies of space, mixing them with earth, making colorful and breathtaking celestial candy for all eyes to behold! it's an amazing gift and message from the universe that's other worldly and "worlds apart" from everything else in this world" ― bodhi, worlds apart
A LITTLE ABOUT BORA BORA
"it's all about finding your own sort of paradise, and i find mine at this quaint little spot by the sea" ― bodhi, my paradise
bora-bora is an island group in the leeward islands of the south pacific ocean, located at: 16° 29' 58.9236''S and 151° 46' 13.9368''W...bora bora has a tropical monsoon climate. temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year, with hot days and warm nights. average high is 85f with an average low of 77f...the dry season lasts from june to october, but there is some precipitation even during those months
the leeward islands comprise the western part of the society islands of french polynesia, which is an overseas collectivity of the french republic in the south pacific ocean. bora bora has a total land area of 30.55 km2 (12 sq mi). located about 230 kilometres (125 nautical miles) northwest of papeete, tahiti (the major island with an international airport in french polynesia). the main island of bora-bora is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. in the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano, rising to two peaks, mount pahia and mount otemanu; the highest point is at 727 m (2385 ft). the languages spoken in bora bora are tahitian and french. however, due to the high tourism population, many natives of bora bora have now learned to speak english.
bora bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its seaside (and even offshore) luxury resorts. the major settlement, vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel leading into the lagoon. produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and from the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for the production of copra.
the island has been inhabited by polynesians since around the 3rd century. in ancient times the island was called pora pora mai te pora, meaning "created by the gods" in the local tahitian language. this was often abbreviated pora pora meaning simply "first born". the tahitian, along with the english, french and dutch languages each use a unique set of phonemes, so the spelling and pronunciation of the name changes as it passes from one language to another. since tahitian does not distinguish between the sounds [p] and [b], the sound represented by 〈p〉 lies between the two. so pora pora could also be heard by english, french or dutch speakers as bora bora. when european explorer jacob roggeveen first landed on the island in 1722, he and his crew adopted the name bora bora, which has stood ever since.
captain james cook sighted the island on 29 july 1769, with the help of a tahitian navigator, tupaia. the london missionary society arrived in 1820 and founded a protestant church in 1890 that still stands to this day. bora bora was an independent kingdom until 1888, when the french annexed the island as a colony and forced its last queen, teriimaevarua III, to abdicate.
bora bora is located in the so-called society islands, which are part of french polynesia, and is located about 260 km (162 mi) northwest of papeete, tahiti. it also has around it several motus, which are small elongated islets that usually have some width and vegetation. one of the most beautiful and photographed motus in polynesia is the tapu motu, especially before a hurricane carried away part of the tongues of sand at its ends.
bora bora is among the smaller of the islands of the society archipelago: the main island measures only 8 km (5 mi) from north to south and 5 km (3 mi) east to west; the total area of bora bora, including islets, is less than 39 km2 (15 sq mi). bora bora has an area of 29.3 km2 (11.3 sq mi) on the mountainous central island, which is an extinct volcano, itself surrounded by a lagoon separated from the sea by a reef...bora-bora is formed by an extinct volcano, surrounded by a lagoon and a fringing reef. its summit is mount otemanu at 727m (2385 ft) high located in the center of the atoll; another summit, mount pahia, on the main island, is 661 m (2169 ft) high...the main island has three open bays overlooking the lagoon: faanui bay, tuuraapuo bay or povai bay to the west, and hitiaa bay to the northwest. tuuraapuo bay separates the main island from two islets of volcanic nature: toopua and toopua-iti...
necklace-shaped coral reefs surround the central island and protect it from the open sea as if it were a dike. it is a barrier reef with only one opening to the ocean: the teavanui passage, located west of the main island, which allows most large cargo ships and cruise ships to enter the lagoon. they must, however, stay in a channel because outside the channel, much of the lagoon water is shallow. the barrier reef is very wide in some sections, where it exceeds two kilometers in width to the southwest of the island. to the east and north of the island, the reef supports a series of islets made up of coral ruins and sand (the motu). precisely, on one of them that is located to the north, the motu mute, is where the u.s. army built an important air base during the second world war, which has now become the modern airport of bora-bora...the lagoon, very abundant in fish, is remarkable for its breadth and beauty. its color varies with depth: dark indigo when it is deep (teavanui passage, poofai and faanui bays), all pastel shades of blue and green elsewhere. corals, when they are very close to the surface, along with the fauna that colonizes them, come to wear a wide variety of colors: egg yolk, red, blue or purple.
the main attraction of bora bora is it's lagoon with its still intact underwater world. by glass bottom boat, diving and snorkeling, you can explore the reef with thousands of colorful coral fish. in the deep lagoon there are barracudas and sharks that you can feed during guided diving excursions. an attraction for divers is the "stingray strait", an area of the lagoon where several species of stingrays are found in large schools, including numerous manta rays and leopard rays.
parts of the interior of the island can be explored on jeep safaris. however, the natural beauty of the island is best explored on foot. several hikes can be done from vaitape, but it is advisable to rely on a guide to keep your bearings. the hike to the top of mount pahia, from where, according to legend, the war god oro descended on a rainbow, leads through orchards, forests, orchid fields and fern-covered crevices. you can also climb mount otemanu, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the atoll. below the summit is a large grotto where numerous frigate birds nest.
another attraction are the remains of what were more than 40 marae (ceremonial platforms). the best preserved are marae fare opu, in faanui bay, and marae aehau-tai or temaruteaoa, at the eastern end of vairau bay. another large aboriginal ceremonial site is marae marotitini, in the north of the main island, right on the beach. the stone platform of the complex was originally 42m (138 ft) long and was restored in 1968 by japanese archaeologist yosihiko sinoto. two stone box tombs of the royal family were found in the area of the complex.
most beaches (and also the numerous hotels) are located in the two large bays between pointe paopao and pointe matira, in the southwest of the island, as well as on the motus opposite. matira beach located here is widely considered to be one of the top five most beautiful beaches in the world...
and about five kilometers south of vaitape, directly on the main road, is bloody mary's, a bar and restaurant with its own yacht jetty, frequented by many guests. the two wooden plaques at the entrance list 230 famous names, including marlon brando, jane fonda and diana ross...
"paradise inside this moment. so peaceful. so soulful. so idyllic. so beautiful. such tranquility. such contentment. such spirit. such love. right here. right now. inside paradise." ― bodhi, my paradise
MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
here is another songs with the same name as my impression and blog today, this one come for the disney animated feature film, "brave"...its beautiful lyrics helps to add some extra deeper meaning to my blog and impression here today..."touch the sky" by from the animated film, brave. ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
"when the cold wind is a-calling and the sky is clear and bright, misty mountains sing and beckon, lead me out into the light. i will ride, i will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky. i will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky. where dark woods hide secrets and mountains are fierce and bold, deep waters hold reflections of times lost long ago. i will hear their every story, take hold of my own dream, be as strong as the seas are stormy and proud as an eagle's scream. i will ride, i will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky. i will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky, and touch the sky. chase the wind, chase the wind, and touch the sky" ― julie fowlis, touch the sky (from the brave soundtrack).
"here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart...i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)" ― e.e. cummings
"look at the trees, look at the clouds, look at a sunset… and if you have eyes, you'll be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. everything is simply happy. trees are happy for no reason; they're not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they're not going to become rich and they'll never have any billion dollar bank balance. they're just happy. and look at the sunset, for no reason, it's simply unbelievable how happy a sunset can be" ― osho, the book of wisdom (modified by bodhi)
"i don't know if spirits do indeed roam the world, but if they do, i'll sense your presence everywhere. when i smell the fragrant jasmine, it'll be your scent in the air; when i listen to breeze in the palm trees, it'll be your whispers in my ear; when i see a dazzling sunset, it'll be your image that touches the sky" ― nicholas sparks, message in a bottle (modified by bodhi)
"love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. the inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. it is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable" ― victor hugo, the hunchback of notre dame
"trees have always been the most penetrating preachers...i revere them when they stand alone. they are like lonely persons. not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like beethoven and buddha. in their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree" ― herman hesse, baume
"trees are sanctuaries. whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. they do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life....a tree says: a kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, i am life from eternal life. the attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. i was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail....a tree says: my strength is trust. i know nothing about my fathers, i know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. i live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and i care for nothing else. i trust that my beloved is in me. i trust that my labor is holy. out of this trust i live....when we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: be still! be still! look at me! life is not easy, life is not difficult. those are childish thoughts. let majesty speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. you are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. but every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. home is neither here nor there. home is within you, or home is nowhere at all....a longing to wander tears my heart when i hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. if one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. it is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. it is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. it leads home. every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother....so the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. they are wiser than we are...but when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. he wants to be nothing except what he is. that is home. that is happiness" ― herman hesse, baume
"this gift of freedom gold can't buy. i bought the world and sold my heart. you traded heaven to have me again...my heart beating, my soul breathing, i found my life when i laid it down. upward falling, spirit soaring, i touch the sky when my knees hit the ground" ― hillsong united, touch the sky.
ABOUT THIS IMPRESSION
"here under this palm tree at sunset...my heart melts, as love runneth me over, peacefully soothing my soul, while my spirit touches the sky. it's a metaphysical wonderland finding all of me lost in the moment, a moment of sheer beauty. it's pure love as i die and become reborn in this same instant" ― bodhi, touch the sky
this impression was taken on the leeward west shore of the tropical island of bora bora in french polynesia on february 21, 2023...it's comprised of a single exposure (f/11@70mm for 1 sec, iso-64) captured just a few minutes after a gorgeous sunset at 6:42pm local time...
(f.y.i. this was the base photo used as the foreground that was merged into a composition with a night sky taken about an hour later taken in the same frame at this exact spot on bora bora that had a glowing crescent moon, venus, jupiter, and the green comet called "worlds apart" that i release a couple weeks ago)
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
i used a 0.9 reverse gnd progrey aurora filter. to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it...in this case, to stop down the much brighter light in the sky at the horizon level, the post-sunset light, an extra three stops and help permit details in the shadows of the palm tree and in the lower parts of the image in the foreground to come out better in the exposure...
"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" ― bodhi, blessed
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhi, if
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhi, into my photo
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhi, my world
leave you today wishing that bright joy
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count,
no matter what, always and forever,
for that is the only thing that truly matters...
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
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