High on a mountain top overlooking Chiang Mai, Thailand, a the allure of a golden temple inspires many people to hike up to it. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ) is a dazzling sight to behold – full of light and color. A line of golden buddhas (standing, laying, and sitting in lotus position) shimmer in front of a reflective wall, showing a clear image of the temple in the reflection.
The illusion of this image is that what is “beyond” is really just behind the viewer. The “beyond” is not always as far off as it appears, or even where it appears to be, but rather is influenced by our perception of it.
What in your life once seemed beyond you at the time, that you later realized was accessible?
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A few shout-outs to some other Beyond entries that I liked:
- jamiehardisty/ takes us on a journey to a temple in Mongolia and to aspects of the spiritual “beyond”
- aditinature11 shares a beautiful photo of a sunlit palace through the silhouettes of leaves, and a few well-chosen inspiring words.
- evilnymphstuff offers photos alongside a short story about life beyond the castle walls.
- sherrygaley shares some absolutely stunningly beautiful ocean scenes that look like paintings, using a technique of longer exposures and camera movement that now I’m itching to try myself!
- takingtotheopenroad shares some photos of candles and incense taking during the Chinese New Year at one of the oldest temples in Malaysia.
- retireediary shares many photos from around the world, my favorites being the sunset near Three Gorges Dam, the beach in Langkawi, Malaysia, and the picturesque city of Vilnius, Lithuania.
- suellewellyn2011 shares a series of beautiful photographs of some ruins high up in the mountains of Pisaque, Peru.
- myvividvisions shows a photo where both the drops of water in the foreground and the architecture of the building in the background are equally interesting.