Some of My Favourite Colours

With the summer months upon us, everything looks so vibrant and colourful under the sun and the beautiful weather.

Some of the colours that have sparked joy in my life are captured here:

Beauties in the San Francisco Farmers Market
Just right along the curb in front of my apartment building
San Francisco CIty Hall at night
Stained glass in the French restaurant Jeanne D’Arc in San Francisco
The magical Bellagio Hotel water fountain in Las Vegas

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The World’s Largest Rubber Duck!

This morning when I woke up, I was greeted in emails by 1 video from my sister-in-law and 2 photos from my Dad and nephew in Hong Kong all on the same subject. What can they be so excited about?

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck has arrived in Hong Kong! The Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed this giant inflatable “Rubber Duck,” a 46 feet by 55 feet floating sculpture, that is tugged around by a small tug boat. The giant duck started “sailing” around the world in 2007, and could be seen in St. Nazaire (FR), Sao Paulo (BR), Auckland (NZ), Hasselt (BE),Osaka and Hiroshima (JP), Sydney (AUS), Nürnberg (DE), Amsterdam (NL) and now Hong Kong.

According to the artist:

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation.

The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

Just watching the video, I can already imagine the smiles, happy memories and the wonder this duck will bring to everyone’s face and heart. It is an immediate and simple joy which everyone can appreciate – no complexity in art, no agenda, just a floating duck blobbing around, bringing back favourite childhood moments! I think this is not just artwork, but simple human nature at its best – sharing the joy!

The Nature of Joy

Why do we like to stare into a child’s eyes, like those in this picture?  I think it is because we see and feel the simple nature of joy.  There is so much bliss, purity, mindfulness, and so much eagerness to receive.  As Sister Wendy said, “…flashes suddenly upon our darkness…joy does not merely illuminate our interior landscape, it transforms it.  The world becomes different, marvelous and unique.”

 (photo courtesy of a-c-e-r-v-o)