The Circle. The Bindu. The Mandala. All ancient symbols of the infinite. The Cosmos.
Defined by its center. The anchor of consciousness.
Its circumference representing continuum. The whole. The end, and the beginning. The sun, the moon, the stars. The divine halo. The seasons. The tides. Time….every single hour, minute and second.
All cyclical. All circular.
Join me on a circumambulation of the world with these circles…
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75 thoughts on “Around The World In Circles”
I recently visited Isa Khan’s tomb in New Delhi. The restored ceiling is so breathtaking! The detail!
Hey, happy to see you Felix! Hope all is well with you.
We too thought the Humayun’s tomb complex was breathtaking. I wish all restoration work in India could be handled by the Aga Khan trust.
Life itself is a kind of circle. sometimes we “passes a place” twice or more… 😀
Wonderful idea, very well captured… 🙂
Thanks Drake. The realisation that I have traversed more than halfway around is scary 🙂
Amazing idea for a blog!! Very well done!
Thank you for your visit and comment Annie! Happy to meet you 🙂
A wonderful round post, my dear Madhu! [needless to mention how fond I am of circles!!!!] 🙂
Ah yes, I do Marina….your circle series, especially the monochrome ones, are some of my favourites. Thank you for your comment and the share 🙂
The artistry and craftsmanship in these circles leave me in awe, right down to the manhole cover. A beautiful collection, Madhu and there will be more circles to discover as you continue to seek adventures and travel throughout this incredible world.
Thank you Lynne. I wish you and Ron, as many happy journeys of discovery 🙂
An outstanding collection of circles … love the way the sun surprised me!
Thanks Frank. I was surprised myself by the presence of so many ‘circles’in my albums! 🙂
Wonderful series of images that are “seething” my memories!
I have often dedicated, even as a layman, the study of the macrocosm and the microcosm…
There is something indefinable, attractive and terribly tempting, enough to be used in my writings…
From there you find the “Peace Cristal” or the Sun’s Kumihimo… the medieval part of “Foog over the Moor”… or even better in the Annwyn’s Secret where the most famous celtic Cross of the Scriptures in Clonemacnoise, take place for a rite to rebalance the vibration of the planet through the matrix…
🙂 I wish you a lovely w.e. hugs Claudine
Ah yes, I knew the mystical symbolism of the circle would speak to you the most Claudine 🙂 A wonderful weekend to you too.
Circles, those most democratic of geometries… all equally distant, and equally close to the origin. A great post, and if I may say so, a sophisticated idea etched out beautifully.
Many thanks for your thoughtful comment Meenakshi. Hope your weekend is going well 🙂
Madhu what a brilliant idea for a post and there are even some places I’ve been to! Wonderful, wonderful.
Glad you think so Gilly. I am sure you have countless circles in your English archives 🙂
A beautiful survey of circles around the world Madhu. Such diversity of purpose and design. I particularly love the Chinese ones.
You have me deconstructing my world into circles – raindrop plops in the sand; ripples spreading out as a dragonfly touches the water; the circles in the netting that guards my vegetable garden; the big possum eyes of my grandson.
Thank you Meg! For the compliment and for the poetic evocation of some truly precious circles 🙂
What a great collection of pictures and one that highlights the similarities between different cultures. We may seem different in some ways, but really we’re all the same inside.
Yes, and a good thing to remember that we do all share the same beginning. And most possibly return to the same place when we depart!! 🙂 Thanks David.
Very interesting and full of truth!
Wow! this is an amazing collection!! Awesome idea as well.
Thank you very much for reading Jithin. Have a great day!
My pleasure. You too have a great day ahead 🙂
Beautifully manoeuvred..!! 🙂
Ha, ha, I couldn’t resist the ‘circumambulation’!! 🙂 Thanks Samjoth.
Whatever.. !! 🙂 .. But its a thoughtful creativity.. !!! 🙂 Cheers..!!!
Absolutely amazing Madhu! You’ve have such a great eye for detail. Very creative too hon. Stunning captures. 😀 ♥
Thank you Sonel. For always being so generous with your compliments 🙂
Great series of photos, set up so well with your opening paragraph ~ nothing quite like the cosmos and questions humankind has posed and pondered over the years. Love the different cultures from all over the world, and then mostly admire how we are all so similar in spite of these differences.
Thank you very much Randall. Best wishes for the festive season to you and your loved ones.
Best to you as well Madhu!
wonderful – and circles just rock – so it is nice to see the variety from alpa round that you have found – super nice. 🙂
Thank you very much Yvette. Happy holidays 🙂
So many excellent artistic circles. My favorites are: the Lingyin Temple, the clock in Musee d’Orsay, and the doorway in Hangzhou. Just gorgeous, Madhu.
Thank you Judy. These challenges make me look at my photos with a fresh eye and I am always surprised by what I find. I really should tag them better, but I am perennially short of time 🙂
That is such an interesting set of photos. Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed them Ian. Thank YOU.
Oh Madhu, I come here to be inspired. You never fail me. What a wonderful series.
Ah, thank you for your sweet comment dear Valentine. Happy holidays 🙂
I felt that I have traveled back in the past with the prehistoric photos you got here.
Not quite prehistoric, but yes some are pretty old. Thank you for stopping by Arcie 🙂
Really enjoyed this circular journey around the globe, Madhu – from China to Zanzibar… what a tour! Lovely photos 🙂
Thank you Kan. Happy you could join me 🙂
So many favourites, Madhu! The doorway in Hangzhou, the Rose Window (because it was under restoration so I missed it 🙂 ), the cave ceiling, and that millstone shot is awesome! Hugs to you 🙂
Thank you Jo. I missed the window in the Notre Dame. Have a shot from the outside, but it isn’t the same. Hope the weekend is going well…hugs back 🙂
Impossible to be everywhere, Madhu. 🙂 We do try though.
Oh yes we do! 😀
The Foucault’s pendulum is visual proof of Earth’s rotation on its axis. I saw it NY in the UN. your thoughts about circles and life seem to be near the truth. In the cosmos, the ellipse tends to be God’s favourite. and the circle is in actual fact an ellipse with the two foci concurrent.
True. And fascinating when you stop to think about it! Thank you for your insightful comments Shakil.
Just incredible, Mahu. There are no word to showcase how much I like this. The circles reminded me of the song from the children’s movie – ‘Circle of Life’. Extremely well done !!!😍
I loved that song too Isadora. I am touched by your response, and happy you enjoyed my gallery. Thank you very much 🙂
All of them are wonderful Madhu..But the Sunset in Zanziber is absolutely gorgeous and maravilloso!
The Zanzibar sunsets had a surreal quality Ilargia, quite unlike anywhere else I have seen. Thank you for your visit and comment.
PS: We might be considering Northern Spain for next summer. Shall let you know if it comes through. Would be great to catch up.
Oh please!ª!!! Of course!!! It would be great!!!!
Not all luck Sharmishta. You might have heard of “99% perspiration….” 😉
amazing art work 🙂
Thanks Joshi 🙂
Perfection… I would like to go to Cappadocia some day too. I remember your shot of hot air balloons from it :). The way you’ve captured all of them, the angle, the mood, and the last one – the crown. Thank you for sharing it.
Thank YOU for your kind compliments Paula. Have a great Sunday. I hope your hand is healing well.
Thank you, Madhu. These days I shoot more and write less. A great Sunday to you.
Take good care of that hand Paula 🙂
A visual feast and adventure! Thank you.
Thank you very much for reading IT. Happy Sunday 🙂
Brilliant post! Universal indeed — I kept hearing the tune going through my head as I watched the changing photos: “The Circles of My Mind.”
Thank you Judith. It is fun to put together a gallery based on themes. Hadn’t heard of that song. Google search brought up ‘The windmills of my mind”. That would have been a great accompaniment to this post😊
My bad! Windmills of my mind is the song, which I love, and thought of with your post.
Around the world indeed Madhu, so many differences, so much in common!
More alike than different! Thanks Patti😊
Brilliant – as the circle of life. Beautiful.
Fantastic collection of pictures to a great theme. I love your imagination!