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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro, UV
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Peru - Start to South America
Theme(s): Valentine's Day [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 17:09
Viewed: 3113
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy Valentine's Day to all TL friends....

It's no wonder that we celebrate the power of the heart on Valentine's Day. The heart is truly a mystical gateway, the seat of the soul.

On Valentine's Day we revel in the beauty of romantic love, with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, cards, ruby red roses, and candle-lit dinners for two. Yet mystics and saints tell us that this love is just a taste of the divine love that we can find in our own hearts. A Hindu saint once summed it up: "The heart is the hub of all sacred places," he commanded. "Go there and roam."

In every religion the heart is celebrated as precious and magical, a place of harmony, compassion, love, and healing. In Catholic art, Jesus Christ is often shown with a heart so illuminated it is on fire. In Sanskrit writings, the blazing light of the heart is said to be so great it can burn away all impurities. In the Kabbalah, the mystical branch of Judaism, the light associated with the heart, tiferet, is at the very center of the tree of life. It is where everything comes into perfect balance.

In the East the heart is considered to be the seat of consciousness. After all, it is when we strip away the chatter of the mind that we can live in the wisdom of the heart. The Tibetan mantra om mani padme hum means, in translation, "The jewel of consciousness is in the heart's lotus." And the Chinese word for heart, xin, means both "heart" and "mind." In acupuncture, the heart is viewed as the seat of the spirit.

Now about the photo : This concrete sculpture is from the "Lover's Park", Lima City. Yes, Peruvians are very romantic people. Evry year on Valentine's day they have "The Longest Kissing Couple" competition here. The winner gets prize too.... so, interested couples, please go and try your luck.

I just concentrated on the sculpture, and rest all distractions cloned out. Please do let me know.

Thanks, Vandana

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Ohhh.. lovers in blue.. a red text of love..
What a compo..
And I always had the impression the people in Peru where so...'puritans' ..
Wow!!! what an embrace of passion ...
Sure Indian Princess, this is a true posting for Valentijn

Like the pp you did .. somehow this photo is for me in the middle of a Spanish Bullfight .. a first Aid demonstration ' mouth to mouth ' breathing safe a life action .. and a Argentinian Tango!
Well done!
May I send you a warm Valentines smile from Holland!?!?

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  • sleger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 55 N: 177] (3549)
  • [2007-02-14 17:30]

Hello Vandana

It is a nice and original piece of art you just photographed, with a nice and complete note to go with it.

Regards, Sylvain

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-02-14 17:58]

Great picture! Very original and creative. Great note too. TFS

Happy Valentines Day to you too.

Hello Vandana.
I enjoy the way in which your valetine reflect day, creative and very well seen.

happy valentine's day! (",)

Hi Vandana,
This is the perfect sculpture for Valentine's Day, I hope your sweetie remembered you BIG TIME!!!
Excellent notes, great composition and it's very colorful!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-02-14 23:25]

Hi Vandana

Good accompamying note, and an appropriate upload of this expressive sculpture for Valentines Day. Excellent pp work & sharpness. Tfs!

  • mburraco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 3 N: 185] (1735)
  • [2007-02-14 23:35]

Bravo!, excelente foto e idea!.


Yeah yaah, such a nice Lady from India and than this explosion of passion here, out of the blue ;-)

Hello Vandana,
Very romantic captured and well composed!
wishing you a happy valentine's day!
be back soon

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-02-15 7:48]

This is a lovely and very suitable image to celebrate the day, Vandana and the the notes are truly superb!!!
Great POV and sharpness in the image.

Wonderful shot for this special event.
Well done
Hope your valentine day was great

Love the bare feet in this! Really nice, different from everyone else! An Original thinker eh?? I like it!

Hi Vandana!
They are the winers of the longest kissing couple competition.Eternal kiss.
Nice shot and note.

Hi Vandana,

I guess the person who made the sculpture must have been madly in love! Great POV & fantasric notes too!

Happy Valentine's Day to you too! (^_^)

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-02-15 12:01]

beautyful sculture

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-02-15 14:13]

Hello Vandana,
An original valentine post; eye-catching colors, and good contrast and detail on the sculpture. Your shot is paired with an interesting and appropriate note for the day, and it brings to my mind (or heart) . . . "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." (Proverbs 4:23) . . . true on any level!
All the best,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-02-15 15:37]

A fitting tribute for valentines day. Nice strong image.



Looks very passionate! Sounds like a great idea. Nicely worked in ps to make the statue stand out strong!

Hi Vandana,
An excellent post to celebrate Valentines day. Great job on the PP work to create this beauty. Detail is very sharp, and the vibrant blue looks great. Nice work!

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  • valari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 948 W: 102 N: 395] (4105)
  • [2007-02-15 22:17]

Hello Vandana,
Very romantic captured !Happy Valentines Day to you ,too,sorry for late!

Excellent sujet bien traité.
Bonne journée.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-02-16 2:34]

Hi Vandana ;)
Best wishes to you...

Nice tribute Vandana, I could have lived without the red text ;) tfs


Happy Valentine's Day to you Vandana,

The lovers' beautiful look, well I propitiate for the theme.
Great POV and sharpness in the image.
Love... Ah! the love....

Congratulations for the look


Hello Vandana, this statue is truly an expression of love and is well chosen for a valentin card.

Well done! Take care, Yan :)

Ps: many thx for your crit and visit in "All Smiles".

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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 33 N: 619] (3072)
  • [2007-02-17 11:33]

Hi Vandana;your note very explanatory,Happy Valentine's Vandana,good view,I liked...

Oh Vanny so bad I have missed this nice one. Love the overall blue color. Its a wellchoosen subject for Valentine(I forgot all about it, its so hectic here) Hugs and bye

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