"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 10 February 2013

2013 – Taming the Water Snake

I've had just enough time to...   try to tame the Water Snake

 Taken of today's newspaper's front page - "The Snake Year"

The snake year begins today and it is a water snake. Oriental fortune tellers all over the world are debating and forecasting what the Year of the Snake will bring. Let this fortune teller throw his hat in the mix. Before I begin, let me tell you that my prediction last year on the Year of the Dragon was dead wrong. It was one of the most miserable years of my Life while most people were expecting great things just because the picture of the dragon looks majestic. So the hospitals did not have enough beds and there were reports of mothers giving birth on the floor. And 7 years later, the schools will not have enough classrooms. And more planners will die from stress…

The next 3 shots are taken of the first house I visited this CNY.

For this year all the hospitals will lose money and 7 years later the classrooms will be empty just because people don’t like the image of the snake. They tried to “cutify” it by making the snake friendlier without much success because taking off the poisonous fangs is acceptable but eliminating the forked tongue is not. It makes it look like a worm instead. So the toy companies are losing big money during the best season of the year and that brings down the bank because we all know how much bankers like to lend to business of fantasy. And this spirals and slithers down to a recession…


And they all blame the poor snake
Even when it bit no one
Nor does it intend to
They just run from it
Or worse
Kill it with flying stones
And a long stick

If you are born with poisonous fangs
You stay hidden in dark places for
No one trusts your heart of gold

Breathe easy. I was wrong in the Year of the Dragon. I will probably be wrong in the Year of the Snake. But adoption of pet snakes had already increased several thousand percents!  I just know it that several years later, it will not be safe to wander anywhere near a monsoon drain but that is another story…

p.s. But I did something different from any other year. Will share this with you in the next post. Wishing all my readers a Happy Chinese New Year and may you find the success and happiness you have been looking for this year in spite of my prediction :)


  1. A 1000 Reasons (busy... slow)
    To all my friends and visitors - "Happy Year of the Snake!" and "Gong Xi Fa Cai"!
    I don't have a suitable image this year being too busy to go out shooting. Then I saw the above in the front page of today's newspaper and I like it. So I shot it to share with you - the Chinese calligraphy of a larger than life slithering snake and the artist who draws it. Wish I was there to take the actual shot though. What will the Year of the Snake brings? I put on my fortune telling hat and share my prediction with you and it is not all good :)
    The snake is the 6th of the 12 animals and not a very popular one so it does exert an economic influence in a number of areas. Read on and find out more -

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    Happy Chinese New Year dear friend! nothing wrong using the front page:-)

    ★Geo_grafics added this photo to his favorites. Happy New Year !!

    ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    An excellent image ! I like the color ....festive mood ...and feeling of the joy of artistic creation !
    I do hope that as each of the 365 new days of the next year pass ...they will slither, uncoil and unfold in such a way that brings you much more joy than you expect ...and a much better outcome than the Year of the Dragon !
    Happy Year of the Snake my friend !

    ★-Josh Birchall- added this photo to his favorites.


  2. A 1000 Reasons (busy... slow)
    I shot this in the first house I visited this year. Everyone will put their creative touch to the house decorations. I did it as most years mainly with orchids and plants. Maybe, I will show it in some future posts :) But I did something special this year and will share with you in the next post. Meanwhile - "Happy Year of the Snake!" Somehow, that did not sound so right which is why the traders are suffering. Very difficult to make the snake appealing :)

    ★Geo_grafics added this photo to his favorites.
    Beautifully done indeed !!

    ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    Excellent color and presentation ! The arrangement makes for a fine still life ....and a festive greeting for the New Year !
    Snakes evoke such powerful and often contrasting emotions in the human pysche .....mysterious and fearsome .....elegant and repulsive ....beautiful and treacherous . Something about their forked tongue adds to that special ambiance of mixed emotions ....
    Happy New Year !

    ★-Josh Birchall- added this photo to his favorites.


  3. Steve Taylor (Photography)
    Gorgeous photography

    Happy New Year!!!

    You are right, it's difficult to make snake appealing :)
    Anyway, this is a really colorful presentation!

    oola *
    that is a lovely display of fruit...

    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.

    ★Yasmin de light - on and off added this photo to her favorites.
    Happy Year of the Snake to you Thou. Lovely image of oranges - they look delicious and abundant. I also enjoyed reading your reflections on the effects of the snake image lol. My impression is that with our increasing knowledge and insight into nature, we as the human race are coming around to understanding and respecting the special role the snake has in the eco-system - for example keeping the number of rats down. And also as I understand it, not all snakes are harmful. Often they like to keep to themselves in their own environment - and only attack when feel threatened or surprised. Having said that - we must also respect our natural aversion to them - as those that are venoumous can do some very serious damage. And by the way I don't know if you know about the tree snake invasion in Guam. Sounds like a pretty horrible predicament. Here is a link to one of the stories on it now.msn.com/there-are-tree-snakes-invading-gu am-and-theyr... In this sense I can see how the image of the snake may not be as appealing. Though dragons themselves don't seem very friendly either - yet a lot of people seem to quite like dragon images : ))


  4. Cheri Sundra: Guerrilla Historian

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to his favorites.

    wish you all the best in your new year of the snake!!!!!
    As nobody in fact didn't really know what is coming - we can hope and hope..... :))

    ★ho.ge, i_still_believe_in_u, and Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to their favorites.

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    I love it

    henrhyde (gill)
    Beautifully presented .
    Hope this year will be good.

    Hey! This is magical !!

    Hmm, she is doing the hard job I guess

    oola *
    i linked your blog page of this to my facebook... hope that is ok...
    love the photos ...this one...but also the ones in your blog...
    fascinating reading
    ★oola * and 娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to their favorites.

    娜 娜☂Nana
    Really Very beautiful work ...!

    娜 娜☂Nana
    喜迎新春 ─ 金蛇年,金吉祥!!
    Happy Lunar New Year 2013(^-^)

    娜 娜☂Nana
    Maybe I'm the first one to wish you as it is still 11.30pm my time
    And I still at work ... at that time...ho ho !!
    Sweet Night!! :)

    ★Yasmin de light - on and off added this photo to her favorites.


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