valentines-day

Happy Valentine's Day, It Takes Two to Tangle - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Let’s face it. Not all relationships start with love. And for the ones that do, it’s not a guarantee that they will end that way. As a French proverb described:

Marriage is like a fortress besieged: those who are outside want to get in, and those who are inside want to get out.

(Le mariage est une forteresse assiégée, ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer, ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir.)

In fact, this proverb gave the inspiration to a well known novel the title Fortress Besieged (圍城). And yet, all that ancient wisdom did not stop any of us from proceeding heels over head into a relationship that’s sealed with a marriage. So, when I saw this couple in the Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社) in Kyoto that dates back to the 6th century, I thought that they’ve succeeded in setting the expectations, well, realistic.

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It-Takes-Two-to-Tangle-Shimogamo-Jinja-Kyoto-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

When us human showed us what we could do with our self-proclaimed far superior intelligence, e.g., marriage could mean combining the two, in wealth, social influence, political power, etc., something with brains the size of birds showed me what a relationship could look like. Maybe, they have a thing or two to teach us about harmony, passion, and being tangled gracefully.

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Red-Crowned-Crane-Tango-Kushiro-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

This Valentine’s Day, I wish you a fun day of tangoing to be tangled.

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Happy Valentine's Day - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

The northwestern Iceland has always been noted for its horsemanship.  But having a herd of Icelandic horses waking up to the first ray of daylight right out of our bedroom sliding door was more than what I could ask for.  In Hvammstangi, I got to meet some characters, including these two.  What do you think they were talking about?  

Maybe, something like this:


"Do you like the flowers?"
"Yes, they are delicious."

Haha, this Valentine's Day, don't make him/her mad, make him madly in love! :-)


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Happy Valentine's Day - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I don't know about you.  Where I live, I started hearing little birds in the back yard.  Some even came down for a help-yourself-all-you-can-eat breakfast.  Although I can't sing as well as the big and small vocalists out in the nature, I know they are telling me "spring is here... love is in the air..."

Ahhh, the love that we work so hard at and dedicate one day to celebrate.     

As anything in life, how we love and how we celebrate could be such a personal thing.  So, whether you spend the day like this:

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Couple-Love-Southern-Elephant-Seal-South-Georgia-Antarctica-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Or in this way:

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Lone-Molting-King-Penguin-Gold-Harbor-South-Georgia-Antarctica-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

I wish you a happy Valentine's Day!

What has been your most memorable Valentine's Day experience(s)?  We are all ears (and eyes) for it. :-)