This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge.
“Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together.” ~ Ben Huberman~
I really like this topic. To me, it is not only a photo challenge but a philosophical one. Let us look at these pictures I took at Montserrat, a multi-peaked mountain located near the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain.
Don’t you agree that from these pictures, you can see the sky, the cloud, the mountain, the little tree, and the building all converge together?
This is the definition of “Converge” from the Webster Dictionary:
: to move toward one point and join together : to come together and meet
: to meet or come together to form a crowd or group
Montserrat is also the name of a mountain top monastery in Catalonia,Spain. Situated atop this unusual rock mountain, it is very popular among Catalans. Catholic pilgrims come from far and wide to see the Black Madonna. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the monastery. Here’s a statue that tourists can buy (R). I also found this picture on the wiki site (L).
Another highlight of visit to Montserrat monastery is to listen to the famous Basilica choir boy performances of Gregorian chants and other genres of religious choral music. The boy choir has also recorded numerous albums.
Visiting the Montserrat can be a spiritual experience. To many visitors, the Montserrat Monastery is of significant religious importance. To most of us, the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking. When we walked along the paths leading into the mountains, we enjoyed the magnificent vies of the unusual rock formations, as well as feeling the experience of “coming together”. Did you picture the “convergence” images even if you were not there? If my pictures are not good enough, close your eyes and imagine you were there! I hope you will like that experience. Now you know why I said it is a philosophical challenge as well. If you believe in this “coming together” philosophy, you will see and feel the convergence. Unfortunately, many people see the divergence instead, in every part of the world.
If you are interested in Rick Steves’ travel video, I found this on YouTube. You can see the visitors kissing the hand of the Black Madonna and the beautiful art inside the Basilica. Enjoy!