S: The things I've Seen Daniel Lonnquist
FC: The Things I've Seen
1: The Landscapes I've Seen
3: Guam is an incredibly beautiful place. It covers only 209 square miles. Warm waters filled with coral reefs surround the island. The land has a northern and southern area. The northern land is made up of corals, the southern land is made up of igneous rock from a now silent volcano.
4: The Plains
5: I've seen the plains of Minnesota and the Dakotas. They are barren in the spring, endless fields of crops and grass in the summer, fruitful in the fall, and ice encrusted, windy, and cold in the winter. Their greatest features are shown not in the land but in floating mountains of cloud above.
7: Mountains are beautiful wherever they are. Wherever they rise determines their looks. The mountains of Japan and Korea are lushly forested and misty. Montana's mountains are cold and snowy. In Nevada they are are dry and barren. And in Utah they are blanketed in colored trees.
9: Water is always changing. In Minnesota It is everywhere when the floods come in the spring and later summer it almost all dries up. In Korea It is rough and choppy one day, and smooth as glass the next. In Guam It jumps from its home over 50ft into the air. But no matter where it is it always reflects the beauty that surrounds it.
11: Deserts are amazing places. Red Sandstone sculpted by wind lend beauty to the land. Great sand dunes loom amongst mountains in Death Valley California. Hills of hardened mud and the bare stones of once flowing rivers fill Nevada's valleys. In this great emptiness grow the strange Jericho trees, cactus, and mesquite bushes.
13: The Architecture I've Seen
15: Korea's old buildings are large and grand. They are low roofed and spread out. Built according to the land around them, they likewise shape it. Their beams are exotically painted with many colors in a style known as Dancheong. Imposing yet peaceful they are of a unique beauty.
17: The buildings I saw in Japan were thin and tall. They stretched and reached toward the sky. Magnificent carvings and tiles dressed their roofs. The sides painted a pure white upon deep brown wood.
18: United States of America
19: I've yet to see or photograph much of my own country's architecture. But I remember fondly the church my father preaches at. I cherish the memory of the Norwegian buildings meticulously copied from their home country. I now enjoy the Hoover dam, and eccentric Las Vegas sites.
21: The Architectural Art I've Seen
22: Korea | The story of Buddha's life is a common temple theme. | 1. Dream of birth | 2. Birth | 3. Seeing the world's troubles | 4. Secretly leaving the palace | 5. Living as an ascetic | 6.The demon Mara tempting Buddha | 7. Buddha gains enlightenment | 8. Buddha's death
23: The temples, palaces, and only a few other building in Korea were allowed to be painted with bright colors. They used a special style of painting known an Dancheong. Dancheong is both beautiful and useful. In addition to its looks it protects the wood from deterioration. Dancheong only refers to the paint on the beams and not actual paintings like those on the opposite page. Common themes of architectural art are stylized flowers, "Beautiful birds", dragons, and cranes.
25: The Japanese Islands where a place of incredible beauty. It was hard to tell if I was awake or dreaming while enjoying them. The buildings are decorated with amazing tile work. Their themes were fishing, fruit, and family crests.
26: Las Vegas
27: Las Vegas, specifically Caesar's Palace, and The Venetian have outstanding architectural art. They present a slice of the magnificent sculpting of Europe through their carefully made copies. If one is observant, walks slowly, and takes the time to admire these fine and subtle works around them they will notice things that few other people do. My favorite statue is shown in the photo to the right. The way the water makes things look, it seems as though the fabric of this dimension is torn and through it an angel is coming to meet me.
29: The Last of What I've Seen
31: Plants are the sculptures of nature. Slowly moving and growing changing by days and seasons they fill our lives with their natural beauty. They fill the earth with their emerald green, punctuating this only to fill the space with their colorful flowers.
33: Animals are everywhere. They come in all shapes and sizes. Filling all the land with their fascinating beauty and lives. Some are beautiful and elegant like the Koi, others are camouflaged like the frogs, and others are just plain strange, like the flat bird on the other page which looks like a pancake. Others are amazing not so much for their beauty but for their actions like the coyote, and the big horn sheep. Still others bring us to a rest full state like the birds. No matter where we are and where we go there are always animals around us to fascinate us with their beauty.
35: I have always been awed by aircraft. When ever one flies overhead I have stopped to watch it. Their form, speed, and agility in the air are magnificent. Each and every one is both a vehicle and a sculpture of art. With them we are able to fly with the birds.
37: Last, but certainly not least are insects. They are the most amazing and beautiful things to see on this planet. Not only do they come in all colors shapes and sizes, but they each have their own unique way of solving specific problems. Not only this but almost all insects go through various stages in life changing from one creature to another completely different. All of them are tiny wonders.