Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
24 Jan 2018
McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, NV USA
Arriving at the departure gate for an international flight is the embodiment of unlimited potential. I always view a trip as some mysterious, magical, exhilarating amalgam of fun, learning, challenges, and just plain dumb luck that the universe serves up. I try to approach any trip with few expectations and keep myself open to whatever my travels choose to conjure. It’s a time to reexamine my life and serves as a gentle reminder to move through my “one wild and precious life” totally and completely awake.
In 30 hours, after traveling from Las Vegas to New York to Dubai to New Delhi, I will begin 6 weeks of travels through The Republic of India. What will the trip bring? What amazing experiences, interesting people, new landscapes, unique wildlife, and unexplored truths will be revealed? What will I learn about others? What will I discover about myself? I can’t wait.
Join me here. I will be blogging as often as the precarious and capricious internet will allow.
Nov 2016 - Jan 15, 2017
The following posts comprise the S.K. Schafer blog of her Artists for Conservation Flag Expedition #15 - "Thar: The Great Indian Desert." The expedition was an exploration of the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. At the invitation of Shri Jasnath Asan, a 500-year-old ashram, in Panchla Siddha, India. Schafer spent two and a half months photographing and illustrating the regions unique natural history as well as working with students in the region.
This multi-phase project was committed to arid land environmental education and dedicated to fostering an understanding between cultures of our shared responsibilities to our fragile planet.
This blog and project will continue in Jan 2018 upon her return to India.
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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