This blog's banner photo

I’ve received several e-mails from people asking about the banner photo on this blog. I purchased it from iStockphoto, and the photographer is Hanoded Photography. Those of you who have traveled in the Himalaya will recognize this as a Buddhist Mani stone, bearing the inscription “Om mani padme hum,” often translated as “Hail to the jewel in the heart of the lotus” (but also translated as many other things, and often deliberately not translated at all). The photographer’s description of this photo is “A Mani stone (prayer stone, inscribed with the Buddhist mantra: ‘om mani padme hum’) in the Bumthang Valley in Bhutan.” Hanoded Photography has a large collection of beautiful photos on iStock, I purchased this one because it reminds me of one of my favorite places, Nepal.

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