El Phoenix

El Phoenix

Someone once told me that taking photographs from a car is not "true" photography. I asked him why. He didn't answer. Anyway, while waiting at a red light, I noticed this store with a window full of spiritual statuettes. When the older gentleman walked in, it made a nice photograph. Did it matter that it was taken from the car? In fact, sometimes "from the car", is the best way to frame photographs.

I later found out that this small store is "Botanica El Phoenix". Great name for a store specializing in spiritual items, herbs, oils and cultural statuettes. The store is located at the Columbia Street Waterfront District of Brooklyn. I have to visit it sometime...

The Phoenix is a mythological bird, with a colorful plumage and a gold and scarlet tail. It appears in Arabian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian and Phoenician mythologies. Depending on the myth, it has a 500 to 1000 year life cycle. At the end of its life, it builds a nest of twigs that ignites, and it is burned to ashes; A young Phoenix rises from the ashes.

The Phoenix has long been used a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. Many nations have used it to represent their own rebirth. Phoenix, Arizona, is so named because it was built on the ruins of the Hohokam civilization.

Window Detail; A display of diversity:

Song of the Day: Lightning Crashes - Live (1994)
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