Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries of Various Types

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

What is  a boundary other than a barrier to passing. These boundaries are set in many different ways and forms. Natural physical boundaries are obvious. In Greenland the icy water certainly discouraged any but the foolhardy from leaving the land. A very effective boundary.

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© irene waters 2015

The volcano’s sheer drop into the cauldera with it’s constant explosions of red hot lumps of rock certainly prevented me from going past the edge.

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© irene waters 2015

Canyons such as the Grand Canyon created a boundary, preventing anyone from easily getting to the other side. A physical boundary for the safety of those looking in was also erected, in this case largely ignored.

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© irene waters 2015

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© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Sometimes a similar boundary is erected for the safety of those inside it.

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© irene waters 2015

There are also country boundaries.

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© irene waters 2015

And boundaries that we create. Cultural Boundaries

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© irene waters 2015

These speak for themselves.

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© irene waters 2015

Religious Boundaries

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Sadly  these boundaries are used as an excuse for much of the sadness in the world today. I don’t believe this to be true as I believe that all religions want to live in peace and harmony and that this is possible with a bit of tolerance. It is those who take advantage that are the actual cause.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Educational Boundaries are huge and create problems due to lack of understanding. Communication can be difficult. This structure was a bookcase I had asked to be built. The structure that reminded me of a baby playpen was the result. These boys had never seen a book in their lives and my poor communication resulted in this.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Hopefully these boys will get a good education

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© irene waters 2015

Available to all in some societies. And perhaps the biggest boundary of all is the huge boundary between those that have and those that do not. The Wealth boundary

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© irene waters 2015

Malnutrition is common amongst those that have not.

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© irene waters 2015

Slums are common in the rapidly developing shift to urban living in the developing world.

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© irene waters 2015

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© irene waters 2015

I don’t grudge the wealthy their wealth (and many wealthy are also great givers to charity) but I do believe that we do need to redistribute the wealth to try to make the boundary between somewhat smaller.

In response to Weekly photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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20 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries of Various Types

  1. You are greatly moved by the subject of boundaries and have given much thought to expressing many ways of seeing and tearing them down, especially when they might open the doors to justice, understanding, and peace. Well done, Irene, very well done. I’m going to look at these again because I know there’s more to discover.

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  2. M-R says:

    Your photo files never cease to amaze and delight, Irene …

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  3. I can’t believe this. Some of these (with your captions) are cutting me deeply as I just finished my 99 flash for this week and… It’s like… I can’t seem to find the words at the moment. Spectacular post.

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  4. andy1076 says:

    brrr!! that first shot! 😀

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  5. Many boundaries, physical and societal. Too many boundaries, education should be a right for all who wish it. Some countries have wealth distribution sorted better than others, Norway has very little child poverty compared to countries like UK and US.

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  6. Norah says:

    This is a very comprehensive post, Irene, showing a lot of world travel, accumulated knowledge of the world, and a wealth of wisdom to share, some about the distribution of wealth. I agree with you about the importance of education. I believe in the power of education to change the world. However as the have-nots gain access to education and information we may go through some unsettled times while the balance is set to rights, but it needs to happen.

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    A beautiful, thoughtful post about boundaries. Your photos drew me in and like you, I’d like to see the boundaries that hold other back be dismantled.

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