Մտէ՛ք նեղ դռնով. ինչքա՜ն լայն է դուռը եւ ընդարձակ՝ ճանապարհը, որ դէպի կորուստ է տանում, եւ բազմաթիւ են նրանք, որ մտնում են դրանով։ Ինչքա՜ն անձուկ է դուռը եւ նեղ՝ ճանապարհը, որ տանում է դէպի կեանք, եւ սակաւաթիւ են նրանք, որ գտնում են այն։

Մատթէոս 7:13

ռուսներն էլ մեմ ունեն՝ «մենք չենք փնտրում հեշտ ուղիներ», լրիւ այս խխունջի մասին է։


@{melizoic musings ; melizoic@spyurk.am} 25.11.2016, 11:57:27

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Photo 15: snail / խխունջ

As we gathered for the hike above Shushi (photo 16), I was mesmerized watching this fellow slowly, painstakingly, successfully make it across this hurdle. My first thought was curiosity that he chose to go up and over, rather than going around. But then I wondered if I would have noticed him at all if he was just easily slinking underneath the metal fence like it was no big deal. Instead, I watched his entire journey until he was no longer visible on the other side of the wall, just as our hike was ready to depart.

It’s worth noting, perhaps, that this guy would have nearly filled the palm of my hand. I had never before seen (land) snails as large as those I saw in Armenia and Artsakh.

#photo #armenia #artsakh #shushi #snail


#խխունջ #մատթէոս #աստուածաշունչ #նոր_կտակարան #շուշի #նկար

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 7:13 http://biblehub.com/matthew/7-13.htm

also there is a Russian meme: ‘We do not seek for the easy ways”. The snail in question does not. (:


@{melizoic musings ; melizoic@spyurk.am} 25.11.2016, 11:57:27

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Photo 15: snail / խխունջ

As we gathered for the hike above Shushi (photo 16), I was mesmerized watching this fellow slowly, painstakingly, successfully make it across this hurdle. My first thought was curiosity that he chose to go up and over, rather than going around. But then I wondered if I would have noticed him at all if he was just easily slinking underneath the metal fence like it was no big deal. Instead, I watched his entire journey until he was no longer visible on the other side of the wall, just as our hike was ready to depart.

It’s worth noting, perhaps, that this guy would have nearly filled the palm of my hand. I had never before seen (land) snails as large as those I saw in Armenia and Artsakh.

#photo #armenia #artsakh #shushi #snail


բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

do you know how the settlement beneath is called? i believe it is Karin Tak (Քարին Տակ) which literally means ‘under the stone’. (:


@{melizoic musings ; melizoic@spyurk.am} 24.11.2016, 11:45:08

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Photo 16: Above Shushi, Artsakh

Four weeks into my stay in Armenia, I took a trip to Artsakh with a rambunctious busload of other diasporans. The entire time, I wished I could ditch the group and just explore on my own time. Learn about a history I had, up until that point, simply not known, much less understood. I wished I had more Armenian under my belt so I could take time to talk with the families we stayed with in Shushi, to listen to their stories, understand their pain, their strength.

The morning of our departure, after three jam-packed days of being bussed from place to place to place and back again, we were given the opportunity to go on an optional hike above Shushi, at 7:30am, with just a few hours sleep under our belts. Only nine of us showed up. And during the two hours that followed, we hiked quietly, nearly too tired to talk, up the hills above Shushi. The hills were rich with scads of fragrant, wild herbs. The rocks dropped off dramatically around each bend, giving way to the valley below. After days of rain, the sky was clear, the air crisp, and we stood on the edge of this valley, just taking it all in. The current moment, beautiful, peaceful, and quiet under a morning sun. But also the layers upon layers of history, trauma, fierce pride, reverence, and unwaivering resolve amongst those we met to do whatever it took to keep calling this breathtaking place home.

#photo #artsakh #armenia


#jdr_douz #hounot #shoushi #shushi #karin_tak #canyon

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)