Making a sand mandala

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UploadedSeptember 12, 2007
TakenSeptember 11, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 30D
Exposure1/4 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length59 mm
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Monks use long metal funnels which are beaded on top to spread sand with great precision while creating a sand mandala. The funnels are rubbed along the top edge to cause a vibration that dispenses the colored sand very slowly and carefully.

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  • warren massey

    warren massey gave props (13 Sep 2007):

    This works for me! Got my Yeah. (if you have time take a look at my stuff)

  • eva monbert

    eva monbert gave props (27 Sep 2007):

    great capture and good idea, you get my vote

  • Chris Wesseling

    Chris Wesseling gave props (6 Oct 2007):

    Love, how they are very consentrated, without being tense.

  • DIGITALightful

    DIGITALightful said (6 Jan 2008):

    Great image, but what amazes me is the times when this was done without the modern tools they have available to them now.

  • Nichole Manner

    Nichole Manner gave props (22 Jan 2008):

    Great image! What happens if someone sneezes??

  • Jose Vásquez

    Jose Vásquez said (28 Feb 2008):


  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (29 Apr 2008):

    Certainly masters in the art of sand paintings... excellent foto.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (24 May 2009):

    These two in are the same monks who visit Panama City, FL! The one on the left is in my gallery.

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