There is always a time in the day, week, or month when we stop what we’re doing and exhale. In this moment we become more observant and see what we might have missed in our daily lives. I saw this rainbow after waking from a mid-afternoon nap. I woke opening my window to see the rainbow streaked sky. It was a nice view to wake up to, and as I stood there for a few moments more I thought of all the other people who might be seeing the same sight. I wondered what this sight of a rainbow meant to them? What feelings it might evoke. Hope? Beauty? Mythical beings that may or may not exist?
Exhale, but remember to enjoy the next intake of breath then exhale. Each new breath clarifies the mind to enjoy the world around us.
There are things in this world which we take for granted as being delicate. There are the clouds in the sky which are diaphanous looking on a beautiful sunny day. Yet when the skies become angry the clouds can turn dark and brooding, no longer looking like the delicate wisp of cotton balls in the sky.
Beautiful geese roams the river banks in Amsterdam. Their “oh so white” downy feathers bring to mind, being wrapped in down comforters, on cozy days and nights. However, nature has a resiliency that is endowed for the survival of the fittest. Do not underestimate a goose’s delicate form, for it’s beak can be a dangerous weapon.
Flowers tend to be most on a person’s mind when the word delicate pops ups. Yet year after year, season after season, flowers will grow wildly along the country side without help from any human hands.
My most favorite of delicate things…dolls. Their pretty silky hair and cute smallness lends to the perfection of the delicate of looks. Yet, dolls can last for many years, preserving our memories of childhood within it’s very doll soul.
I have always dreamed of traveling. I loved it, I guess it became a part of my life, my dad was in the Air Force, and he choose exotic places to live. Far into my adult life I finally got the chance to explore some of the world. No matter where I find myself I am always in awe of the beauty in the world’s nature. In Spain I came upon trees so large they made me look extremely tiny. You can say that my dreams became my life, and it inspires me to blog and share what I have experienced.
This weeks photo challenge looks to be one where many perspectives will be in place. I find it fun to see how people react to different photos. Some see art, hope, life, or sometimes there is an instant connection. What do you see in my photos of renewal? Speak out and let’s hear your voice.
“Things are always better in the morning.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. —John Lennon
Who knew that this picture would be the picture that would end up defining our family. Mother insisted she take this photo as we wore our Sunday best. Father, never one for photos, only agreed because he hated being late more. Sissy was so proud of having her first big girl purse and I secretly agreed with father. Photos were for sissies and I took my cue from father and put on a stoic look.
Mother didn’t take the picture right away insisting that she wouldn’t unless we smiled. Sissy did her best to please mother, but then she was always trying to be like mother so of course she would. When mother realized that father and I wouldn’t budge she snapped the photo. I don’t know why father was so perturbed that day because when I think of it now it was rare that mother was not in a picture with us.
No matter, father could look as stern as he wanted, but mother would get him chuckling and playing along with any shenanigans she was about. Mother kept life going and always made sure we had fun. So this photo, the one without her, says more about mother to me than all the other photos in our album. Because this was the last picture mother took before she was taken from us in an instant.
In one swift moment she gone in a flash, like the bulb on her camera. Except for mother the flash was the headlights of an on coming car in the night. Mother never knew what hit her, but each time I pick up my camera and click a photo, I think of that day she tried to make us smile and for all the days she did.
Geometry the building blocks of life. I see it everywhere especially in the architecture of buildings. Angles, circles, points, and lines (intersecting, perpendicular-man these lines can get crazy) are really nothing alone. But together they can become something magnificent. Here are some magnificent examples of geometry.
Livorno, Italy sits on the coastline with easy access to the Tuscany countryside. Take an easy train trip to explore the Pisa or explore Florence, Italy. Livorno was the stomping ground of the Medici family and had an important part in Italian Renaissance . Today you can walk through the city and enjoy the sights of the shops aligning the streets. Or you can sit outside a cafe and enjoy an Italien beer or an ice cold gelato. Buon Appetito!
This silhouette was captured during a night of fun. My friends and I strolled around Regensburg, Germany’s city center, looking for a party. A Good friend of ours was leaving to study in France for five months. The small shadowed alleys are aligned with places to wet your whistle and meet new friends. Prost! Cheers! Bon Appetit!
Kids can be a blessing until you’re at the movies and a wail breaks out during the most significant part of the film. Should children be allowed in adult orientated places?
Well, it is adult-oriented, meaning there is a possibility you are putting your child in a non rated G environment. Kids will be kids, and they will go where adults take them, but it doesn’t mean they should be there (or even want to be there for that matter). Adults need to decide if it’s the right thing to do by bringing a child into an adult environment.
I have four children myself . Yes, I brought them to nice restaurants, museums, and places where the adult to kid ratio wasn’t exactly balanced. But then I made sure that my children did not act disruptive. If I was going to put my children and others in this situation, I had to take responsibility for my children.
Parents, if you want to take your children to something that has little to do with children be ready to make an early departure. I don’t feel it’s fair to force my children on others when they are expecting a kid free area. Plus, adults sometimes say and do things that aren’t proper for kids to see or hear.
It’s all on the parent. Use your better judgement if you must have your kids tag along. Sometimes your kid might not even want to hang out in an adult orientated place. It’s boring because there is nothing there geared to keep your kids occupied.
Why not? Because the place was most likely not expecting to have to entertain children. There are many kid friendly places to bring your kids to. Besides every mom and dad needs a little adult time, to appreciate family time.