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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour Is the Moment We Exhale


the rainbow the universal sign of "hope".
The rainbow. The universal sign of “hope”.

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia on the Brain


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The train ride to Venice…two perspectives.
The train ride was not too long around about 6 hours…but the girls couldn’t wait for it to be over. My hubby took the time to enjoy the passing scenery. Now the adventures once we got to Venice that’s another story!
The night life is lively and the seamless connection of past and present make a visit to this beautiful city priceless.
The night life is lively and the seamless connection of past and present make a visit to this beautiful city— priceless.

Weekly Photo Challenge-Delicate Outside And Strength Inside


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.

Delicate clouds...the calm before the storm?
Delicate clouds…the calm before the storm?

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.

These geese lounge near the river bank, but they are far more spry when they need to be.
These geese lounge near the river bank, but they are far more spry when they need to be.

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.

Delicately wild...
Delicately wild…

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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.

Pretty dolls with delicate strength of timelessness.
Pretty dolls with delicate strength of timelessness.

 

Special Photo Challenge-Inspiration~ When Dreams Meet Life


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. 

#memyblog 

Valencia, Spain- Tree with far reaching roots inspires me to reach out farther too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal Of Life, Perceptions, And Joys


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.

Nothing renews me like a great cappuccino in the morning.

“Things are always better in the morning.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

A farmer’s market usually starts a the renewal of the day. I love seeing all the fresh colorful fruits and veggies for sale. Plus, fresh veggies make the most wonderful dishes.

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

Spring has so many different shades of green. Here is the newest shade, in it’s renewal process, as the tree’s leaves start to mature.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. —John Lennon

 

Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words-Mother


Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Of Life Where You Least Expect It


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.

Geometry was important even way back then.

Venice, Italy

Civitavecchia, Italy

Ajaccio,Corsica- Napoleon’s childhood home.

Dresden, Germany

Kallmünz, Germany-Castle ruins

Venice, Italy Doge’s Palace

A quiet moment by the river enjoying the geometry of the city- Prague, Czech
Plenty of geometrics in Amsterdam, Netherlands