Negative Space

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion.”

(Ed Heaton)

Negative space may very well be white, but it also may be dark, colored, patterned, variegated, a gradient, or even a background image.”

(Ayesha Ambreen)

Time to move on

Let go of the past

It doesn’t serve you well

As the sun sets

Remember aging is a process

The future shines bright

Listen to your inner voice

Follow your passion

It’s the only way

Serenity awaits

In unlikely places

Create them

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https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/09/12/75221/

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Journey to Peace

(Photo of me taken by my daughter in August, 2020)

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Aging can be a challenge

Years of wear and tear

Physically and emotionally

Can consume the body and mind

And leave unwanted residue

In the present moment

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The road gets shorter

Perspective changes

Trying to clear the air waves

To a higher vibration

Where understanding

And peace with oneself

Lies waiting

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Stuff Happens

Embedded

In our existence

Is the constant flow of change

Stuff is always happening

Or waiting to happen

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Sometimes change is signaled

By a lurking sense of apprehension

That gut feeling

Sometimes it’s revealed in lucid dreams

A riddle to be unraveled

Created by the subconscious

Sometimes an angel leaves a feather

Challenging physical reality

Sometimes it’s an unexpected knock

At the door of your consciousness

That signals an inner need to change

Whatever stuff happens

It’s meant for only you

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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” (Alan Watts)

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“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” (Henri Bergson)

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Scent from the Past

Waft of familiar aroma

Attached to a depart one

Slips into real time

*

Senses heightened

Thrown into a vacuum

Surrounding noise disappears

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Empathic connection

Baring myself

To flame of emotion

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Miss you…

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What a sight!

Here he comes

A sudden stop

Mid-descent

Just enough

To freeze time

Then this wonderful pose

Just for me

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Berry Transformation

Inspired by taste memory

From a Curious Thyme

Taste buds tingle

Decadent, black berry delight

Frozen black berries tantalize the imagination.

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I usually don’t photograph food, but decided to try with blackberries frozen in an ice cube. Melting in the hot sun, I had little time to experiment, but I was pleased with the curious results.

By the way, Curious Thyme is the name of the restaurant where the culinary delight was photographed years ago.

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Seeking Sanctuary

“In restless dreams I walk alone”

On the edge of nowhere

Yet somewhere

Searching for sanctuary

Pausing to immerse myself

In the quiet waters

I listen deeply

And feel like

I’ve returned home

Listen to the wind,

it talks.

Listen to the silence,

it speaks.

Listen to your heart,

it knows.

(Buddha Groove)

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Traces of Touch

“We leave traces of ourselves…on whatever we touch.”

(Lewis Thomas)

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Memories of long ago

When the flavours of touch

Were never ending

Melting like icecream

In and out

Of layers of time

*

Now emotions seep gently

Into calming, blue waters

Leaving the dark puddles behind

And joy is easier to find

*

Purplish-tinged intuition

Is touched by invitation

To meld with nature

Before summer’s warmth

Is just a memory

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Power of Thoughts

“Thoughts are mental energy; they’re the currency that you have to attract what you desire. Learn to stop spending that currency on thoughts you don’t want.”

“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”

(Wayne Dyer quotes)

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Striving to keep hope alive

In the midst of forces

Beyond individual control

To be of substance

And uncynical

In a world turned topsy-turvy

(The above is using the key words in V.J.’s quotation example to create my own poem. “Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.” )

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V.J.’s theme: Quotation

https://onewomansquest.org/2020/07/20/vjs-weekly-challenge-105-quotation/

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Magical Guest

Yesterday, a surprise visitor joined me for my morning coffee.

On my balcony, seven floors up, this monarch butterfly gently landed on one of my knees and then fluttered to the other. I was awestruck.

Within seconds, it flew away and decided to spend some time on my bedroom screen window. I raced to get my camera and enjoyed a few photo moments with this precious creature.

I kept pondering what the universe was trying to tell me in gifting me with this random, magical event.

Was it a sign of a new chapter to begin, a shifting of my consciousness to be open to new possibilities? That life can be so unexpectedly magical as long as I keep being present and open to the whisper of the universe.

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V.J.’s theme: New Chapter https://onewomansquest.org/2020/07/13/vjs-weekly-challenge-104-next-chapter/

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Theme Song

Dust In The Wind

V.J. has asked us to reflect on a theme song.

I don’t really have one, but this song by Kansas had popped up on the car radio multiple times through the years when it felt like I was in need of a message; after a loved one has died, when my world was caving in or when I needed to get unstuck from my worries.

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind…

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Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind

V.J.’s theme: Theme Song

https://onewomansquest.org/2020/07/06/vjs-weekly-challenge-103-theme-song/

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Time to Pause

Slowing down the pace

Invites surprising details

*Bubbles in a sink caught my eye.

Slowing down the pace

Adds interest to life

Grass snake surprised me as I entered my backyard a few years ago.

Slowing down the pace

Invites a curious sight

A pumpkin just relaxing nonchalantly in the sun.

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V.J.’s theme: Pace https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/29/vjs-weekly-challenge-102-pace/

Ann-Christine’s theme: Surprise https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-103-surprise/

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Wave of Nostalgia

In this quiet moment

My hat sits waiting

Ready head out

In a search for tranquility

I walk alone

Oblivious to past worries

No decisions to make

Totally absorbed

A wave of nostalgia

Washes over me

Like a cooling breeze

On a hot, summer’s day

Then a tiny movement

Catches my eye

And I realize

I’m being secretly watched

*

(P.S. I lost that hat a few years ago in Hawaii, taken by wind.)

Patti’s theme: A Quiet Moment https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/06/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-102-a-quiet-moment/

V.J.’s theme: Decisions https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/22/vjs-weekly-challenge-101-decisions/

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Magic of Flowers

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” (Jeremy Bentham)

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope. (Lady Bird Johnson)

Majestic beauty

Of the exotic

Left spellbound

Pausing in the moment

Mesmerized by wonder

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Cee’s theme: A Single Flower https://ceenphotography.com/2020/06/13/lens-artists-photo-challenge-101-one-single-flower/

V. J.’s theme: Pause https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/15/vjs-weekly-challenge-100-pause/

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Rainbow of Hope

I am part of the world, but need to distance myself. It’s painful to watch the storms that surround us. Tears sometimes flow, triggered by a sense of awe of what humanity has come to.

Resetting the mind

In troubling times

A daunting task

*

Dark, stormy clouds

Keep rolling in

Blurring focus

*

Simple rainbow appears

Illuminating the moody darkness

Brightening the moment

*

Privileged to experience

The joy that still

Colors the sky

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V.J.’s theme: Privilege https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/08/vjs-weekly-challenge-99-privilege/

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Old and New

Abandoned barns meet wind power on Manitoulin Island.

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Parliament buildings (1866) rising amidst modern architecture in Ottawa.

Wider view of the landscape. The pavilion on the right is home of the pillar in the above photo.

Rideau Canal was first opened in 1832 with the Chateau Laurier (in the background) in 1912.

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Amy’s theme: Old and New https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/74124/

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Presence Missed

R.I. P. Peanut–May 28, 2020

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Emotional risk

Of letting go

Ending the story

Witnessing heart stopping

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Heart breaks

Presence missed

Gentle soul

Disappears from earthly existence

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If only nine lives

Was a reality

And the cancer

Hadn’t written

A death sentence

So suddenly

*

One more day

Not possible

Time had run out

Peace was calling

*

Double-edged reward

Bitter-sweet mantra

Love is forever

Yet tears still flow

*

V.J.’s theme: Risk-reward https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-97-risk-reward/

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Instant Summer

Winter and Spring have been holding hands for too long. Frost two weeks ago and now instant summer. Landscape suddenly bursting with green. I took some quick photos at a local lake already being visited by swimmers. Life is good in summer’s warm embrace.

Mind wanders

Circling the view

To capture

A bit of magic

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V.J.’s theme: Circling https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/18/vjs-weekly-challenge-96-circling/

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Covid-Blues

Circling bits and pieces

Snippets of life

Collected here and there

Nowhere and somewhere

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Meaning percolates

In holding pattern

Mosaic unfinished

Fragments wander aimlessly

*

Stillness in the matrix

Concealing the future

Waiting for somewhere

To reveal itself

~~~

V.J.’s theme: Bits and Pieces https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/11/vjs-weekly-challenge-95-bits-and-pieces/

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Remember

Remember when

Life was easy

Losing oneself in dreams

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Remember when

Joy flowed uninterrupted

Innocent eyes twinkling

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Remember when

Earth sang in colours

Flirting with senses

*

Remember when

Life was easy

And possibilities

Sent their invitation

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V.J.’s theme: Remember https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/20/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-93-remember/

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Transformation

Behind

Gossamer shadows

Unknown forces shift

*

Ripping

Into fabric

Of temporal reality

Spirit

Endures transformation

Resilience one’s foundation

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Behind

Lucid time

Hope always reigns

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V.J.’s theme: Behind https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/13/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-92-behind/

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Transported into Simplicity

Treasure of simplicity

Captivates imagination

Transporting senses

To yesteryear

When freedom of movement

Taken for granted

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V.J.’s theme: Transported https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/06/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-90-transported/

Patti’s theme: Simplicity https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-91-simplicity/

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Solace in Spring

After a long winter

Spring breeze filling the air

Yearning for open waters

Under sunny skies

Empty boardwalk

Contribution to social distancing

Benches empty

Waiting it out

Here I sit calmly

With my daughter companion

Wondering when it will all end

***

V.J.’s theme: Contribution https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/30/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-90-contribution/

Tina’s theme: Distance https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/lens-artists-challenge-90-distance/

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Imaginary Calm

Lady seen reclining

Feasting on imaginary tales

Words written long ago

When the world was full of wonder

Today she picks up a new book

Author unknown

Full of cliffhangers

Ending still to be written

***

V. J.’s theme: Imaginary https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/23/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-89-imaginary/

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Domino Effect Creating Chaos

History repeating itself

Microscopic invasion

World shaken

Difficult times

Troubled waters

Ripple domino effect

Grounding necessary

To dissipate fears

To find calm waters within

To have faith

That this too

Shall pass

V.J.’s theme: Domino Effect https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-88-domino-effect/

Ann-Christine’s theme: Chaos https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/lens-artists-photo-challenge-88-chaos/

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Serene Moment

Morning vision

Serene calm

Cooling breeze

Senses transfixed

By wonder

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V.J.’s theme: Morning https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-87-morning/

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Two Faces of the Same Scene

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” (Loren Eiseley)

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Miriam’s theme: Reflections https://theshowersofblessings.com/2020/03/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-87-reflections/

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Shadows from the Past

Befriended by

Dancing shadows

Playing in the sunlight

Swaying with breezy abandon

My shadow photographing this tree. (Images from archives)

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Bren’s theme: Shadows https://brashley.photography/2020/03/09/photo-for-the-week-59-shadows/

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Timeless Wonder

Pondering the theme of cliches, I’ll try to wrap my head around the enigma of time.

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Time

A mystery

Circular and linear

Intertwined in space/time continuum

Affected by speed and gravity

Always a factor

In one’s life

~~~~

Personal time is fluid

Time can sing to us

Through meaningful cliches

~~~~

As time flies

One can lose track of time

While dreaming of a timeless love

It can save one

In the nick of time

If one plays one’s cards right

Or reads between the lines

~~~~

But it’s always a matter of time

In the quietness before the storm

That can seemingly last forever

Change is inevitable

And the future can come

At the speed of light

And one is pressed with the reality

Where did the time go?

As time runs out

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The Enigma of Time
Elliott Jaques

“The enigma of time is the enigma of life: it has plagued poets and
philosophers from the beginnings of civilized thought. For life is lived
in time. Without time there is no life. But each one lives in his own
time. No two men living at the same time live in the same time. Each
one, living at the same moment, has his own personal time perspective, his own living linkage with past and future, the content of which,
and the scale of which, are as different between one person and
another as are their appearance, their fingerprints, their characters,
their desires, their very being.”

***

V’J.’s theme: Cliche https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/02/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-86/


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Drama in the Sky

This growing, storm cloud was a wonder to behold.

Feathery front of mare’s tail clouds filled the sky.

Mackerel clouds, surrounding the setting sun, created an eeriness to the scene.

Cigar-shaped cloud announcing the end of a tornado warning.

***

All these photos were taken off my seventh floor balcony.

***

Cee’s theme: Clouds in B/W https://ceenphotography.com/2020/02/27/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-clouds/

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Unfolding Trust

No matter what one’s mission

A clear path can be elusive

Frozen in wintry challenge

Yet the heart is trusting

That it will unfold

As it should

***

V. J.’s theme: Mission https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/24/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-85-mission/

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Dreaming

Filling empty spaces

With dreams

Of new shorelines

Of discovery

On the edge between

Yesterday and tomorrow

Where the sun

Shines eternally bright

Evaporating coming storms

***

V.J.’s theme: Sun https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/17/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-84-sun/

Patrick’s theme: Shoreline https://pixtowords.com/2020/02/16/shoreline-pic-and-a-word-challenge-220/

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One Possible Future

This was yesterday.

This is now.

This is tomorrow.

***

Ann-Christine’s theme: Into the Future https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/lens-artists-photo-challenge-83-future/

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Angel On My Shoulder

Whisper

Across time

Sends a message

To be mindful

Two strikes

Next time

Could be tragic

***

*I was recently distracted when changing lanes while driving. Hard to get grounded with back pain. Blind spot screams. Not paying attention. Close call. Heart takes a leap. Angel on my shoulder.

***

V. J.’s theme: Whisper https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/03/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-82-whisper/

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Solving the Puzzle

Trajectory adjustment

Riding on butterfly effect

Missing puzzle piece appears

Seed of transformation

Invitation rises on horizon

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Overload

Colors quickly fading

Life turning into black and white

Spontaneous responses denied

Rules of engagement fall apart

Unable to hide in distractions

Holding onto rare moments of peace

Yearning for the normalcy of habits

***

V.J.’s theme: Habits https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/20/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-80-habit/

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Fragility of Aging

Psyche entangled in fragility

Ebb and flow of life force distracted

Pain an unwelcomed visitor

Unraveling quality of daily life

Subtraction overwhelms

Healing stands elusive

Photography sits in the freezer

Waiting to unthaw

Journey altered

***

  • A visit to my chiropractor in early November, 2019, altered my life unexpectedly. Something he did to my lower back, opened the door to unbearable pain.
  • Once considered a man of healing, now the unwitting antagonist.

V.J.’s theme: Subtraction https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/13/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-79-subtraction/

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Windows with a View

Never hesitate to open new windows in your life.

(Mehmet Murat Ildan)

Scenic view from Curious Thymes restaurant, Sudbury, Ontario. A foggy, drizzly autumn day a few years ago. Sadly it no longer exists.

The view outside a lounge in our hotel in Honolulu.

Aquarium window also in Honolulu.

Looking out the helicopter window overlooking the scene above Kauai, Hawaii.

Rare, vivid, winter sunrise looking out my sunroom window.

***

Amy’s theme: A Window with a View https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/a-window-with-a-view/

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Unlikely Portal

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ” (James Joyce)

Candle in a mirror

Illuminates portal

Entrance to possibilities

Creative energy surges

***

**These images were created by using my sectional mirror (below) and a candle.

***

Frank’s theme: Portal https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/

V.J.’s theme: Action https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/06/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-78-action/

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Wintry Illusion

I see my thoughts reflected in the open waters

Accepting the illusion of warmth from the cold, setting sun

My heart is tranquil in this frigid moment

Knowing that transformation is inevitable

***

*Happy New Year to all those who have supported me on WordPress.

Cee’s theme: Hot of Cold Things https://ceenphotography.com/2020/01/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-hot-or-cold-things/

Patrick’s theme: Illusions https://pixtowords.com/2019/12/29/illusions-pic-and-a-word-challenge-213/

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Grateful

Embracing cycles of life

Pausing to feel grateful

That I’m still here

***

V. J.’s theme: Pause https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-77-pause/

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Piece of the Puzzle

Fingers discovering keys into another world… Child’s joy in music and developing skill cut short by rapping on knuckles from harsh teacher, demanding perfection. Told mom at nine years old that I didn’t want to go back. Piano gathered dust. Child’s mind tuned-out to music, until the Beatles and Sound of Silence (1964) appeared on the magic box. I was ten.

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again…”

Poetic lyrics with a message drew me in.

The world showed another layer

Colors came back

I started expressing myself

In the poetic mode in early years

Then drawing and painting joined in

I had started my journey

Where creative acts fed the soul

Then life happened…

After forty years of ‘adult reality’

Creative spark still waited patiently

To befriend me again

*~*

***

V.J.`s theme: Music https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-76-music/

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Glowing Moment

Dappled light

Flecks of gold

Glowing through branches

Join my walk

*~*

Frank’ theme: Glow https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/12/03/tuesday-photo-challenge-glow/

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Satisfying Play

Sudden appearance

Blown in by the wind

Excites curiosity

Satisfies need to play

With eyes of a child

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Satisfying https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/02/vjs-weekly-challenge-75-satisfying/

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Abstract Realism in Nature

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes…” ― Arshile Gorky

A water ripple encircled by wisps of floating grass…

Reflections in a pond...

Birch tree shadows across a rocky hill in winter…

~*~

Patti’s theme: Abstract: https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/11/30/lens-artists-photo-challenge-74-abstract/

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Sipping Life

Sipping moderation

Taste buds tingle

Relishing the journey

Aging changes perspective

Balance a must

Extremes only in youth

*~*

V. J.’s theme: Moderation https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-74-moderation/

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Beauty of Winter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

– Aristotle

“…in winter…you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” (Athabasca River Gorge, Jasper National Park, Alberta)

– Andrew Wyeth

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.”

– Terri Guillemets

*~*

Tina’s theme: Cold https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/lens-artists-challenge-73-cold/

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Fantasy Tree

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.”

(Walt Disney)

“Fantasy…opens our eyes to an unseen world and trains our mind to see beyond the visible.”

(Bryan Davis)

*~*

Frank’s theme: Fantasy https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/11/19/tuesday-photo-challenge-fantasy/

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Waiting

Waiting can be glorious

Pivotal moment

When anticipation rises

New beginnings await

Simplifying life

When traveling light

Steps overcome

Walking into the unknown

Towards the light

Sky suddenly opens

Looking into the eye

Of wholeness

*~*

V.J.’s theme: Wholeness https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/18/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-73-whole/

Patrick’s theme: Waiting https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/17/waiting-pic-and-a-word-challenge-207/

Amy’s theme: Waiting https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/waiting-2/

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Depth of a Wish

(Image of sun dogs off my balcony taken recently when the temperatures plummeted. I wished for an interesting, new photo and here it is.)

A wish

Is a tricky thing

A momentary thought

A sparkle of possibility

Harnessing the luck

Of a falling star

Or celebrating growth

From year to year

Or is it more than that

*

If one lingers too long

A wish turns into something else

A hope for the future

Or a dream to be fulfilled

*

Wishes are fickle

Manifesting whenever they choose

Some almost instantaneously

And others languish in the ether

Waiting for the time to be right

And others never have a chance

To grow their wings

*

V.J.’s theme: Wish https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/11/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-72-wish/

Patrick’s theme: Depth https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/11/depth-pic-and-a-word-challenge-206/

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Cracking the Code

The crack is before me

Do I step over it

And stay in the safe zone

Or do I step on it

And force destiny’s hand

*

Do I hold its hand

And play the victim

Or do I laugh at it

And ignore its power

*

Do I sing to it

And pray for forgiveness

Or do I love it

And embrace its lesson

*

Do I photograph it

And claim the moment

Or do I live in it

And make it my story

*~*

Patrick’s theme: Crack https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/03/cracks-pic-and-a-word-challenge-205/

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When Darkness Falls

When darkness falls

Light lies in wait

Painting with graying pallette

To the eye’s delight

The sky erupts

Displaying its mood

While the flower lies safe

In the forest’s gentle arms

Tenderly awaiting

The sun’s awakening

*~*

V. J.’s theme: Wait https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/04/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-71-wait/

Patti’s Theme: Monochrome https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/11/02/lens-artists-photo-challenge-70-monochrome/

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Too Early

Final fall colours

Meet Halloween snowstorm

Long winter ahead

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Strange Reflection

Illusion warps landscape

Inviting dark emotions

Elongated alien forms

Emanating shivery truth

***

Happy Halloween! 🙂 (The above image is actually a reflection in a window that I caught recently. The lines in the background is a lake. )

V. J.’s theme: Alien https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/28/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-70-alien/

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Twosomes

“It takes a long time to grow an old friend” to fly through time with.

(John Leonard)

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”

(Sue Fitzmaurice)

~*~

Tina’s theme: Seeing Double https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/lens-artists-challenge-69-seeing-double/

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Kindling Imagination

Light warps form

Distortions suddenly flare

Shadows slowly flicker

Kindling fires of imagination

*

Portal arouses awakening

Window creaks open

Shape-shifter enters

Perusing new reality

*Tribute to Halloween when the walls between our world and the spirit world becomes thin.

***

V. J.`s theme: Kindle https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/21/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-69-kindle/

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Autumn Layers

Chasing the light

Delineating shadows and lines

Layers of the fallen

Transformation ending

Landscape becomes moody

Barrenness a promise

The last hang on

Braving the winds of change

***

Amy`s theme: Layered https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/lens-artists-photo-challenge-67-layered/

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Farewell to Summer Fun

As the days grow colder

Memories grow fonder

Warming the heart

With candid moments

Playful opportunities

Minds exploring

Sensual learning

Sometimes fun turns to too much fun, as the day`s outing comes to an end. There`s a story behind that pouty face.

One is eager to pack up and the other finds it hard to leave the playful possibilities.

In the end, the seagull finds itself alone exploring the beach.

~*~

Ann-Christine’s theme: Candid https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/lens-artists-photo-challenge-67-candid/

V.J.’s theme: Play https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/14/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-68-play/

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Celestial Invitation

Daylight cautiously succumbs

To cyclic vigil

Full moon parades

Its fiery luminosity

Old patterns unravel

Requiring new vision

In wake of dire warnings

A wobble in time’s matrix

Future at risk

Celestial invitation

To heed voices

Calling for change

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Sky https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/07/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-67-sky/

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Harvest Time

In Sudbury, weekly farmer’s markets display locally-grown food, wild blueberries, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods and preserves, and sometimes live music. Always fun to experience the community vibe and take some photographs.

Love the look of wooden, bushel baskets that bring back childhood memories.

These unusual, textured gourds caught my eye.

A bit of a humorous touch with the hat on a pumpkin and the 714 pound, prize pumpkin stealing the show.

Just had to get a macro of this chanterelle mushroom.

~*~

Frank’s theme: (Farmer’s Market) Groceries https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/10/01/tuesday-photo-challenge-groceries/

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Transition

Standing alone

Savouring transition

Senses alerted

By fiery dance

~*~

V. J.’s theme: Savour https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/30/v-j-s-challenge-66-savour/

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Worth a Smile

Eyes smiling

With momentary delight

Subject of affection

Falls into sight

*~*

Happiness hormones

Lifting the spirits

Mood transformer

Well-being soars

*~*

V.J.’s theme: Smile https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/23/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-65-smile/

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Countryside

Derelict barns can be found driving the countyside of Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

“The poetry of earth is never dead.”

(John Keats)

Sometimes a feel of country can be found close to home. This walkway led to the stream below.

*~*

Amy’s theme: Countryside https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/lens-artists-photo-challenge-64-countryside-and-or-small-towns/

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Time to Let Go

Autumn colors transitioning

Bending to the winds of change

Tenacious until the end

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Resilience https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-64-resilience/

Frank’s theme: Fuzzy https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/09/17/tuesday-photo-challenge-fuzzy/

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Magical Light

Two different perspectives at the same scene.

“Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.” (Roal Dahl)

“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”

(Trent Parke)

*~*

Ann-Christine’s theme: Magical https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/lens-artists-photo-challenge-63-magical-my-magical-garden/

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Candid

Candid photos from Anderson Farm’s yearly fall fair.

Bunny love. I kept the original colors. Loved how the gentle hands looked with the color in the bunny’s ears.

Beauty of alpacas.

Crafty dog watching a passerby.

~*~

Cee’s theme: Candid Photography https://ceenphotography.com/2019/09/12/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-candid-photography-human-or-animal/

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Riot of Colors

Architectural digestif

For long, abandoned hospital

Unwanted, hollow shell

Once an eye-sore

Ripens with vivid colors

Graffiti artist adds his touch

Eye-candy or too over-the-top

A matter of opinion

~*~

Interesting video of the processhttps://www.sudbury.com/lifestyle/timelapse-video-watch-canadas-largest-mural-take-shape-1665248

*~*

V.J.’s theme: Ripening https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-63-ripening/

K’lee’s theme: Architectural Digestif https://obzervashunal.com/2019/09/09/klee-and-dales-cosmic-photo-challenge-architectural-digestif/

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Silhouettes

“Silhouettes say a lot with little information…” (Kara Walker)

Silhouettes can embrace a subject and set a mood.

Silhouetted leaves can create a sense of drama.

Silhouettes and shadows dance together to the song of nature.

Silhouettes can make one look up and wonder.

~*~

Patti’s theme: Silhouettes https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/09/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-62-silhouettes/

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Weed in Disguise

Wild beauty

Medicinal, saving grace

In time of uncertainty

Daughter undiagnosible

Time passes with no answers

Milk thistle provides a miracle

~*~

*( My daughter missed her grade 7 school year many moons ago due to an unknown illness that cleared after taking milk thistle supplements.)

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And so it was and more

Hanging out in the raspberry bush

Laying with the warm earth

The drifting clouds told me stories

My happy, alone space

I think I was three

~*~

Looking out of the train window

Crying with the rain

I never wanted to move

Sinking into my first loss

I know I was four

~*~

Beside Cherry Lake was my new home

Crossing the waters to the distant shore

With big brother rowing

To pick wild strawberries

An adventure to fill my memory with joy

When the lake froze, I learned to skate

But big brother was hit in the forehead

With a hockey puck gone astray

And a little voice cried that he might die

My first fear of death

I was five

~*~

Then the flood came

Neighbouring houses were swept away

Ours was spared, but the floor slanted sideways on the edge of a cliff

I was afraid to go to sleep

Until the house was moved to my next life adventure

I was six

~*~

School started and new friends filled my days

I learned French easily with the praise of my nun

The love of playing the piano brought music into my life

Then one day, while waiting outside for my lesson to start

I made a bad choice

Writing my name on the convent wall

Next day, I fell into disgrace

My first experience with shame

On my knees, crying for forgiveness

I was spared the strap, maybe because I was so young

Fear of authority entered my heart

I think I was seven

~*~

I started to gain weight

Kept to myself

My swing was my happy place

The little girl had changed

Learned some hard lessons

With many more to experience

And a second move coming

I was eight

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Childhood https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/02/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-62-child-childhood/

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Precious Pets

Parrot chumming around with my daughter. Worth the five dollars for a photo.

I asked this fellow and his pet iguana to pose for me. Strange sight at a local festival.

My daughter’s precious cats, Peanut and Tommy. Munchkin is missing.

A rock pigeon decided to lay her eggs in my balcony, flower pot. I guess it’s like having wild pets.

Here’s the mama pigeon looking out for wandering, predator ravens.

I was intrigued by the beauty of this dog. A quick walk-by.

My Sassy who passed a few years ago.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

(A. D. Williams)

*~*

Tina’s theme: Precious Pets https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/lens-artists-challenge-61-precious-pets/

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Uncertain Journey

(Abstract of my long gone, peace lily.)

~*~

The mind is a puzzle

Molded by the brain’s intricacies

With magical possibilities

A source of inspiration

And a receiver of encryptic messages

~*~

Emotional attachment

To unfulfilled dreams

Triggers limbic resonance

Searching lost & found box

To recover the lost key

To believe in miracles

~*~

V. J.’s theme: Recovery ( I used recover) https://onewomansquest.org/2019/08/26/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-61-recovery/

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Frame within a Frame

When you really think about it, it’s all in how you frame your life.

Memories blur

Framing special moments

With a forever image

Bridge framing the sunset moment before the boat docking.

(Rideau Canal Sunset Boat Tour, Ottawa)

Rustic framing of vegetation draws the eye into the inner depths.

( Botanical Gardens, Edmonton, AB)

Sculptured family framed by nature.

Casual capture of my daughter busy in her kitchen, reflected in the frame of a mirror. Miss you!

Wall display in a fancy restaurant after the boat tour in Ottawa. (Reminds me of the song, “Ninety-nine bottle of beer on the wall.” ) 🙂

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” (William Shakespeare)

~*~

Amy’s theme: Framing the Shot https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/fram/

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If Only I’d Known

“Life is a journey and only you hold the key.”

Key

Once hidden

Now reveals itself

~*~

Frank’s theme: Key https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/08/20/tuesday-photo-challenge-key/

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Different Angles

These are all photos taken inside and outside Laurentian University’s library a few years ago. (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

Main sitting area below the staircase. Looking up, you can just catch the edge of the bottom of the stairs.

I was lucky to get a few shots without people going up and down.

Now for the outside view that caught my eye.

Wanted to see how the above view would be transformed by sepia and monochrome.

Interesting refraction of light from this angle.

Reflections of the trees create an illusion.

(Yes, it was spring, but some snow banks took longer to melt.)

~*~

Ann-Christine’s theme: Angles https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/lens-artists-photo-challenge-59-angles/

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Just An Illusion

Playing with illusion

Creates a whisper

Of momentary wonder

“Photography is a great adventure in thinking and looking, a wonderful magic toy that miraculously manages to combine our adult awareness with the fairy-tale world of childhood, a never-ending journey through great and small, through variations and the realm of illusions and appearances…”

(Luigi Ghirri)

~*~

K’lee’s theme: Just an illusion https://obzervashunal.com/2019/08/10/klee-and-dales-cosmic-photo-challenge-whats-the-prompt-128/

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Transforming Old Beliefs

Generalizations

And negative assumptions

Clutter the mind

“Ignorance is bliss”

Twists the belief system

*

Seagulls are scavengers

Garbage eaters

A nuisance

Not worthy of esteem

Lowest on the totem pole

*

That’s what I was told

*

Photographer’s eye

Has opened a new reality

Seeing this maligned glider

As an elegant beauty

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Belief https://onewomansquest.org/2019/08/05/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-60-belief/

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Taking a Break

*This is the entrance to taking a break from the noise of city life.

(Windy Lake Provincial Park))

“Sometimes, just the warm sun and the sound of the waves is pure heaven.”

(Sue Alexander)

*

” Taking the time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.”

(Doe Zantamata)

This seagull took an interest in me when some people close by disappeared.

*

Tina’s theme: Taking a Break https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/lens-artists-challenge-57-taking-a-break/

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Worth Mentioning…

Do you ever feel

Like there is something more

Something our senses can’t detect

But in certain moments

When it is quiet

And time stands still

It shows itself

~*~

Perception is a mental impression

Shaped by learning, memory, expectation and attention

An interpretation of one’s changing environment

A discernment of meaning from moment to moment

A realization of what’s of personal value

~*~

The awareness of a fledgling thought

Not passed into storage

But molded into something new

A creative beacon

To guide one’s compass in life

~*~

Eyes see, but don’t really see it all

Perception is the key

Intuition a guide

A doorway into the unknown

A stearing wheel to awareness

~*~

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

~*~

V.J.’s theme: Worth mentioning… https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/29/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-59-worth-mentioning/

Patrick’s theme: Beacons https://pixtowords.com/2019/07/28/beacons-pic-and-a-word-198/

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Shoreline Memories

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

(Marcel Proust)

Rocky Mountains near Jasper, Alberta, Canada

(The sky was hazy from smoke due to nearby forest fires in British Columbia. )

Northern Ontario scenes. ( I use to swim in the above waterway as a youngster.)

“Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

(Camille Pissarro)

*

Walking on the shoreline of a beach in Kauai.


*

Amy’s theme: Seascapes &/or Lakeshores https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/70172/

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Dreamy Tranquility

Dreaming of the road less travelled

An unspoken journey

Of endless possibilities

Mountains pull me in

A sacred witness

To my heart’s desire

Just when I thought

All was done

Call of the ocean

Steals my heart

*

Ann-Christine’s theme: Dreamy https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-55-dreamy/

V.J.’s theme: Just when I thought… https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/22/v-j-weekly-challenge-58-just-when-i-thought/

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Heart of the Matter

K’lee has planted the seed that requires deep thought. “If you could see into the heart of me…”

“Spirituality is a brave search for the truth about existence, fearlessly peering into the mysterious nature of life.”

(Elizabeth Lesser)

++++

I am

The eyes once filled with wonder

Catching polliwogs

The eyes of the spirited one

Who lost her voice

The eyes of innocence

Baffled by broken trust

The eyes of anger

Yearning for respite

The eyes looking for something

Finding it amidst nature

The eyes craving connection

In the stillness of the mind

In the cloudless sky

Where creativity dances

And mystery awakens the true journey

I am not my story

I am more than that

++++

Klee`s Theme– https://obzervashunal.com/2019/07/15/klee-and-dales-cosmic-photo-challenge-if-you-could-see-into-the-heart-of-me/

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Ultimate Presence

The exquisite presence

Of caressing silence

Spilling deeply

Into the softened heart

Untying knots of memory

Washing them away gently

Filling this earthly vessel

No longer an island

With profound knowing

That I am not alone

*

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. “

(Henry David Thoreau)

Patrick’s Theme: Island(s) https://pixtowords.com/2019/07/14/islands-pic-and-a-word-challenge-196/

V. J.’s Theme: Presence https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/15/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-57-presence/

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Life of Shadows

“Shadows are an entity as alive as the light.”

(Ron Bigelow)

“Light is nothing without shadows.”

†

* I cropped the above photo of my daughter’s eyes to achieve the below close-up. It was intriguing how the light, shadows and stray, wind-blown hairs created a universe in her eye.

“The eyes are the window of the soul.”

(English Proverb attributed to Cicero)

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Cee’s B/W Theme: Shadows https://ceenphotography.com/2019/07/11/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-shadows-2/

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A Textured Proposition

Language

Is the freedom

To bend ideas

Just like art

Poetry is full of bendable emotion

A textured proposition

Guided by the imagination

Opening new windows

To possibilities

Requiring dedicated work

To discover one‘s personal truth

(Inspired by the words of D. H. Lawrence)

Patrick’s Theme: Work https://pixtowords.com/2019/07/07/work-pic-and-a-word-

challenge-195/

V. J. ‘s Theme: Language https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/08/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-56-language/

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Aspects of Serenity

Sunset over calm waters paints a picture of serenity in heart and mind.

Standing awestruck within reach of the serene majesty of a mountain range in Western Canada.

Experiencing a calm feeling of serenity with a glass of wine after a long, hectic day.

(This photo was taken in my former backyard many moons ago.)

Tina’s Theme: Serenity

https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/lens-artists-challenge-52-serenity/

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Reclaiming a New Day

Once I lost myself

On the road to adulthood

Now I can sit and breathe

Slowly shedding old skin

No longer troubled

By leaving things behind

I gaze at the clouds

And reclaim a new day

V.J.’s Theme: Reclaim https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/01/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-55-reclaim/

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Radiance of Stillness

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen, that stillness becomes a radiance.”

(Morgan Freeman)

Radiant autumn leaves in the stillness of the moment.

Breath of purple radiance

Monochrome nuance of radiance

Frank’s theme: Radiant https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/06/25/tuesday-photo-challenge-radiant/

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Rippling Effect

Subtle nuance

Rippling into life

Sometimes small

And unnoticed

Sometimes a sign

Changing future events

V. J.’s theme: Subtle https://onewomansquest.org/2019/06/24/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-54-subtle/

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Unfolding

Creative eye

Catches unfolding potential

Hidden beauty magnified

Patrick’s theme: Eyes https://pixtowords.com/2019/06/16/eyes-pic-and-a-word-challenge-192/

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Passing Mood of Trees

“A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.”

(Malay Proverb)

“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our suroundings.”

(Kakuzo Okakura)

“Color creates, entrances, changes, reveals and establishes a mood…”

(Kiff Holland)

Lens-Artist Leya’s theme: Trees https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/06/15/lens-artists-photo-challenge-50-trees/

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Detour to Happiness

Sometimes the road taken is not all it’s cracked up to be…

…but an unexpected detour will come if one opens one’s eyes to the signs.

“Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear the path.”

(Healthy Place.com)

Frank’s theme: Road https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/06/11/tuesday-photo-challenge-road/

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Tesla- From Candlelight to Wi-Fi

Anomaly extraordinaire

From another time

Visionary being

Futurist

Cloud watcher

Inspired by a sunset

Eidetic memory

Highly keen senses

Understood music of numbers

Listened to colors

Felt rhythm of sentient Earth

Opened spiritual eye to cosmic intelligence

Affinity with vedantic philosophy

Explored new doorways

Prolific inventor

Befriended lightning

Quantum leaps to harness universal energy

In the end

Penniless and alone

Only pigeons for company

Patrick’s theme: Being https://pixtowords.com/2019/06/09/being-pic-and-a-word-challenge-191/

V. J.’s theme: Anomaly https://onewomansquest.org/2019/06/10/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-52-anomaly/

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Before Green Pastures

Before

Coloring my world

Wisdom had to be earned

Laws of the universe

Took hold

Painting stories of drought and storms

Always one finger above water

I learned the hard way

To follow my inner voice

Then suddenly the sky cleared

Just for that moment

The wind’s direction changed

The greens shone through

In waking hours

Now detours are embraced

With gratitude of heart

“Embrace the detours.” (Kevin Charbonneau)

Patrick’s theme: Before https://pixtowords.com/2019/06/02/before-pic-and-a-word-challenge-190/

V. J. ‘s theme: Green https://onewomansquest.org/2019/06/03/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-51-green/

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Wild

Feral chickens seemed to be everywhere in Kauai, Hawaii. On my trip a few years ago, I was fascinated by their presence.

My first encounter with a sunbathing seal. I had to take a closer look with the camera’s eye.

“Man is not the only animal that wants to live in freedom and peace.”

(Anthony Douglas Williams)

Tina’s theme. https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/06/01/lens-artists-challenge-48-wild/

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Uncertain Quiet

Looking out

Into the quiet

Uncertainty resides

Present time

Throws a curve

Reinvents new challenges

Acceptance

Is the only way

Looking for an angel

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Five Elements Theory in Chinese Philosophy

Element of Metalmetal sculpture of a loving embrace with nature at Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta.

“The way that light hits objects…is one of the more important things that sculpture and photography share.” (Rashid Johnson)

Element of Fiery Sky meets Water– fiery sunrise, Kauai, Hawaii

Elements of Wood and Fire Meetthe power of fire to consume wood- a local brush fire that was luckily contained quickly.

Element of Water Meets Earththe power of ages of erosion slowly changing the landscape of Hawaii.

“Water is the driver of nature.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/five-elements/

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Sun Glitter

Sun’s hypnotic glance

Masking a spirited dance

Waves sway with the glitter

Senses warming to the tune

Spellbound in delight

Frigid winds surround me

Yet I am undeterred

To watch and wait

Filled with serenity

https://pixtowords.com/2019/05/19/mask-pic-and-a-word-challenge-188

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Drifting into Blue

Drifting

With the blues

Timeless moment

Engulfs senses

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Drifting Into Red

Moment fades

Drifting in and out

To find a song

Layering my life

Passioned by reds

Inviting creativity

Patrick’s Challenge: Red https://pixtowords.com/2019/05/12/red-pic-and-a-word-challenge-187/

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