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The circle of life

Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.

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We had to say good-bye to our dearest friend on Friday as his osteoarthritis left him unable to walk.

After so many years of unconditional love from him, it was our turn to show him our love and let him go.

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He dived into his last sunset at the vet’s on Friday morning, surrounded by so much love. (He was nearly 12 years old.)

He fell asleep peacefully in my lap, with the rest of his family at his side.

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I know he touched the lives of so many of you – even though you had never met him.

It warms my heart that you could see his gentle soul through my photos.

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It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.

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He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.

That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.

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Please forgive me if I don’t visit you this week. But I want you to know that your warm wishes and love are a source of comfort to us.

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Into Impressionism

Late September sunsets

Are when cloud rainbows reflect in water

Rainbow

And autumn dances in

Wearing lilac veils.

Lilac burst

For more autumn beauty, please visit: Skywatch.

Over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow,

Rainbow

September descends softly

With wreaths of mist

Mist

And a single leaf

Floats to the ground.

Single leaf

Shocking pink beauties

Bow dewy heads

Dewy pink

And flowers offer up

Petalled cups of love.

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For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

Dog days

Sweet memories of

The dogs days of summer:

Purple sky

Enjoying sultry evenings

Of purple magnificence

With my best furry friend.

Oscar Sunset

For more great shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Rainbow wishes

The golden evening light of late summer

Transforms even the humblest of flowers

Into works of art:

Fluff

From downy pillows of fluff

To small wishes ready for take off.

Take off copy

And if you’re lucky,

You might even see a dandelion rainbow.

Rainbow

For more wishes, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Lone umbrella sky

The lone umbrella

Speaks of a jetty well used;

Of summer picnics and laughter.

Lone umbrella copy

But now, in this glorious moment

Of mist and clouds

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And pink abstract –

It speaks of the peace of an early dawn.

Abstract copy

For more peaceful moments, please go to: Skywatch.

Poppy love

Back in May,

The poppies were out in abundance –

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Waving gently in the sun;

Flock of poppies

Some with flamboyant red

Upside down tutus;

Poppy cup

Others a mere

Poppy burst.

Poppy burst

I took a long time taking photos,

So Ruby had to check on me every now and then.

(She’s still on maternity leave with her pups at the moment though.)

Ruby

For more bursts of colour, please visit: Our World.

Parasol skies

Late summer — and dawn is finally making an appearance again at a reasonable time.

Some mornings, sunrise unfurls like a parasol

Made of blue silk;

Parasol

Sometimes the dawn

Is an orange burst;

Orange burst

But my favourite kind of sunrise

Is one of peace and reflection,

A canvas ready for colour

And the signature of three small birds in flight.

Birds

For more skies, please visit: Skywatch.

The Fish Church

The Fish Church – or Feskekôrka -

Is one of the quirky sights you can visit in Gothenburg.

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It’s actually a fish market (built in 1874)

That resembles a Gothic Church.

Fish church 1

The reclining benches in front of the market

Are an excellent place

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On which to rest

And drink in a summer sunset.

Fish church view

 

For more quirky sights, please visit: Our World.

The blue hour

Late summer is a time for the blues –

Time for the happy blues;

Boat

Time to gaze in wonder

At the ripples

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And enjoy a golden sunset

(And a dog).

Blue clouds

For more blues, please visit: Skywatch.

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