Please indulge me as I carry on with Oscar’s birthday tribute:
He turned 11 at the weekend, which is a good age for a dog his size.
Whatever he does, he does wholeheartedly –
Seizing the moment
And filling it with joy.
A lesson we could all learn from.
For more wet dogs and other tails, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Leaves quietly cover a forest path.
Oscar leads the way…
Around the bend, we come across the perfection
Of clouds, warm stone church and the flaming torches
Of the trees.
The churchyard is ablaze with colour;
Leaves crunch underfoot.
The warm red of the priest’s shed
Matches the leaves.
Time to head home
Under the canopy of a dramatic sky.
Oscar is more than happy with his walk –
For this is the radiant joy that is autumn.
For more fall foliage and other stories, please visit: Our World.
What better way to serenade
The late September sky of
Purple and gold
Than with a jump
Of joy –
Followed by a long moment
Enjoying the golden ripples
Of the reflected sun?
For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.
And for more amazing creatures, please go to: Camera Critters.
It’s always bitter-sweet when summer starts
Its slow retreat into autumn.
For those of us with short summers and long winters,
It’s often a matter of creating memories
And bottling up those intense moments
Of summer joy
So that we can spread some sunshine later on.
It brings to mind one of my favourite metaphorical quotes by Camus:
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
For more lovely memories, please visit: Our World.
We’re still at the charming cottage with the garden sloping down to the sea
And a private jetty inviting us to swim.
Each morning starts with a jump of joy
Under the blue jay skies of summer.
The day rushes by quickly when you’re having fun in the water.
(I only have a slow Internet connection so won’t be around much to visit you. Hope you’ll understand why!)
For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.
My daughter is singing at The Royal Wedding today, Saturday, with her class.
(Princess Madeleine, second daughter of the King and Queen of Sweden, is marrying New Yorker, Chris O’Neill.)
Yesterday, she was all geared up for the dress rehearsal
And in a happy mood.
Of course, Oscar had to escort her to the station
To make sure she got to the church on time.
For more royal guests, please visit: Camera Critters.
As you can imagine,it’s a busy weekend so please excuse me if I don’t get round to visiting you.
UPDATE: If you’re interested in seeing the class’ performance, then you can see a short video here.
Come sit with us a while –
You don’t need to speak –
It’s enough to let our hearts swell
With golden joy.
For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.
Oscar may be over ten years old now,
But he never loses his joy for life –
And teaches me so much
About just living in the moment.
The only sign of spring around here
Is the spring in our steps
As we rush out to play in the snow.
For more Zen, please visit: Camera Critters.
Exuberance and joy are just other words for beauty.
(And having a huge snowfall really helps the magic too.)
For more exuberance, please visit: Camera Critters.
Sometimes, in the midst of our routine lives,
The mist parts
To reveal something so gorgeous
That we just have to stop and gaze
And let our hearts swell with the feeling of reverence
I am always thankful for the reminder
To stop a while
And drink from the cup of wonder.
I’m away making the most of the last week of the summer holidays, so please excuse my absence!
Don’t forget to enter my give-away here, if you want to…
Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It’s all about eating and dancing around the maypole. Usually in the rain.
One year, I’m going to photograph it all… But this year, we spent so long at the pool before lunch that we just didn’t have the energy to go down to the local celebrations.
We did celebrate the light, the warmth and the sun in our own way.
Life may not always be a dance on roses, but that doesn’t stop you from dancing in a shower of rose petals.
It’s all about your attitude.
You can complain that roses have thorns.
Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.
For more midsummer (or midwinter) beauty, please visit: Our World.
Never let your life become so filled with work, your mind become so crammed with worry, or your heart become so jammed with old hurts or anger, that there’s no room left in them for fun, for awe, or for joy. ~ Sandra Kring
The colour, the light, the joy. It was there all the time, waiting to be discovered beyond the veils of grey.
For more wonder, please visit: Skywatch.
Sunny days and freezing nights
Create March magic:
Trees dressed in frosty crystals
And melting snowy spikes
That freeze the face and cause delight.
For more joyful shots, please visit: Our World.
A puppy enjoying her first winter
Is pure joy on furry paws.
For more happy moments, please visit: Camera Critters.
Shining like mother of pearl
A painting of fleeting delicacy
Poised to fly to freedom
Through the silver rain –
Reminding me that joy comes when you least expect it
And that transformation can lead to great beauty.
Sadly, My World is not continuing but I’d like to continue documenting the small unseen miracles of life here anyway. Rest in peace Klaus Peter.
My niece has come over from England for a month.
One of the first things she wanted to do was to enjoy
The spectacular sunset.
For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.
Spring brings out the goofy side of us in a wonderful way, don’t you think?
It can make our ears flap and our bodies tingle.
If you’re a dog like Oscar, then spring means only one thing: wild jumping and swimming.
Find a good diving spot, take the plunge, swim and repeat.
Again and again – for maximum joy.
For more goofiness, please visit: Camera Critters.
Sometimes when you’re enjoying the colours of the setting sun,
You just can’t help but feel the joy bubbling up inside you
Until it tickles and delights
And make you want to roll around in happiness.
All we have to do is open our arms (or paws) and welcome in the joy of the day!
For more happy pets, please visit: Camera Critters.
How to sum up my tiny part of the world in order to celebrate My World’s two-year anniversary?
Let’s take a walk through the four seasons…
… and feel the warmth and light of those long summer evenings by the lake.
Cup your hands and drink in the misty serenity that is autumn.
As the riot of leaves dies down, find yourself floating in the soft pastels of a glorious winter landscape.
And finally, as the world wakens again, find the joy in a world bursting with new life.
The cycle is complete, yet never ending. The same moments repeat themselves in a familiar rhythm.
The key is to live these moments differently.
I caught this bird basking on the golden branches of a tree and it struck me
How large the bird was, and how slender and fragile the branches.
Sometimes, life feels like that: the heavy weight of a burden
Sitting on the fragile tree of life.
You don’t think you can support the weight. But you do.
Because just like that lovely tree, we are stronger than we realize.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all.
– Emily Dickinson
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“I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seeds every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss. It is adding to future life. It’s the tree’s way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.”
– May Sarton
Don’t you just love those glorious late summer skies? What treasures are you grateful for?
(Click the photo to enlarge.)
For more lovely skies, please visit: Skywatch.
Here are Oscar’s tips on how to find joy.
Make space for the spiritual.
And get plenty of love and rest.
For more stories, visit Camera Critters.
Sometimes, you are privileged to see something so spectacular that it takes your breath away. (And makes you miss your bus to work.)
The sky hangs so low that you can reach up and pluck a cloudy fruit.
Its silken canopy lies reflectively in the serene waters.
Sometimes the view is so perfect that there are no words to describe it.
You just have to stand still and drink it all in.
After all, there will be other buses, but this fragile beauty is a gift.
Click each photo to see the sky in its full glory.
For more gorgeous skies, please visit: Skywatch.