Posts tagged “Our World Tuesday

Love locked

Some people say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world.

It could be because of the magnificent views of old buildings;

Or the romantic bridges criss-crossing the Seine.

More locks on bridge

Whatever the reason, the bridges of Paris are famous

For their hundreds of love locks –

Close-up locks

Most with the names of couples written on them

To signify eternal love.

To infinity

One of the most famous bridges with locks is very near Notre Dame Cathedral.

It’s been standing for at least 800 years — a testament of love and faith –

And it makes the loves and losses of our lives

Seems like the brief and passing beauty of a candle flame.

ND figures copy

For more old stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Horsing around

As it’s the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse,

Some wisdom from the horse’s mouth seems appropriate.

I moustache you to embrace the year with open arms;

Moustache on horse

To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,

We can try to deal with problems with grace.

Backside

Life has its moments of beauty –

Beauty copy

And of tenderness and love.

Mother and son

A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks

And make life better –

Laugh

Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage

To saddle up and ride again.

saddles

For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Autumn reflections

November is here with its greyer weather,

So indulge me as I soak up the last vivid colours of autumn –

Doubly delicious when reflected.

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I store up these views in my mind

And bring them out when winter seems a bit bleak.

Line of trees copy

Even as the leaves fade and fall

They still manage to create autumn bliss.

Autumn bliss

For more reflections, please visit: Our World.


Dancing like dew

I love the early mornings

And the dew

Bejewelled leaves

That transforms ordinary leaves

Into something extraordinary –

Diamond

Into a bejewelled world

Of dancing rainbows,

Reminding me of one of my favourite quotations:

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. — Tagore

Leafy dew copy

For more enchantment, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Radiant sparks

I have a confession to make…

I love the lowly ‘lion’s tooth’ –

Or dandelion.

Dandy copy

They grow in fields and gardens

Like cheery suns

Or radiant sparks of light

That have fallen from heaven.

Sunny dandies

And if you’ve ever rolled in

Dandelion-studded grass,

Then you know that it’s like being

Kissed by golden suns.

Photobombed dandies

For more sunlight, please visit: Our World.


Spring sparkles

It was one of those perfect spring evenings

When the sun made stars out of water

Perfect evening

And Oscar made abstract art

Out of water pearls.

Shake

On the way home, I turned around

To see my daughter caught in the fairy glitter

And become one with nature.

Bright light

The setting sun

Threw its golden drops

On grass and woodland flowers

As if to say: Stop. Look. Listen.

And appreciate.

Golden light copy

For more fairy glitter, please visit: Our World.


Snow blossoms

There is something so delightful

About the bright light of spring

And the cold of a lingering winter.

If you look carefully, you can find snow moons

Dancing on the snow.

Snow moons copy

And instead of flowers,

We have snow blossoms

And dazzling light.

snow blossoms

And – just as in real life –

You might be lucky to find

A diamond in the rough.

Diamond in the rough

For more hidden jewels, please visit: Our World.


Spring Schpring!

People want to know if I’m tired of winter and longing for the spring.

The answer is no.

Snow dazzle copy

Late winter is a fabulous time of dazzling sun;

Of lacy art made out of ice and rainbows:

Art

Of exhilarating days of trees made out of curtains of lace.

Curtain of lace

It’s still minus 14C when we wake up

Making it pleasant to walk on the iced over lake

To enjoy the sight of sunken boats and endless blue skies.

Sunken boat

The secret to happiness is not to long for something you don’t have

But to enjoy fully what you do have.

Oscar rolling in snow

For more bedazzled posts, please visit: Our World.


Frosted delight

Come and let’s take a walk through my enchanted world.

In the early morning, the freezing temperatures

Create art out of silver beeches

Trees

And the hoar-frosted trees frame

The pyramid of the swings at the end of our street.

Hoar frost swings

Once out on the lake, I walk past

An enchanted red boat house

Hiding among frosted branches.

Hoar frost - red house copy

Zooming out with my lens, I see the boat house

Belongs to this summer cottage

Patiently waiting for warmer days.

As for me, I’m enjoying the last cold days

Of magical hoar frost and ice.

Hoar frost - red house 2

For more delights, please visit: Our World.


Frosted freedom

For nearly three weeks,

My world has been wrapped

In shades of silver and grey.

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I can never get enough of

One of my favourite winter scenes –

Silver-haired trees

And hoar frost on birdhouse and bridge.

Frosted view copy

The scene has both thrills and beauty

When a sudden snow shower

Sprinkles Oscar, my dog, with diamonds of snow.

Snow shower copy

For more frosted shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Snowy walk

A few weeks ago, the sun was shining

And the diamonds danced on the snow.

A perfect day for a walk with my furry buddy, Oscar.

Start the walk

This boat has been adrift

On the snowy landscape all winter.

Snow boat

Our neighbours placed their impressive gingerbread church

Outside for us – and the birds – to enjoy.

Gingerbread house

Walking down twisty lanes

I spied a vibrant splash of colour in someone’s garden:

An old red pump.

Red gas pump copy

On the way home, we crossed the railway lines

In time to see the train disappearing

In a magical golden mist.

I felt as if I were living out a dream

In this enchanted winter wonderland.

Golden otherworld

For more magical moments, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Stained glass

Nature is a cathedral

And when the sun shines through the iced trees

They are frosted stained glass windows.

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The grandeur of these spires

Never fails to amaze

Frosted effect

And the dancing light of winter

Waltzes its way into the soul.

Stained glass snow

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Frosted times

Let me take you back to the end of October last year,

To a cold day of frosted eyelashes on leaves.

Eyelashes copy

It was a stunning bright day

Perfect for a drive out to the horse ranch

Sporting its old Grand Central clock on the side of the barn.

Grand central

The brilliance of the sun

Turned the wires into art

Frosted wire

And behind the frosted thistles

I discovered a secret world of rainbow bubbles.

Frosted bokeh copy

On the way home, I stopped to admire

The endurance of this ancient rune stone

(And to wonder if the Simpsons was based on the pattern on the stone…

Look at those eyes!)

Old rune stone

For more good times, please visit: Our World.


The lost art of tree hugging

We tend to take them for granted – the trees –

Even when their bare bones

Create art on a sun-drenched wall in winter;

Tree sculpture

Or when the mistletoe

Hangs like disco balls from their weathered branches.

Bergianska

Some say ‘tree hugger’ as if it were a bad thing.

But I agree with my son,

More of us ought to take the time to thank the trees

For their beauty.

Tree hugging

For more tree-mendous posts, please visit: Our World.


The grand finale

It takes but a short time to go from a blaze of colours

To the soft grey pastels of November.

But autumn knows how to make

A stunning grand finale –

Teaching us that finales

Are also glorious transformations.

(Picture taken a couple of weeks ago. It’s grey and bare here at the moment.)

For more last stands, please visit: Our World.


Of silver and feathers

After many days of mild grey weather,

The early morning light

Carried whispers on the breeze

Of a frosty world of silver.

(See how the iced reeds match the bark of the silver birches?)

In the silence of that iced-over dawn

Peace floated down

As light and beautiful as a feather.

For more peace, please visit: Our World.


That honeyed light

I love the magical light of early autumn.

It’s honeyed and wispy;

And golden and sparkling.

And sometimes it twinkles like glitter

Before exploding into thick treacle.

For more light, please visit: Our World.


Steamy!

It’s been a cool summer,

But a few days in July were hot and steamy.

It was a strange feeling to wake up to an autumnal landscape

But to feel so very sticky and sweaty.

The peonies drooped their graceful heads

In the heat –

And even the fallen petals seemed to be sweating

In the early morning dew.

And where one peony had almost finished blooming

Another was eagerly waiting to take its place.

It’s the cycle of life, the cycle of the seasons waxing and waning.

The bee emerging from deep within the peony departs reluctantly — Basho

For more loveliness, please visit: Our World.


Sunny side up

I’ll be England by the time you read this

(So won’t be visiting you all as frequently as usual).

My sister has warned me that there will be plenty of rain.

Weather aside, I’m sure there will be plenty of time for play and laughter –

As long as we remember that we all carry a piece of sunshine within.

Make each day your masterpiece. — John Wooden


For more sunny side up posts, please visit: Our World.


Let it rain

It has rained and rained

And then rained some more.

The flowers don’t seem to mind.

And there is nothing as refreshing as air and plants

Washed clean

And glittering with small diamond drops.

And after the rain, these masters of camouflage come out:

Much maligned creatures, but also a part of nature.

And look — so pretty too!

For more refreshing pictures, please visit: Our World.

And Lisa’s Macro Monday.


Of waffles and spring

Every year, just after the Spring Equinox, the Swedes celebrate spring by eating waffles.

The sun was up early – casting a cozy golden glow on the day.

In the woods, I looked for signs of spring:

Glowing green cups of sunshine;

Melted ice puddles

Creating artistic reflections;

And the golden thread of a cobweb

Slung across a 1,000-year-old Viking rune stone.

The most delicious delicious sign of spring was found at home:

Golden heart-shaped waffles topped with fresh fruit.

The Swedes have been eating waffles to celebrate spring since the 1600s –

So it would be rude not to join in.

Do you suppose we could call them eggy-maniacs?

For more waffle, please visit: Our World.


March delight

Sunny days and freezing nights

Create March magic:

Sparkling snowflakes,

Trees dressed in frosty crystals

And melting snowy spikes

That freeze the face and cause delight.

For more joyful shots, please visit: Our World.


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