Soaring spirits

We don’t know where or how our story will end,

But sometimes it’s good just to let ourselves take wing

And soar.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell

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57 responses

  1. Jim

    I so agree! It is the ‘journey’ we take on, not necessarily the ‘destination’, that gives us life.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!!!
    Jim

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    December 31, 2011 at 16:38

  2. Well, this quote couldn’t be more perfect for me!!! And what a wonderful photo!!
    I wish you and your family, a year full of God’s blessings, happiness, love and fantastic photography!!
    Lots of love and hugs and besitos going your way
    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012, FI!!!!!

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    December 31, 2011 at 16:41

  3. B E A U T I F U L.

    I Let Go…

    Xxx

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    December 31, 2011 at 16:54

  4. TexWisGirl

    scary but true, too. happy new year to you, lady fi!

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    December 31, 2011 at 17:17

  5. Di

    Happy New Year! What a gorgeous photo!!

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    December 31, 2011 at 17:42

  6. From one hot air balloon to another, Hello, and a happy new Year ! We had some hot air balloons visiting our campus in Mumbai, and got clicked by the daughter. Do check out my daughter’s photoblog post

    http://photokadha.blogspot.com/2011/12/red-hot-and-flying.html

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    December 31, 2011 at 18:38

  7. Ah, beautiful!
    Love this one!

    Happy New Year and thanks for all the beauty you shared this year!
    Made my days more special! 🙂

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    December 31, 2011 at 18:57

  8. trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!

    cheers!
    ..TREK..

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    December 31, 2011 at 19:09

  9. Ah, Joseph Campbell! Truer words. Love the balloon!

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    December 31, 2011 at 19:21

  10. I wonder if the birds ever get used to the balloons.
    Beautiful photo, Fi.
    Wishing you and yours the very best for 2012.
    K

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    December 31, 2011 at 19:22

  11. Pat

    Lovely photo and wonderful quote for the new year!

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    December 31, 2011 at 20:08

  12. Bob

    Some people love it, others don’t want it. I am one the latter part. Have a grand 2012.

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    December 31, 2011 at 20:57

  13. Soar high in 2012! Great photo and Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2011 at 21:11

  14. I do love the quote! Wishing you and your lovely family a most wonderful and very Happy New Year!

    Sylvia

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    December 31, 2011 at 21:26

  15. sandy

    I get a lot of inspiration from Joseph Cambell’s books. This quote is perfect for a new year.
    I wonder what the folks in the baloon thought of the fly-by?

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    December 31, 2011 at 22:36

  16. Soaring aspirations ! Happy 2012

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    December 31, 2011 at 23:22

  17. Goodness! That is a serious basketful of people under that balloon!

    Hope you have an uplifting year.

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    December 31, 2011 at 23:35

  18. i figure the end will get here when it wants…until then i will def soar…smiles….happy new year!

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    January 1, 2012 at 00:06

  19. It is the New Year there now! Happy New Year to everyone! Oscar too! May your 2012 be full of sunshine and laughter! 🙂

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    January 1, 2012 at 00:29

  20. Wonderful image and thoughts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hot balloon gondola shaped like that. Interesting.

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    January 1, 2012 at 00:41

  21. Beautiful as always. Thank you so much – and a Happy New Year to you and all those you hold dear.

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    January 1, 2012 at 01:11

  22. It’s true. I don’t know the thing that will happen today. Happy new year.

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    January 1, 2012 at 01:32

  23. I love that you got the bird in there too!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012 filled with 5 star reads!

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    January 1, 2012 at 02:21

  24. Great shot!

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    January 1, 2012 at 03:09

  25. I haven’t been reading blogs for a few days, so coming on to yours today Fi I enjoyed the photos on your latest few blogs – the roses white and pink,the flamingo, the tree in the water – all of them – Dave

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    January 1, 2012 at 08:49

  26. Fantastic capture!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    January 1, 2012 at 10:11

  27. Happy New Year!
    May 2012 be another wonderful year for you and your family!

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    January 1, 2012 at 10:28

  28. Happy new days.
    Happy new dreams.
    Happy New Year 2012 :))
    Myriam

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    January 1, 2012 at 11:42

  29. great shot

    happy new year
    Where my cat?

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    January 1, 2012 at 12:17

  30. Amy

    Great photo and GREAT quote!!! Happy New Year Fi!!! 🙂

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    January 1, 2012 at 13:34

  31. Oh yes we do! Nice capture.

    Wishing you all the best in the new year.

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    January 1, 2012 at 14:29

  32. Lady Fi, though you were not Victorious in Dark Globe Outstanding Artist Award’s this year, we are not leaving you Empty Handed http://thedarkglobe.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/thank-you-finalists-you-should-be-proud/

    Gratz on Making it to a Finalist, and Have a Happy New Year

    DarkJade-

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    January 1, 2012 at 17:00

  33. Very well said, Lady Fi. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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    January 1, 2012 at 18:45

  34. A beautiful quote to go with a wonderful photo. Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2012 at 20:20

  35. Looking forward to another year of seeing the world through your lens! Happy New Year and best wishes to you in the coming days!

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    January 1, 2012 at 20:23

  36. Delightfully wonderful. I hope you’ve had a great time for the holidays, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2012.

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    January 1, 2012 at 20:39

  37. A lovely shot, full of space and air!

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    January 1, 2012 at 20:48

  38. Yes, it’s so nice to just go with the flow now and then! Happy New Year!!

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    January 1, 2012 at 21:18

  39. A very apt quote to begin the new year and an “uplifting” image Fi. Hoping 2012 is an enriched, exciting and healthy year for you.

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    January 1, 2012 at 23:05

  40. Let it go and cherish the spontaneity in life:)

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    January 2, 2012 at 01:16

  41. Fantastic capture and beautiful color! Happy New Year!

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    January 2, 2012 at 01:46

  42. A perfect photo-metaphor for the New Year! I’ve missed your photos on my little blog break – and of course your words, too, Fi. I wish you and your Family many good things in 2012.

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    January 2, 2012 at 02:39

  43. What excellent advice, to just let go and fly free into the New Year. Wishing you all the best for 2012, with many happy adventures, new discoveries, and quiet inspiration.

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    January 2, 2012 at 05:48

  44. What a beautiful picture, and once again, I love your message: just let yourself soar. Happy New Year!

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    January 2, 2012 at 11:05

  45. what a brilliant shot!

    may your new year be filled with an abundance of joy, laughter, and good fortune.

    happy 2012!!

    xx

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    January 2, 2012 at 11:20

  46. That quote is so true, but so hard for control freaks like me!

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    January 2, 2012 at 13:59

  47. This is one of my favourite quotes. And one of my dreams is to fly in a hot air balloon! Perhaps this is a sign for 2012 😉

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    January 2, 2012 at 14:09

  48. So true! One of my favorite quotes. And how fun it would be to be flying in that balloon!

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    January 2, 2012 at 15:00

  49. Beautiful capture! May 2012 be a year full of health and happiness.

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    January 2, 2012 at 21:27

  50. Dead on! Beautiful.

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    January 3, 2012 at 03:18

  51. Love your quote and pic!!!

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    January 3, 2012 at 07:26

  52. That reminds me, when is grouse season again?

    ~The Dippylomat esq

    Ps Happy New Year to you, my dearest Lady Fi.

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    January 3, 2012 at 08:42

  53. Hi there – the bird and the balloon are a great mix – I also like the detail in the sky.

    Thankfully is almost 20 degrees cooler here today than when it was ‘hot’ – you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief!

    Cheers – SM

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    January 4, 2012 at 09:58

  54. Beautiful balloon! Looks like they’ve got quite the crowd on board

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    January 5, 2012 at 06:15

  55. I agree… sometimes the best results come from the plans we did not make….although that is SO hard for me to deal with. 🙂 But I am trying!!

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    January 10, 2012 at 22:49

  56. A J

    Beautiful shot and an amazing quote. Will keep it handy:)

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    January 12, 2012 at 14:55

  57. Scriptor Obscura

    This is excellent! I absolutely love love love this post. The image, the quote, so wonderfully perfect, and they really go so well together! I really love the quote!

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    January 17, 2012 at 07:12

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