Sailing without a wind

One evening, I was out enjoying the pink rippled effect

On the silk of the lake

When a sailboat came into view.

It was a magically, calm evening – not a breath of breeze in the air…

The lesson seemed to be this:

As we set sail across the oceans of our own lives

We have to remember that the strength lies within us

To get to our haven – even when there is no wind to help us on our way.

For more calm skies, please visit: Skywatch.

83 responses

  1. Lovely words and gorgeous photos, Lady Fi! The ripples and colors are so pretty, lovely skies. Have a great day!

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:15

  2. I like the ripples in the first picture! Beautiful.

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:17

  3. Truly beautiful as all your images and words are. Thank you.

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:18

  4. Don

    Just so beautifully serene. Appreciate your words about the the scene. For me it also speaks of our aloneness in life. Yes, we’re altogether in this thing called life, but each alone. Love the image

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:33

  5. It’s so beautiful scenery!

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:38

  6. Beautiful scenes, especially the first and a great message.

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    September 6, 2012 at 11:58

  7. nice…love the wisdom in this…we can not always wait for fair winds to push us on surely….cool pics as well…would not mind sailing right now…

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    September 6, 2012 at 12:40

  8. Your lake looks so peaceful, what a treasure for both you and your puppy

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    September 6, 2012 at 12:49

  9. jcosmonewbery

    A lot of rippling happening there – is the dog in the water?

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    September 6, 2012 at 13:32

  10. Lovely indeed. Even without the sail hoisted, a sailboat is always a lovely sight.

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    September 6, 2012 at 14:39

  11. Amazing colors ! I love sailing. Its freedom for the mind and the soul.
    Hugs, Synnöve

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    September 6, 2012 at 14:46

  12. How lovely and calming. xo

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    September 6, 2012 at 14:50

  13. Pat

    Beautiful post!

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    September 6, 2012 at 14:54

  14. Dina

    Vackra färgor og trollsk stämning.
    Hälsen Dina i Norfolk

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    September 6, 2012 at 14:55

  15. Bob

    Beautiful settings, from pink to purple.

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    September 6, 2012 at 15:05

  16. daryledelstein

    sure looks heavenly … i love the slide show header!

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    September 6, 2012 at 15:08

  17. I love the texture and colour of the water in that first photo!!

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    September 6, 2012 at 15:16

  18. Awesome indeed! The ripples are so facinating…

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    September 6, 2012 at 16:22

  19. Hi There, What an awesome photo—and wouldn’t it be great to be out there in that boat????? I’d love it…. Like you said—we need to learn how to get through life even when there’s no wind to help us…. We need to turn on the motors of our lives and move forward!!!!!! BUT—before doing that, we need to enjoy the solitude and quiet of the calm waters around us!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    September 6, 2012 at 16:37

  20. TexWisGirl

    oh my goodness. this was beautiful on so many levels.

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    September 6, 2012 at 16:38

  21. Delicious photos as always some nice photos with high quality, great colors. Greetings.

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    September 6, 2012 at 16:40

  22. Breath taking images!!

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    September 6, 2012 at 17:13

  23. JM

    It doesn’t look very warm,🙂 , but I would love to be on that boat. Wonderful setting and shot!

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    September 6, 2012 at 17:19

  24. sylviakirk

    Such a gorgeous way to begin or end any day, Fiona, and such wonderful words of wisdom! So very true and we’d all do well to remind ourselves of them — every day!!

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    September 6, 2012 at 17:25

  25. I really like the way you’ve captured the ripples of water in your first photo. The sky and reflection in the second photo are gorgeous.

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    September 6, 2012 at 17:25

  26. imac

    A few steps more to find the golden award.

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    September 6, 2012 at 17:36

  27. stunning scene!

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    September 6, 2012 at 18:12

  28. Magical is definitely the best way to describe these images Fiona, the pastel colours are divine.

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    September 6, 2012 at 18:18

  29. Beautiful shots and yes, the strength lies within us. Thanks for this lovely lesson🙂

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    September 6, 2012 at 18:51

  30. these images make me calm and peaceful ♥

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    September 6, 2012 at 19:29

  31. Lady Fi!!
    Wonderful, amazing pictures.
    They are beautiful!!

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    September 6, 2012 at 19:42

  32. What beautiful words and, of course, the images are stunning!

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    September 6, 2012 at 19:42

  33. Such a beautiful photo and poignant lesson!

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    September 6, 2012 at 19:47

  34. Beautiful shots and words. I have been sailing with almost no wind and it can be pleasant especially if it’s not too hot. I used to sail pretty often but haven’t in a long time.

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    September 6, 2012 at 19:58

  35. Breathtaking photos… Looking forward to visiting more often!

    – Cobi & person

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    September 6, 2012 at 20:09

  36. Beautiful photos and words!
    Wish you a wonderful weekend.
    Mette

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    September 6, 2012 at 20:14

  37. Fi, coming here to this magical place you’ve made always makes me more hopeful about life, the future, and even brings a touch of eternity! Thank you for sharing your marvelous images and words. You make the universe a much more beautiful place.

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    September 6, 2012 at 20:18

  38. Beautiful, peaceful photos.
    So true–sometimes the wind is going to go out of your sails. 😉

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    September 6, 2012 at 20:28

  39. I do believe these peaceful moments can bring such clarity. You expressed that so well here.🙂

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    September 6, 2012 at 21:40

  40. Lovely and so beautiful.🙂

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    September 6, 2012 at 21:50

  41. Such splendid words and images. Really.

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    September 6, 2012 at 22:39

  42. sandy

    What a good lesson to remember. What a magical scene that is!

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    September 6, 2012 at 23:00

    • I think I needed to see this today…

      Pearl

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      September 6, 2012 at 23:25

  43. Oh so pretty…love the color and the ripples. Haaha..so sweet.

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    September 7, 2012 at 00:36

  44. I SO needed to hear that today. Thank you.

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    September 7, 2012 at 01:07

  45. Beautiful sunset!

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    September 7, 2012 at 01:20

  46. What a wonderfully inspirational post!
    Your photographs are just beautiful, and so perfect for your words.

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    September 7, 2012 at 02:08

  47. I love how you find these inpiring life lessons in your gorgeous photography.

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    September 7, 2012 at 02:19

  48. Thats a nice picture – and I like the title as well – reminds me of a number of days I’ve had at work (i.e. not making mush progress!)

    SM

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    September 7, 2012 at 02:46

  49. Wow! These are wonderful.

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    September 7, 2012 at 03:43

  50. cloudia

    Awesome post in every way! thank you

    Aloha, Friend
    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=

    >

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    September 7, 2012 at 04:03

  51. Jim

    Your wisdom and keen eye are inspirational. Thanks Fiona.

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    September 7, 2012 at 04:12

  52. Perfect shots here.

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    September 7, 2012 at 04:31

  53. Lady Fi.

    I adore the wisdom of your words, insight, & perspective. Xxx

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    September 7, 2012 at 05:26

  54. indrani

    Lovely! Inspiring post from you, thanks!

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    September 7, 2012 at 06:05

  55. Stunning captures with lovely reflections.

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    September 7, 2012 at 06:26

  56. Beautiful photographs, fantastic view, I love such climates. I am greeting

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    September 7, 2012 at 07:33

  57. Liz

    Beautiful pink sky. Happy sky watching.

    Skywatch

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    September 7, 2012 at 08:27

  58. Fabulous as ever.

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    September 7, 2012 at 08:36

  59. Ah…the incredible colors in the sky…and lovely ripples!
    So picturesque, and wonderfully captured🙂
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2012/09/sky-watchhorizon.html

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    September 7, 2012 at 09:16

  60. wonderful pic!🙂

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    September 7, 2012 at 10:06

  61. lol, that´s not easy.🙂

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    September 7, 2012 at 11:20

  62. Lovely photos Fi. I’m going to use one for my desktop screensaver – Dave

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    September 7, 2012 at 12:20

  63. Wow! Beautiful photos! a little bit sad for the sailor folding the sail.

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    September 7, 2012 at 13:39

  64. These are wonderful dreamy shots again, Ladyfi.
    Must have been a very peaceful moment on the waterfront.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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    September 7, 2012 at 14:22

  65. Wow ! very romantic pictures !

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    September 7, 2012 at 16:40

  66. True and very beautiful !

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    September 7, 2012 at 17:47

  67. Great picture , seems like someone didn´t listen to the wheather report🙂

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    September 7, 2012 at 18:17

  68. Incredible shots!

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    September 7, 2012 at 19:36

  69. Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    September 7, 2012 at 23:29

  70. Al

    That is indeed magical, lovely photos.

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    September 8, 2012 at 04:05

  71. Beautiful picture, beautiful metaphor! But we do need the wind sometimes ;>)

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    September 8, 2012 at 04:43

  72. Beautiful.

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    September 8, 2012 at 05:05

  73. Nice pictures you show.
    Wish you a good weekend🙂
    Hanne Bente

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    September 8, 2012 at 08:04

  74. Vilken underbar kväll med ett fint ljus och speglingarna i vattnet gör bilderna så fantastiska .
    Ha en underbar helg !

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    September 8, 2012 at 13:04

  75. The lesson you attached to this is perfect! We set sail and expect the sailing to be smooth, and then either we are becalmed and can’t get anywhere on our own, or we are tossed by rough wind and seas…trust in God is what life is about!!! Lovely photos too. Wonderful!

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    September 8, 2012 at 21:02

  76. Beautiful lights from a sunset, you are so good in words, wonderful post!🙂

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    September 8, 2012 at 21:11

  77. beautiful scenery! and stunning colors, very nice photos

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    September 8, 2012 at 23:36

  78. Awesome! I love all the elements here specially the lines and colors!

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    September 9, 2012 at 02:08

  79. onceupona

    I think I forgot to comment here. I love the boat on the lake and the thought/words are inspiring. Cheers! -Danette

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    September 9, 2012 at 03:59

  80. This is stunning! I like the phrase “silk of the lake”!

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    September 10, 2012 at 02:59

  81. This post is just the right reflection (pun intended) for something I’m struggling with right now. Even without the wind I was hoping for, I can still do the work with the strength and knowledge I carry inside.

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    September 13, 2012 at 04:50

  82. Sweden has the most amazing sunsets!

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    September 13, 2012 at 07:09

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