Joy

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

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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.

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  1. Beautifully captured. Great shots.

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    August 26, 2013 at 15:55

  2. Awesome photos expressing the joy! Liked the second one lot with blue sky scene

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:09

  3. Excellent photos.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:15

  4. Why is it that summers seem to pass so quickly yet winter seems so stay far too long? You truly captured fun summer moments.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:15

  5. Neat action photos frozen in time. Very fun stuff!!

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:18

  6. Hudson Howl

    Camus’s quote does bring it home. Life is beautiful, life is exhilarating -I’ve always thought the most important thing a parent can do, is to give a child as many fond memories as possible. In doing so, they have cache to fall back on and to use as needed when the troubles of growing into adults need equalizing.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:24

  7. I love that Camus quote, too. Such exuberant photos!

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:24

  8. You captured the joy in these photos beautifully! I love the quote.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:35

  9. Beautiful, both the shots and the happy spirits in it.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:37

  10. Wonderful shots of summer joy! I for one though am very ready for autumn 🙂

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:51

  11. And they are off!! Really like the quote Fiona. I will dig deeply this winter.

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    August 26, 2013 at 16:54

  12. Enjoy your summer. Lovely clicks too.

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:01

  13. Such fun pics for the day, Fiona!! Yes, store up those wonderful memories to enjoy later!!

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:18

  14. Since I was a teenager in Stockholm, reading all those “heavy” authors, I have loved that Camus quote. I love the action photos of your kids, they bring back memories exactly like that. I have to tell you, I am so glad I found your blog.

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:31

  15. Your gorgeous pictures captured the joy, so much!
    Just beautiful and they made me feel so full of joy!
    Thank you! 🙂

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:32

  16. Your first picture captures the joy of summer (and of youth) perfectly.

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:47

  17. ha. one only need see the pictures to understand joy…
    my boys got comfortable with the high dive this year….
    much fun

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:50

  18. Look how Oscar wants to play with them…too sweet.

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:51

  19. Yes, wonderful pictures, beautiful summer swims!!

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    August 26, 2013 at 17:56

  20. what a visual treat!

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    August 26, 2013 at 18:05

  21. Such joyful photos! And I love that quote – so awesome.

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    August 26, 2013 at 18:22

  22. Don

    Filled with joy and adventure. They must have had a wonderful time.

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    August 26, 2013 at 19:46

  23. Amazingly beautiful action shots!

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    August 26, 2013 at 20:01

  24. Really beautiful shots. I know they will remember those days of fun and laughter.

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    August 26, 2013 at 21:20

  25. These shots truly capture the joy of summer fun.

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    August 26, 2013 at 21:21

  26. Pat

    Wonderful, joyful captures!

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    August 26, 2013 at 21:33

  27. Lov

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    August 26, 2013 at 21:53

    • Lovely qoute.
      But luckily i love long and cold winters 🙂

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      August 26, 2013 at 21:54

  28. Love the way Oscar is at the side!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    August 26, 2013 at 22:11

  29. so, so cute!

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    August 26, 2013 at 22:16

  30. Your unique perspectives have a way of waking us up to the wonder.

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    August 26, 2013 at 22:52

  31. Fun photos, Lady Fi! It is sad to summer coming to an end. School started today, so the children are very sad or happy. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

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    August 26, 2013 at 23:02

  32. jenmuddybootdreams

    May your summer last as long as the memories, and the winter be far behind any forgetfulness.

    Jen

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    August 26, 2013 at 23:10

  33. you can feel the joy! It’s sad that summer is drawing to a close, cherish those memories

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    August 26, 2013 at 23:38

  34. Wonderful captures of joyfulness Fi … I love the top capture with Oscar looking on from the sidelines.

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    August 26, 2013 at 23:38

  35. Those do look like some amazing and beautiful moments of joy right there! So fun. Enjoy while you can and keep the memories with you….as your own words and your quote say so much more beautifully than I just did!

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    August 27, 2013 at 00:21

  36. I love this shot, and want to be one of those people jumping with wild abandon into your magical summer lake of dreams and memories. A really energetic fun-filled shot Fi.

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    August 27, 2013 at 00:23

  37. Love, love, love those happy dances – and the memories they encapsulate.

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    August 27, 2013 at 00:52

  38. It’s really joy. Wonderful summer

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    August 27, 2013 at 01:29

  39. Summer fun at it’s best there! We’re in the same boat, winding down, savoring the summer so we can recall it on those coldest, darkest winter days. School starts next week, frost & cold will soon follow, and then the deep freeze & deep snow, until we meet again where the sun meets the summer waters.

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    August 27, 2013 at 01:31

  40. These are wonderful!!
    Such happy images.

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    August 27, 2013 at 02:21

  41. What a great shot! LOL! 🙂

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    August 27, 2013 at 02:26

  42. Marvelous captures!

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    August 27, 2013 at 03:11

  43. So much fun in these photos!! Y’all have fun no matter what the season, though!

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    August 27, 2013 at 03:26

  44. Your days, your posts, are literature that make us your grateful fans.

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

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    August 27, 2013 at 04:50

  45. onceupona

    You do indeed! Lovely shots. The kids know how to get the most out of their summer, clearly!! Cheers, Danette

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    August 27, 2013 at 04:56

  46. Great photos, Fiona… Your kids are adorable –and I’m sure they loved jumping into the water like that…. Yes, Summers are SHORT –and this year they seem even shorter than usual.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    August 27, 2013 at 06:09

  47. Rahul

    Lovely expressions of joy!

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    August 27, 2013 at 06:28

  48. Joy indeed!

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    August 27, 2013 at 07:39

  49. Great action captures!

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    August 27, 2013 at 08:37

  50. Unbound joy captured!!

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    August 27, 2013 at 08:47

  51. Lovely pictures ! I hate when summer ends and you can smell autumn in the air ! and this year we had such a short summer !

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    August 27, 2013 at 09:31

  52. Enjoyed the action shots! 🙂

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    August 27, 2013 at 09:42

  53. Those are lovely shots, full of exuberance!

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:10

  54. Fantastic shots but that water still looks cold to me!

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:17

  55. Wow! they are having a great fun. I love it.

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:30

  56. Yee-ha! Oh, if only you could bottle it!

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:52

  57. Let’s hear for the invincible summer in all of us!

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    August 27, 2013 at 12:24

  58. We need winters to appreciate summers. We had a winter that lasted till May this year.
    Thanks for your visit!

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    August 27, 2013 at 12:29

  59. JM

    Great timing! Cool shots.

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    August 27, 2013 at 13:11

  60. School started here yesterday and I don’t want summer to end!

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    August 27, 2013 at 13:24

  61. Love the expression of Joy captured in all three here:)

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    August 27, 2013 at 13:53

  62. Good to see Oscar back in his natural habitat! Kids look pleased as well!

    Cheers – Stewart M.

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    August 27, 2013 at 14:08

  63. Wonderful photos!

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    August 27, 2013 at 15:25

  64. Such wonderful wording, and great capture of summer memories!

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    August 27, 2013 at 17:17

  65. “Joy” really does sum it up. Love the photos and the beautiful spirits they captured.
    xo jj

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    August 27, 2013 at 17:34

  66. love these shot

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    August 27, 2013 at 22:23

  67. should have typed ‘shots’

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    August 27, 2013 at 22:23

  68. love seeing these fun and joy filled activities…sweet
    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

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    August 27, 2013 at 22:32

  69. You certainly captured the essence of their joy! Lovely series of shots.

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    August 28, 2013 at 00:49

  70. Al

    What great summer photos!

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    August 28, 2013 at 03:30

  71. Love that shot of your ankle biters and Oscar swimming out to get them:)

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    August 28, 2013 at 04:01

  72. Looks like a great place to enjoy the summer. – Margy

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    August 28, 2013 at 05:46

  73. Fi – That lake looks freezing! I notice in the second pic, your son is wearing a sweatshirt. Oh, to be a child again! Well, maybe not – but I do like their bravado!

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    August 28, 2013 at 06:23

  74. Nice and fun pictures~!

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    August 28, 2013 at 08:34

  75. That quotation is so true!!!

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    August 28, 2013 at 11:48

  76. imac

    Love the Action shots.

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    August 28, 2013 at 18:06

  77. Great!!
    We are bathing in our Little lake, its warm about +21 C.

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    August 28, 2013 at 21:33

  78. Wonderful pictures! Looks like fun!

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    August 29, 2013 at 03:51

  79. Absolutely love the leap in joys here! Have a wonderful summer. 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    August 29, 2013 at 10:30

  80. These shots = Absolute Treasures!!

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    August 29, 2013 at 15:40

  81. Amazing jump photo’s.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    August 29, 2013 at 21:49

  82. Nice timing, wonderful summer feeling photos, very good colors and light

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    September 1, 2013 at 18:15

  83. This makes my whole body sing with joy!

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    September 28, 2013 at 16:02

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