Posts tagged “beauty

The ripple effect

When we look at ourselves in the universe,

We are but a small and humble part of the whole.

Wide skies

But each move and turn we make

Creates its own beautiful pattern

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And tiny ripples of kindness or wonder

Can be passed onto others to enjoy.

Waves

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Stained glass petals

Spring is all about

The glowing sun of flowers,

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Where crocus petals

Drink in the rays

Crocus in light

To reveal silhouettes

Of their secrets.

Crocus

I love the way the petals and shadows

Create mosaics like stained glass windows, don’t you?

Crocus-3 copy

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Fleeting beauty

Once again, I found myself back at the Japanese cherry blossom trees without my ‘big’ camera;

Once again I did the best I could with my mobile phone.

I gasped as I looked down the south alley:

Most of the sakura blossoms had already fallen

Creating a magical world of petals and light.

Chess

In Japan, people contemplate the fallen petals

As a reminder of how fleeting life is.

Fleeting

The trees on the north side

Were bursting out in pink pops of joy.

PInk canopy

Everyone – no matter religion or nationality –

Was united in pure enjoyment of the blossoms.

(Look at the big grin on the face of the woman to the right of the monks.)

Monks

Just as I was leaving, the sun burst through the clouds

Reminding me that there is beauty in those brief moments we call life.

Dramatic sky

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Honeyed light

The evening sun

Shone like honey in the cherry blossom tree,

Blossoms

Creating dancing light

Behind paper-thin pink petals.

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Buds burst open

To drink in that spring treacle

Opening

And danced

On the edge of light.

Dancing

Even this shot where I didn’t focus properly

Has a lovely abstract quality about it:

The essence of spring light.

Abstract

(Photos straight out of the camera.)

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Breathtaking

Sometimes a sunset

Is so breathtaking

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That all you can do

Is stand there humbled

Exhiliration

And drink in all the wonder.

Peace

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Greeting the light

One of the things I love most about photography

Is trying to capture the light.

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It’s much easier to do

When you visit a magnificent cathedral

Like Notre Dame in Paris.

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You don’t have to be religious

To have your breath taken away by the interior

And the simple yet beautiful ceiling.

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I love the way the stained glass windows

Create rainbows of light on an old wall in the cathedral.

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The play of shadow makes the sculptures

Look like real people.

Window

Back outside again, I’m surprised by a shadow

Of what appears to be an alien.

I have to look twice to see

That it’s the shadow of an eagle!

Roof shadows

For more light-filled shots, please visit: Our World.


Floating in clouds

 Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”

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Many years ago, I woke up to an amazing sight:

Fields and fields

Of foamy clouds in the sky!

Endless clouds copy

I had to stop and talk to those clouds

For a very long time.

(All photos from my archive of 2010.)

Foam in sky copy

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Dawn, unfurling

A couple of weeks ago,

Simson and I sneaked out of the house very early

To enjoy the soft, pink dawn.

Simson

We saw a line of ducks

Flung against the purple canopy of the sky.

Flight copy

They flew past like scattered leaves,

While we remained – marvelling at the way dawn unfurls.

Ducks

For more early mornings or late evenings, please visit: Skywatch.


Catching fire

The early morning sky caught fire

And spread its blaze of glory

To the mirror of the lake.

Fiery red 2

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Doing the salsa

Winter is at its best during early spring.

Bright snow

After days of warmth,

A fresh snowfall looks so pretty.

Dogs in snow

The hazel flowers covered in ice

Captured my imagination.

Icy hazel

Spring is about taking two steps back

And one step forward —

So we may as well enjoy the spring salsa.

Glitter

Just like Ruby

And Simson (that’s him goofing around in the background) do.

Goofing off

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