Posts tagged “life

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

For more fleeting moments, please visit: Our World.


The circle of life

Those of you who follow my dog, Oscar, or me on Facebook already know that Oscar is no longer with us.

Sunrise with Oscar copy

We had to say good-bye to our dearest friend on Friday as his osteoarthritis left him unable to walk.

After so many years of unconditional love from him, it was our turn to show him our love and let him go.

Stately copy

He dived into his last sunset at the vet’s on Friday morning, surrounded by so much love. (He was nearly 12 years old.)

He fell asleep peacefully in my lap, with the rest of his family at his side.

Jump

I know he touched the lives of so many of you – even though you had never met him.

It warms my heart that you could see his gentle soul through my photos.

Sugarface copy

It’s a measure of the love he shared and the life he led – that he connected with so many people around the world.

Run copy

He lived fully in every moment; he loved widely and generously.

That’s the best way to live — and his best legacy.

laughing-in-daffs

Please forgive me if I don’t visit you this week. But I want you to know that your warm wishes and love are a source of comfort to us.

For more love, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Cherry on top

Every year, the sakura – or Japanese cherry blossoms –

Spread pretty pops of pink elation in downtown Stockholm.

Blossoms and buds

They hang like

Petalled bunches from the trees;

Bunches

Are gorgeous

Clouds of blossoms in the sky;

Clouds of petals

Float in the air

Like pink tutus;

Pink tutus copy

And remind us

That life, like the cherry blossom,

Is fragile, fleeting and beautiful.

With bokeh

For more 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.


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.


The yin and yang of flying

The noise is what first attracted me.

A huge commotion of wings and flapping.

Swans are so ungainly when trying to take off for flight

Yet so graceful in the air.

Rainbow swan

The up and down of their wings,

The harmony, the pain and the beauty,

The yin and yang of life.

In flight

For more harmonies, please visit: Camera Critters.


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.


On the beach

A day out at the beach

Can fill you with joy

And teach you that you need to make time for rest —

And space for play and imagination.

Even when stripped down to the bare bones,

We still have a rusty beauty.

At the end of the day,

It is enough simply to be,

And to be who we are.

For more life lessons, please visit: Our World.


Overcoming the storm

The bird came swooping in

Over the water lilies on the pond —

Only to be met by a strong headwind

That pushed him back the way he had come.

It was a struggle to stay afloat.

He had to adjust his path to the new circumstances.

But the fight was worth it.

Soon he was flying off in the new direction life had presented him with.

We too can learn from and be inspired by the birds, don’t you think?

Dear friends, it’s finally that time of year again: my annual visit back to England to visit my family.

I’ll be away for almost two weeks, so my visits to your blogs will be a bit sporadic.

Please do pop in here every now and then as I’ll have some new posts up for you to enjoy.

For more inspiration, please visit: Camera Critters.


Flowering

It is a flower’s nature to bloom.

The same thing could be said of people

If we give them enough

Time

And love.

I’m away all weekend, so won’t be able to visit you.

But thank you  – once again – for your visit!