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It’s funny when you look at a picture and feel as if it was you who took it. It happened to me looking at the one posted today when looking at the one in the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. So I figured I might as well share some pictures I’ve taken a couple of years ago some take form more or less the same spot and from the opposite side.

Hong Kong is an amazing city. Huge, fascinating, beautiful.

Shadow

I love playing around with shadows. They tell you something but they don’t really reveal anything…

And then you have shadows in nature, a sign of what is there. The clouds in the sky, casting shadows on the ground, providing whatever is down there with a break from the harsh sunlight. Or the crevasses on the rock, looking like dark marks during sunset. The backside of the mountain during sunset or the inside of a flower with the shadow its peddles create. And of course the shadow underneath a branch, that lurked creatures of the forest closer to cool off…

 

And never forget:

Image result for quote turn your face towards the sun and shadow will fall

Solitude

What does being alone mean to me? There is two different feelings attached. One of them is being lonely, the other one is being alone, solitude. The much better one is the second one of course. It gives you room to dream, to relax, to meditate, to connect to yourself and everything around you. While you can be lonely but still surrounded by people, solitude means it’s just you. You and what ever is out there. Here are my takes on solitude, pictures of places I find my solitude.

 

Sunsets, nature, hikes, mountains, being outside, snorkeling alongside of creatures like this beautiful turtle. Enjoying a beautiful view. It all gives me my solitude.

Graceful

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Today will be a scorching hot day but I can’t shake the thought of snow when reading the word graceful. It’s the picture of my Dad skiing in front of me that comes to my mind. I see him dance over the slopes. So elegant, so graceful, so at ease.

I loved skiing behind him. As a child because he was leaving the track I could follow in. As his older daughter simply because I loved watching him. He had a beautiful style, looked always connected to the mountain, to the elements, to the snow. It’s a picture that will never leave me but unfortunately one that I can’t share with you as I’ve never taken any pictures of him skiing in front of me. Sometimes I think I should have. I should have filmed him as well. But then I might not have felt it. I might have been to busy taking the shot, making sure I got him, repeating everything over and over again rather then being in the moment.

I have the pictures in my head. I have the movie playing in my head. I see him dance over the slopes, at ease with himself and with the world and I can’t help but smile…

SL-Week 51: Birthday

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Sometimes it doesn’t need a cake for candles. A snowball can do it too. Fire and snow, opposites that work well together, don’t you think?

Usually I would post my Share Your Wold answers but Cee is taking off this week to celebrate 4th of July properly. And so she should. As Silvain Landry’s ‘Birthday’ task asks for pictures of a celebration of a very equally important status I decided to make it my Tuesday post this week. You gotta be flexible, right 😉

 

Landscape

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If I could pick a place where I would like to live and could tick off what I would love the surroundings to be like, I would choose the following:

  • Mountains
  • Big lake or the ocean
  • Forests
  • Snow
  • Warm in summer
  • Beach
  • Wide open space

This place ticks all the boxes and one day I will return…

Inspired by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 17 – Calm

I do love photo challenges. Not only can you connect with bloggers on another level but also find a way to express yourself differently. I did miss out on a couple of Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenges but happy to have found back with this one today.

The following picture was taken on our trip back from Switzerland. Not only was the view spectacular with a calm feel to it but I also felt calm from deep inside. A great feeling in any case but given the turmoil of the last couple of weeks it means even more to me. The calm, peace I feel means a lot to me as it is a sign for me that everything is and will be just fine.

Calm

Also inspired but the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – State Of Mind