Respect Earth – #atozchallenge

Earth is beautiful and we really need to take care of her. She is home. In all her beauty and diversity.

When I was pregnant with my son, our first child, I had a wish. The wish that he will grow up to respect the earth, its animals, nature and of course people. I would say that he is on the right path so far.

It makes me sad to see what a lack of respect a lot of people have. When you walk you see rubbish everywhere. People through it out the window while driving. Some don’t care to recycle although it’s really not that big of an effort.

I know that there are people out there doing much more than I do. I drive my car, I heat the house, I cool the house and so on. But I try my best to do my best.

Sometimes I think we should consider the world for what it is. Our home. And I think you would probably not mess our home up the way we mess up the earth…

 

Security

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Security is often found in stories. Especially stories about superheros. And when the superheros turn out to be the normal guy from just around the corner, the quirky loser even, who by coincidence gets pulled into his role it makes it even more amazing.

I could have chosen a pic of Superman, or Batman, Spiderman or Iron Man, Captain America, you name it. Ant Man is the kind of normal guy who suddenly turns into the superhero. Without even wanting it. Yes, he got the suit but it still takes him to step up and take on the responsibility. And it makes me think that we can all be that superhero. We just need to step up.

Dense

I guess the picture of a dense forest is the one most people would choose to showcase “dense“. It was the first thing that came to my mind. I find it always fascinating how tree next to tree can make you feel comfortable on one side but also intrigued on the other side.

When I was a child we heard stories of people getting lost in the woods and I never understood it really. Growing up in the mountains for me one thing was clear: If you feel lost in the forest, you simply walk downhill and you will eventually hit one of the hiking tracks and then find back home. I learned over the years that not all forests in this world are well maintained and lead to hiking tracks or ski slopes but are actually so huge and dense that you can get lost in them. Thankfully I never had to make that experience so far.

When you find yourself in one of those dense parts of the forest, realizing that a lot of light is absorbed by the trees around you and happy to have a path in front of you to walk on you often wonder what is out there. Hiding. Watching. All those animals that are happy for the dense forest in which they can hide and be safe.

And when you then walk around the next corner the forest might open up in front of you and present you with a beautiful and also magical place.

 

Atop

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…