Remembering …

Remembrance II

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Their blood was lost;

In battle died

While far away

Their mothers cried.

The war not theirs,

But fought they did

For noble cause

Their bodies bled.

With open heart

And focused mind

They gave their all

For humankind.

Remember them,

Forget them not,

Our precious freedom

Their lives bought.

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Stream of consciousness words for a day of remembering.

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Archie Gordon

A salute to my great uncle, Flight Engineer Archibald Don Gordon, Bomber Command 405 Squadron killed in action April 6, 1942 over the Bay of Biscay, France. He was 23 years old.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Flower Power

Vibrant

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

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Every living thing carries a vibration.

The higher the vibration, the more power it has to lift our spirits and provide feelings of happiness.

Flowers have such a power. We give flowers to lift the spirits of another, or to convey our affection. Their vibrant colour and fragrance (for those that have one) evoke feelings of well being and memories past.

When I consider these dahlias I recall precious moments spent in my grandmother’s fragrant garden filled with such flowers. Happy memories. Good vibrations.

Flower power.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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 ©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2016

Toward the Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

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Meditation 2

Yesterday afternoon, following a treatment of shockwave therapy to Bear’s recently injured right hind lateral suspensory ligament (in human terms a badly sprained ankle), I found him standing quietly facing the back of his stall. The light from the window reflected so perfectly on his noble face, and the shadowing was so beautifully dramatic, that I grabbed my Nikon D70, which I’ll be using a lot over the next four months while I document his recovery, and captured this moment of serenity. I did so carefully so as not to disturb his quiet reverie.

The vet diagnosed his injury by ultrasound earlier this week and, needless to say, it’s taken a few days for me to find my equilibrium after such terrible news. This is serious requiring 24/7 stall rest, twice-daily hand walking and daily bandaging. I want to give him every opportunity to fully recover so will do everything I can to help make him comfortable and keep him amused. Fortunately he is in the care of a knowledgeable and enlightened horse woman, so I know he will be getting the best of care. This makes all the difference to my peace of mind on the matter.

So, for the winter months Bear and I are truly dormant.

Still, this quietude gives us lots of time to contemplate the next leg of our journey, and as long as we keep looking toward the light this shadow we are living under cannot last forever.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Travelling Light

Monochrome Madness: Week 37

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Tired

There’s a lot to be said for travelling light.

This image was captured while I was sitting down for dinner in the Campo Santa Maria Formosa in Venice.

This young girl had been pushing her heavy suitcase through the square when she artfully collapsed upon it in exhaustion in front of these beautiful weather-beaten doors.

Venice is a particular challenge to negotiate with baggage.

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Baggage

Following a short break, this young lady, and her well-stuffed travel bag, forged ahead once again.

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In both life and my journeys to foreign places I’m learning to let go of unwanted baggage and to travel light.

It’s liberating, to say the least. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014