Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves …

This week’s photo challenge  asks us to explore curves.

Herewith a few of my interpretations …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

Our Journey to the Sea

Ricardo Vieira Fotografia

Stephen Kelly Creative

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up … Enjoy the View!

Thanks to this week’s photo challenge we get to look up.

What a great theme!

I love to look up and have made a habit of doing so whenever and wherever we travel.

There’s so much to see, don’t you agree?

Remember to look up … 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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Shout Outs

Mapping Chattanooga

Cheryl Andrews

A New Day

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Milling the Wind … Zaanse Schans, NL

Zaanse Schans is a heritage-type park/museum with a collection of historic windmills as its focal point.

I really enjoyed my afternoon spent at this atmospheric and beautiful tribute to Holland’s past. There were lots of terrific photo opportunities the results of which I am featuring throughout this blog.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Reflection … Keukenof Gardens, NL

Today a reflection after a rather dismal yesterday. A long, uncomfortable day that saw me collapsed in my leather recliner in the family room without even the energy to process a sip of water. An episode with adrenal fatigue will do that.

And, as you might imagine, I had not the energy nor focus to work at the computer either so no Monday blog post. 😦

Oh well, today is another day. Feeling much better but taking things in stride I’ve decided to post something that simply reminds me of hope, new life, spring colour yet to come and the importance of “being” instead of “doing.”

Now, as I gaze through the kitchen window, I see tulip shoots, from bulbs newly planted last fall, pushing through our heavily mulched beds. Soon they will paint the garden with their coloured vibrancy. It’s encouraging to see new life where only a short while ago all was frozen and dormant.

As well, the swan in this image is a gentle reminder to “be” instead of “do.”

Have you ever noticed how birds and animals are beautiful just because they are? We don’t expect a swan to do anything to be beautiful. It just is.

The art of “being” in this world is threatened by our incessant need to be “doing.” From my observation this is not healthy for us as individuals nor for the planet. My engagement with adrenal stress has been a serious, and unpleasant, wake-up call to stop “doing” and start “being.” I simply cannot “do” everything or accomplish as much in a day as I used to, and I’m finding I’m okay with this.

If I may, I’d like to make a suggestion … don’t wait for a nasty wake-up call to set in motion the process of “being.” Take some time to see what distractions, unnecessary activities and worries you can eliminate from your life. Focus on what’s really important and let the rest go.

Reflect upon the swan … and just be.

Thank for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Cameras Never Lie … Amsterdam, NL

Something wasn’t quite right about it.

When I first laid eyes on the five-storey building at the end of a street in Amsterdam I had to do a double-take. Were my eyes deceiving me or was the old place really leaning Tower of Pisa-like over its neighbour?

One thing about cameras … they never lie … 😉

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Nest Building … Amsterdam, NL

While visiting Amsterdam in spring 2010, we encountered what we were told was an uncharacteristic garbage strike. Our Dutch hosts were most embarrassed by this turn of events as it meant we would not be able to see the city at its finest.

Not to worry … this undesirable set of circumstances actually provided a few moments of amusement, including the one captured in this image.

While waiting for our canal boat tour to begin we were entertained by these two mystery birds (does anybody know what they are?) who were nest building across the canal. Can you spot them? One in the tire setting up home; the other swimming in the water bringing her the materials?

As you can see, this resourceful couple made good use of the refuse they found floating in the water, padding their makeshift nest with all manner of paper and plastic items at their disposal.

It was fascinating to watch them interact. To see the male (I’m assuming) fetch a suitable item, such as the white paper bag he’s carrying in this image, and hand it over to the female perched in her new home, setting it up just as she’d like it. If any of the material fell out of place, her partner would retrieve it with his beak and give it to her so she could go about finding another suitable position for it.

At least these clever birds had found a creative way to deal with the city’s garbage problem.

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