International Juxtaposition

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

My second submission to this challenge, these images were captured on my travels.

Click here to see “The Boys” featured in my first submission.

Enjoy!

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travel Monkey

Jeff Sinon Photography

Black Hills Reiki

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting … Moments

This week’s photo challenge invites us to consider the notion of fleeting.

As it turns out I’ve selected six images ~ two equestrian; two sunsets; two at Niagara Falls, representing moments where I stood still and observed the fleeting exchanges around me.

Love those moments …

Enjoy!

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

Cyclocross2012

Alien Shores

Jeff Sinon Photography

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

A seagull escorted our ferry from Brodick on the Isle of Arran to Ardrossan on the Scottish mainland. He swooped and soared in great swirling circles above and skimmed the gushing wake below. He teased and taunted with his shrilling cries, all the while lusting with beady eyes after crumbs of bread or potato chip morsels carelessly discarded by lazy tourists.

His comfortable proximity to the huge vessel made him wonderful fodder for the camera lens, so I followed his free-spirited meanderings and captured as many moments as I could.

This image is one of my favourites. I love how the seagull’s wings are burnished with light, reminding me of the story of Icarus, but without the tragic ending.

The seagull soars. I dream of soaring. He is a free spirit. In my heart I too am free.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Embracing a New Light … Isle of Arran, Scotland

Today started on a very dark note — a serious family emergency that totally caught me off guard.

After a night of no sleep and wondering where the silver lining is to all this turmoil, I feel utterly exhausted. My eyes and heart are heavy; my focus almost non-existent.

This image, taken a couple of years ago while walking along a dusty lane near Broddick on the Isle of Arran, reminds me of what happens when the clouds part — the light is even brighter than before the clouds appeared. Have you ever noticed that? The clouds separate and the light bursts with seemingly renewed energy?

That’s what I’m hoping for those touched by this crisis – that they emerge from the shadow of this experience renewed and re-energized to embrace a new light; a new beginning.

As I’ve said before, I believe in silver linings …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Enjoy the View … Isle of Arran, Scotland

By car, you can travel the circumference of the Isle of Arran in less than a day — with the odd stop along the way. Take in a brewery; have lunch at a distillery; visit a castle; walk barefoot on a sandy beach; skip stones on a rocky beach; say hi to the sheep that dot the hill sides … and yes, enjoy the view.

The A841 skirts the shores and, as in this image, traverses the colour-infused highlands. It’s a sight, to be sure.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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An Ol’ Routine … Firth of Clyde, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Tourist #1: “Hey look! … Over there! …  A seagull!”

Tourist #2: “Huh? … Oh, ya, I guess it is! … The scenery’s beautiful, eh? …”

Tourist #1: “Sure is … I wish we’d been able to stay longer on the Isle of Arran. It would have been fun to do some hiking … ”

Tourist #2: “Ya … Oh well … next time … ”

Tourist #1: “Hey! There’s that silly seagull again! … Do you think he’s following the ferry?”

Tourist #2: “I don’t know … maybe. Kind of looks like he might be … Wow! Look over there … It’s so pretty! … The water’s so calm …”

Tourist #1: “Ya … so tranquil for such a large body of water … But look! There he is … again! … He keeps swooping and circling around the ferry!”

Tourist #2: “Where is he?”

Tourist #1: “Up there! … Can you see him?”

Tourist #1: “You know … I think he’s escorting the ferry all the way back to Ardrossan!”

Tourist #2: “You think so? …”

Tourist #1: “Why not? Maybe it’s what he does … you know, an ol’ routine …”

Tourist #1: “Look how high up he is! Like he’s circling the sun!”

Tourist #1: “Wow! … And now he’s so close I can almost touch him … Isn’t he something!?”

Tourist #2: “Oh, he’s something alright. … He better not you-know-what on my head …”

Tourist #1: “But that’s good luck … right?”

Tourist #1: “Well … look at that. … He’s resting on the loud speaker …”

Tourist #2: “Looks like a bit of a tap dance routine to me …”

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Remember to look up …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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The White House … Isle of Arran, Scotland

Must be my British ancestral blood that makes me go weak at the knees when I witness the beauty of those ancient lands.

To me this image emotes Scotland … the white-painted stone house surrounded in native shrubs; the golden gorse whose coconut fragrance intoxicates me even with the memory of it; the stone walls and winding road and rolling hills and cloud-cloaked skies. And the buffeting winds that embraced me as I captured this moment and held it in my heart.

Ol’ gran would be pleased …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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