I am leaving in a few hours to fly out to Los Angeles to visit two of my sons, one who lives there and one who has been interning there all summer. I am more than a little excited to spend some time with my sons in sunny (and much cooler than the Midwest) California and then to make a wandering journey home by way of Land Cruiser–a journey that is sure to be ripe with photo and blogging opportunities and mother/son bonding (and yeah, that last bit was meant to be funny).
I am also more than a little stressed.
And it’s not just pre-flight jitters. I had every intention of writing a new blog before taking off on my next grand adventure, but I waited until my final hours at home to finish the laundry, to stuff my suitcases (and then to empty and re-stuff them when I realized I had exceeded the weight limit), to make a few, obligatory housecleaning swipes here and there, to pay the end-of-the-month bills, to play with my camera, to read my book, to check out the latest on Facebook and Pinterest, and . . . well, you get the picture. I ran out of time.
So, instead of desperately trying to come up with my own words of wit and wisdom when my frazzled brain is no longer functioning properly, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite, inspirational quotes from minds much greater than mine–and to pair those quotes with some of my favorite photos that I have taken recently.
Please note that I don’t profess to be a great photographer; I am, however, an aspiring one who is ever so slowly shuffling around the learning curve. These photos aren’t necessarily the best examples of my work but rather the ones that, for individual reasons, speak to my searching soul. As the acclaimed American photographer Imogen Cunningham said, “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” I hope you enjoy!
NOTE: To see a larger version of any picture, simply click on it. And please remember that all photos are copyrighted and can’t be used without my permission (I’m bossy like that).
“Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning. ”
“Peace is always beautiful.”
–Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass
“There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal:
to convey to others what we are.
And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence
in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song –
but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.”
― Pablo Neruda
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let the pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
“I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.”
― James Kavanaugh, from Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights
“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.”
“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.”
“The earth is art; the photographer is only a witness.”
― Yann Arthus-Bertrand, from Earth from Above
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.
The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.”