I’m happiest when most away
I can bear my soul from its home of clay
On a windy night when the moon is bright
And the eye can wander through worlds of light —

When I am not and none beside —
Nor earth nor sea nor cloudless sky —
But other spirit wandering wide
Through infinite immensity. 6

–Emily Jane Bronte

Étretat Cliffs, Normandy, France. copyright©2014.



Poem numbered is from the enumeration found in the definitive edition of The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Bronte, edited by C. W. Hatfield. New York: Columbia University Press, 1941.

6.  44. Feb. 1838



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34 thoughts on “Solitude

      1. An iPhone picture?! Oh dear… Why on earth did I buy a DSLR when an iPhone can do this? By the way, I’m the newest fan of your photography: I checked out your Instagram and it’s as awesome as I suspected! As to what I’m doing here, well, procrastinating I guess. Your holiday talk scared me into procrastinating here. 😉

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        1. Are you ready to learn something? This was from an iphone….4!
          I have a 5 now and keep making good ones. This week I bought an external 4-1 lenses for iphone and can make macro, eye fish and wide angle photos.
          But don’t think sn iphone can deliver what your camera does. Impossible.
          It is a good solution for on the go photos, for people like me, who see stories in every scene and stop to capture it. I bike a lot and it would be too much to carry a DSLR. At maximum I bring a good quality compact one.
          I still have a nikon fm, before digital existed, and i keep it just for the love between us. I’m considering to buy a DSLR though; which one do you have?


      2. Ha! How did I miss your response before? My WordPress Notifications have been behaving idiosyncratic recently 😦 I’m still impressed by what an iPhone can do, 4 or otherwise. I do love on-the-go photos too and I used to take lots of these when I only had a compact camera that I kept on carrying on me at all times. Now that I have a DSLR, I stopped using the compact and my Samsung phone makes rather poor pictures. I only have an old small DSLR though, it’s Nikon D80, which I bought second-hand from a friend and chose it because it’s smaller and less heavy than the usual DSLRs. I’ll see what it can do when I FINALLY get down to reading the camera manual. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to more of you iphoneography 😀


        1. Hey, I just spent the night awake waiting for your reply! Never mind! 😉 LOL
          It’s impressive what these little things do but I tell you again. What you can do with yours, is much more! You have made stunning photos. I saw yours on Instagram and they are not less than great. Take a look at the new ebook on photography from WordPress, it might save you reading manuals. I downloaded it and will see the tricks they teach us. My husband and I are currently researching cameras, as we both love photography; an iPhone is too limited. He dropped our compact Canon… I may use again my old Nikon FM and develop some photos myself. For now…more iphoneography! Thanks!


    1. Thank you! I used an iphone 4 when making this photo and didn’t use external lenses; they’re available for iphone 5 and 5s. I like it a lot, it is surprisingly good. I haven’t used much as I bought it recently.
      Btw, the iphone 6 has the sane camera as the 5s.


  1. Nice picture. I enjoy these scenarios; sitting on a beach close to the shore, watching out to sea spying ships in the distance and wondering where they are heading from/to. The sound of the water on the stones and seagulls squawking overhead. grey skies threatening rain, the wind whips around you and you pull your coat closer. A wonderful day on the shore.

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