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



34 thoughts on “Solitude

      • 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. 😉

        • 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?

      • 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 😀

        • 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. Love the clarity in that photo! Even the pebbles! And on an iPhone is even more amazing. I struggle to get clarity like this on mine. I’m about to buy those external lenses though. Do you like them?

    • 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.

  2. 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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