Life Goes on

This morning I woke up with the birds singing. Very early though!

As I hadn’t been shooting the sunrise for a while, mostly because of bad weather, I actually was happy to see the sun shining so I could make some photos. Is that addiction to shooting? Yes, and that’s why I run the Photo Rehab Clinic and enjoy the company of many other patients!

The first is the photo I made this morning.  I wished I had been there earlier though, to catch the sun just rising, but this was anyways a great view to start my day.

I am sharing the powerful sunset photo I made earlier this week as well. Check it inside the post.

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I don’t really know if I am more addicted to photography than to the images I see. I want to keep them forever in my mind, what makes the act of photographing just a means to an end. I think that is more the truth.

Of the images of nature which touch me the most, the sun movement from dawn to dusk, is my preferred. I think it is the best metaphor for a life’s course. It is there, it goes on, and a lot happens between day and night, with or without our control. There is nothing we can do to stop it.

So, instead of being upset with the birds or with myself, I at least got my photos done.  It is not every day though, that I am taking the high road, or letting it go. I tend to take things way too seriously, and sometimes get upset with the silly things that happen to me or around me, (over)reacting to them. This behavior is not necessarily helpful, as there are people and situations outside of my control. So I may just get frustrated for nothing.

While being at a party some days ago, someone said something to me that I could have taken personally. I didn’t react with anger but laughter. A friend who knows me very well, asked me surprised what made me change my attitude so much.

My answer: Aging? Maturity? Both? Just learning (sometimes) to not take people nor life, too seriously.

This quote from American philosopher, artist and writer Elbert Hubbard, goes to my blogger friend Colleen, from Silver Threading, featuring the best place your quote can be: The Writer’s Quote Wednesday. If You want to know more about him, here is the bio.

 


I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.

Want to know how to join? Check below.

Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:

This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.

As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab  reopened its doors.

You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

How to join:

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

Thanks for joining and enjoy it.

The Clinic – Photo Rehab 

 Here is the link to  add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:

Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well:

ACBistro

AngelineM’s blog

Angle and Views

Andy Townend 

Artishorseshit

Artistic License of Life 

Atelier Azure

Bad Fish Out of Water

Belgian Streets

Beespeak

Chris Breebaart

Deb’s World

Eclecticoddsnsods

ForestWoodFolkArt

Giving Thought Giving Sight 

Japan Can Mix

Jill’s Scene

Lisa Dorenfest

Musings from a Frequent Flying Scientist

My Story by Teresa

My First DSLR Camera

nty6x

Oosterman Treats Blog

Perelincolors

Perspectives on

Restart Urgently Needed

Rubyspolaroid

Snapshots Snippets and Scribbles 

Silver Threading 

The Light Inside Us.

Viaja2

54 thoughts on “Life Goes on

  1. Your photo is lovely and so worthy of getting up early in the morning. Learning to let things go is challenging. Good for you for doing so. You will be happier for it.

  2. i think photography is very much the same as blogging/journaling. in the end, it’s all about preserving memories of those special moments in our lives.

  3. Enjoyed your musings and the beautiful photo, but the quote didn’t appear. The sun comes up so early now that even though I usually wake up about 5 am (not that I get up then, but I’m awake), it’s already light. Have to wait for more sunrise photos until Mr. Sun rises later. But there are always sunsets. 🙂

    janet

  4. Lucile! Your Wednesday sunrise is an amazing sight and I’m glad the weather is better…your post comes exactly right when I need it… Something is churning in my mind that requires me to repeat your quote about not taking life too seriously!!! Thanks for reminding me!!! Much love and gratitude….

  5. Good morning, Lucile~ I love your sunrise photos, just beautiful! Thank you for the reminder of not taking things too seriously. We need to enjoy each moment we have and not waste it on being upset or worrying about things we have no control over. People will act they will and things happen the way they will and we can not change them….all we can do is change ourselves and are perceptions. Many blessings on the beautiful day!

    • Good morning, Barbara. And thanks for the compliments. The sun is an easy model, always delivering amazing and different views. So here goes the credits to the author of so much beauty.
      Your words should be added to my post. So true and powerful. Thanks.
      Have a wonderful day!
      😀

  6. You want to keep them forever in your mind……

    The same happens to me, whenever I see something that touches a special cord in my soul/heart/brain/sight……!
    Beautiful!!!

  7. It’s the nicest view you have there. Whenever I open up your blog I gaze in admiration at the Header. 🙂

    Parties! The worst possible place for hearing all the wrong things 🙂 But I love that quote. Hope the week gets better.

  8. What a lovely post with such a personal touch to it. I think that it shows that we are all vulnerable and like you, I sometimes take things too seriously. Looking at the sunrise each day is one way of being more aware of ourselves and how lucky we are to see it. I love the quote too – so very true. Thanks again.

  9. Well done, well written and simply gorgeous, my talented friend! Funny how we will do most anything for a great photo (like lose sleep, etc). Now that I blog, I think about what could be a good photo I could share or write a story about. I believe someone else mentioned that too. We are just being good chroniclers(?) of good information, stories and beauty!

    • Wow Terri, thanks much for such a considerate and insightful comment.
      Funny to hear that you are now aware of the photos you made. I hope your husband will catch you on the floor one day and make a pic you can share with us! 😉

  10. I love your sunrise photo, the colours are so vivid and warm. It is really interesting o see that bridge again and compare the photo to your header. Same same but so different!

  11. I miss that bridge – what a lovely sunrise you’ve captured. And so brave going out so early. I agree, it’s so easy to get hung up on things or see them in a negative way. It’s much harder, but much more rewarding to let them pass you by or try to see a positive or funny side instead. x

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