Colourful – fpj photo challenge

Yay! Thank you, Dutch goes the photo! for this great photo challenge. Let’s live it up with some colour! Living in a part of the world where the seasons change in dramatic and extreme fashion, we in Ontario are very attuned to and appreciative of the swings of colour in our environment. So, of course, I had to throw in a couple of my favourite Autumn pictures. Fall in this part of the world is spectacular. It is like walking through a dreamscape; one can’t quite believe it’s real. And, just to support that theory, it is gone before we know it, replaced by greys and browns, and sprinkled with white. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, a few flurries fall while the colours are still vibrant, and it is absolutely incredible to see. I don’t have a good camera, but I did capture one of those moments this past fall, and have included it here…Enjoy!

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Rebuilding the human spirit

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There are moments when we stand, facing an ocean or a day, when suddenly we see something. It is the same thing – perhaps the same island, or the same face, or the same idea – but it has shifted. There is no telling how or why, but somehow, it has expanded and trickled in directions and dimensions that we didn’t realize existed. And that thing will never be contained by the same parameters again. We can feel this as it’s happening – like sand shifting underneath our feet. It opens doors, but as we see an opening widen, we realize that we are no longer looking at walls – and we never really were.

Going places – physical travel – has always been what does this for me.  Maybe it happens when I’m away because I am off balance. Sometimes it’s something specific in what I’ve seen in my travels, and sometimes it’s the people I’ve met, but I always return home to a seemingly changed world. Sometimes, however, what rebuilds us is just the recognition of things we haven’t seen – in what we’ve always known. It can happen when standing over the sink, washing the same dish we’ve washed a thousand times. And maybe, at those times, it happens specifically because we are grounded at home. Whatever it is, it rekindles and rebuilds the spirit.

Thought I’d try combining prompts today – I hope no one minds!

Dutch goes the Photo!‘s weekly prompt “The Human Spirit” and

The Daily Post‘s daily prompt “Rebuild”.

Lines

I am no photographer, but these are some of my favourite lines… (for Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday photo challenge).

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Lines that add beauty to any face,

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Lines that share their hope and heartbreak,

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Lines that stop you still in your tracks,

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And lines that open

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The infinite…

This is for Dutch goes the photo! ‘s Tuesday photo challenge. Check it out. Lots of fun and incredible photos – for photographers and non photographers alike (thankfully!).