“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen
Nancy Merrill Photography posted some awesome shots of flowers of spring. A flower’s beauty for me is priceless – simple, elegant, delicate and mesmerizing. That’s why it was a pleasure for me to join in on the photo challenge because no trip of mine would be complete without photos of flowers.
And while I write this post, playing in the background is Minnie Riperton’s song Les Fleurs.
It’s also a chance for me to recall my springtime trips this year to one of the best destinations to go to – Japan.
This photo was taken on the same window spot of my hotel.
As soon as I arrived in my room that spring afternoon and looked out my window and I was amazed by this concrete jungle. One would think that this densely packed place might have been loud, but amazingly, it was pretty quiet any time of the day!
Those nights, the lights from the buildings around me served as my night lamp.
This first one reminds me of my late uncle who was also my godfather. He would play jazz (his favorite was George Benson) when I was young (around the time when the next photo was taken). He was also the one who inspired me to learn how to play the guitar.
Fast forward to high school and then eventually college years – these photos symbolize what were probably the prelude to my blogging days. Yes, then, there was the typewriter AND the diskette (it’s not a giant printout of the Save icon, as I have seen in a meme somewhere in the net).
“You’re just a smile away, just a smile away A smile that blows a kiss into my heart” — Danny Jamie
This week’s photo challenge by Cee is about Smiles. Here are my entries – photos of my senior dogs Rex and Pedro whose smiles and gentle eyes never fail to bring a smile to my face whenever I see them.
You see, restlessness is my weakness, and walking is my remedy for this. I used to be conscious of the number of steps and relied to the dot on stepcounters, but I have since let go and just walked on and on and on.
Walking allows me to bask in the earth’s beauty – feel the sunshine or raindrops on my face; listen to the simple symphony of the waves, wind, birds, or crickets; let my imagination run as I gaze at the clouds, mountains, trees, streams, or stars.
These are some of the recently taken photos that came to mind with this week’s challenge. And I’m humming to some upbeat tunes in my walking playlist as I am writing this blog.
I like nancy merrill photography‘s photo challenge this week because I get to browse through my archives of quaint places in Germany that D and I went to. I’m always drawn to the charm of towns – the townsquare, market place, bakeries and cafes. I’d imagine myself being in a fairy tale whenever I walk through these lovely places.
The first photo below was taken from Wurzburg, Germany. D and I went here a few years ago during Oktorberfest and we had quite a lovely weekend.
This one’s from Koln.
And this one was taken at Heidelberg’s Old Town, my most favorite place in Germany.
For my entry in this week’s photo challenge by Nancy Merrill Photography, I am choosing a shot of musicians doing what they do best – playing music. I took this photo while crossing the Charles Bridge.
And this is what I’m listening to as I looked up this photo, because, after all, it’s Prague.
When I first started drawing one of the lessons my art teacher taught me was drawing from vanishing points to create dimensions. Ever since, I’ve come to have a deeper appreciation on vanishing points and look for them when taking in a view of a landscape.
I’m glad I this week’s challenge by nancy merrill photography lets me share these photos showing vanishing points. Hope you like them!
This is the boardwalk on Freedom Island where I usually volunteer for coastal cleanups.
This one’s taken along the walls of Intramuros in Manila City.
And of course, any chance I get to post the world from my little Pedro’s perspective. His dad took this while they were hanging out at the yard one Saturday night. I would like to believe he was waiting for me.