Tag: zen stroll

Oceans Cool and Breezy

Oceans Cool and Breezy

Where do you go, for serenity?

The quiet respite, can be found along the soft sandy shores.

The sounds of gulls and incoming waves, play like a melody in your mind.



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ocean haven cool and breezy



Pinks and Greens, in the Forest

Pinks and Greens, in the Forest

Another zen stroll. Not so leisurely as most of my strolls but still enjoyable.

This time,  there was a deadline.  I was On the clock.

In the forest.



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Discoveries to be found, in the Forest


Begin With A Plan


I went with one purpose in mind.

However, the weather and wind refused to cooperate.

I tried to get the shots anyway.  But you know when you begin to force things, they only get worse.


Tick Tock

On the clock.


I didn’t have time, to get all snooty with the weather.

To grumble and whinge about what was going wrong.

I needed to “find things that were going right.”


I needed to get on with it.

Find some things out there in Nature that were just as appealing.

Just as lovely, exciting and enticing as what my original plan was.

I could do it.


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Forest Pinks


I found a gorgeous shrub, decked out in pink and cream blossoms.

The dark olive green needle like foliage paired beautifully with the pinks.

The previous post about how color talks, how it expresses feelings,  played a role in my choosing this specific combination.

Its definitely a softer look.

Much more delicacy is provided here, than the prior post’s color  palette of red, black, yellow and cobalt teal.



I went out, with the sole purpose to get some shots of the scarlet flame trees reflections upon the pond.

I pass it by nearly every day, telling myself “one day.”

So off I went, to finally accomplish my mission.

And failed in getting it done.  I’ll have to go back, of course.



I chose to bend. I chose to adapt.

My purpose had to change.

I chose to alter my mental outlook.

From being cross that my goal was being thwarted, to being interested in the challenge of a  New Goal.



it reminds me of, well, Painting!



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Spring Pink



Building…. character and skills

I believe that this photography event, what happened, was better than my planned version.

It was character building.

OK that sounds horrible to us all, I know it!


But, its true.

I didn’t get my way.

Yet, I chose to make the new path a better version,  better than my original planned path.


That, is the secret

of how I can  become a better artist.  


And Perhaps, improve in other areas as well.




There are many,  discoveries to be found in Nature, in the forest.

One needs to always be asking,  inquiring to find those discoveries though.


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in soft lavender pinks



The trees had their say.   

I guess its nature’s way.

Its lovely, finding peaceful places even when you weren’t looking.



And I did make it to my appointment with time to spare. Just.





On The Waters….

On The Waters….

Colors shining.

In violet, indigo and pink and gleaming ultramarine.

They dance, these colors.

Softly. Upon the waters.


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Upon the waters


From The Pond

be still and just BE….

just breathe

until you hear the colors sing and come to life



sit by the pond’s edge

and wait….


and wait,

until at last,

you hear

the silence






The photograph,  IS the Art


They dance, these colors.


strong in their silence

Upon the waters.



No need to “paint it”

its already finished.


No need to tame it

its not that kind.


No need to do a thing –

but simply,

join the dance

upon the waters.





Creating, Recreating, Transforming


With this image, I was able to take the ‘not too bad’ photograph and transform it.

Into how I wanted it to be.


How it looked in my mind’s eye, for just a flash of a moment, at the time I was sitting at the pond.

And I imagined the colors deeper, richer, with more indigo and magenta.

I imagined,

the strength of silence combined with those colors.



Sometimes my efforts work out.  Sometimes they don’t.

It is, as always, a roll of the dice.  


Isn’t that, the fun part?!



In Golden Ambers and Topaz

In Golden Ambers and Topaz

Such brilliant colors, my words will certainly fail to do justice.

The yellow gold raining down as I looked into the branches –

captured me.

And it was so easy to become lost within the cascade of golden ambers, citrine and topaz.


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Sun Gold autumns leaves


Finding Gold


The man watched. Surreptitiously.

I stood beneath his tree long enough. I wonder what he thought.

After the first 15 shots, he must have had some thoughts going on. Wondering about me and why I took 100+ photos.



I noticed him glancing over every so often, a curious expression on his face.

Can’t say as I blame him… I was there an awfully long time.


But he remained anchored and silent in his driveway.

And I remained under his tree.  For nearly 30 minutes.


Lost in the beauty.

Lost in the Moment.


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Looking up

Pause and relax


I could tell you, that I needed a break from my so very strenuous hike and that’s why I paused for so long.

We know better, of course.


As mentioned in my last post  “In Fuschia”  – the walk was merely Around the block. To the local park.

So there was no aerobics going on whatsoever.


No.  It was pure relaxation.

Glorious. I should do this more often.


I’m biased, but I’m thinking that’s much better for me, than silly aerobics!!

Running by things so fast I’d never be able to properly  Look at them.  Never mind paint or photograph them.

What?  Did,  I hear … slackard?!

No!    I prefer    “thoughtful,  selective prioritisation of energies and time.”  

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Zen Stroll, finding gold




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Autumn Ballet





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Golden Sunburst, Fall Foliage





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Gorgeous Gold


Standing beneath the tree filled with golden leaves….

Like I said,  I got lost.

Within the gold.


It was lovely.

And I was perfectly ….. Content.


That is a good place to be.

So I stayed awhile.




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lovely and perfect,  this background





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Subtle Hints of light red, within the background



I hope you enjoyed my zen stroll to the park and back!


Autumn Ballet  is my favorite photograph.  There’s a sense of softness  and openness that is so very appealing.

What are your favorites…. I wonder why?




My short journey to the park and back was more rewarding than I’d expected.

I found my cascade of gold, along the way.




In Fuschia

In Fuschia

It was time.

For another pleasant stroll to the park.

It was only to my local park… and back.

All of 1 block away.

Yes, A Full cardio workout on this one.

mmhm. I see your smirks!



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Autumn Moment in the Park


Just… To The Park


We can go so very far,  further than we’d ever imagined,  even within our  fenced enclosures.



Really, it was a magical walk this time.

Amazing. For such a very short distance, to provide so much.



I’m not complaining, though,  I thought I might.

As this particular park and I have become quite close.

So close  that I’ve thought a few times I’m just about getting bored with it.


So it was rather unexpected to find several new delights there and back on my zen stroll.

I guess, that goes to show me …. I too, can overlook a good many things along the way.




Fuschia and Green Duet


Today its about Fuschia.  

The last of Autumn’s warm light flickering upon the park flowers.

The old sturdy Canon 600d did a fairly nice job in creating a magical background.


Soft.  Peaceful.  Quiet.

Quietly inviting.

But, not too quiet.    


The tiny magenta and fuschia blossom peeps out with its white upright frills in sharp contrast.

Yellow green in the fore and bluer greens in the back provided the balance needed.

These greens were the perfect complement to the lovely fuschia.   A delightful duet.




Intentions and Wants and Plans

I do like this image quite a bit.

Even if –  it was not,  what I originally had in mind.


Funny about that.

Its probably a better image than if it had done exactly as I’d wanted!







The next post will be about the ‘gold’ I found along the way.

Below is a nugget, a  “preview”  of some of the gold I discovered.


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Zen Stroll, finding gold





Canon 600d Images

canon  macro  –  Sugar and Spice 

canon flowers  –  The Faces of Yellow 

canon  The rose’s  tears 

canon   My Neighbors garden at daybreak 



Its Not Too Quiet Here

Its Not Too Quiet Here

A zen kind of day.

Contentedness…. in the calm.



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Content, in the Calm



There is a lovely balance found here;  out in this soft delicacy and peacefulness.

Its not too quiet, no.

I don’t think so. Not at all.




I Steal Time.

I sneak away.

To find hidden places within this city’s  boundaries.

To uncover the quieter, secret places, to discover their mysteries.

To have life unfold in its beautiful ways, for me.



Its not too quiet here.

I can breathe here.

Its clear here.

Its calm here.



It wasn’t far.

But I did leave civilization, behind.

No  smartphones.


No radios, no tv,  no crowds.

Just the camera and I sharing a zen moment.

Its a beautiful day.


Its not too quiet here.




Dancing in the Water Fountain

Dancing in the Water Fountain

Exuberance, bursting with life and excitement!

How many of us secretly wish, to do something a little bit daring, something …. just for Fun?!


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E x u b e r a n c e


Dancing…with life

Doing something new, fun, silly, something daring.

Something we haven’t done before.

I don’t mean way out or extreme…. We don’t have to go to  Monte Carlo casino, or Rodeo Drive. Sky dive or climb Mt. Everest for this. Many times, it is right in our own overlooked backyards. Somewhere.




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A Mother’s Day Zen Stroll

With a lovely warmth to the afternoon sun, Mother’s Day stroll was perfect with my daughter.

We discovered an amazing new park, a Different one.  Less than a kilometer away. It was a micro Outback…. right in suburbia.

The 2 grandchildren scootering along advising me on all sorts of informational Nature Facts and life Habits of the local wildlife.

Delightful.  And getting warmer.

I really did feel that it was time to roll up the jeans and take a quick dash and splash.


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Feels Like Dancing


Doing something really …. Different.  How does that make us feel?

  • Slightly nervous
  • Invigorated
  • En Livened
  • Filled up with Joyfulness
  • Full of Bounce and boldness



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Joy fully




Things like this, shake us up.

Break us out of our old patterns.

Driving a different route to work, trying new cuisines, new clothing styles.


Giving the salon stylist…. absolute Free Rein.  




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Bursting Out



Risk Taking and Art

These all may be on the daring side for some, and maybe a bit scary.

But they all build,  create a new pattern within.

Creates strength. Resilience.  Joyfulness. Bounce.


And Builds the confidence to take more calculated risks that lead to greater successes.



For artists, this is a very good thing.

As an artist I need to be willing, to take a risk.  On that new color,  that very wet, wet in wet technique.

On having an image not be as successful as I would like.


I need to be willing to accept …..that sense of being slightly out of control.




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Fountain in the Park


I took a risk.

A chance with my camera and the controls.

I changed the settings from my Normal ISO for sunny days.  My normal, comfy zone fstop.

I had no idea if it would be another set of  “learning experiences”  or if I might smile on review.

But, regardless. It certainly wasn’t going to do me any harm by trying something outside my zone.



This was the park water fountain.   Rather humdrum design and a boring pattern for a photograph.

Its a pattern.

The regular, typical, standard way of doing things.    The ‘autopilot approach.



you can see, that it is nowhere near as interesting, as Vibrant as the other photographs.



I’d much prefer to be Dancing in the water fountain!