Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Two parks and a marina

The weather is mild so I set out to explore a new park. It was full of sports stuff but nothing very 'scenic'. On to Lake Wylie in South Carolina; not much boat activity there. The sky was overcast, also not photo-worthy. The McDowell Nature Preserve was on the way back home so I stopped there... getting desperate. Except for the Crepe Myrtle trees, it was blah there too.


A Reprieve


I miss my door. I used to put colorful things in/on my windows. I'm trying to figure out how to do a little bit of color in an apartment...

We're having a bit of a Reprieve from the heat. It's in the mid sixties this morning and I'm watching the sunrise from my balcony. It won't last long, back to the nineties next week but in the meantime - it's wonderful. 

Monday, August 02, 2021

Belated

Celebrate (no willpower). 

Hibiscus

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Later

I had to share this, and to save it to read over and over.

LATER
BY BOUCAR DIOUF
The day barely started that…

It was already 6:00 pm… 

Barely Monday and it was already Friday… 

and the month is already over… 

and the year is almost done… 

and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our life have passed… 

and we come to the realization that we have lost our parents, friends, and realize that it’s too late to turn back time…
So… 

Let’s try regardless, to fully take advantage of our remaining time… 

Let’s not stop looking for activities that we enjoy… 

Let’s put colour in our cloudy days… 

Let’s smile at the little things in life that put some balm in our heart.

And regardless, we must continue to take advantage or the serenity with our remaining time. 

Let’s try to eliminate the “after”… 

I’ll do it after… 

I’ll say it after… 

I’ll think about it after…

We leave everything to later as if “after” was ours. 

As what we don’t understand is that: 

after, the coffee will be cold… 

after, priorities change… 

after, the charm is gone… 

after, health has gone… 

after, the kids grew up… 

after, pour parents get older… 

after, promises are forgotten… 

after, days become nights… 

after, life will be over… 

and after, it’s often too late.
So… 

Don’t leave anything for later… 

While we’re always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experience, the best friends, the best family… 

The day is today… The instant is now…

Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Memory

 "You shoot a picture with the intent to capture something. I don’t even like that word—‘capture’, with all its brutal negativities. The very instant we capture a memory, the captured gets set free. The moment elapses, time shifts a second and what you had lived while making that photograph, goes away. Like clasping sand tightly and seeing time run through our fingers. A photograph is a bit like a breakup, perhaps. And all we wish for is remembrance of photos past." Raj Lalwani






July 31, 2009
Haleakala, Maui

Friday, July 30, 2021

Floral


Birthday bouquet. Another birthday gone. I'm patting myself on the back for NOT indulging in any of my food  cravings yesterday. It wasn't easy. No guarantees for today however. 😉

Monday, July 26, 2021

This too shall pass

Will it really? This is a rough week. Eight years ago my mother was in hospice; she passed away on the 28th. I have a birthday this week and I'm feeling very 'what's the point'. My mom was the one who could always lift my spirits. 

Twelve years ago I was on my way to Hawaii for a week on the island of Maui. 
I recently said that I don't spend a lot of time looking back but there doesn't seem to be much ahead of me.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Summer Rain, Summer Cold


It's raining this morning and at least it won't be 100° today. I've had a summer cold for two weeks, a result of unmasking. I have now returned to wearing a mask when I go into a store. Masks will be part of our lives for a long time, I believe.

This image is from 2011, Nikon D700.