Finding sanctuary in nature

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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul ~John Muir

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In the woods, we saw many birds and a busy woodpecker. We were so busy observing his rhythm that I didn’t take photo.

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It’s easier to climb up a mountain trail than coming down.

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We are lucky that mountains exist; we are lucky that we have such beautiful sanctuaries on earth where we can enjoy utter silence and heavenly rise!~ Mehmet Murat ildan

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Each positive thought is your refuge and your sanctuary, where in that thoughtful moment, you are safe.~ Bryant McGill (Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life)lac_02aug20_12

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. ~Ashley Montagu

Yesterday we challenged ourselves to try another place. We climbed 600 m above sea level and walked around 12.5 km. We were happy with results and the beautiful view from the top even though it was not exactly as per the original plan. I guess finding plan B is life  😎

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Becca’s Sunday trees

Jo’s Monday walk

Weekend 100: Summer at home 2

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Walking in surroundings is included in our daily routine now. I picked a couple of images from our walk last week.

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Flowers are blooming everywhere here and almost every house has beautiful display. A couple of days ago we took a short walk to appreciate gardens in our neighbourhood.

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Our town walk was concluded with coffee and cake. No rains and wind and even the temperature was just perfect resulting lot of people outside. Gladly it was convenient to maintain social distancing while seating outside. July is vacation month in Norway but our borders are still closed and moreover this year people are adviced to spend their vacations in Norway. Hope this will help local business which rely mostly on tourists.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Second entry to last week’s lens artists photo challenge: Summer

Here is my first entry for the same challenge : CLICK

Weekend 99: To heal

Sometimes we get busy in things we can’t bypass which means less time for hobby. I couldn’t get enough time to work on a post for last couple of days but all was for a good cause and so no regrets.

In the new normal, we try to maintain a rotuine of taking walk everyday. No hard exercising is possible as the gyms are still closed, a preferred choice is walking for atleast an hour ++.  Here are some images from our recent walks.

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What happens when people open their hearts?
They get better.
~ Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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The final stage of healing is using what happens to you to help other people. That is healing in itself. ~ Gloria Steinem

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For Nurturing Thursday this week.

For Jo’s Monday Walk

Weekend 98: Moments from the Wilderness

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Near midnight

Life is short, and if we enjoy every moment of every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way. ~Gretchen Bleiler

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There are no ordinary moments.~Dan Millmanweekend98_5weekend98_6weekend98_7

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.~ Buddha.

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Last couple of days were the warmest with temperature around 26 -28 C. Walks were possible in late evenings. The above images are from our walk on Friday late evening. The stillness in the woods was quite refreshing and the sound one could hear were those from trees, birds, bees and sheep bells.

After buring around 650 calories on our walk we were treated with a beautiful rainbow saying good night.

Daily Walk

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Waterfall – As snow melts
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Tiny orange wild flowers
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Squares of grass hay
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Pink clover flowers

I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’ Then you realize it’s important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.      ~Paulo Coelho

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Buttercup flower
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Green farm
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Rhododendran purple passion in my garden
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Clouds are blessings too

Our daily walks bring us closer to nature in one or the other way. The above photos are journal of 5 pm walk. I do not see sunsets these days as the days are quite long. Sun rises little before four in the morning and sets after 19 hours.

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For Jo’s Monday walk

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Weekend walk 94

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When there is silence,
Give your voice.
When there is darkness,
Shine your light.
When there is desperation,
Offer hope.~
Tim Fargo

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Be proud of yourself for the effort, especially the parts that no one else saw.~ Andrena Sawyer

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We all have the muscle of creativity in our minds, but for it to consistently give great results it needs daily exercise.~ Yusuf A. Leingeweekend94_6

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”~ John Joseph Powell (The Secret of Staying in Love)

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What is happening in your world right now is your message, your sign, your omen…
Everything you want to “know” is found in the way you love, the way you live, and how you respond to life.~ Debbie Lynn (360 degrees full circle)

For Jo’s Monday Walk

Morning walk

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Be the morning in everyone’s eyes and make their day turn into a thing of beauty.~ Anthony T. Hincks

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The scent of the morning is prepared by the night; the scent of the night is prepared by the day; everything helps everything~ Mehmet Murat ildan

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Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.~ Roy T. Bennett

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.~ Epicurus

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Kate’s Friday Fun Foto

Stay safe and enjoy!