When nothing is sure…

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So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.~ Jorge Luis Borges

The imapct of lock down on all of us is beyond measure. The sudden change in life style was difficult for many of us. I was fortunate enough as the idea of gardening came to my rescue. I am definitely not a homebody or hermite but I am managing it 🙂

I have a couple of flowering plants. The garden is blooming in various phases first tulips, then azaleas and rhododendrons with early perennials.  Now roses are back but beautiful bright flowering zinnia are show stoppers.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

My second entry for  lens-artists-photo-challenge

Earlier flowers in my garden – Summer at home

Weekend 102: Hiking again

weekend102_1Exactly after 3 weeks, we decided to take a long hike again on a nearby mountain. A safe haven considering other tourist places in these difficult times. Due to the difficulty level we were sure of meeting less people on our way and even if we meet some they will most likely be locals.

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The smell near the pine forest was very peculiar and inviting. We stepped into it to see the most popular of wild edible mushrooms, the Chanterelle. The above photo doesn’t do it justice as was highly magnified. The mixed aroma in that forest was just majestic. I don’t think we will get time during the week to go back and pick some chanterelle.

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The red paints on two poles mark the trail

We took a very short break after reaching height around 600 moh. The last section was quite steep and the sun on our head was not very supporting. Yes it was a hike under the sun.  😎

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After hiking for 3 hours and covering  9.6 km we reached our destination which was more than 900 meter above sea level.

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Cherries from local farms are the best

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You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.~ Maya Angelou

Covid 19 situation made me cancel at least 8 of my international trips (more for my husband) until now.  Instead of spending time on social media and covid news, we strictly follow the measures given by our health authorities. Ignoring extra covid information had put less pressure on our minds.

One step ahead we decided to make a routine for our daily walk. We don’t regret as we both have shed weight and increased muscle. Daily walk prepare us for long and steep hikes. Yesterday we covered around 19 km (according to google map).

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Glacier lake

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Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together~ Vincent van Gogh

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I am aware of the fact that the photo quality is not the best as I do not carry my camera on hikes. I hope you don’t mind either.

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Sunday Trees

Jo’s Monday Walk

First entry for Creativity in the time of covid

 

Under the Sun

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Arabian sea
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Ganpatipule, India

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.~ Elliott Erwitt

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Jahaz mahal, Mandu fort, India
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Jahaz mahal, Mandu fort. India
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Jahaz mahal, Mandu fort, India

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. ~Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Amantea, South Italy

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Paris, France
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Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo, Japan

I agree with Amy’s point that as a tourist most of the time we have few minutes to caputre a scene under the sun. As a frequent traveller (pre covid 🤦‍♀️) I had faced similar situations and with restricted time in hand I have never said no to a tour to a wonderful place even though I know my limitations as a photographer. Visiting and enjoying places matter more than missing the chance for photo quality.

For lens-artists-photo-challenge

For now stay safe and healthy.

Fred er løfte om fremtid…

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You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.                                                                         ~Max Ehrmann (Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life)

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Peace is a promise of the future!

The sculpture “Piece is a Promise of the Future” made by artist Håkon Anton Fagerås, from Bø in Telemark, Norway, was reveiled august 6th 2006. 60 years after the United States released the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.

The sculpture is intended to be easy to interpret, provident and symbolise Northern Norwegian optimism. By appealing towards kids, it symbolises playfullness, future life, survivability, and with association of the message from Hiroshima.

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When things change inside you, things change around you.~Unknown

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Lens artists photo challenge

Nurturing Thursday

Summer at home…

“Live at home”~ George Washington Carver

This is the first summer I am not travelling to India or any other places. The travel restrictions have forced me to stay here. In the beginning I felt sad but then I started thinking about “Something good will always come out of something bad”. 

I started enjoying my everyday hike/walk and I decided to work on my front garden.

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My first Clemantis

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.~ May Sarton

 

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Daylily

Plants want to grow; they are on your side as long as you are reasonably sensible.~ Anne Wareham

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Soir de Paris
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Coral Dawn
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Catmint

I love to spend time in my little garden (there are not so many plants yet) and I am glad I trusted my instincts.

For lens-artists-photo-challenge

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.

Hope

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In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope.                                                            In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort.                                                  In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream.                                                  And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.
~Michael Jackson

For Nurturing Thursday &

My second entry for lens-artisit-photo-challenge

Link to my first entry for this week’s challenge: https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/wordless-flower-wednesday/