Photo a Week – Things That Matter Most

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – The Things that Matter Most

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU.

The things that matter most are not things. At least not to me.

I have heard it said that when you are on your deathbed, you don’t wish you had spent more time at work. More often it is…I wish I had spent more time with my family.
My friends.
My kids.
My grandparents.

The “things” that matter most to me are the family and friends I love and care about.
And who love and care about me.

What else matters?
That I am fortunate enough to have a roof over my head and enough food to eat…

Family

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Family…the Beginning

 

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Family…the next generation


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Food

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Shelter

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Photo a Week – Lit from Within

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Lit from Within

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS LIT FROM WITHIN.

One of my favorite Christmas decorations/ornaments is a “lit from within” glass globe featuring an angel inside. A special gift from a special friend a few years ago.

It can either be hung from a tree branch or placed on a flat surface. In our case, this year the flat surface is perfect…since we are not putting up a tree for the first time in over 40 years. Empty nesters that we are, we are flying from the nest to celebrate with our hosting-for-the-holiday adult children.

In the meantime…this Angel will rest on our mantel and continuously spread Christmas cheer with a flick of a switch.

from gold…

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to blue…

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to green…

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Repeat!

Photo a Week – Things with Wings

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Things with Wings

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURES THINGS WITH WINGS.

While taking a walk on a bright, sunny day in late September, I was distracted by a very large swarm of butterflies. Stopping me in my tracks.
They were accompanied by a few bees – all flying in and amongst wild asters growing next to the walking path. I had never seen so many Monarch butterflies at one time. Busy, busy, busy!

Fortunately they didn’t seem to mind my presence as I snapped multiple photos trying my best not to interrupt their important work.

A few in the group perched still enough for this photo!

 

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Monarch butterflies on the move

 

 

 

Photo a Week – Blue

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Blue

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURES THE COLOR BLUE.

Blue is one of those colors that soothe. And calm.
(which makes me wonder why it is also a description for sadness…)

About 10 years ago, my husband and I went on a cruise to Bermuda for our 30th anniversary. Blue was everywhere! Impossible not to relax.

This photo was taken from the back (the stern?) of the ship…in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Needless to say, we had perfect weather!

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Photo a Week – From Above and Below

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – From Above and Below

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A SET OF PHOTOS SHOWING THINGS FROM ABOVE AND BELOW (OR THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM).

What do you do when you are delayed for 5 hours on a flight home? Exhausted in a happy satisfied way after spending 3 days with one very adorable 2 year old.

Take photos at the airport!

Specifically, the main corridors for departures at Reagan National Airport. After getting my boarding pass – and noting the delay – I took a few photos for this prompt.

Before taking the escalator down to the next level, I stood behind the middle panel pictured in the last photo.

From Above:
at the entry level looking straight down…

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and looking down and straight across…
The glass windows are decorated all along the corridor.

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The railings on the upper level (where I came in) are designed with colorful panels and this photo was taken looking up from the set of 4 chairs in the above photos.

From Below:

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Then…
Down the corridor.
Passed through security.
And here I wait at the gate.

Happy Sunday!

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is Bridges

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) OF BRIDGES.

I inherited hundreds of my grandfather’s color slides.
Many of the slides were taken at family events, but many were from his trips to Europe, India and throughout the USA. He documented everything. Business trips. Personal adventures. With 8mm home movies as well. He was an ultra tourist. And thoroughly enjoyed travel. By air. By train. By car.

A few years ago I looked through all of his slides, but was dismayed that most were not labeled.

These are “Mystery Bridges” from the 1940’s (or very early 1950’s) Europe.

If anyone out there in blogging land knows where these photos were taken, please feel free to comment! I am very curious.

Look familiar?

 

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Mystery Bridge #1

 

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Mystery Bridge #2

 

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Mystery Bridge #3

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection

Nancy Merrill Photography is hosting a photo challenge:

The theme this week is: Reflection.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF REFLECTIONS.

Two years ago my husband and I rented a small condo across the street from a short stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. It was only for 3 months while waiting. Waiting to sell our house. Waiting for our new condo to be finished. So we could move on to the next phase of our lives.

My favorite part of that hectic time was walking up and down the beach in the late afternoon. Especially at low tide. It was off season (October through December) and I often had that stretch of beach to myself. It was glorious.

Peaceful alone time.

At 3:58 pm – on December 1st – I caught these moments.
The setting sun reflecting off sand…sky…clouds and surf.

Here are three photos in sequence – taken within 2 minutes…
(with my iPhone)

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Hampton Beach, NH

 

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Hampton Beach, NH

 

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Hampton Beach, NH