Cheer in Mirror Image

Cheer in Mirror Image

Cheer in Mirror Image

f16, SS1/100, ISO 200

Nikon D800, 60mm f2.8 micro

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves”- Helen Keller

Pressure is On


It is dark in the world at times

Life drags and there are no rhymes

Isn’t this my prime?



Pressure is on.

I struggle through on days

Where it seems all are angry

And Gray.



Pressure is on.

People argue

Someone’s to blame

Life can seem so lame.



Pressure is on.

Someone smiles

From across the hall

I no longer feel like crawling up in a ball.



Take pressures away.

An “A”

I am on my way

To success for another day.


High fives

Take pressures away.

I no longer feel life is taking a dive.

I see the light

I am going to thrive.



Take pressures away.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Sends me beams of hope

Life is not a funnel*.



Take pressures away.

I’m not spiraling down

I am pushing through

Without a frown.



Take pressures away.

I jump

Life gives way

I begin to enjoy the day.



Take pressures away.

I jump,


I’m over the hump,

I smile,


Copyright Robyn Graham

 *funnel: a smokestack, esp. of a steamship. – Random House Dictionary

Pressure is ON

Pressure is On – A Silhouette

Jump in Silhouette

Jump I  – A Silhouette – Take Pressures Away

Jump in Silhouette II

Jump II – A Silhouette – I Smile Awhile


“I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That’s because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.” – Toby Maquire


Depending on which reference used, the Gerbera Daisy represents innocence, thus the selection of the quote above.

I used light to create a feeling of  innocence in this photograph by creating a blown-out background.   I think this technique creates an ethereal feeling which enhances the mood of innocence.

Wishing you moments of innocence and recognition of the beauty of human life everyday!


“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jim Valvano

The Number Two


The Number Two

2013 Stability Series – 01

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” – Michel de Montaigne

Stability in Wisdom I


Stability in Wisdom

Stability in Tranquility

Stability in Tranquility

Stability in Integrity

Stability in Integrity

Stability in Loyalty

Stability in Loyalty

Stability in Power Stability in Power

The Stability Series, for now, is a two post series.  The images, shot using the same subject and background, are available in both horizontal and vertical formats.  Each image has a name representative of the color green and the color blue.  They were shot and named to be hung alone or as groupings.  The images are perfect for gift-giving for friends and loved ones going through difficult times. The names are meant to provide encouragement and inspiration for those in need of courage, strength or healing.

The World Spins

The World Spins

Stress Enters.

Life becomes overwhelming.

Stress becomes life.

The world spins.

We forget to breath.

The world spins.

Then suddenly,

The spinning slows.

And we stop,

And breath.

Once again

Light guides us forward,

And we carry on.

Carry on.

copyright Robyn Graham

The World SpinsImage taken while hiking in Northern Idaho, March 2013.


2013 Tulip Series – 11

The images I am posting tonight are both of reflections of tulips.  Be sure to notice the variation in the depth of field used for each image.  In addition, I hope you see the pairing of each image to the quote selected.

 “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton

Reflection of OthersReflection of Others


“Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.” – Desiderius Erasmus


Wholesome Fragrance

Wholesome Fragrance

2013 Tulip Series – 08

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Wayne W. Dyer

The Orchestra

The Orchestra


And PlaysAnd Plays

I chose the quote above based on the fact that each image presents the same tulips in different ways.  The images reminded me of not only change, but of an orchestra swaying and playing.   Perhaps if we look deeply enough we can see an orchestra of change.


2013 Tulip Series – 06

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

– William W. Purkey

Declare to DanceDeclare to Dance Like Nobody is Watching. Declare to Love Like You’ll Never be Hurt

2013 Tulip Series – 05

 “You cannot tailor-make the events that happen to you in life but you can tailor-make your response to them.”

– Zig Ziglar

Declare to HandleDeclare to Tailor-Make your Responses