Clouds on Nine

Much of our family time was spent on the golf course this weekend…in between rain and thunderstorms.  This is one of the more dramatic images of the sky just before sunset Friday evening.

Clouds on Nine

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” –

Deepak Chopra

Ripples of Kindness

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”- Scott Adams

Ripples of Kindness

 

Ripples of Kindness

Phantom of Solitude

“Life is the game that must be played, this truth at least, good friends, we know; so live and laugh, nor be dismayed as one by one the phantoms go.”- Arthur Rubinstein

Phantom of Solitude

 

Phantom of Solitude

 

One by One Phantoms GoOne by One the Phantoms Go

 

What Lies Beyond

 “My love for you is a prayer, she thought. Love is the only prayer I know.” – Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

 

What Lies Beyond

What Lies Beyond

 

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

This image, taken during our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, reminded me of something from a fantasy novel.  The first story, one of my favorites, that came to mind was The Mists of Avalon.  The image made me think of fairies living amongst the trees thus the selection of quotes to accompany the image.

Miracle of Light and Shadow

“To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” – Walt Whitman

Miracle of Light and ShadowMiracle of Light and Shadow

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

March 2013

The little specks you see in the upper right corner are Bald Eagles flying around the nature reserve.

 

Resolve

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins

Sunrise in the ValleySunrise in the Valley – Bonners Ferry, Idaho

When I saw the above quote I thought it to be a nice accompaniment to this image.  It was certainly resolve to get out and shoot on this particular morning.  But more importantly, the quote is the precise message my husband and I have been discussing with our children this week.  It reminds me of the little train engine who resolved to succeed and kept saying, ” I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” and was finally rewarded by being able to say, “I did”.  And, low and behold, there are train tracks that run right along this scene.  Note, that the clouds are really the more prominent subject in the image.  They remind me of the quote in respect to the tests in life that create the need for continued resolve and constant determination.

 

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.

 

The Other Side

The other side

I dare not go,

Things may hide

Perhaps a foe.

Many things,

That foe could be,

Perhaps a ghost

Beyond the tree.

But likely not a foe is he

Just memories that tend to drift

Outside our borders,

Unwanted rifts.

Fears these memories awaken

May cause hesitation

But there is no mistaken

 Faith can give affirmation

That our souls are not forsaken.

copyright Robyn Graham

The Other Side

The Other Side

Ice Drops Turned Rain Drops

The temperature dropped,

The fog took leave.

The rain began then turned to ice,

Leaving us to welcome the day

While rows of ice drops on branches did lay.

Each droplet sparkling as though the sun were there,

With a ray of hope

That although the weather was damp and gray

The light was there to guide the way.

Then once again the air did warm, the ice took leave

and fog rolled in to takes it’s hold on the hour of dusk.

So now we must,

Turn in for night and hope,

That clouds will unleash not rain or ice,

But flakes of white

To blanket the earth

And brighten each life.

copyright Robyn Graham

The Colors of an Icy Morning

The Colors of an Icy Morning – Ice Drops Melting While Rain Drops Fall

Ice Clusters and Rain Drops

Ice Clusters Melting on Weeds while Rain Drops Come Down

A Cage Without a Key

Day two of clouds, fog, drizzle and unseasonably warm weather.  I found the quote below to be applicable to this time of year when the days are shorter and we spend more of our time with dark skies than in the sunlight.  With fog and heavy cloud cover it feels like we are caged in a temple of gloom.  Maybe the sun will peak through tomorrow.  Hoping…..

As an aside, I tried to post this image yesterday with the other two images of the trees in foggy surroundings but for some reason the image would not post.  Perhaps it was meant specifically for today.

"That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key." -Elizabeth Wurtzel

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.” –
Elizabeth Wurtzel