Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 23-Season


Well, I’ve never taken part in a photo challenge before, but here goes. Flower Power! *photographs copyright kimgosselin

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/04/26/hughs-weekly-photo-challenge-week-23-season/

Our good friend Hugh Roberts, of https://hughsviewsandnews.com, always sets the bar high. Never-the-less, I’m giving it a go. Most of you have probably seen these photographs since I’m enthralled with flowers and nature. Still, I beg of you not to be bored and ask you to please take another look.

This sunflower is one of my favorite pictures ever snapped with a trusty I-Phone 6.flower single yellow daisy zoom awesome

Of course, the bright pink flower below started speaking to me the moment I spotted her from the corner of my eye. Bees buzzed all around her until the perfect moment when I was able to capture them both.flower bee botanical

 

And, a menagerie of all the rest. It was a perfect day spent at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. Each and every time, there is something beautiful to see!

Culzean Castle, Maybole, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland


http://nigelborrington.com/2016/04/07/culzean-castle-maybole-carrick-ayrshire-scotland/Beautiful photography from Scotland, my great-grandfather’s birthplace.

Nigel Borrington

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland Nigel Borrington Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Culzean Castle

It was back in 2014 that I last visited Culzean Castle on the west coast of Scotland, so I am planning another visit as soon as I can, Culzean Castle is in Ayrshire and just has to be one of the most treasured and interesting castles in Scotland.

Robert Adam was the architect and he designed the castles structure on a basic L shaped design. The structure is a fine country house and when completed it was the seat of the 10th of Cassilis ( David Kennedy ) , earldom.

The castle was built in stages between 1777 and 1792. It incorporates a large drum shaped tower, circular inside (which overlooks the sea), a grand oval staircase and a suite of well-appointed apartments.

In 1945, the Kennedy family gave the castle and its grounds to the National Trust for Scotland (thus avoiding…

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Change


Connecting Beyond

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If change is what you want
in this world
change must first begin
with you.
This includes to choose
to end
the blame game

and change only what you can —
yourself.
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Macro Photography Without Tripod/ “Change” 2016©AmyRose
@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

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Here and Now


Today is a new day with a fresh beginning to life. Yesterday, after feeling so blue, I grabbed ‘Doodle’ dog to walk him in a nearby park. Even he had sensed my depression, not leaving my side. Once there, a new appreciation for the here and now shook me from the inside to the out.

There was a slight chill in the air as if to rid my unsettled emotions, tossing them away with the wind. As I looked high up into the measureless magic of the sky, mirrored colors of spring surrounded me. A duck waddled near a pond, trees were in full bloom, daffodils sprouted canary yellow, and God’s beauty was endless.

No, I can’t control or change my father’s circumstances. I cannot heal his bride of cancer or wave a wand to grant wishes of miracles. And, yes, there will be tears and sadness, normal emotions under such unexpected human tragedy. Still, I must hold on to my faith in God together with the power of strength. My father needs my support now nearly as much or more so than ever before. I’m praying he and his wife have a bit of precious time together, free of emotional and physical pain. The simple pleasure of a walk in a park while gazing at a sky of blue.

Seconds to sink their feet in God’s pond of here and now…..