Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

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What better way to capture the theme of  a Threshold than at the door of a library where new beginnings await in every volume … a place where the Tree of Knowledge lives and calls us to open its pages and embark on a new journey or skill.
I have always been fascinated by trees and when I came upon this door, it called me to photograph it. Then, of course, I had to find the origin of the beautiful and artistic piece. Woodworker Ruben Guajardo, born and raised in La Verne, California, took on the project in 1985 when a 500-year old landmark oak tree at the La Verne High School was removed because it had become a safety hazard. He recalls climbing this very tree when he was a child. The door project took him three years to complete which he dedicated to his parents.

Live life a tree . . . take root and reach for the sky!

And speaking of trees …. stop over at my website and check out my fascination with trees and  The Tree of Life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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I must admit …. I had a difficult time with this week’s challenge. I realized that I don’t take very many photos with people in them. I mostly photograph Nature and its peaceful surroundings.
However, after going through my thousands of photos, I decided to share this classic scene I took on a photographic class trip of Los Angeles. Here in Union Station, with all the hustle and bustle in the station and out in the streets, I couldn’t help but snap his photo while he slept …. waiting for his connection ride. I can only imagine the story behind the colorful bokay of balloons.  Was it a surprise to someone special or for a loved one in need of cheering up?  Did he make his connection? Or did he sleep through it? How many other people noticed him? Or did they just hurry by trying to get to their own destination?
At any rate ….. it’s one of my favorite photos! Priceless!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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Once, an historic landmark and the most photographed house on Prince of Wales Island, this beauty of a float house was abandoned after many years of neglect. I knew the last, eclectic residents that lived there and witnessed it beached many times. Each time it was laid on the shore by the tides, more bolts would loosen, boards would separate from the structure, even to the extent that it was tied with ropes to keep it together to survive another impending tide.
It was quite the site to see when first coming into this tiny fishing town in Southeast Alaska with it’s brilliant blue paint silhouetted against cloudy skies. Many times I would drive by and see a group of people with cameras snapping photos. I am sure there were all sorts of stories these visitors had to tell when they returned home.
Photo by Richard Trojan
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Here’s what the ole girl looked like while I lived there. Shortly after we moved, the city condemned the house and she was put to rest.  Yes, abandoned, but not forgotten. Good memories live on!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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Have you ever really thought what you treasure most? What do you hold most dear in your life?  We take so much for granted, yet if any one thing is removed, we miss it.
I am not referring to things you can buy, but instead, health, family, friends, the love of a partner, your brain and the ability to think, do and create, a positive outlook, awareness, gratitude, happiness, integrity, knowledge and life itself.
We are all blessed in so many ways. Where you find treasure, therein is your heart. Few people actually discover the real treasures of life. They are seeking material objects from the outside world. Going within is where our real treasures lie.
What do you treasure most in your life?

 “To gain the treasure, you must leave the trash.”
~Eric Samuel Timm ~

 “We are treasure chests with more jewels inside than we can imagine.” 
~Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha ~

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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Five sisters (my aunts and mom) donned in their Easter finest probably during the early 40’s somewhere in New Jersey.

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It was always a family tradition to pose together before leaving and going back to our respective homes.
Pictured here are the cousins and uncles down the shore at my aunt’s house.  This is one of my favorite pictures.

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I have no idea who any of these people are but they are some of my family in Italy.
I am thankful for each of them even though I never met any of them,
because without them, I wouldn’t be here to share this special photo with you.
Check out those hats, would you???

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy,
and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
~ Helen Keller ~

If you follow my blog you know that each year I choose a word for that year.  This year, my word is “Happiness!” Each year is a new beginning and each year I focus on that word. What’s your word for this New Year?

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life;
this is the beginning of a new book!
That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas;
this new book is newly opened, has just begun!
Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
~ C. JoyBell C. ~

“Realize that if a door closed,
it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.”
~ Mandy Hale ~

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies
— in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things,
and how we will greet each new beginning.”
~ Elana K. Arnold ~

“Change the way you look at things, and things you look at change.” ~ Unknown

Happy New 2014. Wishing you happiness, health and success!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

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There is a grand scheme of things.  Finding it? Ah, that’s part of the journey.

Who are you and what is your purpose? Knowing this allows the Universe to take you on a wild journey. But when obstacles get in the way or situations don’t go well, we wonder, “Why do these things always happen to me?”  We’ve all had personal trauma and drama like death, divorce, or losing a job. We complain with destructive self-talk and become our own helpless victims. This is how we live.

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But, what if we harnessed that energy and turned it into something positive, redirected our lives forward, instead of backwards? What might happen?

Take something away from every circumstance, every day. Like the energy and tranquility of the sunset unfolding before your eyes, let your journey lead you, always being open to all possibilities.

There is a grand scheme of things, with many obstacles. Everybody experiences them. There is a reason and a purpose in the grand scheme of things.

About the photos: The sunset photo was taken the same time and to the left of the first photo in Sedona, AZ.
Although there was no evidence of it, it reminded me of a sky where there had been forest fires.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

  The best things in life are unexpected because there were no expectations.

~ Eli Khamarov ~

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Wind surfing with a twist on the Pacific Coast.

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Earth Harp
What a treat to have the pleasure of learning about this instrument.  Invented by William Close in 1999, the Earth Harp actually uses architecture and the landscape as part of the instrument.  The physical architecture becomes the instrument and the sound it produces is amazing. What a treat to have witnessed this event. Then, back in 2012, he appeared on America’s Got Talent. I am not sure who the gal is playing it in this photo and at the event we attended, but she was amazing as well. The sounds magically resonated around us .

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Unexpected?  Yes! Definitely outside a car detail work place.

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And the most unexpected of all …. someone with a sense of humor during the Holidays. I had to stop and photograph it.

Here’s more unexpected photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

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When everything in our lives is flowing with ease and joy, it’s easy to feel we are living in harmony. But when the complicated layers and gaps come into our lives, we tend to get caught up in our thoughts. We begin to self talk ourselves right into a reactive mode.
That’s when it is time to settle our thoughts and detach from them.

Shift!

There is no such thing as a success or a failure in our lives, only the present moment which, if we are aware, is filled with endless possibilities.
Every day gives us a chance to start over. However, we need to be still for a few moments, breath and find what gifts are here for us to enjoy, savor and experience. These are the gifts of grace and abundance.
Find the gift and connect to the truth.
Clear the space and tap into your resilience and true potential.
What is the universe unveiling for you?
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About the photos:  Obviously Sedona.  Breathtaking and beautiful everywhere the eye looks. 

And while you are here, stop over at Tree of Life 4 You and check out the Pendants.
Adorn your body!  Calm your mind!  Energize your spirit!