2020Picoftheweek — Quality of Light

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For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek — Quality of Light

6.30.20 quality of light

“Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~Alice in Wonderland

6.30 quality of light

“It may have been some trick of the mind, or some quality of light but in that moment, the moon whispered my name and for the first time in a long time, I knew peace.” ~JP Pearlman

Lindsey Stirling – Between Twilight

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Free movement

For Terri’s Sunday Stills — Freedom

“I ask only to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind surely will not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterfly.” Charles Dickens — Bleak House

True freedom can be found anywhere, under any circumstance for it is an attitude of spirit ~JPP

As above, so below
as the universe
so the soul

6.28.20 freedom
Ocean, mountains, clouds, and sky — Kaikoura, NZ
6.28.20 Kyomizu
Kyomizu, Kyoto, Japan
6.28.20 open range
The open vastiness that is Wyoming

Ruby Tuesday — The Rolling Stones

Til next time ~Peace and freedom ~JP

2020picoftheweek — Fire and Rain

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge my prompt:  What a Sight

6.21.20 what a sight

Evacuation time, fires in Oregon, yes that’s smoke not clouds!

6.21.20 summer rain

Rain off the coast of Kauai

“And the prophecy spoke of a witch grown of the earth,
transformed by fire, shaped by water,
and carried on the currents of air.” ~ Xerephenia

Elements – Lindsey Stirling

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP

Sunday Stills – Home is where the heart is

Terri’s Sunday Stills theme this week is Home.

Home means so many things to so many people. For me it has never been a place but a feeling. To quote Dory “I look at you … and I’m home.” This is the first time in many years I have stayed in one place for this long (over a year). RVers say “Home is where we park it” for me home is anywhere my love and I are together, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Winnebago in Colorado, home is not a place, it is not walls or land, home is truly where my heart is. Je t’aime mon coeur.

Here are a few places I’ve called home.

6.15.20 Bayfield CO

Looking out the window of our Winnebago, Bayfield, Colorado

6.15.20 Hart SD

Just down the street Hart Ranch, Rapid City, South Dakota

6.15.20 Remarkables

“The Remarkables” as seen from our window in Queenstown, NZ

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Heading “home” to Zion — Springdale, Utah

“Even as I wander
I’m keeping you in sight
you’re a candle in the window
on a cold, dark Winter’s night”

I can’t fight this feeling any more ~REO Speedwagon

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Sanitized ~JP

Picoftheweek — Movement

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge – Movement

I’m running a bit behind right now. Behind everything so time for some catchup this week. 😉

6.9.20 Movement
Sunrise on Kauai

Sun rising
as the earth
always in motion
dances through the day
Waves bring the tide
as the sea
always in motion
dances through the night

Ornico Flow — Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Sunday Stills – Life All Around Me

For Sunday Stills – Life All Around Me

I am one of those who finds a special peace in nature. Trembles of a dark and stormy night are eased by the rhythm of wind through the trees. A sour mood is eased by the scent of basil and rosemary growing in pots outside my door. And the sight of flowers never fails to bring a smile to my face. Thus flows the qui of life all around “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.”

6.8.20 Mobile Garden

Gardens are hard to come by when you’re a full time RVer, but here’s my attempt a tiny potted “garden” that traveled around with me for a few years.

6.8.20 Rose
A rose needs no compliment on it’s beauty, it simply is … a rose.

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Remember, life will ALWAYS find a way. 😉

Pastures of Plenty – The Kingston Trio

Til next time Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JPP

Monday Windows – Hobbits

For Ludwig’s Monday Window

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
JRR Tolkien

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, from square and barred to round and gilded. Here are a few we shot on a trip to Matamata, NZ aka Hobbiton

5.26.20 hobbits

Yes that’s a hobbit hole

5.26.20 hobbit windows

curved window on another hobbit hole, the fuzzy quality of the photo is caused by a sudden deluge and we all know that “it will continue to rain until the rain is done.”

5.26.20 hobbit hole from inside

Inside a hobbit hole, looking out. My favorite aspect of this pic is the “xray vision” effect of the people outside in the single patch of sunshine that day.

Concerning Hobbits – Howard Shore LOTR video

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

2020 picoftheweek – Miniature

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020 picoftheweek challenge my prompt for this week: Miniature

5.14.20 MiniaturesMiniature Lord of the Rings figures from Weta Workshop, Miramar, NZ

5.14.20 miniature irisTiny dwarf iris snapped at Queens Garden, Invercargill, NZ

“Little drops of water
tiny grains of sand
make the mighty ocean
and the pleasant land
and so those little moments
humble though they be
create the mighty hours
that make up eternity”
From an old nursery rhyme author undetermined

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

Til next time Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized

Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

5.11.20 giving

They say a mother’s love
is like a rose
rich with beauty and fragrance
giving without thought
to the shortness of it’s season

But for me it’s been more
like a cactus flower
wild, unimaginable beauty
difficult to find
impossible to forget

and prickly, very prickly

For Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

Mother’s Day was yesterday here in the US. It’s a mixed emotion kind of day for me as my mother and my mother-in-law are both gone many years and I still miss them. Like many other mothers, I received greetings and socially distant hugs from children and grandchildren this year and all is well. My own experience with motherhood has been fraught with joy and pain, disaster and triumph. So thanks to my Moms for the love they gave me, the insight and advice; and thanks to my children, for forgiving me the worst of my mistakes.

You and Me Against the World — Helen Reddy

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP