Archive | May 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

In the background…I’m loving it! I hope you will too. I visited Okinawa a couple of years ago and found myself at times more interested in what was going on in the background on the streets as we drove around. Well, I didn’t do any of the driving. I was doing good as a passenger trying to get use to being on the opposite side of the road as well as in the car from what I was use to. Good experience but some things are just better left alone…me driving on the opposite side of the road was one of them.

Back to the challenge… it was such a joy to capture everyday people coming and going. The photos I share with you below are of people going along unaware

…in the background in the routine of the day!

It’s a good practice to appreciate the ordinary. You can get more out of life that way. Nothing overlooked. Just learning to value all that surrounds you. My mom used to have a saying,” If you learn to eat everything, you’ll never go hungry.” Guess, I can apply that to life in general by saying, “if you appreciate everything, you’ll never…you’ll never …get bored.” Well, anyway something like that. Thanks, Mom!!

Seriously, if you learn to appreciate most things, you will add great value to your life as a whole. You will not take things or people for granted. What a precious characteristic to possess. We live in such a fast pace world and tend to overlook such detail that would be such an addition to our very being. Slow down take notice of what is around you. Just to try stop now and identify 10 things in your day that made a pleasant difference for you: the weather, someone letting you in traffic, a phone call, a text, hot running water, a bird perched on a pole, a flower in an unexpected place, a child’s smile, full use of your senses and limbs. So many things get pushed into the background of life as we hurriedly or intensely go through our days and nights.

Have fun with the life you are living. Get all that you can out of it. That would include taking notice of even the smallest things as well as the large and obvious. Try it. Go passed the 10 items I suggested above and tomorrow on purpose take notice from the moment you wake til the end of the day. See how many items you are able to list. I think you can get to 100 items. If not 100, I believe you will get pretty close 🙂

Bring the things in the background to the foreground and enjoy even the details of your life. Like in my photos…you never know who’s watching and appreciating what you may be taking for granted.

Love Life and Enjoy.

Blessings in Abundance!! Kulia

(Let me know how you did, I would love to see some of the items on your list)

By the way if you would like to participate in the weekly photo challenge here’s the information they provide:

 Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. You can also link to this post to create a pingback here and to encourage more people to participate.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Oh my, it has been a while but I’m back. I have one more life transition coming up, then I can somewhat settle down for a while. Talk about Escape. What a fun photo challenge to come back to. I feel like I have had an escape from some things…for a little while any way. That’s what came to mind when I first saw the challenge for the week: getting away from it all. But in my photo collection what came to mind is one of my favorite subjects of plant and flowers. Below I’ve defined my idea of Escape in relation to the Scotch’s Broom Plants I’ve come across in the state of Washington.

These beautiful yellow plants that can be found almost everywhere along the road sides, highways, in fields and even in yards. They are literally everywhere in abundance. That is what made me research them out to find out just what was this plant. It is in the same category as the wild blackberry plants that are also in abundance around this area. In their season of fruit, I also enjoy the luscious berries of this weed. How can something so beautiful be labeled as an “invasive weed?” Doesn’t seem fair, but then I’m new to the area and don’t have it invading my personal property or territory. I just enjoy the sight of the vibrant yellow color and even the fragrance they release when you get close to them. And when you do get close, the single blossom is so sweet to see in the midst of the sea of yellow. I read that the Scotch’s Broom actually belongs to the sweet pea family.

So how do these gorgeous weeds define my idea of Escape?

It fits perfectly for me. Here we have an aggressive plant that needs to exist, grow, spread…and it does just that…any and everywhere it can. One of my photos above shows the Scotch’s Broom growing beyond a fence…trying to escape. There is another photo of a single yellow stem of blossoms growing in the midst of another white plant (haven’t researched that one yet to know what it is). Again, depicting an escape from all the other Scotch’s Broom on it’s own pulling away from the norm. Other views I chose to include show the aggression to take over from the point where it started to grow. Simply amazing to me. I can hear it saying, “gotta get away, gotta grow, gotta reach, gotta stretch, gotta escape…”

The norm is good sometimes, but other times you have to break away and do your own thing.

Escape!

Be yourself!

Be who God created you to be.

Flourish where you are.

As the saying goes, “Grow where you’re planted.” Or in this case, grow where the seed falls!

I enjoyed the challenge this week. I hope you did too. Thanks for dropping by. Sure feels good to be back. Like I mentioned, I have an upcoming transition but I shouldn’t disappear like before…chuckle. Hope you come back to visit and I will see you around.

Love, Grace and Peace, Kulia!!!

Oh, if your new around and would like to enter a challenge, here’s the info they provide…

“Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.
Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.”