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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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Silhouette”

This week’s Photo Challenge is SILHOUETTE. “The proper definition of a silhouette is ‘the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass.’ In photography, often we achieve that effect by putting light behind the object whose silhouette we want to capture, effectively darkening out the features of the subject instead of highlighting them.”

I wish I could say I took these shots in silhouette on purpose, but… don’t think I did, but fit the theme of the challenge. Isn’t that great how that turns out to happen.

This first photo was from my backyard. I enjoy taking shots and documenting all the growth, changes and simple beauty. The sun shining through the fronds of the palm leaves, reminds me of the “new hope” we have present with the brightness (whether internal or external) of each new day.

It makes me smile just see this! I hope it does you too 🙂

Inside the house a beautiful array of dancing flowers: tulips. I enjoyed learning the fact that they “dance in the vase.” It is said that tulips continue to grow even after being cut. They are in constant search for the source of light so they move, stretch, bob and grow. Their blossoms open in the day and close at night.

They constantly asking the question, “Shall we Dance?”

One of my many favorite places to steal away for quiet moments are the Lagoons at Ko’Olina on Oahu. What beautiful sunsets can be captured there. Day, evening or night, that’s such a nice place to be.

So there you have it, silhouettes…I just realized mine just happened to all be from nature. Guess, that’s just where my heart is. Hope you enjoy the look see. I had fun finding the photos in my collection.

Meet each new day with a heart wide open for new possibilities!!

Blessings of Great Peace, Kulia…

Come, join the fun check it out at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Single Flower

Okay, here it goes…My first entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I’ve had fun looking each week, but this time I couldn’t resist the theme challenge of One Single Flower. This theme is one of my favorites to take photos of and one that always catches my eye to view. The first I’ve included is a sunflower from a walk at Pike’s Market in Seattle, the second from a botanical garden in Washington and the third is a bougainvillea which is one of my backyard beauties. Oddly, the vibrant color of the bougainvillea is not the flower. The flower of this plant is the petite white flower in the middle surrounded by three sometimes six colorful bracts.

Hope you enjoy the view!!

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.”      -Jim Carrey

We should all be more like the flowers and allow who we truly are to come forth. The world would be blessed by all that we each so uniquely have to offer. So don’t worry about the “how”

…just bloom and let the world enjoy your beauty!!!

Thanks Cee for the challenge!!

To join in visit http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-single-flower/

All in a Row…


Yes, that’s how I like it…all in a row. Everything nice, neat and in order. I like it that way, but often times things in my life aren’t so cooperative. I like having the details planned out and all things accounted for. Planning for what is expected to happen and troubleshooting what may go wrong. Knowing A to Z. No Surprises or mishaps. Order. Control.

No, that’s not reality. Nothing has a perfect plan. No matter how much we try, nothing is entirely without flaw or element of the unexpected or the unintended.

Anyway, it would not do us any good in the long run. If everything was fail proof we wouldn’t grow, develop, discover, uncover. We wouldn’t expand or create. We wouldn’t know what is inside of us. Sometimes it is the unexpected, the unrehearsed, the thing that you would have never thought of happening, popping or showing up that gives us the most “stretch” and experience.

Yes, I have to remind myself. I can’t have complete order of everything. I need to plan for what I can and then just go with the flow for the rest.

Order is good, but it can be boring depending on what it relates to. Diversity and change can be a welcomed element at the end of a thing if not sometimes at the beginning.

I can think of countless times of things not happening the way I set out for them to and in the end it worked out for the better. From the simplest act of missing a turn while driving only to find there was an accident on the route I would have gone. If I hadn’t misplaced my keys and left later than usual I would have been stuck in traffic. Another instance was if things worked out where I moved to the states last year, I would have missed an opportunity to travel to the Philippines on a short term medical mission trip earlier this year. It was a matter of being in the right place for opportunity at the right time. Well, now I’m back in the states where I started out a year ago. This time with many wonderful experiences behind me.

So no, life doesn’t have everything laid out neatly all in a row. But do we really want it that way?

What interruptions in your life (big or small) have taken place only to find later that it was actually a blessing in disguise?

As I look and live ahead I must keep in mind that “all things work together for good…” Romans 8:28

That Peaceful Place…



We each have one. That place where we like to go and escape from the busyness of our routine, the busyness of our minds.

What does your place look like?

I have several. Some you can’t even physically get to. Due to the demands of the day, there is a place in my “mind” that I allow to give me a peaceful moment when I can’t get away. A one minute holiday! Works wonders to get yourself back on track, motivated, refreshed and revived. Sometimes we don’t even realize our condition. We just go through treating most things mundane and mediocre. Or we get so bogged down, that the weight of things begin to be too much.

It’s great to have that peaceful place you can go. For some it may only come once a year in the form of a vacation. Others may have a hobby or sport they can routinely participate in. Still others, like me have many “outlets” to provide my escape. Life is full of wonderful places, adventures and enjoyments. We just have to take advantage of them.

So step out and do the things that you enjoy. Take time to smile, laugh, or do something you haven’t done in ages. Go out and seek a place that you’ve never been before. Often times you don’t have to go very far. You’ll be surprised of all that is out there waiting to be discovered. You’ll be more surprised at what lies inside you waiting to be released.

Take a moment, a minute holiday. Take a few hours, a day, a week, a weekend and find that place that will offer you peace and enjoyment. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy you. If anyone else happens to come along…the more the merrier.

Enjoy Life in the midst of life.




Layers and layers…Where’s the real you? An onion is usually what first comes to mind when you use an illustration or object lesson regarding layers. My thought, an onion is too neat. In relation to my life, my personality, my make up, I think of garlic. Garlic, my “Stinky Rose!” Garlic is much more complicated than an onion. A bulb of garlic has numerous cloves attached to one another neatly covered with thin layers of additional skin. Layer after layer you peel til you get to a clove, that is covered in yet more layers.

Yes, that closely describes our make up.

What is beneath the surface of our outward appearance?

We have gifts, talents, dreams, hopes, desires and even fears bulging from within. Just like the garlic bulb they are not discovered til you go beneath the outer skin. We carefully choose what within ourselves we will allow to be uncovered and released. Some layers we don’t want to be exposed. We are hesitant, reluctant, scared, protective. Yet, the clove of a garlic cannot be enjoyed or experienced if left in it’s hidden state.

Even when you leave the bulb whole and you bake or roast it, the garlic softens. The flavor is wonderful when the layers of skin are removed. A little “heat” in our lives (circumstances, situations, experiences, challenges) they too can add substance, strength and character to who we are. We just have to learn to remove the many layers that tend to cover who we really are. When our true selves are revealed others can enjoy all and who we were created to be.

A head or bulb of garlic usually contains about 10 cloves. 1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped garlic = 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder = 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes = 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice

…Wow, look at all the equivalents in a clove of “Stinky Rose.” Now think of all the versatility that resides in you underneath all those layers. Amazing!!