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Make Good…

Scotch's Broom Capture Walk 2 (112)

Whatever you have before you, make good. No matter what it is make the most of it. If it is something that you don’t like or would like to see changed. You make that difference. You be that change.

Remember, your greatest strength is inside you. Be encouraged!!

Blessings, Kulia

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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.”

 

 

Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange

Colors are amazing! I’m excited to share in Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange. I love the definition of orange that was given on her post. You can check it out at

http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-orange/

You’ll not only find the definition but also some great photos and fun entries to visit. I’m running a little late on entering the challenge, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So here are some photos to share that depicts my take on the color Orange!!

Nature holds so many shades of orange. Makes you smile and feel good on the inside. It changes the atmosphere. Just like people, fragrance and music, color has powerful influence. Looking at my images, you’d think the challenge was the color orange AND circles. Everything I included is round. Oh well, orange and round is good. Not to mention couldn’t resist my favorite subject of including a flower or two.

Thankful to have been able to share. It was fun! Hope it put a smile on your face as it has mine!!

Quote by Reggie Joiner…

“Orange is one of God’s favorite colors. He stuck it right there between red and orange as the second color in the rainbow. He decorates entire forests with shades of orange every autumn. It shows up in sunrises at the start of the day, sunsets at the end of the day, and in the glow of the moon at the right time of night.”

When I looked up to see who this person was, turns out he is the author of (never would have guessed it) a children ministry’s curriculum he titled Think Orange. How fitting for the theme. I looked further to see what was meant by thinking orange and I liked the answer given: 

It stated, if you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. When you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions and vibrant outcomes.

Thanks again Cee for a fun filled challenge. I now have a new favorite quote.

Joy, Peace and Blessings, Kulia…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foriegn

I almost didn’t make it due to schedule and routines of life, but here is my take on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign. Images I chose for the challenge are outside of my everyday environment. Some have become less and less foreign to me because I revisit them often…like the food!!

The things that are not apart of everyday life that come to my mind tend to be times when experiencing special cultural celebrations; visiting famous tourist spots; and especially my favorite, enjoying foods that we don’t normally prepare for ourselves. I believe going further than the norm is good. It makes us think and causes us to stretch and grow as individuals. Funny I should say this, I was not a person who liked a lot of change. But as wisdom often comes with time, I have learned that change, diversity, a step beyond the usual is a wonderful thing. Without variety and even sometimes without the unexpected, life would be very dull. These photos I’ve shared with you are from a wonderful visit to mainland Japan and Okinawa.

Through those things that are foreign to me…I expand who I am.

Great Fun! Good Challenge!

Blessings, Grace and Peace to all. Hope you enjoyed your visit 🙂

Kulia…

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/

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Happy”

Well, here it is. Another opportunity to think, create, and post. So here is my Second Photo Challenge: What makes me Happy? That’s a loaded question, but what fun I had coming up what to share with you.

There are many things that make me happy and causes me to smile inwardly as well as outwardly. Here are just a few:

LAVENDER: smelling, growing and visiting lavender farms; TURTLES: spotting turtles at the beach; HULA: learning, watching and participating; WILD BLACKBERRIES: picking wild blackberries and eating the harvest; GARDENING: growing and sharing plants, flowers and vegetables.

These are just a few things that I enjoy that make me happy. I have fond memories in each of the categories listed and displayed below. I also have just as many more categories or things that I could share which in itself makes me happy too!

Just thinking about what makes me happy, makes me happy!!

Life is full of many things some good and some not so good. It is not just one or the other. It is a mixture of both. When I take the time to reflect, I can always find something that makes me smile. Even on a “rainy” day…cuz rain helps vegetation to grow. Even on a cloudy day…cuz outta the clouds sometimes you’ll find the most beautiful rainbow.

If you’re in the right spot and have the right perspective, that rainbow can even be double. In the oddest places…Yes, quite amazing.

During a tough time in your life, you may be introduced to support and encouragement that you never thought you had. Bright spots coming through the cracks and crevices.

Yet, some things are just plain obvious and outright joyful. Everyone has common joys and experiences of happiness. But there are those that are specific to just you. Those are very precious, priceless and nothing could compare.

Whether surface happy or inner happy, it’s all a blessing. I chose to share some of my surface happy. I don’t know if I could put into photo or words my inner happy. It is good to rehearse both. This challenge was fun and one we should all practice often: happy.

Happy, Happy 🙂

Blessings, Kulia…

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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.