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misty ambiguity

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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(EU Parliament, Elsene, Brussel)

NaBloPoMo 30 of 30

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photography101: weekend 4

“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”

― Hermann Hesse

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This collage seemed a good idea when I decided to do it – note theme was to “get out and explore…”

It was light at some point today, now it is dark and the day has slipped by, no exploring has been done.

Although some, and you know who you are, have kept me up to date with life in the world outside including tales of savage deer, flowers served for dinner and unsatisfying pizza for lunch.

Lessons from #photo101?

1. It’s good to talk, even better to listen
2. It’s ok to cry a bit
3. I have discovered a new found fondness for alien fiction – sorry Justine
4. I know more about what people in the Netherlands do
5. I would like to follow a path through a Czech field, even though Mara tells me it only leads to another field
6. I want an atomic powered plane
7. I have become addicted to #photo101 and to talking about it with some of you at all hours
8. I think I learned some things about photography, like don’t set out to make a collage of 100 photos in photoshop lightly
9. I have always liked railways, now even more
10. …and a few other things

And most of all, the very best, has been meeting so many of you and making some new friendships that I hope will endure.

So…thank you to the WordPress crew, and to all of you!

This is not the end, just a new chapter.

NaBloPoMo 29 of 30 –
photography101: weekend 4

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converge

“…always walking together, hand in hand, in a strangely beautiful world…”

– Khalil Gibran

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Converging people achieve remarkable things.

Walls fall.

People connect.

Lives change.

These last few weeks I have been lucky enough to converge with some wonderful people here during WordPress Photo 101.

I’ve learned a lot, laughed a lot. Yes, even cried a little.

So, for this week’s WordPress Weekly Challenge, I’d like to introduce some new friends.

See Eastern Europe through the eyes of a self confessed negativist existentialist (who actually is anything but negative) with a thing about cats and railways and who almost convinced us that converge was a swear word Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog – a life in pictures and words

Take a look at the Netherlands, and Brazil, with my almost neighbour lucile de godoy – bridging lacunas

Explore Justine’s eclectic world, into which I insisted on introducing aliens, at Eclectic odds n sods – Parenting, Pet Tales, Humour & Photography

And meet Mitch with whom I discussed Thunderbirds, atomic powered jets and drew comparisons with Ansel Adams at Exploratorius – Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer

And yes, selecting which few to show here was a very very tough choice, there were so many sharing their photos, their words, their time.

I raise a glass and a smile to everyone with whom I have converged these last weeks and say a big thank you for the words, smiles and friendship we have shared.

And a huge thank you to the team at WordPress who made it all happen.

I hope we will all converge again soon.

To live, laugh, cry and love a little.

(Berlin Wall, Mini-Europe, Brussel)

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photography101: triumph

“They will not control us,
We will be victorious”

– Muse, Uprising

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Razorwire.

They lock me in.

They are the men with bulldozers and hammers.

They are my memories.

Of words said. Words unsaid. Words never acted on. Doors left unopened.

I can recognise, accept.

I can survive.

If I choose.

(Hooghuis, Doel)

NaBloPoMo 28 of 30 – photography101:20

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photography101: double (trouble)

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Sometimes the answer is right in front of us.

All day*, trying to think of another double photo.

And (t)here, on the wall, at work.

Ping(back)! I found it.

Good night fellow #photo101 classmates!

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* Whilst working very hard, obviously.

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photography101: glass

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My morning drive to work, grinding through slow moving traffic, frequent periods at a complete standstill.

I have another post in mind that I will share this evening.

For now, welcome to the static world of the R0 outside Brussel.

Shot through the window glass of my car.

Glass.

Mirror.

Life. Reflected.

Have a great day!

NaBloPoMo 25 of 30 – photography101:17

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photography101: treasure

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Treasure is transitory, illusory.

One person’s treasure is another person’s junk.

What was once treasured now gathers dust on the shelf, in the attic, basement, on the table at the flea market.

The real treasure is what we hold inside us.

The feelings we have, for people, places, times.

The memories and hopes that can never turn to dust.

Treasure.

(Canal side flea market, Brugge)

NaBloPoMo 24 of 30 – photography101:16

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photography101: weekend three two

“And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market place of any single thing.”

– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

Not really sure about these.

Woke at four am with an idea.

Why not take a shot of a coin with the EU Parliament building in the background?

Not that hard to try, as the EU Parliament is right outside the window.

The scariest part of this (apart from the fact that I am dreaming of posts for #photo101)?

What if that euro coin fell off and landed on some poor soul’s head from the ninth floor?

If that had happened, I wouldn’t be writing this.

Penny euro for your thoughts?

NaBloPoMo 23 of 30 – photography101:weekendthree