Life is a Song

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Life is a Song – sing it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa

Backyard Oasis

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It takes very little for me to feel content. Somewhere near the top of my list are flowers, a cool morning breeze, and my sweet beagle-lab, Buddy. A notch above those are my wonderful family, friends who make me laugh, and the unconditional love of my Creator.

I don’t require much in the way of latest-greatest gadgets, but give me my Kindle and a good cup of coffee and I’m set. Satisfied. Happy to not chase after every new trend or overthink what others might think of my simple life.

Here’s the view I enjoyed early this morning, right in my own backyard. See? Sometimes the best things in life are free.

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In My Dreams

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painterly-hydrangeas6708My perfect day would be sunny (around 72 degrees), with a slight breeze to cool my face without ruffling the flowers I’m trying to photograph. It would include good coffee, a perfect apple muffin, and no time constraints.

Most days aren’t like that, though, so I take them as they come.  Photography sometimes calls for a detour, too.  An image may look great on my camera’s LCD screen, but stink when I load it onto my Mac at home. Certain images beg to be used as is; others ask for a little tweaking or in the case of the images I’m sharing today–a total makeover. I don’t know why I paint some and leave others alone, but I suspect it has something to do with the mood I’m in on any given day. Using an aging version of Photoshop CS and my trusty Wacom tablet, I like to stretch the boundaries of natural color by adding a little paint here and a layer or two of texture there.

In my dreams, fields of flowers never droop or turn brown. Hydrangea petals display colors unheard of in a Crayola box. Waterscapes reflect a sky in ever-changing, shimmery hues. Yes, it’s stretching the truth a bit for you purists who prefer your art perfectly genuine and true to nature, and I halfheartedly apologize. But for those of you who enjoy a surreal detour now and then and find it fun to experiment with color, this post is for you.

This side of heaven, I can still dream, can’t I?

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