Seeing the Light is Key


Although I enjoy the National Arboretum immensely, with all of the beautiful specimens carefully staged to their full advantage, I actually love going to the National Gallery of Art, where the loveliness of it all is permanently framed, making it possible to see it, year in and year out. The kids used to go through the paintings - leaving me behind as I lingered on each one, taking in the strokes, taking in the movements, taking in the beauty. I loved the use of shadows and light. I can only admire and move on to the next exhibit. One day I realized that in so many ways, art truly is an imitator of real life, isn't it?

Seeing the light is the key.


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Give me a moment to sort my seasons
Some time of quiet without any reason
In that place far and away
Remote from my soul
Until spring blushes upon me
Again


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Words have some degree of inadequacy
When I gaze upon your loveliness

The myth falls away, finally, and we see deeper, beneath the surface of everyday attention, and we get a glimpse of an unseen beauty and wonder that seems to expand our consciousness. Those moments can be so full that they seem self-authenticating.

Effortless in nature
Simple beauty just takes my breath away


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I adore light; the irresistible drama the sun creates with shadows, the descending sun playing off shadows. I want to capture the light as it spills out in a bold way… Just like I want to capture the light as it shines out from you. There are so many extraordinary things about light. It is so persuasive that it draws people; light gives warmth; light eases darkness; light illuminates a path to help you see; light exposes dangers. But most of all, light is required for growth. For plants. For people. Light.


Be the light that shine upon others.


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He went jogging right past me like I was a tree and ignored my efforts of trying to be quiet and not move about. As it turned out, he had another agenda, one of which didn't include paying attention to me. He didn't spot me until he was upon me and I got a nice blur of a shot in his startled state.


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How could I deny you
A last chance of the season
To make it all right
Once again

Today is the perfect day for a perfect day.


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You know I love Christmas! I feel like the closer we get, the more difficult it will be to find that perfect gift. The shipping, the merchandise that isn't getting restocked, there are bound to be shortages. Less will be more this year. More than I expect. :) It's not about the presents my friends, it is about family and friends. In keeping with the Christmas Countdown, I give you one seasonal picture and the day count! There are 50 days 21 hours 41 minutes and 27 seconds.


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All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.


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Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
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One day I realized that in so many ways, art truly is an imitator of real life, isn't it?

Real life is an art itself. And nature is the best artist.

Seeing the light is the key.

And radiating it towards others.

Be the light that shine upon others.

Which you are truly is. You make our days more beautiful. Seeing and reading your post in the morning today gave a very nice boost to the start of the day. Thank you.

I give you some !PIZZA.

Have a wonderful day. Greetings and much love from Hungary.

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Do you know that that is probably one of the nicest compliments a person can ever receive? To make anybody's day just a little bit better is a real boost in the feel-good department. Thank you so much for always taking the time to make my day with your comments. I appreciate the pizza! Who knew I could eat so much of it?

Have a wonderful day! Greetings right back to you from Washington DC!

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Amazing pics full of calm and beauty

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Thank you so much for the kind words. It is one of the reasons that I like walking into the forest, the atmosphere the beauty and to truly discover how light works. Have a most amazing day!

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I think art is meant to be admired and viewed slowly. I probably have a tendency to rush through it myself. I should slow down and really look next time I go to a gallery.

Is that your Christmas tree already!?! So many presents!
It looks nice. It's very festive

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My kids have finally slowed down and started to really enjoy art and the galleries. What a waste to live anywhere that has many galleries available and not be able to appreciate them. I found the turning point when we went to a gallery where there is an artist painting and it changed the way they looked at things. Anyway, to answer your question oh, I do not have my Christmas tree up but oh, that is last year and I am doing a Christmas countdown so I put up one Christmas picture each time I post, or try to. I usually put up three trees, and this was the small one but it was in the den where we put the gifts because it's cozy and close to the fireplace. And if it were up to me I might pulling up so I could enjoy it for 6 months but I would get a whole ration of you know what from everybody so, I will do it at the end of November on Thanksgiving weekend like usual. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leaving your words. Have a most fabulous day!

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What a beautiful post, how cool that buck came so close to you, and the beauty of nature is astounding in these images

When i was younger I would take a fleeting glance at art if in a gallery or museum, but now I can take the time to appreciate it more

But that said for me the most amazing art is the light and colors of mother nature :)

Have a great day

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That is true! I have a better appreciation for art but I can remember a time when I didn't. Things change when I could see firsthand the creative process and I brought my kids when they were younger to a gallery have someone painting. I can honestly say that things changed in the way they looked at Art after that. Like me, they were unaware of the process and it changes how you view things.

I will say that the biggest surprise of my life was when I actually looked at the landscape one day and the light bulb clicked with the meaning golden hour. Up until that point oh, I did not understand the chasing of light in photography. It is funny how once you learn to see that oh, you can never unsee it. Thanks so much for stopping by and I was leaving a very thoughtful comment.

Have an amazing day!

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I get what you are saying seeing an artist at work whether painting sculpture or any form of art gives a whole new appreciation if the art form

Ohh yeah understanding and seeing the light change through blue peak and golden hours is such an amazing thing

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It is and it's just like a light going on in a dark room. Suddenly you can see it.

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And it’s like a flash of understanding yes I know exactly what you mean

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Of course art mimics real life. I like art galleries very much. However, I like most of the photography in each of your posts. You have shared a lot of beautiful nature photography.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. I am not huge into landscape photography, mostly because it's a challenge for me oh, but I do like to do flowers. However, like everything else in life come on I have to learn how to Branch out. I hope you are having a wonderful day and thank you so much for viewing my post.

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Breathtaking place ❤️ I love all these colors.
You do such beautiful work! Amazing capture.
God bless you my dear sweet lovely friend @dswigle.

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Thank you, as always, for the kind comment. I hope you are having a most wonderful day.

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amazing pictures! loved the christmas tree. And those autumn colors, mesmerizing

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It's funny because the Christmas trees from last year and I am using it for the Christmas countdown which I promised I would do. It's kind of terrible to mix it with Autumn but in the same breath, everybody knows how much time we have left before Christmas. LOL

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your words! I hope you have a most wonderful day.

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50 days ay ay ay.....soon Santa is coooming , can't wait to see some snow. I love the autumn vibes in the meantime as well

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Can you believe only 50 days! Ay! Ay! Ay!!! I absolutely love the Autumn Vibe and the deep rich colors that come with it. It's such a mellow time and gives me permission take it down a notch from the summer activity. The Christmas tree and the Christmas countdown or something that I I said I would do so people could keep track of how much time they had left. The Christmas trees from last year because if I put one up now it would die before December 1st. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and as always I hope you have a wonderful day.

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Have an awesome day too Denise, hugs from Romania🤗

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images and text create a perfect combination.
I like to think of poems looking at something. Then I go deep inside of me and can feel them better. When I am starring at nature, it works the best. Meditative feeling.

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Thank you. Thank you so much. I actually like to think about the tree or musings when I am listening to something, rather than looking. I think that the music or the words to the music conjure up images for me. I have to agree with you about going deeper inside and feeling them better.

Nature does have a way of bringing out the best in people. Thank you so much for taking the time and the effort to read and comment such thoughtful words. I hope you have an incredible night!

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As always I’m at peace and calming after reading your lovely words. Those beautiful colors in the leaves drew me right in. I can never get enough of looking at the colors that Autumn presents to us through the leaves.

The way you take your time to appreciate the details at an art gallery is the way I do with needlework. I love and appreciate each detail of color and design. Art is such a beauty to behold.

I love that entire paragraph about light. Your beautiful light always shines throughout this platform encouraging and uplifting others. If anyone here ever needs a glimpse of light all they have to do is scroll through your blog. This was one of the most beautiful pieces I have read from you, thank you ~ ♥️

Be the light that shine upon others.

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Wow, beautiful article.these have brought in a spirit of motivation.to help souls and redeem those that feel down at the moment.thank you for your beautiful article.

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Wow unbelievable love it your photography🥺😍😍❤️

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