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  • Listening to: Moving to the red planet
  • Reading: Lewis man
  • Watching: The sky at night
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: An apple
  • Drinking: Coffee

I can't believe that it is almost four weeks since I came home from Iceland. Where does the time go? What a week I had. Even though I was very excited about the trip before I went I have to say I had the best time I think I have ever had anywhere. I just loved it all. I flew into Keflavik on the Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight in Reykjavik. The following morning I flew to Egilsstadir in the east. I stayed overnight there and spent the next week driving back to Keflavik along the south coast. I had a series of hotels booked so the only restriction I had was that I had to be at the correct hotel each night. The rest was up to me. On my first day in the east I visited a small town called Seydisfjordur. It sits between mountains and has only 700 inhabitants yet it has become a focus point for artists and creative minds. It has a rainbow painted street and buildings decorated and painted in beautiful ways. Even on a rainy day it is so beautiful. On the drive back to Egilsstadir I found a wonderful waterfall that was quite the equal of many you will find in Iceland yet I was on my own here. No crowds of people. It is quieter in the east but even was wonderful to have this to myself. 
The next morning I went to Reydarfjordur which is a small town where they filmed Fortitude. It was still raining and grim and the town looked exactly that. Along the coast and through a tunnel on the way to Djupivogur where I had a good lunch. On to the highlight of the day which was Estrahorn. Beautiful, moody mountains in the cloud and rain. That night I stayed in a guesthouse which overlooked the glacier Hoffelsjokull. 
Tuesday morning was the only chance I had to go to Vestrahorn and I was desperate for it to be dry and maybe have some light. Luckily I got about half an hour before the rains came back in and the mountains were completely hidden from view. I had the chance to walk on the black beach and catch some early morning light in the most amazing strong wind that just cuts right through you. After a hot chocolate in a cafe it was on to the glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon. Magical. Bits of the glaciers break off into icebergs of vivid blues and dark browns and float in the lagoon as they make their way out to sea or get stranded on the black beach known as diamond beach. I went on a boat trip here to get amongst the icebergs. They are so beautiful. So hard to capture on your camera as it is as much the feeling as it is the sight. 
Wednesday I stuck to the glacier theme and went o actually see a glacier tongue close up at Svinafellsjokull. It also has a small lagoon at the head of the glacier tongue. Some of the ice here was crystal clear and some was really dirty. The glacier itself was a stunning cyan blue. So beautiful. Then it was off for a walk into the higher ground to find the waterfall Svartifoss with it's black basalt columns. Another beautiful place. I then found an old disused 19th century turf covered farm. The remaining buildings have turf covered roofs and walls. It is like they are buried. There was also a small church which, I think, is the last turf covered church in Iceland but I could be wrong. There was another beautiful waterfall at Stjornarfoss and a stone floor in a field at Kirkjugolfid which is basically the last traces of basalt columns only about a foot high. 
Thursday was around Vik so it is now pretty much due south. Reynisfjara beach is a huge black beach with Dryholaey arch to the right and Reynisdrangar sea stacks to the left. The sun was directly behind the sea stacks which was a shame as it was very difficult to even look at them. Yes, the sun had come out :) I stayed around there for quite a while and in Vik itself as it is such a lovely place to be. I think I could live in Vik. 
On to Skogafoss. A very busy waterfall (busy with people) but so impressive you have to go and see it anyway. Finished up at the LAVA centre which I had not seen before. A volcano and earthquake centre.
Friday I went up into the southern highlands to Hekla and Krakatindur near Landmannalaugar. Stunning scenery. Also, in the higher areas it was snowing and the wind was soooo strong and cold. The landscape here is quite incredible to see. 
Saturday down to Strandarkirkja and round the Gunnuhver geothermal area. All very desolate but impressive. And smelly :D
Last stop of the day was the Viking World museum at Keflavik.
Sunday morning. 4.30am outside scraping ice off the car with, finally, some northern lights above me. Not a spectacular show but the first I had seen all week. I came home a happy man. Tired and happy.

So my travelling itch was well and truly scratched. Yet, here I am a month later and I am already itching again for my next adventure. I don't think I'll ever really settle :)

While I've been back i have been collecting more of your art. Also a couple of you have had some bad news followed by some good news which is kind of how I always hope things will work. If you are a good person I always hope that, in the end, that goodness will get rewarded. It is lovely to see when it does. Remember, being nice and respectful to other people is a simple thing. If you do this because of who your are  and not because of who they are then it makes the world smile just a little bit. We can only do the best we can to be honest, genuine, kind and loving people. My heart will always be full of love, my soul will always be full of kindness and I will always be full of excitement at what this world has to offer. 
Back to your art though. Here we go. It is my birthday today so this is kind of a birthday feature of your art. It is my gift to you which is only fair as you have already given me the gift of letting me share it with you. My love to you all and, as usual, sit back, relax and enjoy these pieces. Please, if you can, let the artists know if they have made something you particularly like or are touched by. You all touch my inner smile.

Out of itSafe within all of this
not a single mental noise
I've found myself
in place of no past and no future
I've come back into the movie
back to life
and the film is so clear
crystal sounds of singing birds
rustling leaves, vibrant colors
bright green, water, sunrays
A higher quality film
a higher quality of life
and I'll go running home
realising how real everything is
I just want to touch your face
I just want to listen
I just want to rediscover
what it is to be human
      BG vk161018  1 by vampirekingdom     One Pedal Away From Home by IdaBarracuda      don't get lost in your dream by ushah 

Finally ... by BlueCaroline     Moonlight and Vihuelas by richardcgreen    Peppermint jollies by MEP4Photography     Warm Arches by Arte-de-Junqueiro     Day#15 Weak by Omoidenoki     Old Country Bakers by Arte-de-Junqueiro    Framed by LewiARTs 

Its A Beautiful Day In My Neighborhood by 33M   Inctober sketch 7 by Anka-loves-to-fly   Eve by Trippy4U  Friends in the paddock by roisabborrar  Make You Feel Pretty by Mouselemur 

The Expusion from the Garden by richardcgreen   A place called home by Melusine8  Infused by eegariM  Autumn colors by Maria-Schreuders 

Looking at heaven by Juanilla    Maya Isabel by LUCILALEYLA    Between Fire and Water by Metal-Bender    Hebridian Village by Virtuella   Dawn at Dluga street Gdansk by GreeGW 

left by ushah      take care of yourself by ushah      Penelope Odyssey by Gaston3-italia    Old stone bridge by rougealizarine 

Dipty in red-yellow-blue by scheinbar    Portrait 2 by KarinClaessonArt    Waianapanapa by RawPoetry    Golden leaves by ElenaDudina 

Blue mountains by ElenaDudina    Just Say When by Yuukon    In the shadows of my heart ... by ansdesign    wink of the peak... by edinaB    Looking to Loch Carron by tracybutlerart 

The Line by Anka-loves-to-fly    autumn sadness by Luperkalia418     On Top of the World by glumthegrim     Witchy Poo and her Rotten Cat too by LindArtz 

Burg Kriebstein by LunaFeles   Alcazaba de Almeria 03 by Arhar   Icelandic turfhouse by streamweb   Make a Wish by anasofiajc   Look Deeper Into My Soul by Cinnamoncandy   Eine Frage der Zeit by Woman-of-DarkDesires 

Flowing (10) by Sabz0r   Rill by eegariM   WALDMAGIE by only1second   Fall Tea by Metal-Bender  

What's meant to be will always find it's way by AutumnIulia    Something Special by TeaPhotography    Northern lights panorama by JuhaniViitanen   Pointing down by Rufelt 

Happy time by dashakern      Blowing in the Wind by LewisKocher      Inctober sketch 3 by Anka-loves-to-fly      Fairy Lights by Tessasa      Solstice fire v2 by Melusine8

good morning. by LunaFeles     Lonesome by ValeriyaSegal     Happy Saturday by 1001G     Abstract by happytimer    Wehmut by aspruli 

Foxy by Annabelle-Chabert   Luna by DouglasHumphries    Shadow games 1 by AStoKo    Game of throns by Hermetic-Wings 

Drawing by Pappa60   Outposts by Trippy4U   Iconic View by eegariM   Fall is upon us by dashakern 

The Deeper Woods In September by 33M   Trie after the rain. by ClairObscur16    Mg 0490 by Micko-vic  Expedition by Mocris 

Waterfall by moonchild-unveiled   On the other side by Rufelt   Tranquil (2) by Sabz0r   For All by BlueIvyViolet  Flour Mill by ValeriyaSegal 

Field of Lace by tracybutlerart  The Marsh... by AlicesPlace   Morning Talk by aw-landscapes   Hector Lake and Pulpit Peak by Zoomer1958 

summer memories by Ingelore     Dissolution by Laerian     Quiet evening by dashakern     o Pireneu by Annabelle-Chabert 

Passo Rolle. by jacekson    An old shop by Pajunen    Forest treasure by shade-pl    Towers by ChadRouthier 

I will not be controlled by MarvinDiehl    Rolling Clouds in Dolomites by borda    Gold Rush by IvanAndreevich   The Matterhorn in the lake by LinsenSchuss 

Something Anything by Trippy4U   Set yourself free by SilverMixx   I love this Place 4 by pillendrehr   Summer is nearly over 1 by pillendrehr 

Mountain Stream by tracybutlerart     Abandoned ship by rougealizarine     Grey dull skies by Ullyssess     Resting for a while by Ullyssess  

Yellow Daisies by vanndra   who am i? by fotomademoiselle    These Three from the Sea by TeaPhotography    Italian memories: Monastery by BeatryczeNowicka 

Drive by Metal-Bender   Clouds Cover the Stars by Metal-Bender   Catching the rain by VasiDgallery   Into the forest by gigi50   . by invisigoth88 

Life goes on by Ivoryia   Sie ging und kam nie wieder by Woman-of-DarkDesires   363 - Autumn Mist by ElyneNoir    Ayme by LidiaVives    Cemetery by Nao1967 

Infinity II by Sigfodr   Rivendell by r-maric   In front of the Latemar by Sergiba  1130 by Nigrita 

Evening portrait by DenisGoncharov   summer 2 by DenisGoncharov   Hello by Nao1967  Wide Awake by RickB500 

Thank you very much for taking the time to look through these pictures and even more thanks if you also found time to read my journal. It's much appreciated. I hope you found something to like and that you feel inspired by these amazing artists. By that I mean YOU :D 
Take care everyone. Spread the kindness and share your love. Keep making this world a better place. My love and gratitude to you all :heart: :hug:

  • Listening to: Aretha Franklin
  • Reading: Fibber in the heat
  • Watching: Mike and Molly
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Smoked cheese
  • Drinking: Coffee

I was grounded
While you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw Brigadoon
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon

You know, I read a lot and I listen to music a lot. I have mentioned before that good writers have the ability to use very few words to say a great deal. For many years this one sentence from this song has been living in my head. "I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the moon". You see, I may once have been that person. I saw the crescent but I have been learning, over the years, to see the whole of the moon. I have many role models in life, some of them photographers, some writers, some sports people, some adventurers and many people who I have come across in life (funnily enough no politicians :lol: ) When I see the photographs of Joe Cornish I am totally aware that he is seeing the whole of the moon. It is about being on another level. You don't just see things on a basic level, you see things in a different way. A couple of journals ago I was using a quote about artists being seers. This is going along the same theme. Artists don't just see the sun set, they feel the sun set. Seeing the whole of the moon is about crossing the line between seeing and feeling. If you don't feel it then does it have any meaning to you other than on a superficial level? I think that there are many of you out there who do see the whole of the moon. You may not be aware of it but it shows in your art. Do any of you remember when you may have been seeing the crescent but something changed in you to open you up to the bigger experience? Is it something that changes in you or you just born that way and you just have to learn to open your eyes and your mind? I think artists are born, not made. What lives inside each of you is the need to express yourself in a format that gets it out of you and into the world. 
I could not be happier than if I thought I was seeing the whole of the moon and not just the crescent. That is how I want to think I see the world. It is how I want to think artists see the world. I don't mean to generalise but artists are different to the rest of the human race. They are very different to scientists for instance. The world is made up of different kinds of people and thank goodness it is. Other people probably do only see the crescent because they have no need for the kind of fulfilment that artists have. They want different things out of life and that is absolutely fine. Happiness comes in many forms. 
I am about to head off on my next adventure so I am happy at the moment. My excitement levels are rising as I will be heading off to Iceland at the weekend. 
"Life,travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry". Jack Karouac.
I am flying into the West of Iceland then flying across to the East coast. The next week will be spent driving back along the South coast east to west back to the airport with many stops and adventures along the way. I am really looking forward to this. I will be on a boat trip on the Glacier Lagoon and taking a super jeep trip up to the volcano Hekla. Other then that I will be out and about with my camera looking for whatever Iceland can give me. So that is why I am doing this feature. I will be enjoying myself in the land of fire and ice. This will be so good. Iceland has been having quite a wet year so far so maybe I will come back with some moody pictures taken in the rain? Who knows ;) It will make a change form all the sunshine, blue skies and hot weather we had over the Spring and Summer here. I haven't taken as many pictures this year as I would like so I am itching to get out there. 
"The greatest adventure is what lies ahead". JRR Tolkien
And now it is with the greatest pleasure that I get to share your art. It really does give me a lot of joy to give you all the chance to see and be seen. Finding new art to enjoy is always a thrill for me. It never wears off. I hope you will all find something here to make you feel like that. As always, if you do like something, please let the artist know if you have the time. Meanwhile, here we go. Sit back, relax and enjoy. 

Assymetrical Beauty by TeaPhotography  The Palace in Silesian Naklo by sanderus   Morning at Tsate Lake by ZephyraMilie  Whisper 2 by aspruli  A Day in the Park by MEP4Photography 
For All...Have a wonderful week by BlueIvyViolet  Better Days by Scooby777  Asian Small-Clawed Otter - Aonyx Cinerea by Yuukon   . by invisigoth88   689- THE RED BALLOON by jhsavoldelli

Otherworldly landscape by streamweb  Forest Fairy by RENOPHOTO   Rural Treasures II - The Glorious Eleven by Unkopierbar  A Million Years Ago by Unkopierbar 
Down South by Unkopierbar  Esthetic by Filipp13   Polina by Filipp13  Anri. Trainee by Filipp13   To Love Somebody by 33M 

The Silent Noise by WhimsicalBlue    Princes Pier by FlabnBone   this is goodbye by only1second    sleeping ent... by edinaB 

Grinnell's Blue Chrysocolla by eegariM  Ocean's infinity... by Omoidenoki  Swiftcurrent Bellyaching by MaciejKarcz  Distraction by aspruli  4 v 2 by Jos3chan 

End of Summer by PassionAndTheCamera   Hard To Thrill by Mouselemur   Reflections of Art Nouveau by Canankk   Suantrai Meisciuil by Yuukon 

And we'll be there by TheUnconfidentArtist   Light my quill! by Arhar   La sieste by Melusine8    und am Ende zog ein gewaltiger Sturm auf... by Woman-of-DarkDesires    the day I rise above by lovemyscars 

Forest Trail by sixstringphonic   Wading Giants by Metal-Bender   Chamomile by ArtistHanna   Bow Fiddle Rock by DominikaAniola  Serenade by saperlipop  Shine on... by MEP4Photography 

Above the Trees, Below the Clouds by eegariM   Sawtooths in the Spring by Samtian   Blown Away by TheFoxAndTheRaven   Certi angoli nascosti by SenhArt 

Summer  2018 by Juanilla   The beauty that is Scaleber Force. by Pistolpete2007   Didi II by LidiaVives    me at the colosseum by LunaFeles   344 - Deepest Roots and Darkest Blues by ElyneNoir 

Riders on the Storm by Metal-Bender    Snowland X v2.0 by Aenea-Jones     Outside by IdaBarracuda  MC Pinky Beckels by DouglasHumphries 

I caught you! by VesnaRa014  Red Rock Canyon 4 by Mac-Wiz  Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite by Metal-Bender  La Promenade by Lora-Vysotskaya 

Die Heimkehr by Woman-of-DarkDesires   akhnaten by sleurope   685-GREEN LANDSCAPE by jhsavoldelli   Summer Time Feeling! by mockingbirdontree   Peyto Lake by dashakern 

Dverghamrar by streamweb  Coalesce by eegariM  Old village by Ullyssess  Isle Of Skye Pano IV by danUK86 

Emptied by Trippy4U    Kolugljufur by RawPoetry   Cloudscape by tracybutlerart   daisy by IreneHorvath    Dogwood Blossoms by happytimer 

Happy Birthday Mel by 1001G    On the road by Annabelle-Chabert    ID by ValeriyaSegal    Abenone by ValeriyaSegal    Pinkish by ValeriyaSegal 

Rusty Flames by borda  Earls Crag and Wainmans Pinnacle. by GaryTaffinder   Cyclone by Trippy4U   Senryu 4 by Anka-loves-to-fly   Into the blue by SilverMixx 

Mountain lake by Laerian     Showing Humility by Canankk           Tenderness 3 by pillendrehr 

Sea by MorganMorren    Blueberry Hill by richardcgreen   My Blueprint by visionart   Hooded vulture by Maria-Schreuders   Gorgeous amanita by gigi50 

Forest Nymph by Nikki-vdp   Cat Pyrography (Wood Burning) by snazzie-designz  UNDEN LAKE , MIDDLE SWEDEN by IME54-ART  Patricia Lake by dashakern  Rouse The Rolling Sky by AlicesPlace 

I Ching 28 - Da Guo (Great Preponderance) by annewipf    the graveyard days II by Bodhisattvacary   Watercolour II by Moss-Portland   Glencar by Annabelle-Chabert    Awash by MEP4Photography   Hiryu falls by Omoidenoki   Red Tulips by happytimer    Refreshing by Laerian 

August Evening by the Sea by Pajunen    The Kelpies by Yuukon    Wind by dashakern   Krk 2 by EvaPolly   

Above the Skyline by eegariM   little bomb of crazy by jrockar   Untitled -run like hell- by lien  The Cage by lien 

Rainy Stroll by Leonid Afremov by Leonidafremov      dark river by jhsavoldelli      The Danger Rises from the Sea Mist by annewipf       Candle in the dark by Mouse200 

:iconbugsbunnyplz: That's all folks :D
I hope you enjoyed my selection from the last three weeks or so. Amazing isn't it? All these are from my favourites from the last three weeks or just over. You have all been very busy and I love that. I am always looking for new artists so feel free to point me towards them :) I love what :icontrippy4u: has been doing with his 'meet the neighbours' features. Excellent work Richard :clap:
So, until next time, spread the love and keep on creating your magic. Keep seeing the whole of the moon. 
Love and best wishes to you all :hug: :heart: and I will see you when I return from the next big adventure :D
  • Listening to: The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Reading: Strange Shores
  • Watching: A Walk In The Woods
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Apple
  • Drinking: Coffee

Hey everybody. I hope you are having a good day and life is treating you well. The world is a hard place right now and it needs love and the arts more than ever. Suddenly it seems, over the last couple of years, that the world has stepped back into the dark ages. We need to light it up. How can there be so much hate, anger and selfishness when there is also so much beauty? Apart from that, we only have this one little planet to live on and we all have to live on it together. It needs looking after as do the caring people of the world. The language being used by politicians these days is astonishing. It's like they think we are all stupid and can't think for ourselves. The stuff they come out with is either meaningless soundbites or outright lies. They keep getting caught out in their lies and yet they just repeat what they just said and deny it openly. It can really wear you down hearing it day after day. In the end you start to become numb to it but you mustn't. We can't let this become the norm. We must make sure these days in which we live will be looked back on with shock in years to come. As always it is up to the caring, rational people of the world to pull us through this and out the other side. 

I am so thankful that there are beautiful places where I can go to get away from the world for a short time. I like to find remote places in nature so I can breathe clean air and fill my eyes with visions of wonder. Sometimes I get people commenting on my pictures saying they didn't know such beautiful places exist in this world. Well they do. I seek them out. I am well aware that I am fortunate to be able to find these places and spend time there. For me it is like eating or breathing. I have to go to these places so that I know I am alive. In everyday life I always try to get the most out of every day. There is always good to be found however small that good might be. I never go a day without laughing and smiling as it is my nature. I love life......full stop. I never want it to end. I just wish the world was a happier place right now. Well, it won't stop me in my quest for love and peace and beauty. I'll tell you for free.........when I'm standing on a mountain top above the clouds and the light breaks through and the landscape is spread out before me........I can be a little selfish..... I totally forget about everything else going on and am totally immersed in the moment. That's the truth. Nothing else matters to me at that moment than being there experiencing the magic that this planet has. It really makes me happy that other people can see and enjoy the beauty that I find. I hope it makes them feel even a tenth of what I felt when I took the picture. If we spread the beauty of the world and share it around maybe it will cast a light over some of the darkness that dwells in parts of the world. The wonder of art is that you can also create your own beauty and you do because I see it. Sure, I mainly take landscapes but many of you take portraits or shoot objects or create images digitally or..........and I bow my head to the painters of the world.......paint the most amazing pictures. Some of you use colouring pencils to create the most unbelievably beautiful pictures which blows me away. Then there are the writers who I also admire greatly. The wordsmiths out there. I am going to spend more time seeking out writers here as I know they are out there. The song at the top of the journal is for all of you. (I also can't live without music of all kinds) I am not a wise man and I do rush in. I also can't help falling in love with you and your art. You are the reason the world is worth the effort. It is the likes of you that give life meaning. You are all vitally important to the human race. Without creativity, imagination and love there would be no reason for living. Not in my eyes anyway. As I often do....I take my hat off to all of you. :iconhatsoffplz: You have my love and admiration. All of you.

Now it is time to see some of your amazing art. These are from the last month or so and I have tried to include as many of you as possible. Each of you is an important part of the feature and it would be incomplete of your piece was not here so I thank you all. Please sit back and enjoy these works. Fave as many as you can and please leave a comment for the artist if you like anything in particular. 

Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts   Veronika V by Onimon93   Sketch - Aral sea catastrophe by MalthusWolf   Underneath the Veil by justeline   The Old Forest by mimadeo 

The Lily Pad Room by Lady-Kelaria   Two trees clinging to life by NB-Photo   flowery At every turn by little-one-girl      Don Quichote de la Mancha by annewipf   

WHITE SATIN by IME54-ART   It's Only Natural by Arte-de-Junqueiro   August And Her Bounty Of Lillies by 33M   Exclusively Burnt Out. by GaryTaffinder   Twilight by happytimer 

Kelpies by artismagica   ~cynophilist~ by Fajralam   Find Your Way by veeegeee   The forest floor XI by AlejandroCastillo   I Only Want To Be With You by Yuukon 

   Lake Cauma by LinsenSchuss   Reloj by LUCILALEYLA   Symphony of Earth by Laerian   

Bright and Shiny Days by TeaPhotography   Gratitude by Melusine8   CURIOUS by IME54-ART   Not A Breath Of Wind by AlicesPlace   Catch the moment by dashakern 

Erwartungen by Woman-of-DarkDesires   You Make Me Dream by Mouselemur    H-Faces 8 by Anka-loves-to-fly    Enflamme 2 by Melusine8    Valletta Street by Micko-vic    Drawings From the Program Notes by richardcgreen 

Bergeron Centre in Black and White by Zoomer1958   Liberation by Lilyas    Hope by Afinodora    Refreshment In A Hot Summer!!! by mockingbirdontree    Wildflowers and Tatooshes by videodude1961    Broad Jump aka The Long Jump by Trippy4U 

Cathedral Pines by 33M    Everyday is a new day by MEP4Photography    Healy Meadows by eegariM    Cold Tracks by Metal-Bender    Standing in Silence by Metal-Bender    Burning Alley by aw-landscapes 

Drops of Dreaming by TanyaSimpson   Lil' Sunshine by EmiliaStt   Going For The Treat by Nikki-vdp    summer fantasy by edinaB    You Let Me Walk Alone by Yuukon 

August Seashore by Pajunen    Waves by aw-landscapes    Synchronicity by aw-landscapes    A little bit of heaven by SilverMixx    The unknown world ... by ansdesign   watch them beating by fotomademoiselle 

The Colorado River in Canyonlands by Mac-Wiz   This Land Belongs To Me by Mac-Wiz    Athabasca Glacier by dashakern   Nailing It by IdaBarracuda 

The PicnicI stand on the hill, watching.
A little below, close to the trees, the friends are starting to arrive.
Everyone knows this place – we have all walked here so many times.
Then we had no other plans than to walk and explore. We had energy to burn.
Now a picnic would be fun. Some hours in the sun, some sandwiches, salad, some drinks.
Maybe there will be some news to share; families, sadness and joy, everyday things.
It’s almost half a century since we were all last here.
The skyline has changed, I prefer it as it was before.
Now there are many more “tourists”.
We have changed too. Some more mellow, some less so. Many reasons why.
Our lives and circumstances have all changed – some dramatically so!
Life is no picnic..
   Melbourne Star 2 by erene   Portrait Young Bald eagle by Maria-Schreuders   Tunnel Vision by aw-landscapes    Busy Birdy by richardcgreen   Summer Crescent by eegariM 

Rainy days in the highlands by streamweb   Azul y Verde by Omoidenoki     Come to me! by csillabold    at the lake... by edinaB 

The most adorable bird on earth? by MaresaSinclair   A l ombre du cormoran by Annabelle-Chabert   It`s Summertime 1 by pillendrehr   Soaked in Colors by Cappuccino8 

   Tower Of Babble by Trippy4U    entropy by Ceecore    the soul can wait by Ceecore   Bridget by vanillapearl 

005 Sweet dreams by Moss-Portland      neon genesis by Ceecore     Vintage Garden by GrimDreamArt     orchids by 1001G 

Mood color is blue by dashakern    Winds Of Change Blowing by Trippy4U    Fool For Your Love by Mouselemur    Fireworks by Yuukon    darling let your light shine by lovemyscars 

The village at the gorge by LinsenSchuss   003 watercolour by Moss-Portland   Gedankenverloren by Mocris 

Philippe's Little Dragon by saperlipop   Young Egyptian Vulture by DominikaAniola    Evil Deception by WhimsicalBlue    Ancient Hunter's Overlook by BWilliamWest   Celtic Cross - St. Edmund's by LewisKocher 

A lonely path into the Unknown V by Aenea-Jones   Twosome by Woman-of-DarkDesires   Pendragon's Fall by indeepsilence   Wave of Joy by Unkopierbar 

Once In A Blue Shroom by needcaffine   Gothic by Laura-Graph   DeviantID by Sabz0r   A train to the coalmine Florentyna by sanderus   lost in light by Luperkalia418 

295 - Rusty by ElyneNoir     July by dashakern    Haunted house by Daniele-Serra    The Station by LassieBob    Octdic1 by Campo-Diaz 

Wisdom is condemned by AlexandrinaAna      Swan by tung841      Country Medley for Canan by Tigles1Artistry

Thank you so much for getting this far :) I really hope you found some gems in there to enjoy. It is a huge pleasure to share all of these creations. I can't tell you how lucky I feel to see your work every day. Like I said earlier, it is very important that we all keep creating this beauty. Share the love and keep on doing your magic. 
:love: :hug: :heart:
  • Listening to: Elvis Costello
  • Reading: Outrage
  • Watching: Three Billboards
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: New York Deli Sandwich
  • Drinking: Coffee

Last Saturday I went to The Barbican in London to an exhibition of photographs by Dorothea Lange. For those who don't know her work, she photographed the hardship endured by farmers and others in the dustbowl of America during the depression of the 1930s amongst many other things. It was an amazing collection of photographs and showed that the poor will always be those who suffer most. Something that has never changed. I am always looking for the right words to use when I want to say something and it doesn't always come easily to me. When I use a quotation from someone it is because they have managed to put into a few words something I wanted to express but they did it better. Dorothea said many things in her long life and she always knew how to cut to the chase. I always say you should live each day as if it was your last and she has been able to put that in a way I never could. 
" One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be struck blind. " Dorothea Lange
As someone living with an eye condition this really struck a chord with me. Although it does not weigh heavily on my mind occasionally I do wonder what I would do if my left eye developed the same fault that my right eye has. I would be registered blind if that happened. Of course, I have been living with this condition for a while and there is no indication that anything is going to happen to cause that but it is there......deep in the background. Maybe it is one of the reasons I never stop. I am always thinking ahead to the next adventure. You never know when your time is going to run out for whatever reason. This is why I am already planning trips a couple of years in advance. It also makes me feel happy to know there is another adventure in the pipeline. I always have something to look forward to and more times to bank into my vault of experiences. This is not about sadness or worry, it is about filling your life.....but not with things......with feelings and excitement and anticipation and experiences. With places and people or with remoteness and solitude. 
I have recently come back from a trip the the Orkney Islands which are just off the North Coast of Scotland. I flew to Aberdeen then got a connecting flight to Kirkwall on the largest of the Orkney Islands called Mainland. This connecting flight was a much smaller plane. You arrive at Orkney in strong crosswinds as it is so flat and exposed. You land sideways with a bump so you know you have landed. As they say "Any landing is a good landing".  Orkney is a magical collection of islands packed with ancient history. Many Neolithic sites around 4,000 to 5,000 years old. You really get a sense of perspective when you stand before something that old. At Skara Brae you can see inside the dwellings of the neolithic people as their homes were buried for years and have only relatively recently been excavated. First signs were discovered as the result of storm damage in 1850 then the first proper excavation was started around 1925.…
The people of Orkney were so lovely and friendly. I stayed in two different places on the mainland and one place on a smaller island called Rousay. They were such wonderful places to stay. I loved all of it. From ancient sites to cliff top drama Orkney had a lot to offer me. Maybe lacking in mountains but you can't have everything :lol: I came back feeling totally refreshed and my head full of new experiences and my heart full of the new people I had met. Just what I needed. Sometimes you do get what you want and what you need.
And now I look forward to my next trip which is Iceland in September. 
Now it is time to share some of your creations as I have been collecting hard over the last few weeks. Before I do that I am going to share another quote by Dorothea Lange.
"Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon...We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are......The artist is a professional see-er. " 
It is always such a treat to see your art. I know when I look at your work that there is something of you in each and every image or each line of prose. You invest of yourselves in your work and I love that. I love that I have a little piece of you in front of me, not just the image itself. So sit back and enjoy things I have seen recently. As always, if you like something particularly, please let the artist know. They will appreciate you taking the time. 

Freedom - for sureAs the cold wind blows from the north and the cold bites deep
Those with coats shiver and the street people, they do freeze
Even the birds with their natural quilts huddle up for warmth
And the short days ensure loneliness invades the spirit again
For inside those bland and featureless rooms we, once again
Hibernate our bodies, to hold on through this deep winter of life
Whilst our souls talk to us in whispers grown loud of freedom
Of pain and courage, of longings and loving, of living and dying
But forget not that your life comes with a price, no discounts
No guarantees given of winning, for all is a lottery played daily
So why care that the freedom to choose your own path could
Cost you everything you have, for you have so little to loose
It is freedom that drives you, that beckons you step forward
The same freedom that pulls you towards an unknown place
And the journey is your one, for others cannot tread with you
Though the tears that are shed will be shared; joyfully my friend
  The Ol' Red 'n Blue Line by Trippy4U  In beautiful British Columbia by gigi50  Potted history by SilverMixx  Writing Poems by Metal-Bender  Winter sunset by rougealizarine  As they protect us... by Omoidenoki  

Noirmoutier Abbey in summer by ClairObscur16   The Earth Is A Choir of Amazing by TeaPhotography  The Rivers of Living Water by GeorgieDeeArt  all I want is to have my peace of mind by lovemyscars   Mg 0306-2 by Micko-vic 

Sofia by Laerian    Peaceful Easy Feeling by Arte-de-Junqueiro    the woodlanddays XLIX by Bodhisattvacary   Purity ... by ansdesign   Rouget by Annabelle-Chabert   
Bavaria by DominikaAniola    Bright summer day by Pajunen    she laughs at the time to come by fotomademoiselle   Desert raven by DalfaArt    Mg 0223 by Micko-vic 

In an Ancient Typography by SenhArt    Jasper's Pyramid by eegariM    Live a colourful life by dashakern    Panda giggles by MaresaSinclair    Boat on the river by rougealizarine 

The Philosopher from Uthemann by sanderus    Before summer rain by Floreina-Photography     At Salford Quays - Manchester. by GaryTaffinder 

Happy birthday to dear Zlata! by VesnaRa014    Fantasy Houses by GrimDreamArt    Frozen Park II by Pajunen    Faerieland by Melusine8   Thankfulness! by mockingbirdontree 

Retreating Royalty by eegariM    Wars of architecture by erene    Seeing by MEP4Photography   Enlightened Sky by BWilliamWest 

Watch Me Use No Hands by Mouselemur   Summer flowering by Juanilla   Moody nature by BaxiaArt  The Art Critics by richardcgreen   Summer Is Here by EvaPolly 

Le Cabinet de Curiosites - Clockwork Fairy by AlexandraVBach    Art Palette... by Omoidenoki    Angel Down by AnthonyPresley    Iotertinden III by roblfc1892    Eos by Trichardsen   

Sound of Silence by Yuukon   Old cottages during sunset by KlikitiKlik   Quietness by dashakern   The Bastion Of Americana...Coney Island by Trippy4U  

Find your star by dashakern    IMG 3227 edit by EchoOfNostalgy    Eist Le Glor De by LewisKocher    Mohn by pillendrehr 

Happy Birthday Faryba by 1001G   Happy Birthday Ann by BlueIvyViolet   Lavender Thrives by TanyaSimpson   35GfJ43 by Placi1   Mid-Air Encounter by DominikaAniola  

Her eyes tell me everything by deepgrounduk  African Girl by LikaKinsky   Kananaskis Mirror by eegariM   Nameless Falls by RawPoetry    PAYS D AUBRAC by Annabelle-Chabert

Chute libre by Annabelle-Chabert       Crap I've Found From The Beach aka. Hot Wheels by IdaBarracuda       Morning on the Lookout by Fotobasa       Be Protected in your Ways! by mockingbirdontree 

Sommertag by Mocris   At Ontario Place Monochrome by Zoomer1958   A New Day by Woman-of-DarkDesires  Time is the Enemy by Metal-Bender 
     if everything was good by Ceecore     reine I by roblfc1892    Grace by Trichardsen 

Looking Out For The Candy Bandit by Trippy4U   Tracy Butler Bluebell Glade by tracybutlerart   Durness Beach by Pistolpete2007   Just Dropping By by eegariM 

267 - Drops by ElyneNoir    Between the Raindrops by Metal-Bender    NL + 10 by DouglasHumphries    ISLAND Thinking by Fotobasa    Giants 4 by videodude1961 

The river runs cold by Pajunen        Parachute Heart by Yuukon    The Great Wave Pyrograph on Coptic Bound Journal by snazzie-designz    Samurai Girl Pyrograph on Coptic Journal - Front by snazzie-designz 

The Three Brothers and BridalVeil Falls, Yosemite  by artamusica    Hope in music of Sadness by WhimsicalBlue    Borderline by Trippy4U    Under the Influence by Metal-Bender    Stairs to nowhere by Finsternisss 

Macro magic by LittleFawnsPhotos     Lost by Metal-Bender     At the Edge by aw-landscapes     On the edge by MEP4Photography 

Beauty in Chaos by Cinnamoncandy   Fading Light by AlicesPlace   Copper Clockwork Journal by MadeleiZoo   EDGE by nehab16   An edifice in glass at Salford Quays - Manchester. by GaryTaffinder 

Jun 2018 It's been a while... by bindii     Butterflies tree by GrimDreamArt     Fantasy map by adrianamusettidavila     Stranded by MaresaSinclair 

Relief by Fiograph   Fluegelschwer by Woman-of-DarkDesires   Instable by Annabelle-Chabert    The promised water is still debt by Ullyssess 

Spring at the Pond by NicoFroehberg   Morning by Sillybilly60   Spay le pont1 by hubert61  Summer Wildflowers by tracybutlerart 

Highway of Heartache by Yuukon     Pink Tulip by MaresaSinclair     . by MWeiss-Art     Why Is It So Hard by Mouselemur 

That's all folks :D 
I hope you enjoyed this selection. It was quite a large feature as I was away and had some catching up to do. I've tried to feature as many artists as I could. I hope I haven't missed something I wanted to include. Anyway, it is always a huge pleasure for me to make these features and I hope some of you will either find something you loved or found that other people found your art and loved it. :heart:
My love to each and everyone. You are all professional see-ers. Remember that. The words of a much greater photographer than I will ever be. 
Spread the love....the world needs a lot of love right now.....and keep creating your magic. :hug:
Until the next time.................
  • Listening to: Del Amitri
  • Reading: The drained lake
  • Watching: The Post
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Mortadella
  • Drinking: Pepsi Max
I have recently returned from a week in the Scottish Highlands. I went there in expectation of moody skies, rain and heavy clouds. I went there expecting to fill some cards in my camera and to have lots of new images to share. I haven't been anywhere since November really so I was itching to get out into the mountains and fill my boots, as the saying goes. Well, the sun came out nearly every day. There was hardly a cloud in the sky for three or four of the days and the sun was high and bright. I was very surprised and I had to reassess what I was looking to get out of the week. This was one occasion where the weather and I were not going to meet in the middle. I was there for a break though and a change of scenery. I still had that. 
The drive up was a very good one. I left home at 05.15 and I was crossing the Erskine Bridge just the other side of Glasgow by 11.30. I was now getting into Scotland properly as I passed Loch Lomond and through Tyndrum up onto the edge of Rannoch Moor. Loch na H'Achlaise looked good under the blue sky as I passed on the way to Glen Coe. There was Stob Dearg, the finest peak of Buachaille Etive Mor standing proud like a gateway to the Highlands. The bright sun beat down as I continued to my base for the week at Fort William. 
Sunday dawned cloudy and drizzly. A perfect day to get my boots on. It was still the weekend and I knew everywhere was going to be very busy at this time of year so I headed for Glen Nevis. There is a walk that goes through Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls and I opted for this. It is a lovely walk through woodland and climbing up over the gorge with huge rocks and rushing water. Eventually you emerge on a flat land with Steall Falls pouring down from the mountains opposite. The clouds were breaking up but had been wonderful as they hugged the peaks and tumbled down the hill sides. This place has a lovely, calming effect. 
When I left here I headed off to Corpach to see my favourite, stranded boat. The MV Dayspring that I have photographed many a time. Today the tide was very high so there was actually some shallow water beneath her. No where near enough to trouble her but not something I see very often. The sun was out and shone down brightly on my boat. 
Monday morning started sunny. I headed for Buachaille Etive Mor and then down Glen Etive. I found Lochan Urr down a small, disused logging road. This is a lovely little secret and I was on my own there. I had a packed lunch at Loch Etive. Thankfully it was too early in the season for the midges to be a nuisance. I have been there before when the midges were so bad I didn't even get out of the car. From here I went to have a good look round at Loch na H'Achlaise as I often don't have much time here when passing through on the way home from Skye. I managed to get very wet which reminded me I had meant to get some new goretex walking shoes before coming up. I went to Fort William and sorted that out as well as a cold beer as it was very warm under the sun. Also a very tasty salted caramel ice cream.
Tuesday was cloudy but dry. I headed out to get a picture of the Jacobite steam train as it headed off to Mallaig. The spot I had chosen wasn't as good as I had hoped but I didn't have time to change it so I went with it. Then  the rain started so I headed off to Mallaig where I had a wonderful lunch in the Cornerstone Restaurant. I recommend this place but you have to get there as it opens as most tables are already booked. After lunch I spent some time at Traigh beach in the rain before heading back to the MV Dayspring hoping for more moody shots than on Sunday. 
Wednesday was the day I had planned to do some climbing. It dawned stupidly hot and sunny but I decided to go anyway. I went down to Buachaille Etive Mor to go up Beinn A'Chrulaiste from whihc you get a great view. Well, I climbed it and the view was great to look at but not great to photograph as it was just too bright and sunny with no clouds. It was at this point that I realised the photography was not my only reason for being here. I could just sit there, which I did, for quite a while, soaking up that view and passing the time with a couple of other hikers who had made their way up. It occurred to me I wasn't getting any of the shots I had hoped to get when I planned this trip but hey.......what does that matter? I was having a great time. I was not working. I was somewhere I love to be.  OK so it was just too sunny and bright so I just had to enjoy being there and put my camera away. 
When I had got down again I went to look at Loch Achtriochtan and some small falls at Clachaig. I went round Loch Leven and enjoyed the views from Balaculish Bridge. I went back to my cottage for an early couple of beers and to wash my trousers and fleece that I had got very dirty when falling a couple of times on the way down the mountain. The ground was very wet and slippery in some of the run off areas, that's all. Nothing dramatic. 
When I got up on Thursday to even more bright sunshine and lack of clouds I decided to just do something completely different and I went to the Highland Wildlife Park. Five months ago they had the arrival of a baby polar bear named Wee Hamish so I figured I' go and see him. I wasn't expecting to see him as I thought he was still hanging around the den with his mother, Victoria. They were out though and I watched them playing in the sun and swimming in the pond. It was a lovely way to spend then day. I wasn't going to photograph much anyway. I took some very long range pictures of Wee Hamish so they aren't anything to look at. It was great to see him though. 
Friday. My last day. As photography was still being a challenge I thought I would arrange my day around having a good lunch at Crannog Restaurant in Fort William. One of my favourite places to eat. I don't get the chance to eat there very often. If you like fresh sea food this is the place to go though. So in the morning I decided to chase the Jacobite steam train across the glens on it's journey. I had three places in mind. Corpach, where I succeeded, by the roadside north of Glenfinnan, where I succeeded and further north near an old church. Unfortunately I arrived there at the same time as the train so could only enjoy watching it go past on it's journey. Back to Fort William for lunch then I spent the rest of the day doing not very much but supporting local businesses of various kinds in the town. 
That was my week. 
I didn't get what what I wanted........but I did get what I needed which was a fabulous break and lots of relaxing. So just because you don't get what you want, it doesn't mean your time has been wasted. It doesn't mean you should be disappointed. You just have to adjust your expectations a little and enjoy every day as much as you possibly can. I can honestly say that I did exactly that. 

Now it is time to turn my attention to you and what you have been doing for the last month or so. Creating wonderful pieces of art is what you have been doing. Magical, inspirational, heart warming art. I am blessed to have met so many creative people here. It gives me the greatest pleasure to share your work and let more people know how wonderful you all are. So if you see anything here that touches you in  some way please let the artist know. I kind comment from you may be the best thing that happens to them today :D
Here we go then. Sit back and enjoy. 

Sweet little coon by gigi50  The Journey by Pajunen   The Colors Of Summer by LindArtz  Lisa by Ceecore 

Remains of a Glacier by MarvinDiehl    arctic light by roblfc1892    hamnoy I by roblfc1892     Waiting for tomorrow by Trichardsen    Derryveagh by Annabelle-Chabert 

Inside Violin X by borda    Moritzburg Castle - Germany by Stefan-Becker    Scandinavian Architecture 2 by GrimDreamArt    I Can Almost See You by Metal-Bender 

Sunshine sprinkles by SilverMixx   Tristesse by Woman-of-DarkDesires   Heaven garden... by Omoidenoki   ...Awakening... by VesnaRa014   Awesomeness by Laerian 

Here comes the summer by dashakern     Zugspitze Sunset by Dave-Derbis     Beinn Eighe by SebastianKraus      Haystack Rock by eegariM

Magic Tuscany 14 -  5:41 AM by CitizenFresh    Auroras and Moonlight by Laazeri      Fireball by EtherealSceneries    

To the Canopy by eegariM      Open Highway by BWilliamWest     Great yellow eyes by Maria-Schreuders      

Out Back by Trippy4U     Seashore on May by Pajunen      Early Winter Sunset II by Arte-de-Junqueiro 

warm day by 4ajka   Ginger Flower by EyeOfTheKat   The Silence Is Shaking by WhimsicalBlue    Silent Hymn by Metal-Bender     Rainy Day Composition by DouglasHumphries 

Agony by nehab16     Travel time by dashakern     Scourge Of The Fields by Nikki-vdp     Curiouser And Curiouser by AlicesPlace 

Green partitions... by Omoidenoki   Old bicycle by rougealizarine   It Is What It Is by Trippy4U   Gold Coast by erene  

Slow down the time by MEP4Photography        234 - Ferns by ElyneNoir        Black and White Flower by vanndra       On the Waterfront by Metal-Bender 

April Come She Will by Yuukon    On Silent Wings by Nikki-vdp    Believe It Or Not by Mouselemur   Dropping the LAN Line  by richardcgreen   Sunbathing by IndigoSummerr 

Pucker up baby by gigi50   Fly Geyser IV by Scooby777  Karhusalmi by IdaBarracuda   Breeze on a poppy field by VasiDgallery 

The Serpents Teeth by Inextremiss      Enjoy the Silence! by mockingbirdontree       Deliverance by Woman-of-DarkDesires    Waiting for summer by MaresaSinclair 

It's not all magic ... by ansdesign     Curves 1 bw by pillendrehr     Castellane by RawPoetry     tranquil by lovemyscars    Compost and keys by SilverMixx    Stump by Laazeri 

Love8 by rust2d   Lolita by karen-abramyan   irish dream by karen-abramyan  The path of light by streamweb   Like Candles by TeaPhotography 

Sunset over Boundary Bay by dashakern    On a cloudy afternoon ... by chriseastmids    Ola by darkelfphoto    M-Y-S-T-E-R-Y by WhimsicalBlue 

Jaque Mate by richardcgreen    Daybreak by RawPoetry     mountainscape of Kruja by LunaFeles     Birch by 4ajka 

222 - Pastel Pink by ElyneNoir        Shadows of the past ... by ansdesign       Hiking diaries, April 2018 by EvaPolly        # Light by Mishkina   

In the Blue, Dancing And Swaying by tracybutlerart   senses VII by JoannaRzeznikowska    The Dreams Seller in Tykocin by sanderus    Keepsake by LittleFawnsPhotos     Thinking Girl by Pappa60 

What will be our memory of this time..? by only1second    Expectations ... by ansdesign    Snowy Alps by DominikaAniola     Hautes terres by Annabelle-Chabert     Daydreaming by IsabellaJainePhoto 

Colorado landscapes pt. IV by TheChosenPesssimist      Escape by Unkopierbar      Wheat by moonchild-unveiled      Summers Broken Window by 33M

Thank you so much for taking the time to look through the pictures and even more thanks if your read my journal too :lol: ;)
I take my hat off to you all for your never ending enthusiasm and love for what you create. It fills me with joy to know I can come here and always see something new from you. What a bunch of artists you are. I am honoured to have found you here and I am even more honoured to share your pictures. I will catch up replying to your comments on my pictures one day too. I will get there, I promise. I appreciate you taking the time to comment very much and you know I love to read your comments :heart:
Take care of yourselves until next we meet. Take care of each other and your loved ones. Share your love and keep creating. My love and friendship to you all :heart: :hug:
  • Listening to: Philip Glass
  • Reading: Voices
  • Watching: An art lovers guide. Baku
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Coffee

Hello from England on a day of sunshine and showers. I am emerging from my work tunnel that I disappear into at this time of year. The end of March through to the end of April is my busiest time of year every year and I have only had one day off in the last four weeks. Now I know I have many times mentioned the importance of a healthy work / life balance and, for the most part I do what I can to manage that. This time of year is different though and I have no real option but to knuckle down and get on with it. It is the end of the financial year so everyone has to tie up their books. It's just about done now though so I can look forward to my first trip away of the year which is a short break to the Scottish Highlands in May. The weather has not looked terribly promising but hey ho. It is what it is. Three weeks ago they still had snow up there and last week it was 29 degrees centigrade (84 F ). That didn't last long, of course, and we are back to normal April weather now. Temperatures in the mid teens and a mixture of weather every day. 
Now, everyone knows that if you need to start up a conversation with someone from the UK you should start with the weather. It is well know that the weather is a huge topic over here and that we talk about it all the time. This is probably because it changes so much. I guess if you live in California, for the most part the weather is pretty boring. Am I right? Or is that just a stereotype too? 
Are we the country that talks so much about weather? What's it like where you live? Does everyone talk about the weather really? Is it fair to paint us with this brush? I'd love to know. Stereotypes are funny things but I guess most of them are grounded in something. 
I have just had a quick look to see what stereotypes there are of us out there. Do we really all have really bad teeth? It seems people think we do. Is British food so very bad? That's another popular one. 
Are the Germans as efficient as we think they are? Are the French arrogant? Goodness, the list goes on and on. Are these real stereotypes or do people just invent them? How does something become a stereotype in the first place? Is it just a simplification of how we see 'someone we are not' that makes us feel better about ourselves?
I don't know. If I believed the list of stereotypes I have just read I wouldn't like very many people in the world including the British and, quite possibly, even myself. 
I'm going to see how easy it is to never use a stereotype in my thinking at all. Not even in humour. As soon as I notice a stereotype looming up in my mind I will try to beat it back and live knowing that most people are actually human beings who deserve a bit of respect. Those that don't usually become obvious fairly quickly. So I'm going to have a cup of tea now while my German friends play with some new technology, my French friends smoke, my American friends dismantle and reassemble an automatic rifle, my Spanish friends sleep, my Italian friends wave their arms about...................hmmmm.....that didn't last long did it?

Somehow I have been able to keep up with all your recent submissions for which I have been even more grateful than usual. To sit down for half an hour at the end of a long day and be able to discover all your new images has been a special treat over that last few weeks. I have not been able to get out with my camera at all so I am so happy that you have. I've still been able to get my fix of nature and art through what you have been creating and I am so thankful to you all for that.
Here we go then. A selection of work that has helped to keep me sane these last four weeks. Sit back and enjoy these gems from my favourites. If you like anything especially please let the artist know if you have the time. Thank you.

   Ocean of Clouds by Sigfodr   The Spirits Return by Inebriantia  Rocinha Ridge by Miguel-Santos  

World Within Worlds by richardcgreen   Been You by Mouselemur   Northbound For A Winter by Trippy4U  Deep of the night by BlueCaroline  

vivid by Luperkalia418  Red Beetle by rougealizarine  Point of no return ... by ansdesign  Glimpse Of Reality by WhimsicalBlue  Street life by SilverMixx  Into the Sun by IndigoSummerr  

No Speculation, No Compromises by eegariM   Spring by dashakern  The World Can Wait by Yuukon   074 The power station by Chris-Delni-Offord  A rainy morning. by Phototubby 

Looking Back by RickB500   Don't Touch Me by Markus43   Let's go back to Sasamat by dashakern  Only For A Time by Trippy4U  little helper by Luperkalia418  Midnight Encounter by richardcgreen  

About Fairy Tales ... by ansdesign    The Village of Storks by sanderus    Blah Blah Blah by saperlipop     I Ching 24 - Fu (Returning) by annewipf     Fall Colors by lemgras330     All True Beauty... by TeaPhotography

Ice by Floreina-Photography    Touch the water by Maria-Schreuders     Flowing from the mountains by aw-landscapes    Watcing the sunrise by dashakern    Looking In The Mirror by lemgras330    Bullet Drop by eegariM 

Enchanting ... by ansdesign   Shine. by OliviaMichalski   Canigou by Annabelle-Chabert   Innocent by MEP4Photography  

Barclay by RawPoetry  Think Happy Thoughts by Miss-deviantE   Zubr by DominikaAniola  Old Friend by AlicesPlace  Trail to the island by Pajunen  

Morning in Tuscany V by Gambassi    A cold day by dfm63    Beinn a'Chrulaiste by SebastianKraus    First Light Best Light by Capturing-the-Light  

Life invitation... by Omoidenoki     Blackbird's Song by Metal-Bender     Lichen Palette by TanyaSimpson    A Fairytale by EyeOfTheKat     Blackbird by EvaPolly  

old locomotive by 4ajka     Cheetah by Scooby777         Hepatica among light and shadows by roisabborrar      Silence Of The Veils - Awareness by nehab16  

Help Me Now We're Falling by Trippy4U   Krakow in the morning by LunaFeles   Apr 7 2018 by bindii   Blue by PassionAndTheCamera  Delight by dashakern 

Now I Feel so different by MEP4Photography     hotel by 4ajka     Spring Forest by flitart     It used to fly once by thegirlcansmile     Le Reveil by saperlipop 

Peach by RezzanATAKOL   Fantasy Architecture by GrimDreamArt   Pipes and string...symphony ! by Omoidenoki   foggy morning by Luperkalia418  Landscape by Alena-48  

Tangled by aw-landscapes     darkness and light by Ingelore  Coptic Bound Notebook - Map of Iceland Cover by snazzie-designz      reynisfjara III by roblfc1892  

Underworld by DavidMnr      How do you do? by redtreeme      Dear Past.. by WhimsicalBlue      Blood Moon by Reddawgi  

Um lugar para reconstruir by Wesley-Souza     Ana Denise Souza art by ajursp     Awakening of Spring by dashakern  

Model26 by ekota21   Girl12 by ekota21   Model23 by ekota21   Shoulder dragon by DanielaIvanova  I Know You're Still There by AdaEtahCinatas  

Snowy Happiness by Laerian  Port Sidney Marina by erene   Red building.... by gintautegitte69 

Better Days by Metal-Bender        Wreck at Crow Point, North Devon, UK by needcaffine       Green Elegance by aw-landscapes       Sooner Than Later by Mouselemur

Thank you so much for looking through these pictures. So many amazing places that I would love to visit here not to mention so many artists I would love to visit. 
Have an amazing day everyone. Spread the love and keep creating your own piece of magic in this world. Artists make stardust. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Much love to you all. :heart:
  • Listening to: Scotland Outdoors Podcast
  • Reading: Jar City
  • Watching: The Cosmos
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Smoked cheese
  • Drinking: Coffee

This short video fills me with joy. This is a young girl who is about to go on her first train journey and is full of excitement. I think the things that are easiest to lose in life are excitement and curiosity because life has a way of sucking them out of you. Just recently there have been further terrible things happening in countries like France, the USA and here in England. Over a lifetime you are faced with so many of these terrible events that it makes you give up hope for life on this planet............and then you come across someone like Emma Gonzales who impresses me every time I see her. Then there is something simpler like the short video above. However bad things get there are always these wonderful people and moments to remind you what it should be to be a human being living on this planet. For some reason the news thrives on sad and traumatic stories and can't find time for happy stories. There are places you can go to find these such as and five minutes of this positivity every day does me the world of good. 
I am so very happy that I am an optimistic kind of person and that I do still have this childlike excitement and curiosity inside me. It really is there on the surface. I don't have to dig deep to find it but many people do. This is not to say that I shut myself off from the bad things in the world. I am fully aware of them and take a deep interest in world news. I just won't let myself become overwhelmed by it (although there have been many times when that has been really difficult). 
Let me tell you about the A82. This is the road that passes Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and on to Fort Wiliam then on to Inverness by Loch Ness. I love this road. Mainly because it takes me where I want to go but also because of the scenery it drives through. When I first drove along this road I had to keep pulling over and stopping because the views are spectacular. You leave a small town called Tyndrum and climb up before levelling out and heading out past Loch na H-Achlaise and on towards Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe and Fort William. As the road levels out after the climb my excitement is building as I know the sights I am going to see. Sights that I never tire of. The Black Mount, Rannoch Moor and on towards the wonderful mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor. This was my first experience of, what I call, real mountains. I can hardly describe the effect it had on me the first time I drove along this road. I have been here many times since, either to visit this area or passing through on my way to the Isle Of Skye. My love of the mountains has only grown since my first visit here. I wish I could describe how alive my senses become every time I approach these mountains and this area. I am childlike in my sheer joy. The same when I am on Skye. You can see the mountains long before you actually get to the island. Their silhouette is unmistakeable and my heart rate always increases when I see them. 
When I went on my short trip to Iceland in 2016 I was so happy that I took this same feeling of excitement and awe there with me............or I picked it up when I was there. However it happens I am full on alive, curious, excited, absolutely buzzing with life at these times and in these places. I am going back to Iceland for a longer trip in September and I can tell you that I am already excited about it. 

I am also excited every time I go out with my camera. If that doesn't come across in my pictures then  I am doing something wrong :lol:

I am also excited by the fact that it seems winter might have finally finished here and Spring is happening. This means I can get to work in my garden. I have a new flower bed to plant up and I have potatoes and onions to get into the ground. The magic of shoots coming out of the ground always makes me happy. Eating food I have grown myself fills me with absurd levels of satisfaction. I will be growing tomatoes, chillies, carrots, courgettes, lots of salad crops and green beans. The success of this will depend on how much time I spend looking after it all and how much time I am away from home but this time of year always cheers me up and fills me with energy. I am just about recovered from this horrible flu which I have had for seven weeks. That is also filling me with energy....albeit slowly......and I feel so much better for it. 
My excitement comes from the biggest mountain I can get to or from the smallest bud coming out in my garden. It comes from seeing excitement in others, or seeing acts of kindness or seeing someone like Emma Gonazales standing up for what they believe in. Wherever you find your own excitement, curiosity or joy.........please........never lose it. Never lose your excitement for the known or your curiosity for the unknown.

Another place I find excitement, curiosity and joy is here on dA each time I look through your latest creations. (My second heavy handed link it two journals.......well done Lawrence :) ) We are a band of brothers and sisters here. We work together, we play together, we share our creations, we share our love for each other and our love for what we each do. For what we contribute not only to dA but what we add to each other's lives. For all of that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. By way of thanks I would now like to share your work with as many people as I can. Please sit down for five minutes if you have the time and take a look at the fabulous pictures I have been collecting from you recently. Please fave anything you like and, if you have a minute, please leave a comment and let the artist know how you have enjoyed their work. 

The Fire inside me. by OliviaMichalski  Zefir by 4ajka  Jewellery Box With Pyrographed (Wood Burned) Cat by snazzie-designz  autumn memories by Ingelore  I'm so happy to see you all on DA! by mockingbirdontree 

Saturday's Hike by BWilliamWest     Spring Equinox ... by ansdesign      Tedd Deireadh v2.0 by Aenea-Jones      Culzean Bluebells by tracybutlerart     Dark Forest 1 by Metal-Bender  

Catching Feelings by Mouselemur   My self pic......2018. by gintautegitte69   Golden Haze by AnnMarieBone   Ciconia ... by ansdesign     Road trip by SilverMixx    Tree Tops in Snow by videodude1961 

Colour versus Monochrome by erene  Mist of Avallon... by Omoidenoki   Devil's Staircase by RawPoetry  Sys Bjerre by katr14    

Road trip 3 by BlueIvyViolet   Light In The Darkness by Trippy4U   They Don't Play Our Lovesong Anymore by Yuukon  Suspended in Light by justeline  

Old building III by VesnaRa014   Springtime by MEP4Photography  Houses by the river by Pajunen  The early morning mist by dashakern  

Choose happiness by AutumnIulia  Eternity by SvenMueller  The Wastelands by Exileden  Remote Norway pt. XXXVII by TheChosenPesssimist  

Norway 102 by lonelywolf2   The Dark Traveler II by justeline  Winter umbrella by LadyDattebayo  Sunny day by LadyDattebayo 

Time To Move On.... by Woman-of-DarkDesires  Chilean flamingo by Maria-Schreuders  Spring poppies by rougealizarine   It happened on a snowy night by MEP4Photography  you tied the knots yourself by Rona-Keller  

Citywalk by beatrice  Sunset pelicans by gigi50   O Lord ! Give me strength and courage ! by Sweetlylou  . by invisigoth88  ... by Annabelle-Chabert  

Colors in gray... by VesnaRa014  Don't catch butterflies ... by ansdesign  Flowers in the Morning by Yuukon  Celtic Cross at Great Bealings churchyard, Suffolk by LewisKocher  NEAR MY HOMETOWN ( WORLD HERITAGE ) by IME54-ART  

Magical fishes by AncaXBre   Half a Flag by Arte-de-Junqueiro   Earth shows its bones by MaciejKarcz    Brushed by eegariM

the boats by fotomademoiselle   Walk on the Wild Side by richardcgreen  A Landscape with Blue Umbrella by sanderus  Mar 2018 2 by bindii  

Trail to Garibaldi Lake by dashakern   What I see on the road..... by gintautegitte69   Carousel Figurehead by richardcgreen   Swamp Fortress by GrimDreamArt   Stories of Ink: Black bird by dinabelenko 

Belong To The World by Mouselemur   Burst of Dawn by dashakern   Red by BaxiaArt   Lost In Red by AdaEtahCinatas   Cold Sky by Metal-Bender  

The Hobbits arriving in Rivendell by aw-landscapes  Moonlight by SvenMueller  SEP 6321crop by bagnino  The Great One by r-maric  

. by MWeiss-Art   Winter's Willow by EmMelody   Copy-Paste by DominikaAniola   Only A Child Is Capable Of by IdaBarracuda    

Anywhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Trippy4U      Mar 2018 1 by bindii      The Last of Winter by MaaykeKlaver       Point Prim Lighthouse Monochrome by Zoomer1958  

The Fingers and Toes of Paws by TeaPhotography    Rust beauty by rougealizarine  Back to blue by BlueCaroline  A long time ago in Katowice by sanderus  

20180303dsc07117 by ltiana355    roman theatre of Plovdiv. by LunaFeles    Plovdiv ID by LunaFeles       

. by invisigoth88  The other Self by RickB500  Peace of Mine by WhimsicalBlue  Old attic spirit by AncaXBre  City builder by AncaXBre  Old Helsinki IV by Pajunen 

The cloud factory... by Omoidenoki  Stories of Ink: Nevermore by dinabelenko   True Blue by fairyladyphotography   Into The Great Wide Open by 33M  Feb 2018 3 by bindii 

AIRTAMS over the marketsquare in Katowice by sanderus   Some Flowers by vanndra   Jump by chriskaula  focus on anything by Ceecore   Winter Woods XV. by realityDream 

  ...sigh... by Saidge42 Dreams by paulee1   Remote Norway pt. XL by TheChosenPesssimist  New Light Dawning by AlicesPlace 

River .003 Panorama by asetix  Zoa-Falls Lake Loop-Zoa subsummit by Westcoastspirits 

im Mondlicht by CaveCanem42   Winterwald by RobinHalioua   The Deer by MiserableCreature    The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore by MiserableCreature 

Winter sunset by RawPoetry   Thin Ice by Cyan707   Axeman's Inflow by eegariM  Semplicity by Nataly1st  Lormet-zoo-0784V-sml by Lormet-Images   PW 11 by Tatyana-Sanina  

renaissance by IreneHorvath   Between loneliness and happiness by dashakern   The Monolith by Pistolpete2007  Booksburg by Lora-Vysotskaya  

art by thefirebomb   ... by only1second   147 - Red Scarf by ElyneNoir   Bonewhiteglory by Mrs-White   Final Frontier by RS-foto  Untitled by dasTOK 

. by invisigoth88       AITRAMS Zabrze 2 by sanderus  The Baptism of the Fog by richardcgreen   A Change Is On The Way by Trippy4U

Thank you so much for looking through these works of art. I hope very much that you found a lot to enjoy here and that you can support the artists in some way. 
As always, my love and friendship to you all. It is something special in these difficult times to make so much and to add so much to this world. And that is what you are all doing. You are all adding to the sum of human history by creating this art. You are leaving your mark on this world and I, for one, could not be happier about that.
Spread the love and take care of yourselves and each other, always. Keep creating.  :heart: :hug:

  • Listening to: The News Quiz
  • Reading: Reykjavik Nights
  • Watching: Fortitude series one
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Scrambled Eggs
  • Drinking: Tea

We are all astronauts on spaceship Earth. It's funny that we think of space as being out there but it is also right here. We are in space flying around on this planet. To anyone outside they would look at us as we look at Mars or beyond. We are in space. A select few have had the privilege to look back at the Earth from a distance and be affected by having done this. 

"When you're finally up at the moon looking back on Earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you're going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?" 
Frank Borman Apollo 8 

A couple of things have come to mind recently regarding this. Somehow, these astronauts have experienced something that has given them an explanation for the world and why we are here and how we should live. I think you'd be a strange kind of human to not be changed by such an experience but they do seem to have found it to be a very spiritual and uplifting moment in their lives. Also humbling. 

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."
Neil Armstrong

Having had this experience and having spoken about it widely, how come the world has not paid them any attention? How come the world continues down the same path it always has? Either the world chooses not to listen to their words of wisdom or it chooses to ignore them.
Another thing which probably touches me more deeply is that I have always believed in the power of pictures. Many of you know that I try very hard to inject feeling and emotion into my photographs. It may not always be easy to spot this :lol: but when I am standing on a mountainside captivated by the beauty before me I want some of that feeling of magic and captivation to be in the picture I create so that you might have a chance to feel like I felt at that moment. You probably will never get to stand where I was standing so this is your chance to experience it and, if I have done my job right, you will feel something of what I felt. I honestly never take snap shots. I don't get too bogged down in techniques and technical skills, though I can call on them when required. My photography is quite intuitive and emotional. This brings me back to the subject of the astronauts. Some of the pictures of the Earth are just stunning. They really touch me as I think is only right. They tell me about the beauty of the planet and it's fragility and how it needs to be looked after. And, in these pictures you can't see all the bad stuff going on in the world. I just would have hoped that these pictures would have had a bigger effect on the world, it's people and it's leaders. To make them see how lucky we are to have this planet to live on and how lucky we all are just to have a life to live. Am I wrong though? Do I put too much store in the power of pictures? 
Few people could say that war is a good thing after looking through some of the photographs of the great war photographers. Many famine situations have been helped enormously by the powerful and heart wrenching  photographs published. History is shown in pictures whether photographs or not. Maybe the picture is still a powerful thing. I do hope so. Maybe the ideas of planet Earth seen from a distance are just too big to cope with? Maybe the other things work because they are on a more personal level. I don't know. That could be it. Maybe thinking of the planet on such a wide scale is just too big for people to cope with? Well, I hope they start to cope with it soon. It is a fragile planet and we are not taking care of it. 

"Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the Earth was, my God that little thing is so fragile out there."
Mike Collins Apollo 11

If we could all just see ourselves as astronauts and then see as the astronauts see, there would be more hope. 

One of the reasons I found myself thinking along these lines is a recent series of images from :iconbindii: which I have found captivating. You will find them shortly in my feature. 
Speaking of my feature........(nice link Lawrence) here are some pictures that have caught my attention recently. I have had a little time to look over the last few days as I have the flu. Whilst I know this will pass I am still a bad patient. Being ill just is not my thing. So anyway, it has given me more time to look at dA and watch TV so it's not all bad. 
Here we are then. Sit back and enjoy some stunning artwork made by some simply stunning artists :hug: That means you, and you and of you :hug:

146 - Into Oblivion by ElyneNoir    145 - Tiny Tree by ElyneNoir    Look at this beautiful lake by Caillean-Photography    Wintery scene by thefirebomb    my paths XII by JoannaRzeznikowska

Hope by mockingbirdontree   Living On The Edge by Mouselemur  WInterwonderland by Fiograph   I know I can smell it by gigi50  Winter Morning by Nelleke 

My hanami... by Omoidenoki  King and his men by MaciejKarcz   Feb 2 2018 by bindii   northern gingerbread cookies by 4ajka  There Will Always Be A Door To The Light by 33M  

Hindsight by BWilliamWest   And when the rain.. by OliviaMichalski  Fuchsia for Life by TeaPhotography  Love in Any Language by TeaPhotography  It's winter out there by phalalcrocorax  Magicians Palace by GrimDreamArt 

Pasterze by MarvinDiehl  Fire Storm by richardcgreen   Beloved by saperlipop   The eternity of passing time... by Omoidenoki   NEW PROFILE PICTURE, JUNI 2017 by IME54-ART  

KASHMIR by nehab16   Happy Birthday Michael by 1001G   God And Country by Trippy4U  Instaeyes by IdaBarracuda  End of winter by rougealizarine 

Va fail, elaine... v2.0 by Aenea-Jones  Blanca II by RawPoetry   February seashore by Pajunen  Celtic Cross at Gt Bealings, Suffolk, England by LewisKocher 

Nature Love by tango793   Top Hat and Tails by Cozmia  Summer. ...58 by gintautegitte69  Little Monster 3 by pillendrehr  Crocus Heart by AlicesPlace 

One more Sunrise by dashakern   Giglio Island Castle by Nataly1st   Purple passion by MEP4Photography  Adios, Cuba, mi amor... by dashakern 

My steampunk valentine by Sweetlylou  Winter Creek by Pajunen   The snowflake by gigi50  Industrial Ghost LXV by Trippy4U 

Paulina by fairyladyphotography  The night concert by SecretDarTiste   Macro Worlds by IndigoSummerr  Water paths by Annabelle-Chabert  Blue Swedish Eyes. by KarinClaessonArt 

P a p a v e r  r h o e a s by ColorfulLadybug   Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia by zemotion    On my way to ... by ansdesign   Fairy Valentine by LewisKocher   Crush by Metal-Bender     Bookends by Yuukon  

Feb 1 2018 by bindii   St Joseph Lighthouse by Jules49442  Night fairy by AncaXBre  Silent Ways by Woman-of-DarkDesires   Frida by bohomaz13  

Ersfjordbotn - it's snowing by LunaFeles  Moccasin Lake, Oregon by artistwilder 

Alpinre Splendor by artistwilder   Mammoth Hot Springs in the mist 2 by CitizenFresh  View From Vermillion by artistwilder    Mother Nature by Sophia-Eowyn 

rising by IreneHorvath  The Climb by erene   midwest weed by fotomademoiselle   Under the mountains by xBajnox   Hollyhocks by rougealizarine 

Seascape II by MarcosRodriguez  Mask of the Goddess by fillemazendacus  Paralipsis by aspruli  Memories of a Winter Morning by annewipf 

Aslan Wooden Box Lid Woodburning Pyrograph 01 by snazzie-designz      Duality by EvaPolly      Feb 2018 by bindii     134 - Isolation by ElyneNoir     An old water tower in Piotrowice by sanderus 

Next finish by Ullyssess   Quiet dying in the winter III by VesnaRa014   AIRTRAMS Bytom 2 by sanderus  One of those weeks by SilverMixx  Lormet-zoo-0702S9-sml by Lormet-Images 

Rough Lands by eegariM   Lemon tea (Really Hot) by dinabelenko   Fighter by Metal-Bender   Keen eye by Nikki-vdp   Cathedral Cove   New-Zealand by gwenoder  Reaching out by Melusine8  

Giant Puddle by eegariM   Nina by Trippy4U   Valley of flowers by ElenaDudina  On the Caledonian Channel by MaresaSinclair 

Dead End by VBmonkey26   Fading Autumn V. by realityDream   Fog 2 by mugurelm   Before The Rain by Lora-Vysotskaya

Dive by Alannah-Hawker   Full Moon by Crannogphotographic   Bench by LidiaRossana    Slavic Hut by GrimDreamArt  a little photo booth series by Rona-Keller  The winter gathering by rollarius55 

The Zen Of Total Concentration by 33M  Idyllic Landscape. by LunaFeles  Spying on the winter by streamweb   .:A Good Catch I:. by RHCheng  #02 Home Forest by Teescha-Rinn  

Time To Scoot! by Lora-Vysotskaya   The world upside down by Maria-Schreuders   Dreaming by AStoKo   Jan 2018 4 by bindii  A gaze to the world ... by ansdesign 

Long for the woods by csillabold  The observer by MaaykeKlaver  Fade To Grey by AntonioGouveia  Chandratal Lake by nimitnigam

Kafjorden I by sHavYpus   The Heavens And The Earth by SvenMueller  Blue Night II by raysheaf 

   Fallen Comrade by aw-landscapes   A Journey to the Mountains by m-eralp  next morning.. by AlicesPlace   3-D Tracking Photography by SAMLIM 

I hope you enjoyed this selection. You have all been very busy which makes choosing harder. 
So, if looking at the bigger picture is hard we can start small. Look at how we are affecting the planet as individuals and try to be better. Also remember we are all astronauts on this spaceship so we need to take care of each other. There is so much bad stuff going on we can at least look after each other. 
Spread the love and let your creative juices flow. Let beauty and creativity and love be your legacy. I hope it will be mine. 
As always, my love to you all. :hug: :heart:
  • Listening to: War Of The Worlds
  • Reading: The Silence Of The Sea
  • Watching: Guy Martin Builds A WWI Tank
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: Polish sausage
  • Drinking: ginger beer

Good morning on National Blueberry Pancake Day. I bet you didn't know that. On this day in 1547 King Henry VIII died and in 1968 Sarah McLachlan was born. Sadly, in 1986 Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded losing the crew of seven. The people of the world cried as they witnessed the disaster. Astronauts have my utmost respect for pushing the boundaries of the human experience. They have always worked on the very edge of human technology and many have been lost throughout the progress of their journey. The ultimate explorers maybe. I have always been excited and inspired by them anyway wherever they are from. 

When I wrote my last journal it was just before Christmas and I was about to have a short break from work. This was very enjoyable and relaxing though I did put on a few pounds which I am now trying to lose again :lol: The New Year came and went and I came into 2018 with the realization that I had no real plans for the year. I had a couple of vague ideas in my head but nothing had been booked which left me feeling a little unsettled. You know I like to have trips coming up or I get itchy feet. Well they were getting really itchy I can tell you so I have concentrated my mind and I have decided where I am going to visit this year. It may surprise you to know that I will not be visiting Skye this year. I don't think I will have time but we shall see. You never know what will happen. On my list for 2018 are Glen Coe and that area of the Scottish Highlands, The Orkney Islands which are just north of Scotland, A longer trip to Iceland and a trip back to Northumberland. All these trips are booked so I now have plans which does make me feel better. I don't know why that seems to matter to me so much. I love the excitement of an upcoming adventure. There are times when I think I enjoy the anticipation most of all........then I get there and find myself wide eyed and catching my breath at nature's work before me and I know that the excitement and buzz will never fade away. My senses are all turned up to 11 and my sense of inner peace fills me. It is only two months since I was among the mountains of Skye and yet I long to be somewhere other than here, where I live. It's a difficult thing to explain. I have tried before. I like my home and I like being at home and I like coming back home but I always live for my next adventure. I do see the beauty in small things and I take a lot of pleasure from my garden and I love to cook and read and watch movies and all kinds of stuff. I like all of that. But.....nothing gives me a thrill like an adventure. Getting away. I think maybe it is because I pretty much know what is going to happen at home. As long as I wake up in the morning (which is always a positive start to any day ;) ) I know what is going to happen. Especially on a work day. When I go away I have no idea what each day will bring. I don't know what I am going to do from day to day or what I am going to see or what pictures I will take. I love the uncertainty of being on a trip. I like that edge. So, anyway, you find me at a very exciting time just because I have some trips planned :eager: I'm easy to please ;)

After my Christmas memories last time a couple of people wrote to me with some of their memories which triggered another couple of mine. I'm not sure if I have shared these with you before so please bear with me if I have. I don't remember everything I have written before and I do ramble :lol:  In the house I grew up in as a child we only had a gas fire in the living room. There was no heating anywhere else in the house apart from the bath room (more about that in a minute). In the kitchen we had a paraffin heater on wheels. You would pour the liquid paraffin (made by a company called Pink Elephant) into it and light it with a match. It would then give off heat but also paraffin fumes. I used to sit in the kitchen on winter evenings listening to the radio with my younger brother as it was the chart show. We used to sit there with eyes streaming from the fumes from the heater. The rest of the family would be in the living room watching the TV and when we had finished with the radio we used to rejoin them somewhat light headed and crying. Ah the memories. The heater in the bathroom was an electric one on the ceiling. It was round like a flying saucer from a 1950s sci-fi films and was turned on with a pull cord. It used to glow red round the outside as it warmed the roof as hot air rises :lol: a fairly pointless heater but I wish I still had it. It was a pretty design though utterly useless. 

Now it is time to share what you have been creating since my last feature. I am so happy to come here each day to see your submissions. I see landscapes from places I have not been, portraits of people I will never know, abstracts from really creative minds......paintings made with skills I will never possess but which fill me with awe. You all just inspire me so much and make me want to take better pictures and find more beautiful places. To have that inner thing that you have that drives you to create such beauty in this crazy world is a gift. I treasure this gift that you all have. You are hopers, dreamers, makers, doers and creators.
I love all that you do. In my own small way this is my way of spreading your magic to a wider world. I hope that is what I do anyway. I believe your magic deserves to be seen and admired. On that note, if you do see something you think has that magic or touches you in some way please drop a fave and if you have time, a comment which is always welcome. Thank you for everything you do. 

Cadillac by Metal-Bender    Crystal Blue Persuasion by gigi50    Der Nebelweber webt im Wald by only1second    Drink to Me 2.0.... with added Window by richardcgreen     Winter Solitude by aw-landscapes

Evening Grove by AnnMarieBone   Structures. by OliviaMichalski   Postcard by Yuukon   Vintage beauty by SilverMixx   Today is in the past by MWeiss-Art

Winter In Owl Mountains by DominikaAniola   Lighthouse by Jules49442   The magic of Sunset by dashakern   A road to Myslowice by sanderus

WWW : World Wet Web by Omoidenoki   The Minutia Of It All by Trippy4U   Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines by dashakern  It Would Be So Nice by Mouselemur  wrapped inside November rain by Rona-Keller

white alley by 4ajka   Mother Nature by Sophia-Eowyn   How icy are the Times 4 by pillendrehr   Snowy Hills by tracybutlerart  Requiem of ice ... by ansdesign  Jan 2018 3 by bindii

Winter landscape in the style of Afremov by Alena-48  no, I won't open my eyes! by Ingelore   Iceland by Annabelle-Chabert   Sir Olive Tree by Annabelle-Chabert    A place to enjoy by VesnaRa014

A Night Hunting by sanderus       Horizon by EyeOfTheKat    ~ by Woman-of-DarkDesires

twilight in Hallstatt by LunaFeles  Giving me the eye by gigi50  Hello everyone...........with :love: and :hug:'sss by jennystokes    House of Vice by LidiaVives   Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier January 2018 by videodude1961 

Mazama Ridge 2 by MaciejKarcz   Between the rain by streamweb  mirror. by LunaFeles   Stockholm by GrimDreamArt   Daisies by vanndra

Coco Chaotic by richardcgreen    RAGE by nehab16   Don't worry, be happy by Maria-Schreuders   Me and my guitar ... by ansdesign  That Was Then by Trippy4U 
Soon The Sun Will Rise 2 by CitizenFresh  Magic forest and the rabbit by m-eralp   Morning Melodies by dashakern  For Maryellen by LidiaRossana  Handmade Coptic bound Isle of Skye Book 02 by snazzie-designz 

shining bright by IreneHorvath  my paths by JoannaRzeznikowska  Silent Beautiful Graceful Motion by 33M  Two by lewest 

manyuruak by styvop  Playful by LiliaLaurent     The Figure by EmMelody  All I can say by MEP4Photography 

Grow With The Flow by TeaPhotography   Fiery by aw-landscapes  Asian small clawed otter by Maria-Schreuders   Silent Odyssey by aw-landscapes 

Laden by Nikki-vdp  105 - Dead and Gone by ElyneNoir  A Beautiful Mind by WhimsicalBlue  Some Winter Scene by Cyan707   Autumn Birches by Cyan707 

Starlight at Christmas Eve by flaviobolla   Royal by RawPoetry  Fairy Tale by Mocris   Landscape sketch by csillabold  Tony's kitchen by Juanilla