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Hey everyone :hug:
Well 2015 has to go down as a tough year. Many of my friends have been and still are experiencing difficult times to say the least. Sad to say I expect to lose two friends before many more months have passed. They are both younger than me and are lovely people. For both it has come out of the blue. Their families are having to cope with the knowledge they will lose them and they, themselves have to cope with the knowledge that their time is running out. Desperately sad for everyone touched by this. You think you have years ahead of you but that can change in an instant. 
The purpose of this is not to bring you down however. It is just to remind you that life is precious. I have other friends who have problems to deal with right now too. I want to be the best friend I can but I seem to be worrying so much about them that I am forgetting how to simply be a good friend. Worrying only gets you so far. You have to do more than that. 
Love your friends and family. Enjoy every minute of their company. Live your own life to it's full potential. Fill each day. Extract what joy and happiness you can find and immerse yourself in it. Don't dwell on the negative. Like I always say, spread the love. We all know the expression about life that says it is not a rehearsal. Well, this becomes truer and truer to me with each passing year as I try to get more and more out of my life. 

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Dylan Thomas

It is funny how I have been trying to do this with my photography for years. I have been trying to spread the joy I have for the places I visit. The glory of nature if you will. Sharing the passion I have for the great outdoors and the natural wilderness I can lose myself in. I hope I have been successful in that. Now I have been finding myself wanting to add people into my life. I wouldn't say I am a loner though I am when it comes to my photography. It is just that the fact that I am losing two good friends brings home to me how other human beings can bring so much to your life. I have not made enough time in my life for my friends as I've always been working or going away and then spending my weekends editing pictures and sorting web sites etc. So I will be trying to be a better friend to my friends. I will also always try to be a good friend to you here. You all know you can write to me if you want. And I will always love to see your comments on my pictures. I love to know what you think of them. So my quest to be a better person continues. I do try. I really do. 

After that somewhat rambling thought stream now I would love to share with you some of my recent favourites. So sit back and enjoy some beautiful images. If you like them please leave the artist a comment as I'm sure they will appreciate it :heart;

passion flower~2 by andi40      Sin Tu Latido by LUCILALEYLA      The view from here by gigi50    Peace at last by dashakern

Wonder by whispersoftheblue    Sepia Stanley Lake by Samtian           Night covering the City by dashakern     

Locked Away by Metal-Bender    What Do You Go Home To? by Metal-Bender      The Raven's Sun by HealingHelen      Denver by LyndellLee    stone doll by doodler89   

addicted by IreneHorvath       The highest powers... by ansdesign       City In Abstract by Trippy4U         The light at the end of the pier by Onion-chutney          TEK by SplitEnsds      

Happy Loneliness by dashakern                      Duomo di Siena by SilverMixx                     Got your umbrella? by Onion-chutney     

Happy Birthday Mel by 1001G     Dark by Nelleke     Himalayan Flowers by MaaykeKlaver       Sassongher by Francy-93   

Blues by rainylake          Summer Days by PuppetSan          Untitled by IndigoSummerr          You Don't Know Me But I Do by Trippy4U         Gannet Kiss by richardcgreen    

 Exorcising Evil Spirits by IdaBarracuda          Forgotten by RubySummit           Impending by solefield            Dreaming Town by Limeandrum    

Destination Unknown by BWilliamWest     Kaerleikur by Ivoryia    Sweet caress by Morgan-Lou      a child's wishes by lovemyscars    

'I like this tree.. it's a pretty tree' by linneaphoto       122 by natajla               

    Before I Wake Up by Caillean-Photography      Untitled by invisigoth88     Made in Tuscany by SilverMixx     Tantalise II by SilverMixx   Along the Arno by SilverMixx    

Achallader by CleaLlyfr             Sunblades by EvaPolly     its time to look for a shelter by hekla01        

la rose by hekla01    Intra by Annabelle-Chabert       Bring to light by Annabelle-Chabert     The edge of the world by DarkAngelic777    

Silent Empire by CleaLlyfr       IMG 2081 by MDDahl      King for a day by SilverMixx    Forest *2015 revision* by Toni-R     Awakening by Ivoryia    

114 by natajla          Thorns and Staircases by SineLuce           ~faDed dReAmS by Fajralam          The prey by Sweetlylou          Melitaea cinxia by Utgardar    

Zauberwald by aw-landscapes          TULIPE. by BELLESYMPHORINE             Watchet by rhiannonphillips          Looking Through Leaves by valhaellah     

The Matterhorn reflected in the Stiijisee by artamusica           The Daisy Giants by TheJessPaige                       Impermanence by richardcgreen     

We all have sorrow by dashakern      Just gone fishing by FreyaPhotos      in golden rays by AnnaxMariaxK     Fire Above, Ice Below by IdaBarracuda      

Aravis by Annabelle-Chabert      Late evening on the Lake of Menteith by Crannogphotographic          Under the Weather by BWilliamWest        (Not) Parallel by RubySummit     

If I could fly... by dashakern      old schooner by 4ajka     Rainbow by LetMeBePhotography      

There you are. I hope you find something to like among those images :D Let the artist know you like their picture :D:D:D

I am going to Scotland next Saturday for a week so I'm bound to get wet :lol: They have been enjoying double their normal rainfall for the year and it is usually quite a wet country. I have plenty of waterproof clothing :)

SO I'll be around for a few days till me departure :) Keep uploading your gems :D Live your life and share your love. :heart:
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Some lovely works of art! I thoroughly enjoyed going through them! Also, yes, I am very very behind on journals, as you can tell XD
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
Well.....there's no rush is there? :lol:

:hug:
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess not! XD I try to be a little more on top of things hehe
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Beautiful feelings and journal.:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :heart: :hug:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
:hug:
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome journal!!
Cy :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks my dear Cindy :heart:
It's always so good to see you :hug:
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful sentiments, well spoken :clap:
aww thank you so much! :glomp:
great feature :clap:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
and thank you Elizabeth :glomp:
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hekla01 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry for being so late to say thank you for this beautiful feature and including my foto:):hug:. i have been busy for a while, but now i hope to be back as soon as possible.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dear Renate :hug:
No need to apologise :)
We all get busy and this has to wait sometimes :hug:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Dear Lawrense, sorry so-so-so much about you friends. I also happed to lose some close person last several years, i know, it's very sad. But you are right, time with friends is precious, and sometimes an only way to resist of dying is to make friends as happy as we can for as long as we can. Wish you from the very bottome of my heart to gain more happy moments with friends in the rest of time. And thank you for all this beauty you ever share with us in you photos and journals. We ever need a glory of nature in your works, don't be even in doubt and don't stop, please.)) Wish more joy and blessing for you. Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much dear Anna :hug:
thank you for reading my journal and thank you so much for writing to me :)
i will keep taking pictures. I am in Scotland right now and have had a good week taking photographs so far. :)
thank you for your kindness dear Anna :hug:
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am sorry for the bad times you had :( But your great photos are sunray for all of us and i wish the same for you :heart:
And thank you very much for the feature ! :iconhappysunenjoysplz::iconsweethugplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lou :hug:
Thank you for your kind words :D
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Balloon by PoisonTouch
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Utgardar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
:O! Thank you so much for mentioned me and published my photo :3
<3
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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1001G Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
dear sir lawerence......Im so sorry to hear about your friends.  U r so right we need to enjoy each day as it comes. Im rather lost for words because I dont know what I would do if I found myself in your position.  I wish u the best.  :heart:edie 
Thanks so much for including me in this heart felt journal.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Edie :hug:
and thank you. I'm just dealing with stuff day by day :)
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1001G Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
thats all we can do.........:blowkiss:............
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initialfantasy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the lovely feature, I'm sending some love to your friends and their loved ones, hope they can all be strong and enjoy life as much as they can! 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Camila :heart: :hug:
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
So sorry for the rough year, I totally understand.  And you do spread the joy, beautifully, LJ!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Sheri :hug:
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course, LJ!
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
I hope your time in Scotland will comfort you! And yes, life  can be hard and sad, and it can be so beautiful, we have to take it as it is, but it's precious anyway because it's the only one we have in this world.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ingelore 
yiu are right of course 
it is the inky life we have so we must get the most out of it :)
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monster-manifest Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the journal post and love the featured artwork on here. :) I do hope the rest of your 2015 year is better. I have had a rough year as well, but I still try to seek the brighter side of things. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
There are always good things as well as bad. Such is the way of life and it is the only one we have 
:hug:
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monster-manifest Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that. Floating 
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Thanks a lot! Hope things will take a turn for the better soon!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
im sure things will get better soon :)
i will be in Scotlamd next week so that will be wonderful :)
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Indeed! Hope you'll have a wonderful time and moody weather :)
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Limeandrum Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015   Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :)
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solefield Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you for spreading the love & for sharing! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lauren :hug: :)
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LetMeBePhotography Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student Photographer
Thank you :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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SineLuce Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015  Professional Artist
thank you for this entry Lawrence.we're all going to die,sooner or later,sad but doesnt it add attraction to every precious moment of the life?life is precious and fragile and every little thing's worth beeing noticed  or felt. this is what i've been focused on lately - little but fascinating things around and random emotions to be involved more into the process of life.and that is possible when in nature's lap.i 'd love to pay more attention to my loved ones and friends but I AM a loner.in this case,here you are,my DA friends sharing your awesome works,your thoughts and emotions,a part of yourselves and your lives.thats just wonderful...:) always enjoy looking at your pictures Lawerence,they give me an illusion of being there,in all those picturesque places,watching breathtaking views i'm unlikely to see ever in live.i wish i cuold write more comments that i do but i want you to know that i REALLY admire every image you upload:heart:
sorry for your friends.i know what it feels like.my grandmother had been dying of cancer for a year...:huggle:
and thanks so much for this feature:love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dearest Olga :heart: :tighthug: 
thank you so much for taking the time to write with such thought and love Olga :hug:
i am so happy to have you as a friend here :heart:
it would be great to have a drink with you one day :)
i am so sorry about your Grandmother Olga :hug:
these times are so difficult to bear :hug:
much love to you my friend :heart:
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SineLuce Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Artist
no problem Lawrence,dear,you touched me by this entry of yours:huggle:
oh yes,drinking is what i do perfectly when the company is fine:D seriously,it would be great indeed!:heart:
we'll come through all the difficulties,i'm sure my friend! take care and good luck!:hug:
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said, Lawrence.  I'm so sorry to hear about your friends.  Enjoy your trip to Scotland, dear. :tighthug: :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Candi :huggle:
im sure my trip to Scotland will do me good :)
im doing ok thank you despite how hard it is to bear :heart:
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: :heart:
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
so sorry about your friends:( the only real friends I have are here on DA..friends like you!!
as for family, sadly I haven't talked to them in over 10 years..and I have to say there is no way that I could ever talk or trust any of them again..so its better this way..it was their choice to stop talking to me.......I still have my loving hubby, daughter and son and my 3 dogs...If you ever need to talk, I am always here for you!!:hug:sss

beautiful feature my dearest friend, have a great time in Scotland!!!! cant wait to see your amazing pics!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that's sad honey :huggle:
I haven't spoken to my older brother for years. He did something I can't forgive and I'm a very forgiving person. 
I'm so glad you have love at home sweetie :hug:
I'll be very happy to talk with you sweetie :hug:
Know I am always here if you want me too dear Marylin :hug:

I'm so looking forward to this trip and I hope I will get some good pictures :D
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much my dearest friend:hug:sss

as for me, i'm like you...I have always tried to get along with others even when they hurt me, but I am so sick and tired of everyone making me their doormat and  shit on me for anything that bad happens and I have nothing to do with...and what my family has done I will never forgive or forget!
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