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In the face of a barrage of depressing news stories from my own country and around the world I find myself wanting peace and remoteness more and more. When I go away on my little photographic trips I am in my own little bubble. I can devote all my time to searching out the beauty that nature has to offer me. I get away from work, home, stress and people. It is my escape. I breathe clean air, I smell the flowers, I lose myself utterly in the glory of being alive. I can hardly begin to explain what this gives me on a personal level. I am sure it keeps me sane in this crazy world though. When I am at home my pictures give me that connection to the feeling I had when I took the picture. The image, itself is only the capture of a split second (or sometimes a few seconds) in time but it brings back the memory to me of standing in that place, feeling the wind, jacket buttoned against the cold, wiping rain from the lens, shielding the camera from the sun (on rare occasions :lol: ), the feeling of happiness I had in that moment. This is something of what I try to convey in my pictures. I hope, with all my heart, that when you look at my landscapes you can feel just a bit of the magic I was feeling, the awe I was held in, the rapture. My aim is always to do more than just take a picture. I really want it to be magical. I want it to have mood, texture, feeling, emotion and I want it to hold you. The following two quotes are on my profile and I think the photographers say it better than I am managing to do. 

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” Don McCullin

“I think about photographs as being full, or empty. You picture something in a frame and it’s got lots of accounting going on in it–stones and buildings and trees and air – but that’s not what fills up a frame. You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.” – Joel Meyerowitz 

If I am managing to do any of this, even on a small level then I will be happy. I will keep trying to do this and hope to succeed. 

In a week's time I am going on a trip I have long wanted to make. I am going to Iceland. It will only be a short trip so I am hoping for weather I can deal with and I am hoping to see some of the magic of that most beautiful of countries. I am only there for four days so they will be long and full of mystery and discovery. I hope to capture a little of what it has to offer and I will be back to share it with you. 

OK. Now to feature some of your pictures. As always I have been collecting your works and loving seeing what you have been creating. I thank you all for the friendship and love you show to me. It really does mean so much to me. Being here among you wonderful people is not something I ever take for granted. I relish every moment I spend in your company and would love to have dinner and/or drinks and/or climb a mountain with you. Thank you for being there for me whenever I need you. :heart: 
Here we go then. A selection from the last few weeks of art from you......you amazing, lovely people :heart: :heart:
Please take the time to fav or comment if you see something you like. I'm sure the artist would love to hear from you. 

Notebook Aesthetics by VelvetRedBullet     You Were The Sun by Yuukon    Losing the Light by Metal-Bender    Lands End by Pistolpete2007     

Last night on Earth by AmyKPhotos     Night by Ivoryia    Alps by LetMeBePhotography    Visions of a dream by Aeternum-designs    

. by invisigoth88    July 4th sunset by 1001G    Walk in the snow by rougealizarine    Dinghy by BlueCaroline    

Untitled by StonyStoneIsStoned2    Marine Migration by syliou    Fields of Mount Robson by gigi50    Peacefulness by gigi50    Bastide en Provence by ClairObscur16   

Husky commission by RozThompsonArt    4 Seasons In One Day by Nikki-vdp     Ice Crash by Nikki-vdp    Neuronic Behavior by Trippy4U    Call it Music by dashakern    

Everything really what it seems by dashakern        Dancing clouds by Annabelle-Chabert    Magic is all around... by Nataly1st    Butterfly In October by ZahrahLeona   

     Declare Independence* by Nikonfinest    The Tower of Endlands by annewipf     The Twig Lake by IdaBarracuda   

Keep your face to the sunshine... by thedaydreaminggirl    Hunan province by foureyes     Mysterious by MilenaKalias    Skogafoss by LunaFeles    

1091 by Nigrita    Happy Birthday Peggy... by ansdesign        Bringer of Rain by Limaria    This dance by Morgan-Lou   Jog Falls  by xXLittleTigressXx    

Cosmic Spirit Bear by HealingHelen    Room to Fly by shouldacouldawoulda     Mutley by stardust12345    Solstice fire by Melusine8   

Happy Birthday dear Ehya! by mockingbirdontree    snail by Nikoletta-Kolozs    Village road by rougealizarine       

    Greatest Dream by solefield     Smooth Riser by geanera    2016 4 by bindii    Bridal falls by dashakern   

in my flower bed III by Ingelore    Finch Feed by richardcgreen    Flycatcher ~ U of M Arboretum by richardcgreen    Daydreamer by Morgan-Lou   

Pollination IV by MaaykeKlaver    Hopping Start by Nikki-vdp    holiday home by LunaFeles   parts II by MWeiss-Art    

No turning back... by BWilliamWest    Up On The Roof.. by AlicesPlace    Yellow clouds - blue sadness by dashakern    Child... by ansdesign   

    Palouse Sunset by LAlight    Icebergs by StonyStoneIsStoned2    Brave by LidiaRossana    

Real Underlying by solefield    Moon Walk by WhimsicalBlue    Sconser Golf course by piglet365    Sulphur Mountain by ScribalWriter   Clear Comfort by Trippy4U    

Freedom in the mist by RezzanATAKOL    Ghostly eve by SilverMixx    Towering Glacier by SatyaSaruchi    .: L a d y :. by Nariscuss    Hayfield by Caillean-Photography    Balades bucoliques by Morgan-Lou    

Blue velvet by Morgan-Lou     Picha Farm_Eden Prairie by richardcgreen    Liquid Gold by richardcgreen    Quiet by Metal-Bender    

Starry-Nights by EnchantedWhispersArt     Across the sea by Megan-Arts        

Sunset by Crannogphotographic    --- by StonyStoneIsStoned2        Black-winged stilt by chriskaula    

Where to go first by serel    Summer Feeling by brijome    La tour by Malleni-Art    eternal by IreneHorvath    pure perspective by ColorfulLadybug    Bird Milieu by richardcgreen   

Last by Annabelle-Chabert    Anor and Ithil by AncaXBre    Tulips5 by MDDahl    Happy Birthday, Arthur! by Mocris    wave by ivtaya    Spring by adorell   

Walking out by SilverMixx    No last goodbye by dashakern    Veins of Life by serel    Sligachan Old Bridge by Enlothien  

That's all folks :iconbugsbunnyplz: I thank you for getting to the end of my journal and feature. I hope you found something to enjoy from these artworks. If you can leave a comment or a fav that would be lovely :hug: Thank you all for everything and I look forward to seeing more of your incredible pictures. 
Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other. Love each other and share the love around :heart: :heart: :tighthug:
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:iconthedaydreaminggirl:
thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016   Photographer
Thank you my dear friend. :hug:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dear Daniela :hug:
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shouldacouldawoulda Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't remember if I thanked you for this yet...so thank you. :)
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Andrea :)
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Nariscuss Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the feature :D
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My very great pleasure Sophie :)
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Mocris Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy to read what you write, because it is so similar to what I feel. Everyday is depressing me more and more when I hear what is happening around the world, and being alone, in nature, has a very calming effect on me and I seem to be able to find a little bit  of peace.
Anyway, thank you very much for adding me to this wonderful collection, Lawrence! Makes me very glad!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Monica :hug:
Time on my own in nature becomes more and more important to me :)
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:iconmocris:
Mocris Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that perfectly!
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You are absolutly right, photography IS feeling, mostly.  It's my escape too.  

..."see the world through my eyes"...

Take care ;) (Wink) Hug 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :hug:
I love sharing how I see the world and seeing how others see the world :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Nod 
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much Hug
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional Photographer
Hope you enjoyed your trip at least. It has been an interesting year so far and wonder what Scotland will do in the future :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I had a fantastic time in Iceland thank you :)
It has been a troubling year here in the UK
I think Scotland will want to leave the UK and if they do I might well move to Scotland ;)
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
Wonderful entry. I agree. I also find myself wanting peace and remoteness more and more. All art is about the emotion behind it. :) :heart: 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Korey :)
Ive just come back from 4 days in Iceland and I can tell you I was deep inside my bubble and loving every minute of it. 
:hug:
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016
Excellent! :) 
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Guericke Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
I can completely agree with previous comment. Thank you for your beautiful photos and for your journals with amazing artists) It is very inspiring even in such times.
PS Have a good weather in Iceland!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Anna :)
I am home now.
I had a great time in Iceland.
:hug:
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Artist
You, Lawrence, are one of the very few people I've never met, with whom I'd so much like to have a glass or two, in the mountains, someday. I think the chances of that are slim to infinitesimal, but you never know. 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You never know :)
Anything can happen in this crazy world
Id be delighted 
:)
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Professional Artist
me too. And you're right: you never know. Thanks for the beauty,
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EnchantedWhispersArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! <3
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Jess :hug:
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SatyaSaruchi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful journal and feature, Lawrence ! 
Thank you for featuring me! 
Heart Honored to be included...
Take care of you
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Satya :hug:
Thank you dear friend :hug:
Take care :hug:
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SatyaSaruchi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Take care Hug 
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richardcgreen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A Multi THANKS Lawrence...photos AND artwork....many, MANY THANKS!
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Richard.
it is good to be able to share your pictures :)
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Ivoryia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to Iceland and thank you
so much for including my photo in
this beautiful collection! :rose:

Wish you wonderful time :heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lovie :heart:

I will be there tomorrow but only for a few days :)
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
What a wonderful thing to log back onto DA to. :tighthug: Thank you so much for the feature, Lawrence.
I can understand how you feel. My family always teases each other on how we'd all like to become hermits out in the woods somewhere - but it's really about searching for something peaceful, isn't it?
:heart: I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip.
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Angele :heart: :huggle: 
I love to get away and find some peace :)
I hope I get some great picture from Iceland :)
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Kellsworths Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Beautiful journal and feature, Lawrence! Like you, I find solace when I venture out to photograph, especially on dark, cloudless nights when I turn my lens to the Milky Way. This always brings me a sense of peace and solitude, with the only sounds around me being those of bugs, frogs, bison and bunnies hopping around in the woods. That being said, I do hope you have a wonderful time in Iceland and I cannot wait to see what you capture! From what I've seen, it's an incredibly beautiful country and I do hope to visit at some point.

Lastly, many thanks for the feature!
:love:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lee :hug:
Im always looking forward to my next adventure and this time it is Iceland. :)
I hope I make the most of this opportunity :)
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Limaria Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Thanks a lot for the feature :love:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Anne :)
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:iconsolefield:
solefield Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely words on photography :heart:
Thank you for featuring my photo! :hug:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lauren :hug:
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a lovely feature, thanks for including my work.
Enjoy your time in Iceland:)
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always my very great pleasure Hazel :hug:
Thank you :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're most welcome anytime!!:love:
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StonyStoneIsStoned2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature! And I can't wait to see your photos and to hear your stories from Iceland. :clap:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Paula :)
well I head off in a couple of days :)
almost there :)
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:iconbindii:
bindii Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you my dearest Lawrence! :) :hug: :heart:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Entirely my pleasure dearest Carol :heart: :hug:
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bindii Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: :hug: 
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Thank you so much for featuring one of my photos, dear Lawrence! I like the quote:"Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling", and I assure you that your landscape photos are really extraordinary and highly atmospheric!
I wish you a great time on Iceland and I'm looking forward to your  photos.
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