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This is one of the times in my life when I realise how lucky I am. This weekend I am going to the Isle Of Skye for a week. While I am there I am also going on a trip to St Kilda which is somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time. It is basically a deserted island. It is a four hour boat trip from Skye to get there. The ruins of the old buildings are still there along with great sea stacks and wildlife. I am looking forward to this adventure. I also have the excitement of breaking in my new camera which always adds something to the journey. I am hoping for nothing other than some peace, some beautiful landscapes, some incredible wildlife and some magical moments. I am sure I will get all of these things and will, at the same time, reboot myself after a very hectic few months both at work and at home. I have been dealing with stressful times and some personal sadness and I am looking to move into a more positive time now. 
At the same time as I have this excitement in my life I am all too aware that others either do not or have an excitement of a totally different and less welcome kind. I'm sure many of you are aware of the hard time :icongigi50: has been having in Canada. In fact she is still having a hard time though I believe things may start to improve now for her and the thousands of others who have been affected by the terrible fires. I wish them all much love and a speedy return to normal life. 
So life has a tendency to do this to us. There is always a mix going on. For me, personally, I am excited. I have some great trips planned for this year and can't wait to get amongst it. Last year didn't go nearly so well so maybe it's my time this year. Maybe I should just take it as my good time. It all goes around like a roller coaster. 
Are you the kind of person who likes a nice steady life coasting along on an even keel or do you enjoy the ups and downs and dramas that life brings? I think I like the ups and downs. I feel more alive though I don't enjoy the downs. They do, however, help to make me who I am. Adversity is part of life. I seek out peace and beauty and love and I deal with whatever life throws at me. I have always said that whenever and however my life ends it will be too soon. I am hungry for adventure and love. I love being alive. I love being active. Earlier this year when I had pneumonia I was mainly annoyed with it because it was stopping me from doing what I love to do. I could deal with being ill but I resented not being able to get out there like I normally do. But hey, it only lasted ten weeks or so and now I'm raring to go. 
During that time I was able to spend more time here on dA than I normally can and I loved it. It was great to be able to be up to date with all your lovely pictures and to chat with you and laugh and smile. As always you give me such support that I can hardly believe my luck in finding this place and finding all of you. :heart: You are all very much in my thoughts and in my heart. Thank you all so very much for your favs and your comments. You all know I love comments and to chat :huggle:

Now I would like to feature some of the art I have been looking at in the last couple of months. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you find something new. Please, if you have the time, let the artist know that you like what they have created. 

Knowledge: From Whence It Came by shouldacouldawoulda    Boderline by BWilliamWest    . by invisigoth88    Blue mountain river by aw-landscapes  

Colours of Spring by PassionAndTheCamera     19/52 Love Stories on Roses by VelvetRedBullet    \.\. by marrgit    Nothing Is All There Is III by Trippy4U   Luminescent by Mocris     

the gardener by fotomademoiselle     Castle Stalker in the mist by piglet365       Touch the Sky by EvanescentPhotograph    

Call of the Raven by Cinnamoncandy   Sea of Umbrellas by WhimsicalBlue     Queen of night by Morgan-Lou     Composition with flowers by invisigoth88  

... by Nikoletta-Kolozs    When night melts into the day by dashakern    . : S i g n a l : . by Nariscuss     My soul through the heavens sailed by dashakern    

Lone Traveler by AncaXBre    In the end nature always wins.... by jennystokes     Tulips by Guericke    Rememberence... by ansdesign   Autumn Magic by EnchantedWhispersArt    

Kentucky Spring by LAlight    18/52 Forget Me Not by VelvetRedBullet    Rocinante by richardcgreen    Late Evening on Loch Lomond (Panorama) by Crannogphotographic    

Mt Blanc by Annabelle-Chabert   Quiet (colour) Riot by Onion-chutney    .: B r a v e :. by Nariscuss   Frohe Geburtstag Inge by 1001G   The Remains of the Day by LidiaRossana   

Green valley by StonyStoneIsStoned2   Venation by Mocris   Secluded Forest by SatyaSaruchi   Brethren First Encounter by saperlipop   Many Paths Crossed V by Trippy4U   Nostalgia... by ansdesign

Beware The Coming Storm by Nikki-vdp   Take Flight by Yuukon    Ladybug of the forest by MaaykeKlaver     Bokeh Shower II by thedaydreaminggirl   

Not a Fairy tale by LiliaLaurent   The Last Rose by WhimsicalBlue    spring brought back colours by Ingelore    Rannoch Moor by Enlothien  

S E N T I N E L by RMS-OLYMPIC    I Trust In You by lemgras330   Lines by musicismylife10027    Red Tulips and a Yellow One by videodude1961    

sunset by anastipanic    Little Bee by Pfoten-Fotografie   Cold Island by IdaBarracuda   Into the Woods by FlabnBone  

Clarity by whispersoftheblue    What Lies Within by JenFruzz    Cloud Walker by Metal-Bender    Solace by aspruli   Wing by marrgit   

And the very last.. by AlicesPlace    the mountain days XXII by Bodhisattvacary   Untitled by linneaphoto   The Path by Mocris   

Late summer by FreyaPhotos    You're beautiful too... by ansdesign        frozen dreams by MWeiss-Art    Light breaks through by StonyStoneIsStoned2   

Water Fall by LidiaRossana    Haunted by Metal-Bender   Break Through by Nelleke   Time on my side by SilverMixx   just a doll by doodler89  

.: S i b l i n g s :. by Nariscuss    GAZANIAS. by BELLESYMPHORINE    Medieval Cloister by GrimDreamArt    In the end by Finnyanne    

Flower Power by mockingbirdontree         Spring! by JinnyJoe    Hush by saperlipop    

Pearl by SineLuce   Humble and Kind by LUCILALEYLA    Early Days~English Seaport by richardcgreen   The Greek Theater at Taormina, seating by artamusica    

A Piece for mind and mirror by CleaLlyfr    Winter Walk by Frandsen5    So much Liberty by AmyKPhotos    Poetry by Nikonfinest    Welcome Spring. by IndigoSummerr   

Sweetness by Annabelle-Chabert    Floating city.  by etiennia        

        Dead End by LiveArtBreatheArt   

Silver light by SilverMixx        woodsy by Nikoletta-Kolozs    a dream in blue by Nikoletta-Kolozs   

Thank you once again for taking the time to read this journal and look through this collection of pictures. I'm sure all of these amazing people would welcome your words of support :hug: 
Once again my love to you all. You bring so much to my life. I can't tell you how very much :heart:

I hope to return from my trip with plenty of new pictures to pester you with ;)

Take care all of you. Take care of each other too. Keep creating and being so very lovely. Share the love. 
:heart: :hug:
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BELLESYMPHORINE Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
:bow::bow::bow:Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ma belle :heart:
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empellina Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, dear Lawrence. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always my greatest pleasure dear Maryellen :hug:
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empellina Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Thank you for including my photo :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Alex :)
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FlabnBone Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks for the feature <3
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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BELLESYMPHORINE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
thank you so very much for the feature,  really honored :rose:  :hug:      :bow:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Ma Belle :hug:
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SineLuce Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Professional Artist
:love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:tighthug:
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the lovely feature :)  Happy to read your words and I hope your trip to St Kilda was good. I've seen amazing photos from this place when I was on Skye, I bet it's a  beautiful an unique place.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
Unfortunately my trip to St Kilda was cancelled due to the bad weather
It was a really wet and windy week when I was there so they didn't go all week
They went the Saturday I was driving home

I'll try again next year :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sorry for my late response, really enjoyed reading your philosophy of life, your wise and motivation words really inspires us:heart:
Hope you had a great trip!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Hazel :hug:
Well I am back now after a very wet week on Skye. The St Kilda trip was cancelled due to the bad weather. I will try again next year :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're always welcome anytime.Going on a trip  is really exciting.
All the best for next year:heart:
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artamusica Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Larry, so glad that you are well and healthy and up for travelling once again! HAve a WONDERFUL trip and can't wait to see all the photos that you'll post from it! thank you so much including me in this lovely feature and I hope to be posting more soon as I just haven't had as much time as I would like to spend here on DA. Just need to get through this school year in one piece first! :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm back home now Julie 
a very wet week even by Scottish standards
Ill see you when you've got safely through the school year :heart:
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artamusica Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to know you're back safely!! soggy but happy I hope!! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I wish I was still there but I'm back a drying out :hug:
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artamusica Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always best to "desoggify" before heading back in to the wet wilds of the North! ;-)
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serel Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish you a wonderful trip, Lawrence. Or if you're already back (I'm a bit late on commenting) I hope you had some fantastic days. Some days to remember and look back to when times get rough. I agree with you regarding the ups and downs. Generally I prefer that over a monotonous life. But still, for a while now I have the feeling that there are so many "bad" or at least not so good things, it's hard to recognise the joy and luck around me. Anyway, I try and every now and then I succeed. But enough with this sad thoughts, I'm looking forward to your photos!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Serel :hug:
It is the last day of my holiday tomorrow. It has been a very wet week but I have been out there with my camera :)
I wish you all good things and I wish there were more good things in your life :hug:
maybe they will come to you :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am sure you will enjoy your new camera!  Amazing sceneries you have to take great pictures...ruins, casles, the landscape.... a dream! Clap 

Thank you so much for the mention! :D (Big Grin) :happybounce: 

I'll go browsing through your trip pictures! 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lilia :)
It has been a very wet week but I have been enjoying my new camera :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:happybounce: :D (Big Grin) 
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Guericke Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
I really hope that your trip will be fabulous and we all will see your amazing photos!
PS And thank you for mention of my work)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
the weather is really bad but I will try to get some pictures

It is my pleasure to feature your lovely pictures 

:)
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Guericke Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
You are always welcome!
I hope that the weather will not disturb you much. But in fact even if the weather is bad you can do really good photos)
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I like a life that is steady, but not to steady, with ups and downs that are energizing rather than exhausting. This is a tricky combination to maintain as we generally don't have control of everything that comes into our lives nor the things we pass by in our own journey. The challenging experiences from adversity do, as you point out, make us more alive, more in the moment, more mindful.

I enjoyed this journal very much and am glad you are fully recovered. Hope your trip and new camera yield some wonderful works.

William D.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi William
I'm glad you enjoyed my journal

currently I am on the Isle Of Skye and it is a very wet, cold and windy week
it is a shame but Scotland is like that quite often
my new camera isn't getting used very much just at the moment
I will keep going out there though in full optimism

L
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EnchantedWhispersArt Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much! :rose:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
The trip sounds lovely I do hope you have a wonderful time.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Korey :)
I will do my best :)
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Nikki-vdp Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Thanks for the mention, and very happy to hear you're feeling better :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Nikki :)
its my pleasure :)
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Nikonfinest Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature, it really means so much! And truly made my day!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Cody 
:hug:
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Nikonfinest Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Photographer
Thanks
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VelvetRedBullet Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Photographer
Super envious that your going to Skye the weather these past few days in Scotland has been beautiful! I'm really happy that things have started to turn around for you :) :hug: I wouldn't say that I'd like a easy coasting life we need some bumps along the road but sometimes after so many in a row I do wish that bad luck would have enough of me. 

And thank you including me in your feature again, plus more stuff for me to fave and enjoy. :love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is time you had so,e good luck :hug: 
I saw that you had some lovely weather last week. Unfortunately it looks like this week will be nothing like as good. This could be a difficult photography week 

it is always my pleasure to feature you :hug: 
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eegariM Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Nice read! Like last time, I discovered a few new artists to follow, thank you! Have fun on the Isle of Skye, I hope you'll have a wonderful time.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
looks like the weather is going to be a problem this week  
never mind :)
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eegariM Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
Too bad. :( Well, as far as I know you, it's not like it will keep you from hiking. ;) Still, nice weather would be much more enjoyable of course. Maybe the weather report is wrong this time (it is wrong all the time over here). Best of luck!
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1001G Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
ty for collecting all those wonderful pieces for us to see sir lawerence.....and thrilled to be part of your journal.......zest for life is fun.......L love waking up and seeing whats in store for the day......I enjoy just going for rides or walking but of course my camera has to be by my side...........
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Edie :)
its my pleasure :)
every day can be an adventure :)
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1001G Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
it sure can and how I love an adventure........when hubby and I go for sunday ride we never know where we are going......I just say go right here , left here or straight here and its like that for an hour and then I try to see if he knows hes way back and lucky me he does......:)
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