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"The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips."  The Lady In The Lake by Raymond Chandler

This week I had one those facts laid in front of me that makes you pause and think for a moment. The song 'Tainted Love' by Soft Cell was released in the UK closer to the end of WWII than to today.
                                                                                              

It was released in 1981 earlier in the year than today for those who would like to know. Although the song has no great meaning for me I do know it and to think that so much time has passed since it's release is quite unsettling and it makes me wonder what I have done with it all. It also means that the same fact applies to anything that happened before that record was released. Another thing that happens with increasing frequency is that you find that a favourite movie is now over twenty years old. I won't specify a movie as it applies to a lot of them..............OK...I will. 'As good as it gets', 'Grosse Pointe Blank', 'L.A. Confidential', 'Starship Troopers', 'Jackie Brown', 'Men In Black', 'Austin Powers', 'From Dusk Till Dawn', 'Fargo', 'Mission Impossible', 'Independence Day', 'Trainspotting', ..................even Titanic......and I've never seen Titanic. 
Obviously there are many that I already knew were more than twenty years old but these were more of a surprise to me. So from all this I realise what I already knew but it is brought home to me one more time........life is short.
'Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realise how important it is to use the time I have.' Viggo Mortensen.
For some reason I am dissatisfied with how I have filled these years. I am experiencing an acceleration of need to fill my time with more things, more adventures, more experiences. It is as if I feel my days are numbered, which they surely are but I don't know when that time will be. I often speak of this desire to fill my time in such ways and that desire only gets stronger with each passing year, month or even day. I am not unhappy in my life at all. Yet I am constantly looking for the next adventure. It is like a drug and I am addicted to it. Where will I go next? What picture will I take next? It is all about what is going to happen next and looking back at what I have done but is less about what I am doing now. The only time the feeling of 'now' is with me is when I am on that mountain side when the sun breaks through and I press the shutter and I stop and I marvel at what lies before me and I take a big breath and I thank whoever for placing me there to experience that moment. I briefly touched on this when I was chatting with :icontrippy4u: the other day. For him being in a crowded city gives him that feeling of happiness.....freedom....peace.......being at home....call it what you will. For me it is the outdoors and remote places preferably with mountains :) The thing is....this addiction I have works very much like a drug as I want more each time. I want bigger mountains, I want better light, I want more remoteness.......and so the search goes on to satisfy this thing that is eating away at me.....this monster that needs feeding. And feed it I will. I will keep finding ways to feed it until I can't feed it anymore. 
So time is what your life is made of and it is limited so do not waste it. If I could just take a leaf out of John Lubbock's book when he says 
'Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.'
And the funny thing is......I can do this when I am somewhere remote and beautiful on holiday............I'm really bad at doing this at home. I guess I am a restless soul. 

And now to share your art with as many people as I can. I have been collecting your pictures again and been knocked out by your creativity and your beauty as people. The human spirit is shown best by artists I think and you have beauty and spirit in abundance and you have my love and admiration all of you. Living life is not the easiest of things and to be able to create such magic while living your life is one of the greatest things you can do in my mind. I thank you all :heart:

- by ChristineKalliri   Making do by MaresaSinclair   at the edge of the field by Ingelore   Aircrafts by dinabelenko   Liquor Store Blues by Metal-Bender   

Dungeons Deep and Caverns Old - 2 by MaciejKarcz     Buttermere by scotto    Patchwork by SilverMixx     Gloomy peaks by aw-landscapes  

Solitude by BlueCaroline   Moonlit by AlicesPlace    To Each Our Own Prisons Of Sorts by Trippy4U    Voice of the Sea by LAlight   The Sun in my Heart by Sophia-Eowyn

Lovely Weather by MagicLaDyCharm     Silent dances by Morgan-Lou     the road by marrgit  

Mr Poppy by IndigoSummerr        Peaceful river by SatyaSaruchi        The view from my room by Arte-de-Junqueiro        Children's book illustration: Mr. Possum Frost by LewisKocher   

Whispers by dashakern      Being Unique... by TeaPhotography      Spirit Island Close Up by Zoomer1958     Silent Dialog by LidiaRossana 

The north by Piscisvolantis       Heavy Clouds by MaciejKarcz       And then silence... by only1second       MMMMmmmmmm by phalalcrocorax  

Full Moon by EyeOfTheKat   So much love by Maria-Schreuders   1104 by Nigrita   Aglais io by Bodhisattvacary   Someplace Else by EvaPolly  Hello there by Mydu  

Fly my home Himalaya by arayo      Reflection of Rondslottet mountains by Morgan-Lou      Summertime Morning by MagicLaDyCharm      Corn Exchange by geanera  

Palladio... by ansdesign    Dolomites by Annabelle-Chabert   -sweethearts in grunge- by Gold-Angel    On the Eve by BWilliamWest   Have fun! by Ivoryia  

Golden Rim  by nehab16   Let's come back to March by dashakern   Milk by EyeOfTheKat   Keeping One Eye Open by Metal-Bender   merging by ivtaya   

Natural Framing by Alannah-Hawker     Rebecca O. by ClairObscur16     Cinereous vulture portrait by Maria-Schreuders       Scenic Stairway by GradyArt      Dragon's Head by FlabnBone  

Day Seven by Metal-Bender   a l l   p i n k by ColorfulLadybug    Queenstown Hill by Vampyna   Life and Death by eegariM    Camelot by richardcgreen The Phoenix as Narcissus by richardcgreen  

    White Duke by Anka-loves-to-fly   Sun-kissed by Annabelle-Chabert   Bastei 16 by MatthiasHaltenhof   My beloved ! by Omoidenoki  The Cello by Eltair  

Fog in the forest II by VesnaRa014   Dandelion by Alexa-Ivashchenko   Learn To Fly by Mouselemur   That is Summertime by dashakern    Something in the world desires to be comprehended by Anka-loves-to-fly  

Meadow Hopper by EmMelody  Liberation by Trippy4U   Kaiser by MarvinDiehl   Sunset Castle by SvenMueller    Composition with walls by Rufelt  

EVERYTHING IS MAYA - 2 by SUDOR    The park of souls... by algunavez        Tree Landing by LiliaLaurent     Floating mandarin by Nikki-vdp     Everyman. by Anka-loves-to-fly  

Summertime is in our hands... by ansdesign        The Boat To Isosaari by IdaBarracuda       Electric light orchestra by Ullyssess       Happy Birthday  Dear Ann by mockingbirdontree      Moon Angel by WhimsicalBlue       Sky is my ocean... by Omoidenoki 

Love Goes On by Yuukon   .R E V E A L. by Nikonfinest    Black rain by AlexandrinaAna   Legendary guitars by rougealizarine   Bell tower by 4ajka   ~Vogue~ by Fajralam   Black and White by PassionAndTheCamera  

Sometimes by bindii  Breath of Old Seeds by Betuwefotograaf   Belvedere by TomazKlemensak   Flower Dance by Mocris   ... by BaxiaArt   

Curious Robin by Lady---Vengeance   Ruby by LidiaRossana   The Road In The Mountains by DominikaAniola   Girl and chamomile by PutyatinaEkaterina   ~SiLeNt WhIsPeRs~ by Fajralam   All be there _  June 2017 by bindii   

The Road To The Cuillin by EyeOfTheKat   Morning clouds by PepperLady   Soaring by whispersoftheblue   Emotional Geometry by Juanilla   

The Nest by Lora-Vysotskaya    Tulip by IreneHorvath   urbandecay by MWeiss-Art      Green Eyed Girl by VelvetRedBullet  Will this ever end... by ansdesign  

Nothing ordinary in Nature by sistersinnister    the old ways II by Bodhisattvacary   Walk to the Unknown by irrationalrationale  

sign of blue by ColorfulLadybug    Nature is My Home by borda    King's Pawn by Trippy4U 

Thank you for looking at these amazing pictures. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you found some new artists or some new favourites at least. If you did it would be lovely if you could let the artists know you have enjoyed their creations. Thank you :D 
Time for me to carry on planning my next adventures now. 
Keep sharing your love :heart:  Keep creating :hug:  Keep smiling :) Keep using the time that is so precious and is yours to use how you want to use it :tighthug:

Have a lovely day everyone :iconsmile--plz:

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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Life is indeed short, my friend. Our departure date I believe is predestined, though we have no idea when, we know it will come none the less. And as we get older we become more aware of our mortality as the people we love begin to depart this world. The thing that strikes me most is how fast the days seem to fly by now and I find myself wishing it would slow down. Like you, I want to make sure I get to do things, though most of my traveling around the world happened when I was younger and glad it did because now with my supporting my folks, my only adventures are within a radius of 2 to a 4 hour drive. I am grateful that I live so close to what I find to be some of the most beautiful places on the west coast of the U.S.

As for Tainted Love, one of my favorites from the 80s. It is still in my music library and always will be. Thank you for sharing.

Great feature, LJ.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The days do fly past. On Saturday I am going back to the Isle of Skye for a few blessed days. 
Hard to believe but it is a year since I was last there. 
Thank you for writing Sheri amd thank you for taking the time to read my journal :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh boy, going back to Skye!! So exciting and I cannot wait to see your new work from there. 
I do try to read journals as often as I can, though sometimes it is hard. I have to admit that titles of journals influence my choices to read them and I enjoy yours.
This Friday here is Veteran's Day and as s military vet, I usually participate. Other than that I will be rushing to get the remainder of my new flowers into the ground before rather hard freeze.
Safe travels this weekend, LJ!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Sheri :)
happy planting :D
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome and almost done on the planting.
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the honour, Lawrence :-)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome Neha :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember that song ;-)

Thanks for the share!

:happybounce: Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure Lilia :hug:  :D
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vanndra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
An awesome collection Lawrence!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ann :) I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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vanndra Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Juanilla Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
finalyy I can reply to you! Thanks for all...my dearest!!! Always a pleasure reading your journals and discover so many artists!!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:D I'm glad you liked my journal dear Juanilla :hug:
thank you so much :tighthug:
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Always so thankfull for your support, my friend ❤
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a great pleasure :hug:
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MaciejKarcz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature :wave:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D :wave:
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It is an honor being a part of this. Thank you from the depths of my heart.:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is always my pleasure :hug:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for featuring my photo in this amazing collection :heart:
Please know you are a huge inspiration to others - I think we all strive to find that better place, that better lighting and it's great to see you pursue this :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure :D
oh that's very kind of you to say. I really appreciate it :hug:
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EmMelody Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017   Photographer
You always write such amazing and inspiring words! :heart: Thank you so much for the feature :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Emma :hug:
Its my pleasure of course :iconhowdyplz:
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Mydu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Thank you for featuring my artwork!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meet Emote Rose You always come up with such nice and deep thoughts about lifeA rose for you  and this one is so awesome and a delight to read your opinion and ideas about time Lawrence:heart:
I do hope that you travel as much as you want and share your passion with us(your images)grumpy worker - now a PLZ 
Thank you so much including my work in this fabulous journal, so greatly appreciate your kindness and support!:LongStemRose: 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Hazel :hug:
Its my pleasure to share your art :)
Im glad you enjoyed my journal and feature :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
  Thank you by vafiehya    you are welcome by vafiehya   Thank you by vafiehya      Lawrence!
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
FREE flying hearts Icon 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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sistersinnister Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for including one of my works as well!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome Lari :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017   Photographer
Thank you for including me Lawrence! :D
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are more than welcome Monique :)
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Enjoy your collection, thank you very much! And thank a lot for featuring me, dear Lawrence.  

For me 1981 is always the year when Depeche Mode's debut album was released..Jamming to tunes  The music of my youth, though i began to listen to them much later.. Your words are full of wisdom... Time is running fast; but there's no problem there whilst you spent it with people you love and do what you love to do and what make you happy.. Although i suppose myself to be too slow and lazy too often; i guess, i could get more amazing things into my life. Anyway, go ahead to new adventures, impressions, passions and to new art.. I always enjoy yours. Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Anna and it's my pleasure to share your beautiful art :hug:
you are right, if you can spend your time doing what you like to do with people you love 
then all is ok with the world. 
I am planning my next adventures right now :)
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5-6-8-3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017   Photographer
You always have something deep to say. I enjoy your writing so much. And your features! Thank you for including one of mine. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Lexie :hug:
Im glad you enjoy my rambling journals :)
Its my pleasure to include yours of course :hug:
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
I hope you can go on travelling  for many years!
Thanks once again for including one of my photos in this fantastic selection! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope I can too :D
Its my pleasure Ingelore :hug:
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Mocris Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Monica :hug:
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
Thank you.. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. For me, like for you, the magic happens in the remote places of nature :nod:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you EvaPolly :hug: I do love to get away from everything when I can :)
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joachim-hagen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a difference between being dedicated and being driven. If you constantly want more, weel, that might lead to disappointment in the end. On the other hand, there is something in nature that - perhaps mostly for city-based people like me - resonates deep inside us. We want to connect with it, to feel embraced by something that is much larger than we are, something that will outlive us but we are part of it. In the best moments, it feels like coming home, and sometimes it makes perfect sense that in the here and now there is nothing more to want. I guess in Zen the call it the "just be" and sometimes, when photographing, I achieve it.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :) Those moments when I am somewhere remote and immersed in the beauty of nature are my particular zen like moments. I do constantly want more of those moments but I enjoy them each and every time. I like to get far from the city. 
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algunavez Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, Lawrence!! :D :hug: :dance: :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :hug:
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Lawrence, for the honour. :-) :-)
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