Water, my Muse

What colour is water?
It's often the reflection of the sky
like these fresh turquoise tones

Or when the sun sinks low in the sky
and creates molten gold reflections

Forever changing and fascinating
often calming

and giving us wavy reflections from all around.
This was taken partially under a bridge
and you can see the tiny design of the metal structure
when you click on the photo to enlarge it.

Tiny waves catching the sun and my attention.

Since I no longer have my car,
it is more difficult to get out into the country and away from the town.
I have been more and more tempted to go down to the lake
which takes about half an hour on foot and by metro.

I like to contemplate the different moods of the water
at different times of the day.

Water brings me peace and serenity
and restores my inner balance.

When I choose to cross the lake on the ferry, 
I enjoy the swell of the waves,
the tiny patterns on the water's surface
and the wind in my face
as I stand on the deck for the whole of the crossing.

Capturing reflected patterns  gives me pure joy
and I never know how they will turn out
because the ripples in the water change constantly, even as I press my shutter.

Liquid cobalt blue fit for an artist's palette

The Impressionists would love to paint the movement
and orange reflections in this capture.

Rhythm and blues
Don't you feel like dancing?
I do!

Look at those turquoise tones
I want to melt right into them!

the blue of the sky and the water's edge just blend together
and become one.

All the blues
Looking very much like a water-colour painting.

The heat of these last three months 
has allowed me to connect to water even more deeply
than before.

I have felt cooled and refreshed and re-energized
and so happy that I can get down to the lake
in rather little time.

Chilled sparkling water has kept me hydrated
all through these extremely hot months of the year.

For other entries on water
see under
and just scroll down.


Kim Manley Ort
has just written a beautiful piece on water


I shall be taking a break until some time towards the end of  September
I'm going on a steam train journey!

Where shall I go today?

Wherever I go
There I am.

So says the book by Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Wherever You Go
There You Are".

I am in the soft greys and blues of the sky

and my face is turned upwards as the pink and blue pastels 
come in at the end of the day.

and stand amazed as the clouds turn fiery red

or allow the blues to intermingle

 I soar with the bird on outstretched wings

 and still ask myself since I was a child
"How high is the sky?"

Look up at the break of day
and welcome dawn with outstretched arms.

Where shall I go today?
No need to ask...
I'm already there!

The August Break 2016: Part four

Day 24

Three marbles.
What can I say?
I have loved them since I was a child
and still do.

Day 25

Quiet waters
shady trees
and a walk around the lake.

Day 26

Seville orange
perfect for making marmalade
not too sweet
and very delicious!

Day 27

My tiniest jug
and the tiniest  aster flowers
growing on my balcony garden.

I AM...
Day 28

I am...
with many layers
joyful and vibrant
sometimes reserved
with a tender heart
and a poetic soul
enjoying the moment
seeking beauty wherever I am.

Day 29

In my kitchen cupboard,
I only have mugs that I really like
and I use them all.
this one with the butterfly decoration
is my favourite breakfast mug.
It was given to me by my son many years ago
and he knew that the symbolism of butterflies
was important to me.

The butterfly is a symbolism of transformation
because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.
The butterfly is also associated with the human soul.

Day 30

Day 31

August was...
Slow moving
Outdoor terraces
Sparkling water
Lake crossings
Golden light
Walks before dawn
Forever changing
the hottest month of August I have ever known!

Here we are at the end of The August Break
It has been fun for me to do
The prompts have nudged my creativity!
Thank you to all of my visitors
for coming along!

The August Break 2016: Part three

Day 16

The calming influence of small waves breaking on the beach.

Breathing slowly and calmly brings helps us find a peaceful inner rhythm
 which relaxes both mind and body and eliminates stress.

Inhale 1-2-3-4-5
Exhale 1-2-3-4-5

Here is a short video to help

This sort of breathing is called 'cardiac coherence' (cohérence cardiaque).

Day 17

The gentle atmosphere and soft reflections before the sun comes over the hill.

The same window
illuminated by the sunrays

Day 18

Five years ago, a new tin of brightly coloured felt pens
was given to him for his birthday.
The first thing he did was organize the tin with strips of colour and numbers,
so that the felt pens would always be in their original order!
I love his quietly pleased expression as he admires his handiwork.

Day 19

We use our hands to express ourselves,
to create and to follow artistic pursuits.
They allow us to feel textures, like the smoothness of a mother-of-pearl shell.
Hands can soothe a child and express compassion and love.
When I take photographs, I am very conscious of my hands and their importance.
Every day I am grateful for all my hands allow me to do.

Day 20

This hot and humid month of August has shown us the most wonderful
and colourful cloud formations.
These were taken in my neighbourhood as the accumulated heat of the day
was culminating in big dramatic clouds filling the sky
with their majestic presence!

Clouds to dream by

A mosaic of a few of the clouds I saw during the past week.

Day 21

Today is walking along the lake in the early evening
and admiring the elegance of this beautiful swan.

Day 22

Day 23

This brings us to the end of the third week of the August Break.
See you on the last day of the month again!

The August Break 2016. Part two.

Day 9

There's nothing like a dynamic red abstract to start off part two
of the August Break postings

RED (2)

in the form of a red double-decker bus
and because my grandson, staying with me, loves it!

Day 10

Dancing yellow petals in the background bringing a feeling of joy.

Day 11

A dreamy soft focus capture which feels meditative to me.

Day 12


Day 13

Time for a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime juice
So refreshing!

Day 14
   LOVE IS...

"Love is a state of Being.
Your love is not outside; it is deep within you.
You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.
In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless
and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form.
You can then feel the same life deep within every other human 
and every other creature.
You look beyond the veil of form and separation.
This is the realization of oneness.
This is love."

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

Day 15

Everyone says that unicorns don't exist, 
except in legends and mythology,
but last night I dreamed I was riding bareback 
on an amazing silver-grey unicorn.
We galloped through pastel coloured clouds of pink and blue
and I clutched his flowing mane to keep my balance.
I could feel his silky coat against my bare legs and feet.
When I awoke, I really believed in the existence 
of these beautiful creatures.
Do you?


Since I was unable to take my camera with me in my dreams
I found this wonderful unicorn image
which corresponds exactly to the one I rode!

Unicorn image: Stockphoto/CoreyFord.


Next week, I'll continue this August Break journey with you.
I hope you are enjoying yourself as much as me!