Happy Places

I am a very spiritual person.  This has nothing to do with religion.  You can be spiritual with out being very religious, regardless of what religion you practice.  As a spiritual person, and I’m sure I have written about this before, I spend a lot of time on self-introspection and self-discovery.  I am always reviewing my life, reassessing my goals and making changes.

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Recently, I having taken on a few too many projects and I have been feeling very overwhelmed.   It is times like these that I find I need to go to my “sanctuary” places to clear my head and exercise my self introspection.  I’m sure we all have those places.  You know, where you go to calm down, ignore the stress and maybe forget what your real world is like.  It’s a mini vacation from your mind.

Usually just walking outside on a nice day through a nature trail does it for me, but if I really need to step out of myself, I head to the beach.  I’m not sure if it’s the salt air, the calming sound of the waves in the background or the whispers of summer, but it’s very therapeutic.  Lucky for me, the beach is only an hour away.

Where is your spot?

 

 

A Little Art Never Hurt Anyone

Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ set the scene on a gorgeous trying-to-be-fall day.

 A little art imitating life

A little art imitating life

I like to walk outside.  Therefore, I rarely venture in to any indoor exhibit.  This one looked like fun.

But then I went back outside.

 The door to...

The door to...

 A meeting of the minds

A meeting of the minds

 I could sit here all day.

I could sit here all day.

This is a place a frequent often.  It's ever changing with the seasons.  I realized this day that whenever the next phase of my life begins, it must include my residing on a waterfront.  I don't think that's too much to ask.

Inspirations & Thoughts of Spring

I recently got turned on to a blog-site created by a fellow photographer I follow (that's starting to sound like some weird word game), Kalebra Kelby.  She shoots with her iPhone, which is something I have been looking to get in to and posts her thoughts of the day.  So, I thought I would give it a shot.  

Inspirations and thoughts from one of my new favorite places to shoot, and thinking of Spring.

I love walking around Longwood Gardens.   Although the air was frigid the other day, I took the winding pathway up to the atrium.  The smell that hits you the minute you walk in is just divine.

 Awake thou wintery earth--Fling off they sadness!  Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth, your ancient gladness!-- Thomas Blackburn "An Easter Hymn"

Awake thou wintery earth--Fling off they sadness!  Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth, your ancient gladness!--Thomas Blackburn "An Easter Hymn"

The colors of all the flowers just dance from room to room.

 The naked earth is warm with Spring, and with green grass and bursting trees, leans to the sun's kiss glorying, and quivers in the sunny breeze. --Julian Grenfell

The naked earth is warm with Spring, and with green grass and bursting trees, leans to the sun's kiss glorying, and quivers in the sunny breeze. --Julian Grenfell

Honestly, I could spend all day there.  If you have a moment to check out the orchid exhibit, I highly recommend it.  And, check out Kalebra's site www.shotwithmytrustyiphone.com.