Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting / Travel Theme – Peaceful

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson



I’ve been a bit behind on blogging of late, as my husband and I have been away visiting family in the northeast.  When I saw the subjects “fleeting” and “peaceful” I knew immediately what I would post.  Those who have been following my blog may remember some time ago I included a simple poem written by my granddaughter Elisabeth.  For today’s post I’d like to share her poem “Everyone Has A Place”, which she wrote last week for her first-grade assignment on Nature.



“Everyone Has a Place” 

by Elisabeth Schell

I would like to go To a place that
Is quiet and peaceful Like a little garden
With no one there But me where I could
listen to the Soft sound of birds
Where I can hear the Wind glistening In the air
I will find this place And you can find your place Too



“Life is short. Time is fleeting.”

Swami Sivinanda

The peaceful beauty of nature, although we may document it with our photography, is fleeting.  So too is childhood, as I am powerfully reminded whenever I see my lovely granddaughter.  Sadly, our time with our families is fleeting as well, especially when we are geographically distant.  Treasure your moments with those you love – as the Buddha said “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  Too soon it will be gone, never to be recaptured.



119 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting / Travel Theme – Peaceful

  1. Your post reminded me of a poem by Rosalía de Castro:

    Hora tras hora, día tras día,
    entre el cielo y la tierra que quedan
    eternos vigías,
    como torrente que se despeña,
    pasa la vida.

    Devolvedle a la flor su perfume
    después de marchita;
    de las ondas que besan la playa
    y que una tras otra besándola expiran,
    recoged los rumores, las quejas,
    y en planchas de bronce grabad su armonía.

    Tiempos que fueron, llantos y risas,
    negros tormentos, dulces mentiras,
    ¡ay!, ¿en dónde su rastro dejaron,
    en dónde, alma mía?

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  3. What a beautiful post Tina. Exquisite images. Beautiful words, and your own very poignant commentary to end. I so relate to the long-distance family thing, particularly at this very moment. : )))x

    • Thanks Anne! My family mostly all lives very close but one of my brothers and I moved away so it is always especially nice when we are together. There were 22 of us for a fun family gathering last week. Some very special moments. And we have a family wedding in August so our good-byes were not as poignant as usual. Hope you get to see your own family soon. Meanwhile, there’s always Monty’s never-ending affection 🙂

      • What wonderful family occasions you have! How lovely to have happy goodbyes! : ))xxx

  4. Tina I can’t tell you how appropriate your blog was for me today. I got news yesterday that my brother is failing fast. He may only have a day or two. Fleeting moments with love ones is what I have to face once again. 😦

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Thanks Toni. I’m not surprised, considering. To elicit an emotion is a photographer’s goal. I’m happy to have found a path to your heart, which I hope is healing.

  5. Hi Tina,

    May I acknowledge you for a lovely post. Yes, each one one us need to have our own special, quiet place.But how would it be if we could carry our own quietness inside us all the time?


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  7. A gift for the written word runs in your family, I see! What a sweet poem, and so wise! Your photographs are beautiful.

  8. As usual great photo’s and post Tina and I love all of them. You are such a talented photographer. One day I will take beautiful photo’s just like you! 😀

    I was wondering why you were so quiet and I am very glad to hear it was because of a family visit and I am sure you enjoyed it very much. Thank you so much for sharing these fleeting but gorgeous moments hon. 😀 *big hugs*

    • Thanks, as always Sonel, for your lovely comment. And thanks too for noticing I was absent :-). It was wonderful to see my very large family all together for a happy occasion, hence my treasured moments musing!

      • I am very glad it was so enjoyable Tina. That is the way family gatherings should be like. Always a pleasure hon. 😀 *hugs*

  9. Tina, such beautiful words by your grandmother. I’d love to be in such a place, close to nature..birds, trees, streams, mountains.. they make you feel so rich! Hope everyone finds his/her place!..As always, beautiful images. I love how you’ve captured the soft light in the first two.

    • Yes BB, I’m very lucky to have her in my life. She brings me more smiles than I can count. That first moment when she runs to hug and greet me is special every time :-). Thanks for your visit and comment.

  10. There is so much I love – the quote is perfect, the photos, especially the first two are absolutely divine and your granddaughter is a star – her words are lovely.

  11. My fav – Ephemeral is a peaceful beautiful work of art.. the soft blue and green backgrounds showcasing the white ‘fuzzies’. And love Elisabeth’s dear poem. Sweet, creative gal!

    • Thanks much Diane! Those darned fuzzies are REALLY tough to capture because they are constantly moving in the wind. These were up at CSQ and I promised myself I would get a shot if it killed me LOL.

    • Thanks Sharon – I agree whole-heartedly, both on your beauty comment and on the poem’s loveliness 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying the cool out there. We hit 95 today!

  12. Thank you for bringing the peaceful beauty of nature to us! I’m learning concentrate the mind on the present moment… Beautiful post, Tina!

  13. Aaah. Pictures are wonderful but poem is beautiful and to think how young she is and how well she expresses herself!

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