Nowhere I’d Rather Be – WPC

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Mark Twain

BE THE BALL

BE THE BALL

Our challenge this week is to share the thing(s) we’d “rather be doing”. It’s an interesting thought isn’t it? Somehow it pushes us to examine what we love, and to make sure we’re spending our time – life’s most precious element – appropriately.

LONGSHENG LANDSCAPE

RICE FIELDS – LONGSHENG, CHINA

“We need much less than we think we need.”

Maya Angelou

I’ve featured two of my favorite things, travel and golf, in my opening captures. I also love reading, writing, playing my piano, spending time with friends and family and of course, photography.

GAME OF GAMES

GAME OF GAMES

Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky.”

Dr. Seuss

Those who know me well know that I love games that challenge the brain – cards, sudoku, crosswords, trivia and most especially Mah Jongg. The capture above is from a game we happened upon when we were in China – where they take their MJ much more seriously 😀. Happily our weekly game is more about socializing than competition – although we do work hard for our quarters!

KIAWAH TIDEPOOLS

KIAWAH TIDEPOOLS

“Contentment is the greatest treasure.”

Lao Tzu

I love walking our beautiful beach here on Kiawah where there is always something new to see and to shoot. This week the tide pools were amazing as my husband and I strolled to the very end of our pristine island. Birds were pecking away at water’s edge and the sun shone beautifully as we enjoyed the return of spring’s warm breezes.

HOME SWEET HOME

HOME SWEET HOME

“Contentment is the only real wealth”

Albert Nobel

Most of all, I love spending time relaxing at home with my husband of 20+ years.  Sharing life with my best friend, whom I still love more every day, means there’s really nothing at all I’d rather be doing. And that is really saying something, isn’t it?

 

By the way, it’s often noted that the best camera is the one you have with you. This week’s captures were made with a mix of my Nikon DSLRs, my Fuji X-T2 and my iPhone 8+.  Can you guess which is which?

 

 

 

 

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95 thoughts on “Nowhere I’d Rather Be – WPC

  1. Precious, precious images, Tina. A truly thought-provoking post, eloquent and beautiful. I have absolutely no clue about the camera. I have read every comment and my guess was also a false one. Could the rice fields be an iPhone shot??

  2. Yes that is indeed saying something

    Regarding lighter matters, chess, Scrabble and Rummikub – never played MJ.
    I think I should post a picture of a chess board taken with Nikon and call it Game of Games (hope you do not have copyright).

    Beautiful captures

    I hiked with an American and Australian today in the Hawequas mountains in Wellington South Africa (one of my greater passions)

  3. Beautiful serene images Tina I would love to be sitting on one of those chairs and watching the bird life with you. Hard to guess which photo was taken with the IPhone but I’m guessing the Mah-jong image…

  4. I’ll give it a try: #1-3 DSLR #4 X-T2 #5 iPhone. But it doesn’t really matter, does it? The best camera is the one you carry with you (as you mentioned) to capture the right location at the right time. If location and time fit to your best camera, then you capture stunning moments. And you are a master in this passion. Happy days, Tina! Reinhold

  5. let’s see the MJ game was the iphone?
    and not sure about the rest – but that gold ball shot is OUTSTANDING!
    and sometimes when people write about their slice of heaven it feels a bit bragging – but none of that here- it was like pure sharing and just matter of factly…. or maybe that is because I know you – but i do hate he braggards.
    and nice take on the prompt….
    although admit it…
    once in a while i am sure you are down south and think, “I’d rather be up in NY”
    ok – maybe not….

    • Nope LOL! And the golf ball shot is one of the oldest I still have :-). Actually sold that one many times on a stock photo site “back in the day”. Thanks for the compliment re bragging, I was hoping not to come across that way. And NO – I NEVER wish I was up north!!!!!

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  6. The best place – the “home sweet home” view.

    Mah Jongg, that’s a serious game … especially if it’s played for money. One of the relatives almost put up their home for casino credit while on a vacation through Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the old days. The casino refused to take it as collateral.

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  8. We could argue over who’s luckier………but no contest…….just ask our friends and family. I win.
    Oh and by the way the post isn’t too bad either.

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  10. Best guess—golf ball – Fuji, rice fields – Nikon, MJ – Nikon, Tide pools – IPhone 8+, home hole – Fuji. Wonderful message!

  11. This is such a reflective post. So many of us would rather be elsewhere…when sometimes that elsewhere is right here, just that we don’t see the positive side to it. I wager the mah jong shot was taken with an iPhone 😁 Sounds like you have quite a few interests and you take time to explore them. But nothing like companionship where someone can laugh at and along with you. Beautiful shots as always 😊

  12. This made me laugh, Tina. When my daughter played basketball in grammar school, one of her teammates dads (a wannabe coach), would always yell, “Be the ball, Natalie. Be the ball.” You got down on the ground for that shot?! Great effort. 🙂

    • Wow Janet – isn’t that fabulous?! A true blessing indeed. As for golf, what I love about it is the social time with my friends, or my husband, rather than the sport itself which can be quite frustrating!!

  13. Love them all – along with the quotes. We are so fortunate to live in this world, and in a part of it where we have food, roof over our heads and loved ones close. Pieces of beauty along the road too. Contentment.

    • Many thanks Ann-Christine. Yes I often think about how the place where we’re born and the family we’re born into is truly a matter of chance. We are indeed very lucky we landed in the right places and in times of peace – so many others are not so fortunate.

  14. Beautiful Tina! I had no idea you are a golfer! I used to play too but had to quit once my neck flared up. I love the sport and wish I could play as my whole family does.

    • Thanks Nicole. Yes golf is very big here on Kiawah. Personally although I enjoy the sport it’s much more about the camaraderie with my girlfriends and sometimes with my husband. 4 or 5 hours on a beautiful day in a beautiful place – what could be better?! Bummer about your neck. For me it’s the back but so far I’m making it work!

  15. Tina, you said it well. Contentment. But I think I’d rather be walking on the beach in search of anything and everything to find myself along the way. Perpetua

  16. Contentment’s a wonderful thing, Tina. If I didn’t have the rain pounding at my windows I might be a little happier, but still- I’m warm and dry, and have been to t’ai chi this afternoon. Life is precious, as you say. Now- who can I donate some of this excess water to? 🙂 🙂

    • LOL, I suppose we could use some of it down here. We had one day last week that I’d call spitting rather than real rain. Here we have pollen from the oak trees which is a nasty yellow coating that covers everything until a good rain comes along. It also causes terrible allergies to many people including me! But I suppose it’s better than downpours. Nothing is perfect is it?!

  17. Best ever ! Contentment is a gift that so few ever let themselves fully realize . Of course amidst all the other gorgeous photos , I am partial to the golf ball one ….surprise surprise.

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