Spirit of Dragonflies

Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self – Begin Your Creative Journey Today


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Pedestrians – Parades

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

A good day for a parade – Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro, VT. The crowd after the parade walked together along the roadway, replacing cars, as they made their way to the after parade activities. As they strolled over to the park at a slow pace the one thing you could notice was the mood – people were smiling at others, allowing others to walk ahead of them, catching up with neighbors, and remained in a festive mood.

We walked along at a quicker pace when we arrived so we could find a place to stand as the parade was starting. Once we secured a place we stood behind some women who separated and allowed my daughter to step in front of them with my grandson. There always seems to be a kindness to people at a parade especially when children are present. It was fun watching the parade activities, cows decorated for the Heifer Parade, cars decorated like black and white cows, and children enjoying themselves. The pedestrians on the sidewalks were walking a little slower, paying attention to their fellow community members, laughing, and enjoying life.

My grandson enjoyed the cows, dancers and bands. He had a front row seat and enjoyed watching the pedestrians across the street as much as he did the parade. Fun was had by all. Parades seem to make life a little lighter, a little slower, a little happier – even if only for an hour or so.

When attending a parade, do you notice how time slows down? How people seem happier? What can you do in your daily life to bring that same feeling?

Love and Light!

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Walking and Observing Life

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

Walking and observing life – to witness the beauty of people in our communities can bring a sense of peace as you witness the interactions.

Sometimes as we walk through areas where others are in a relaxed state of being the first thing you will notice is the stress has disappeared from their faces. Their pace slows down and they begin to have some fun. This is true whether walking around a flea market enjoying the possibilities, walking in a park and stopping to set up a rope to balance on, sitting on a park bench taking selfies, or setting up a photo shoot in the Veteran’s Memorial Park as others walk along the path. For those of us with camera in hand, walking allows a time to stop and notice nature or people. We get to enjoy life at a slower pace as we witness our world through a slower speed.

When you walk do you slow down to witness or do you walk at a fast pace and miss all the gifts this world has to share? This weekend, take a half hour or more to walk a little slower than normal. If you have a camera bring it with you and stop to notice the birds, butterflies or dragonflies, the pedestrians that are walking the same path as you.

Love and Light!

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WPC – Corner

What kinds of images and emotions do corners evoke in you? In this week’s challenge, share a photo that plays on any of the word’s many meanings. Show your favorite street corner, or a cozy nook in your home where you feel truly at peace. Focus on a person or place that’s recently gone through a transformation — “turned a corner,” as we often say. Or stick to geometry and highlight the angularity of a favorite landscape or object.

Looks who Eric caught in the corner of the bedroom window. Two little boys checking out the passing train. Both of the boys started off fearful of the loud train passing by and who can blame them. The whole house trembles as it rumbles down the tracks. In the summer, the screaming whistle fills the house demanding cars to stop and wait.

To overcome their fear we would laugh as we grabbed them up in our arms on our way  to the window and wave at the passengers. Now they run to the window themselves or, if on the front porch, run to the little bench to watch the passing trains as they wave goodbye wishing them a safe journey.

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I read this quote by an unknown source and thought it appropriate for my grandsons.

“Don’t ask him to live in your world, visit his world instead.”

This is how I feel when with the little ones, always wondering what they are seeing and feeling as they experience the world anew. Around every corner a new experience awaits them. I try to see the world through their eyes and sometimes remember the hidden child within.

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Love and Light!


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Satisfaction

This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

“Grandchildren are their grandparents’ toys.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana ~

While visiting my daughter and her family in San Diego, I had the opportunity to care for my grandson, Tanner, while his Dad was traveling for work and Mom was away celebrating a friend’s birthday. We decided to take a walk and get a treat. I asked Tanner if he wanted to share an Acai bowl but he wanted a pink ice cream cone. I ordered him a small strawberry and myself a small Acai bowl. Not sure what the size of their large ice is but as you can see their small is pretty large for this little guy.

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After handing him his cone I walked back to grab the Acai bowl and a spoon. Realizing we would need some napkins I left to grab a small stack. When I returned, look who had my spoon and was enjoying the Acai bowl.

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I said, “I thought you didn’t want one.”

Tanner smiled and said, “You can share.”

His face beamed with pleasure and self-satisfaction. How could I resist. I returned for another spoon as he continued to lick his ice cream then take a bite of my treat.

His ice cream began to melt and he sat looking at it overflowing the sides of the cone. I grabbed a cup to set underneath to catch the liquid. Tanner looked up and said, “Mimi, doesn’t this remind you of a volcano?” Looking at the melting ice cream he said, “See, this is the lava?”

At three and a half, I had no idea he even knew what a volcano was. Then he told me about Hawaii, volcanos, and how one day he was going to live in Hawaii. It is his favorite place. This lucky little fellow has visited Hawaii with his parents a couple of times and has decided that is where he shall call home when he grows up. We agreed that I should travel with them on their next trip and stay with him at his home in Hawaii when he moves there.

In case you are wondering, he didn’t finish either of the treats.

“Grandchildren are loving reminders of what we’re really here for.” ~ Janet Lanese ~

Love this little guy. Luckily for me he will be visiting next week. Maybe we will visit a local ice cream parlor with this cousins. I don’t believe the cones will be quite as large this time.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Unusual (2)

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Creativity involves breaking out of the established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~ Edward de Bono ~

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Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. ~ Bruce Jackson ~

All I have to do is walk out behind my house to find a bridge connecting one side of a trail with the other allowing the hiker to easily walk across the stream. There are a couple of bridges along the way which I hope are still there after they finish clearcutting for the Pine Bush. Sadly this is not bringing much happiness to our neighborhood. With great hope we wish this area to remain somewhat the same after they’ve completed their project. This is a great place to hike no matter the season.

Some bridges we pass daily without ever paying attention to their beauty. The train trestle crossing the Hudson River between Stillwater and Mechanicville is not one of those bridges. Since my earliest memory of this bridge I have witnessed people from near and far setting up tripods to capture this bridge during all seasons, with or without trains crossing.

When the water is calm the mirror image of the train is amazing. In the summer under the early evening sun the bridge seems to glow in brilliant orange while in the fall and winter it looks brown.

Wherever I traveled, this bridge reminded me I was almost home.

There are so many bridges connecting us to different locations throughout our travels. Without them we would never be able to explore new adventures.

Now I will share some bridges that I have walked or drove over in my travels. Enjoy!

The bridge below is found along a trail at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY. You don’t have to be a guest at the Inn to enjoy the trails over the covered bridge and into the woods. Walking along the path there are many hidden treasures.

Some bridges are small wooden structures to assist us across small stream while others are elaborate structures built to last for generation to carry travelers across the divide. At Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY there is a mix of bridges along the way to enjoy in all seasons. If you go in the spring bring your rubber boots and in the winter your snowshoes.


If you visit Thatcher Park in Berne, NY you will find wooden bridges connecting pathways to and from the waterfalls. In the Spring the waterfalls are in their glory, they may trickle in summer and fall and freeze in the winter.

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If you drive down the steep dirt road to the right when heading south along Cascade Lake you will discover a small wood bridge connecting the parking area to a hiking trail. Although I have never taking a journey along this path it is on my list of hiking trails to explore.

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As you enter Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, NY you will be greeted by the welcome sign and the bridge. The trail is only open on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day and President’s Day in the winter. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy the trails. At the end of the snowy trail you will be greeted with hot cocoa and a snack. You can enjoy the trails throughout the summer as well with a nice refreshing dive in the lake at the end.

Along the Saint Lawrence River lie the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. If you visit this area stop for a tour of Boldt Castle. The entry arch in the photo below is a bridge for visitors to and from the boat launch to castle walkways. It’s a great way to spend the day, wandering the grounds, touring buildings and gardens.

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While visiting my nephew in New Hampshire, we did some sightseeing and stopped at a popular swimming area. If you look up there is a very old bridge, which I can’t remember the name, but as you can see from the photo below is connecting two mountain roads above the river. When standing on the bridge you have a spectacular view of the waterfalls along the river’s journey.

My daughter captured the shots below of the red covered bridge in Arlington, Vermont. We lived near this bridge when she was in fifth grade and enjoyed taking walks to explore the stream bed. Only one car at a time please. No racing, as this structure is quite old. If you would like to see covered bridges, Vermont is the state to visit. The other bridge is located in East Arlington.

If you have ever been to Mystic Seaport in CT you will recognize this bridge. If ever passing through Mystic, stop for a slice of pizza at Mystic Pizza.

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When visiting my granddaughter near Santa Fe, New Mexico she tried to find a path along the Rio Grande River to explore. We didn’t actually find the path however we did discover this bridge across the Rio Grande which was a foot bridge now. Not sure if it ever held vehicles but there was a nice view from both sides.

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When visiting San Diego, CA you will see the San Diego – Coronado Bridge. This bridge is 2.1 miles across with fantastic views. Coronado is a beautiful location to visit with parks and small shops.

As you can see, many of the bridges along my travels are either in the woods or along treed areas. Cities are nice for a quick visit however they are not my preferred locations to visit. In my stacks of photos there are snapshots of bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and many other states including the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AR.

What are some of the bridges that have drawn your attention? Do you have any local bridges that make you feel like home when you see them? Are there any bridges that you will not cross? For those living in the United States, possibly the Chesapeake Bay Bridge? This can be a bit scary to travel over when it is windy or there is a traffic jam.

Now I’m ready for another road trip. Maybe We will bump into each other along the roadway with cameras in hand. Be sure to say hello. Safe travels!

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Love and Light!


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WPC – In-Focus and Out-of-Focus

This week, show us your favorite in-focus and out-of-focus moments.

“When things feel like they’re not working out, focus on what’s working right.” ~ Karen Salmansohn ~

“Life is like a camera, just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” ~ Ziad K. Abdelnour ~

“When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.” ~ Zig Ziglar ~

If your life seems out of focus, change what you are focusing on and begin again. Today, focus on possibilities and enjoy all the opportunities that present themselves over the next week, six months, year.

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Love and Light!