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Settings for Glow

This week, share something that glows. Maybe you’d like to experiment with some Golden Hour photography, or perhaps you know someone with a glowing smile. We’re excited to see what you share.

Whether outside in nature or inside with candle light, you can find glow if you stop long enough to enjoy life.

“If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.” ~ Thomas S Monson ~

While traveling from California to Colorado on my way back to New York State I would see the glowing light from the homes I passed along my journey and wonder what they people inside were doing. Sometimes this inner urge would come up wanting me to stop and knock on the door. Then I would laugh thinking about the response I might get. If my mother, the visitor would be welcomed in and given coffee and whatever she was cooking at the time. She always opened doors to strangers when they stopped. As a child Mom would leave me out on the porch with this passing stranger while she ran up to get him something to eat and drink. She called them ‘hobos’ back then and somehow our house was marked as a friendly place to get a bite. Today we would not leave our small child out to play with a stranger while we went inside. Times have certainly changed. My mother had a glow about her and a trust for others that is rarely seen today.

Life is filled with beauty when you step into your world fully. There is a certain glow that can be found in nature, your home and the people around you if you slow down to take the time to notice. You don’t have to open your door to strangers but there are so many ways to find glow:

  • The glow of a child absorbed in having fun, learning, or experimenting with a new skill.
  • A couple of elderly friends sitting on a bench laughing and sharing stories.
  • Sitting in silence with candles lit on a dark evening
  • On the faces of family and/or friends sitting at a fire whether outside or inside
  • The way light hits the water in certain areas
  • Moon light shining on the water
  • Love the way a child’s face glows in the candle light while thinking of their wish
  • Sitting in nature as the sun sets whether the ocean, river, in the distant trees, in the light patterns on your living room floor – all bring a beautiful glow.

There are so many ways to find glow in our lives. Do you have any to add to this list?

Love and Light!

If you would like to submit your own photos for this week’s challenge or would like to add your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/glow/


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Holiday Lights Through the Innocent Eyes of a Baby

My grandson, Tanner, is 13 months old and lives in sunny San Diego. When they came to visit for the holiday he had to be introduced to the cold upstate New York temperatures and heavy clothing. What a trooper he was!

While they were here we went to visit the Albany Festival of Lights. Although I live in the Capital Region I have never visited the park to see the lights. This was a treat for all.

As we made our way through the park we decided Tanner would have a better view if he sat in the front seat unrestrained by his cars. To all those concerned about his safety we went slower than a walk so he was safe. I sat in the back seat where I had a perfect view of his little face peeking out the window. Below is a photo is of Tanner becoming a little braver and his Mom realizing he is no longer in the car seat and needs to be bundled up. Still a bit blurry as I become familiar with my new camera.

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

The pic below says it all. My photography skills improved and Tanner’s face shows his pure, unfiltered enjoyment.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

The display was beautiful with moving lights and even a sliver of the moon glowing in the sky above the Washington Park Lake House.

Star above Washington Park Lake House

Sliver of the moon shining above Washington Park Lake House

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

It was a wonderful experience to witness the lights for the first time through my grandson’s eyes. I am forever grateful that I shared that experience with my daughter and son-in-law.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

The holidays are over and my daughter and her family are back in San Diego where it is warm. I remain in upstate New York where the temperature was 1 degree at 10 am and is now a whopping 9 degrees but I have the photos and memories to keep me warm.

Love and Light,
Sandy