And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.
The older I get, the more I desire simplicity. – Andy Mineo
If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life. – Paulo Coelho
Patti’s challenge is to show what Simplicity means to you. Visit her blog and get inspired!
”As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and intensifies, many of us around the world are spending a lot of time at home, following governmental regulations to shelter in place.” … ” For me, this time also highlights the value of simplicity.” And I agree, in simplicity lies a great amount of love and harmony. Maybe we now are starting to resume contact with reality, and simplicity of life. Our planet and everything living is in great need of it. Let us stay in contact – always.
I think my images speak for themselves, but the opener…what is it? It is the soft edge of a rose petal – from a vase with ten roses standing on my table right now. I love them. Flowers, I must have flowers. Always.
Thank you, Tina, for the beautiful Distance theme! And, we’re delighted to announce that next week’s challenge will be led by our next guest host–John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo. Welcome, John! Please stop by and visit John’s site next Saturday at noon.
Here’s our schedule for the rest of April:
- April 11: # 92 John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo.
- April 18: # 93 Ann Christine of Leya
- April 25: # 94: Amy of The World is a Book
As always, stay well, stay safe, and keep creating!
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Your butterfly on the leaf took my breath away, posed so perfectly as though poised to leap off into flight without warning. Your lead photo of the petal is stunning and would be amazing as a piece of wall art 3 or 4 feet across.
As always, thank you and the other Lens Artists again for continuing to host this creative space for us all.
Here’s my submission
Ah, thank you so much for your kind words on my photographs, Babsje! So happy you liked them ♥
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Your post brightened my morning and brought a sense of peace to my thoughts. I’m with you – I adore flowers, they are so wonderful, every detail of them can be used to accentuate a photo. Thank you! I hope you’re well and staying safe. xx
I feel so happy to have brightened your morning, Shelley, and you stay safe too!
Hello Leya, nice photos — your second one looks like a more optimistic version of an Album cover for a musical artist named Feist (the Album is called ‘Metals’). Quick question — is the Lens-Artists challenge a challenge for others? That is, can others submit their own photos for these challenges that are showcased somehow or is it exclusive to a group of people? Apologies, I’m a bit new on WordPress.
Hi, glad you liked my photos – and yes, you can submit your entry on any challenge as long as you are a member on WP. Welcome! Just write a post and post the link in the comment section and tag Lens-Artists (or any other challenge you want to post to)!
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Amazing post Ann-Christine.
Thank you so much – happy you liked it. The theme was interesting to me.
Loved your images and wonderful quotes, Ann-Christine. ❤ "Life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time." I think sometimes one tends to live too much in the past or the future. 🙂
Thank you so much – and I agree, it is not easy to live ”now” and not in the past or the future.
The beauty of simplicity! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous images, Ann-Christine. That last one of the flowers in a vase is my favorite.
Thank you, Sue, I guess this is the most popular image in the gallery!
What fantastic quotes and beautiful images to go along with them. That first quote especially reminded me of what my 3 year old grandson recently called a sunset that he and his mom and dad watched from their front porch. All together because of the quarantine…”Come and watch the beautifulness!”
What comes from children is usually the truth and nothing but the truth! Thank you for a lovely comment again – as I wrote before, I found two comments from you today in the spam.
You’re welcome! We would all do well to listen to the children more often. Glad you found me in spam 🙂
We should. And I must look in the spam box more often.
All of these are lovely.
Thank you, Amy – a challenge that suited me well, I think.
These are beautiful – hord to pick just one!
Nora, you are free to pick them all ;-D
Beautiful post! love the petal!!!
Glad you like it, Ana!
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Beautiful images, Leya 😃
Glad you liked them, Jez!
Beautiful images as always. That vase of asters at the end so simple yet so striking.
Some amazing photos, Ann-Christine! Simply beautiful. I love the last one especially.
Thank you, Amy! It is the light, isn’t it? I stood there for a long time. The flowers were all at their brightest and healthiest. And that is my colour.
Beautiful photos for simplicity. I love your flower petal photo 😀
Yes, I agree, Ann Christine. Flowers always. Such beautiful ones you have shared this week.
Much needed thank you…flowers. Hope you are well and everything is OK! Stay safe – your family and puppies too!
We are going well, Ann Christine. We are staying home with our flowers. 🙂
Wow. Great photos and quotes. Is that a flower petal in the banner shot? Where is that wooden cross? It is quite a shot, too.
Yes, it is a rose petal. And I just loved that cross – it stands on top of a mountain in Switzerland. I don’t remember where…(we hiked many of them…) but its simplicity and position made me sit down and just breathe.
Such a beautiful post. Your flower photos just made my day.
Ah, then you made mine! Thank you – much need for flowers now!
Just beautiful …. this gallery, shows … your soul!!!!
Oh, Viveka – you know me. Beautiful comment, but undeserved for certain. I wish it was…
Of course it is, A-C!!!!
I will thats a cracki g selection of images
Hey Scott – much appreciated, your comments – thank you! Hope you are doing well and staying safe!
beautiful images and words, Ann Christine! i love the message! thank you for sharing 🙂
So glad you love the message, LolaWi – this challenge was right up my alley.
Beautiful pics and fantabulous quotes – Again! Sorry I don’t have a new way of commenting upon it – but simple is best and the line left is simple, tried and true….? 😀
Thank you, Tamrah! So glad your heart said yes to these! But, as I am not a native English speaker (or a bit dumb…?) so I don’t get your last sentence! Is it a saying?
Here, in my family, when we say something is ‘tried and true’ it means that people have done something a certain way for awhile, have perfected it, and it has managed to still be effective as cultural and societal norms change – does that help in understanding? Given your not native English, and I don’t speak your language, I’m not certain if I used the proper wording to explain – let me know – 🙂
I do not think you are dumb – there are language and dictionary words, and then there are sayings or idioms that make the most sense to those who are native speakers, or familiar with geographical/regional things – 🙂
I thought this would be the explanation – thank you for enlightening me! Many idioms and sayings are almost the same or similar over the world – but sometimes there is a tiny but important difference. So, I had better ask!
I always ask, too! I was raised by a Dad who said ‘there are no stupid (dumb questions) EXCEPT when you ask for the 3rd time what I just told you 2 minutes ago – that just means you weren’t paying attention or listening, Sis” – :). A questing and questioning heart is, in my opinion, one of the greatest indicators of intelligence, an open mind and open heart – but I’m biased towards those who show such things through their creative works, over and over – :). Teach me how to write (if I can) ‘thank you’ in your language if you will – a pleasant greeting, ”please” and ”thank you” are the first three things I ask to learn, when I meet someone who speaks another language – 🙂
As always, love your images and your message Ann-Christine. One would know your love of flowers simply by looking at your images of them. I don’t think you’ve ever included one that I wouldn’t proudly hang on my wall.
Now that was a beautiful comment, Tina! My mood brightened and you made my day! Thank you.
A beautiful series that conveys the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure, Ann-Christine. Love that opening excerpt. Wishing you safe and healthy days. 💙
Always appreciate your thoughts and comments, Jane! Thank you. Some themes go straight to ones heart, don’t they? This one did.
Beautiful Beautiful! I especially love the cross as we head into Easter week. …and the older I get the more I desire simplicity!! 😊💜
♥ And for me, this is true!
Oh….Ann-Christine. Your post, your images, quotes, and thoughts are wonderful! I love the rose petal in the first shot and the bent nails in the wood. You’ve got a marvelous photographic eye! Take care and stay well.
Patti, I am so happy you liked my choices! I love this challenge theme.
Perfect words and images! Something about those bent nails….really like that one!
Thank you, Sandy. I found them on an old fence in the forest last week. Glad you liked that one!
I love your gallery of images; and the words you’ve chosen to accompany them. If there is good to come from these times, I hope it will include more people consciously choosing simpler, healthier lives.
Happy they resonated with you, Su, and I agree on your hopes for the future.
Beautiful examples of simplicity
Thank you, VJ – it is interesting to see how many different answers we get!
So glad you liked them, thank you!
Good mix of shots for this week’s theme AC…nice capture of the bent nails 🙂
Glad you liked the mix, and the bent nails I found in the forest last week.
As ever, your sympathetic blend of quotations and lovely photos nails the theme perfectly.
Thank you so very much, Margaret. ♥