Amy has found a wonderful challenge for us – because even if we all struggle some days, we can clearly see the world is still Full of Wonders, which is the essense of the word wonderful. Amy beautifully used Louis Armstrong’s world famous lyrics in her post – so please, visit Amy and get inspired!
My choice is some Midsummer Magic in the tiny worlds around us – because they are literally wonders in every sense. They also feel more safe to visit in this chaotic world…
We stayed at our summer house for a couple of days to prepare for the Midsummer celebrations next weekend. As you know, the longest day and the shortest night are very important to us in the Nordic countries. However, because of the heat, I find it difficult to sleep well, so I am usually awake around 4 every morning. This particular morning, I went for a barefoot stroll in the early garden dew.
The world is so full of wonderful things we should all, if we were taught how to apprediate it, be far richer than kings.
This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.
Henry David Thoreau
The World is full of wonders, but they become more Wonderful, not less Wonderful when Science looks at them.
Sir David Attenborough
Thank you all for your creative and fun entries for my Shades and Shadows last week! I learned many new things from you, and was very surprised to find that not many, if any language except English, has got two words for the concept.
Thanks to Amy for her interesting challenge – we look forward to seeing your perspectives – and please remember to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link to Amy’s original here. Finally, until next week, when Tina will be leading the challenge, please stay safe, be kind, and enjoy this wonderful world.
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You have captured some truly wonderful images, Ann-Christine. Milo blends in nicely with the grass.
Thank you, Sue – he’s a gem.
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i love your focus on Midsummer Magic! Thank you for taking us along on your barefoot stroll at 4am. The lighting in your second photo is excellent and I really like the blossoms in your fifth photo. And you and Milo are happy to enjoy the wonderful world together.
Here’s my bit of silly birds enjoying their wonderful and fun worlds:
Thank you, Babsje! They have their own world but still live in ours!
Yes indeed! So many humans seem to forget that!
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These are just beautiful
Yes, what a little dew can do!
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Wonderful post!!! Love your images.
Thank you so much, Ana! They are wonderful to me, the tiny worlds.
oh sorry you cannot sleep that well right now – but it sure did lead to some great photos (and imaging you barefoot sounds fun) – I like the light and bit of wonder in many of the photos – especially those opening ones – the light had wonder
Wonder sounds wonderful! Thank you so much – then I reached the goal I wanted to reach!
What a wonderful morning walk, AC. Your images are gorgeous. I love the dew on the flowers and your wonderful Milo waiting patiently for you. Through your marvelous images, I feel like I was there with you! Have a great week. I hope the move is over and you can enjoy the midsummer fun.
Thank you so much, Patti – and yes about the move…but now my son has bought a new house so there is another move coming up…:-D
Wonderful images, Leah.
Darn Siri auto correct.
Such a beautiful selections of the natural beauties! Full of wonders, indeed, and they are around us.
Thank you for taking us for an enjoyable walk with you. 🙂
Thank you for coming along, Amy! Even if early in the morning and dewy grass!
These whole gallery has a genuine spell of wonderful-ness. Simple finds in nature brings us back to uncomplicated things that are far by holds more essence nowadays.I love that Hornet photo, I´ve seen it in your IG and I was truly amazed. Haven´t seen one by myself so I am really curious.
Thanks for the great life lessons you´ve shared Leya.
♥ Hopefully you will find such a nest too – it is fascinating close-up!
Great take on the small wonders, and beautiful examples. Love the flowers in the morning dew.
I am always amazed at the complexity of nature. One would think as things get smaller, they get simpler. While eventually there is only so much small (at the atomic level), microscopic images reveal an amazingly complex substructure in almost everything.
Happy you liked them too, John. I was lucky to wake up early such a brilliant morning!The world is complex, nature is complex and so are we. It is a sorrow that we are not more clever, we humans, but go on sawing down the branch we are sitting on.
Lovely photos, Ann-Christine. They look so golden brown, and not just because of Milo. I have difficulty getting my head around almost endless days.
Ah, thank you, Tracy. Endless days are wonderful. Up in Lapland they never sleep during summer – and they sleep ”all winter”!
4am when you got up is like the middle of the night to me. 🙂
To me as well…
Wonderful images, Ann-Christine. My absolute favourite is the second photo. The only image that is missing is one of your barefeet enjoying the stroll! 🙂 I am imagining how wonderful your feet felt that morning.
Ha, so glad you loved my little wonders – but well, I don’t love my feet anymore because they are deformed by hallux valgus. My grandmother had this too. They say you get it from wearing high heels and slim shoes – but as I never was a girl with any of these…I guess I just have to have inherited the problem anyway…
Feet are mysterious. I suffered with bone spurs on my heels for years but somehow they disappeared. I hope your feet don’t give you too much pain. They would have enjoyed the freedom of walking without shoes.
Oh, good the spurs disappeared! This will not disappear on its own for me I am afraid. And I don’t want to do more operations…they can go wrong too. I walk a short bit without shoes every day – I think we have a right to…don’t we?
To walk barefoot is wonderful.
It is – should be practised more often.
And here’s even more information about the song:
Interesting facts, thank you! My mother loved this song, and so do I. And a big part of that is his voice, Armstrong’s voice. Without that special sound, it would not have been such a hit – at least not with me.
Your title and first paragraph prompted me to find out a lot more about the song you alluded to, which was written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss, and is perhaps best known now in the version that Louis Armstrong sang:
Thank you for the research! And yes, it became known to us in Sweden only through Louis armstrong. And much loved and still played.
The internet almost always identifies a song by who had a hit singing it rather than by the person or persons who created it. I don’t feel that’s right, so I try to find out who composed and wrote a song so that those people get the credit that is due to them.
Good thinking and doing, Steve!
Great choices, Ann-Christine. I love especially the single blooming grass plant and the margarita with the dew-drops 👍
Thank you, Andre’ they are my favourites too.
It is never cold enough here for dew, which is all one reason that I’m totally transfixed by your first set of photos. The other reason, needless to say, is that they are wonderful photos 🙂
Now you are very kind – but I am immensely happy I brought you some beautiful dew!
Beautiful photos – the light and detail are exquisite!!
Thank you, Nora! Not often I get up at four and the dew is making the world shimmer.
Oh, I so love the water drops. The dew photos are amazing! …the sunny shimmers ❣❣
Yes, the shimmers, I’d love it to stay that way! Thank you!
These are all gorgeous. 😊
Beautiful details in these photos. Wonderful indeed!
Glad you liked them, Anne. I have understood finally that this kind of photography is my greatest joy.
Such beautiful pictures! Love them! 😊
♥ Thank you, Majka!
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So love your world Ann-Christine 🙂 🙂
I am happy to share it, Brian.
I love the grasses at this time of year, Ann-Christine. And the delicacy of those flowers. I feel like I’m holding my breath 🙂 🙂
♥ Sometimes I wish these mornings and evenings would go on for the whole year. The rest of the day is not that necessary to go on…
Such calm soft images Ann-Christine. Good use of light and depth of field in your images. Sometimes it pays to get up early!
Thank you, Marlene – I always hope to get better at early mornings…but somehow it is rather difficult…
What a glorious morning that was!! The hornets’ nest is amazing and of course Milo is adorable as always. 🙂
Glad you liked them, Janet! And Milo was in my face in the end, just wanting his breakfast…so Ihad to give in. Poor thing, I was so absorbed by the dewy grasses…but he got his food in the end!
Beautiful A-C. Great LIGHT!
Light is everything! Thanks John!
What a beautiful post Ann-Christine – your images this week are exceptionally glorious. The sunlight and dew are perfect. I cannot remember the last time I was up at 4 am so I shall just have to enjoy your images rather than try to create my own!
♥ Glad to have spared you an early morning, Tina ;-D
Super choices for this week’s challenge. I still admire how you bring to life single flowers like the one in your second photo. Absolutely lovely!
Thank you, Rusha! I have found that sort of photography suits me quite well.
These pictures are other worldly!!! Beautiful!
Thank you kindly!
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I like your soft focus (and the bokeh) and that hornets’ nest is magical. Enjoy your midsummer celebrations Ann-Christine 🎆✨
Thank you so much, dear Jude – I will! Rainy as usual I guess!
I love morning dew, and your view of tiny worlds!
Beautiful images Ann Christine!
Thank you, Anne – a lovely morning!
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There is nothing like early morning dew!
I love your summer wonders!
Thank you, Beth!