Saturday, May 24, 2014

Focus on Life: Week 21

Week 21: Daily Patterns
This week we will focus on our day,
what we are doing or what's happening around us.
Take a moment and pay attention
to patterns of your day or the unexpected! 

I'm trying to make walking a regular part of my routine, even though it can be challenging for me. Short-term pain for long-term gain but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Very early in the morning last Saturday, while I was walking in the park with my camera, I started chatting with a young fellow who was also at the park taking photos.

His goal that day was to capture a duck or goose in motion and the sharp early morning reflections of the trees on the water. He had a pretty nice camera, much better than my little 'point and shoot' model, and I'm sure he was able to take some amazing photos.

He shared some of them with me and we briefly discussed how to properly frame a photo, as well as, the benefits of various cameras on the market. He emphasized the need to always be alert, conscious of what is happening around us and to keep your eyes open to everything.

I was walking back to my vehicle when he excitedly called me back to see something. I'm so glad that he did. I was able to capture a rainbow with my silly little camera. Now, that was unexpected!

You had to stand in one certain spot to see it. If you moved one step to the left or one step to the right, it was not visible to you anymore and the window of opportunity to capture this beautiful sight was no more than five minutes. The rainbow changed position as the sun rose higher in the sky, then finally it disappeared.

The aim of life is to live,
and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
~Henry Miller~

To see the daily patterns of the other participants, check out the links below...


  1. That's a beautiful capture! You get some wonderful,pictures with your "point-and-shoo" Bonnie.

    1. My camera does much better outdoors than inside, and definitely better with objects that are not moving.

  2. That's so awesome Bonnie! Good job.

  3. Those are really fantastic photos! Also a good reminder to stay aware and present in the here and now.

  4. How lovely is this?! Glad you were able to capture this - being in the here/now really does have it's advantages! ;-)