A word a week photo challenge: recline-reclining cat.


reclining cat

I couldn’t resist this shot of the cat reclining on the balcony, enjoying the sunshine. We were walking our dogs along the Grand Union canal at Berkhamstead, a lovely English town full of interesting shops, architecture, history and a canal and railway going through it.

Thanks to Sue Llewellyn for inspiring me with her word a week photo challenge.

Celebration

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Reflections

My son gets married on Saturday, so as you can imagine I’ll be very busy over the next couple of days! So I’ve taken a quiet moment, while my dogs lie asleep to reflect on a few beautiful moments of spring. My son is getting married to a lovely Scottish girl in Edinburgh. The celebration is to be held at a Scottish country home and estate, so I hope to be capturing the essence of that beautiful day and location and share it with you next week.

Luxurious Lupins

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Luxurious Lupins

Luxurious Lupins
Flourishing,
Nourishing
Nougat turrets,
Glittering,
Tinkling
Amethyst
Pixie pinnacles.

Smell the healing fragrance of honey. Nourish your imagination.
This border in the town centre of Welwyn Garden City was filled with lupins and Cerulean iris, so beautiful.

Nature Animals: Forlorn furry friend

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Nature Animals: Forlorn furry friend

I took this photo of the little calf a few week’s ago when we visited a farm tea shop just outside Berkhampstead in Hertfordshire. It was a wonderfully warm Sunday afternoon but the calf was looking forlorn in the dark stable all alone. Isn’t he beautiful!
My photo fitted Cee’s fun foto challenge: Nature’s animals. I hope you enjoy it. You can view more by visiting
http://ceenphotography.com/2014/05/13/cees-fun-foto-challenge-nature-animals/

Om Yam Om

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Om Yam Om

We all cope with life’s challenges in different ways. As you know I love nature and everything natural and find the power of nature very healing. I love this peaceful image of the closeness of the geese, safely warming themselves on the opposite bank of the Grand Union Canal near Tring.
This post is called ‘Om Yam Om’ because it is a healing Bija mantra(sounds) for the Anahata chakra (heart chakra). I’ve been sounding this lovely mantra as part of my yoga practice. I’ve also been working on a yoga asana sequence from Swami Ambikananda’s book, ‘Healing yoga’, to purify my mind and body through balancing the heart chakra. This chakra governs the impulses of all the communication systems in the body, particularly that of the nervous system.
The experience of working to balance the heart chakra is very calming. We can all open, speak through our hearts, listen to our hearts and feel peace.
You can find out more about the chakras and mantras here, where there is a utube mantra video too.
http://ar-yoga.com/2011/10/bija-mantras-the-sounds-of-the-chakras-lam-yam-ram-yam-om/

Namastexox

Cowparsley dream

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Cowparsley dream

Cavorting capriciously
In a Cowparsley cloud,
Voraciously darting
About; proudly
Singing aloud.
Shrouded in baby bunny-
Fine fluff,
Dreaming of silken
Butterflies,
Preening on
Milky filigree
Tufts.

When walking in the countryside around the beautiful sleepy hamlet of Bygrave with my friend and our three dogs, we took a footpath through a copse which was filled with Cowparsley. We trailed through a cloud of fluffy tufts, a dreamy, magical maze.

Royal residence

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Royal residence

The Queen mother was brought up in this beautiful, quiet, secluded home in Hertfordshire. I love the Magnolia flowers growing around the door giving it a homely feel even if the doorway is grand. Have you noticed that the door is slightly ajar? Welcoming.

Love spring

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Love spring

Spring explodes

Singing, zinging,
Loads of mingling,
Icecream pinks twinkling,
Dreamy violas’ winking.

Golden glaze


golden glaze

 

Frozen paws

Tread gingerly in the furrows.

Rabbits huddle in their burrows.

Golden glaze,

Clairvoyance gaze,

Ethereal haze.

Fairies skating,

Sunbeam drenching;

Melting,

Squeaking,

Cracks

Splits.

Treats,

Tricks,

Whistle,

Licks!

We loved our walk across the frozen field, I hope you enjoy walking with me.

Golden frosty morning


 

 

 

Golden frosty morning

 

Golden frost,

Buttery crisp,

Ponies bathing

In a buttercup halo

As January

Sunshine soothes.

 

This view was such a magical delight to come across when I was walking my dogs near the heath.  I stopped to soak up the golden rays and the chill to my face, as I worked the camera at the same time holding on to the dogs! I hope you enjoy my post.