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the zen of seeing

“Art is that which despite all gives hope” Frederick Franck 1981

Anemones 31.3.20

Since the 100 anemone bulbs I planted have yet to appear I used a bouquet that five years ago was the subject of Day 90 of my daily posts during 2015. I had been re-reading one of my favourite books The Zen of Seeing by Fredrick Franck that week. Here is the original bouquet together with my pen and ink drawing at the time, and if you would like to see the rest of the post and learn a little more about Frederick Franck why not visit Studio 365: Day 90

Day 90 i  Day 90 ii

Anemones 31.3.15

Day 90 iii

Remembering Vincent

Today is Vincent van Gogh’s Birthday. He was born on March 30, 1853. I thought I would celebrate the occasion by reposting Vincent’s Room which I originally posted on The Changing Palette in June 2014. During these difficult days taking a moment to look back on the life of someone who had to “suffer for his sanity” but was still able to show us the beauty that surrounded him in his own wonderfully iconic way should inspire us all.

Who can look at a sunflower and at the same time not think of Vincent? Let us celebrate his memory together, and please listen to Don Maclean’s “Vincent” imbedded in the post. I promise you will it will be the highlight of your day.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.” Vincent van Gogh

Vincent's Room i

Can there be a more iconic room than Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom at the Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy, France where Van Gogh entered voluntarily as a patient on May 8, 1889 and remained until May the following year. During this time he painted the gardens, with their wheat fields, olives groves, irises and sunflowers, all of which he could see from his bedroom window.
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“reflections and thanks” revisited

I posted this photograph six years ago today in response to The Weekly Photo Challenge that so many of us used to be part of. Given how we are all supporting each other in the blogosphere, the world’s safest place to practice social distancing during these challenging times, my thanks today are for all the heroes and heroines working so hard to save us all.
 
Cortona ii
 
The photo was taken early one summer’s evening from the Youth Hostel in Cortona, Italy and shows the bells of the Chiesa del Torreone reflected in our bedroom window with Lake Trasimeno seen shimmering in the distance; a moment of pure magic.
 

 
My little watercolour shows reflections in the window of another Italian youth hostel in Finale Ligure, the magnificent Castello Vuillerman, recorded in my Journal on July 2, 1999. We’ll never forget climbing the more than three hundred steps, with packs on our backs, to the Castello where the view of the city, seen in this window reflection, was well worth the climb.
 

I hope this raises your spirits just a little. Be well and stay safe.

April Travels Part III: Colorado National Monument

 

 

 

 
Above the Colorado city of Grand Junction is the magnificent Colorado National Monument one of the jewels of the US National Parks with which we were unfamiliar. The Rim Rock Drive that winds along the edge of the canyons must be one of the great drives of the world, so put it on your bucket list and prepare to be in awe.

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April Travels Part II: Arches

The red rock wonderland of Arches National Park, Utah was breathtaking at every turn.

April Travels Part I: The Palisade

 

 

 

I think the photos speak for themselves. This was our first day visiting Colorado and Utah last week where the grandeur of Palisade Mountain dominates the landscape above the small town of Gateway, Colorado.

WPC: Tour Guide


 
When you walk the Seawall around Stanley Park in Vancouver you will enjoy one of the great city walks of the world. These photos taken on the last day of 2017 on a perfect end-of-the-year sunny Sunday morning show some of the sites you will see as you walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade the 8 kilometre pathway: the majestic totem poles at Brockton Point; Lions Gate Bridge with its backdrop of the snow-covered North Shore mountains; Siwash Rock and English Bay; sailboats moored in Coal Harbour; and the gleaming bronze statue of Harry Jerome who represented Canada in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games winning the 100 metre bronze medal in 1964.

As your tour guide welcome to some of the gems of Vancouver.

welcome to my kingdom

Did you know that today is World Read Aloud Day.

No more precious moments than reading aloud to our two beloved granddaughters