Monday, May 24, 2010

Photo Monday - Serenity

Photo Tuesday has been moved to Monday because I have a special post tomorrow from four experts in the publishing industry!

Serenity. Still. Calm. Peaceful.

We attribute those feelings to certain scenes.

A stroll along the beach.
The surf gently pounding the sand.
The sound of seagulls.
A breath of ocean air...

But there are other places and moments that convey peace or stillness.

The hour of daybreak.
Birds greeting the sun.
Few humans about.
The breeze almost nonexistant.

A mall or place of business at the end of the day.
The shoppers are gone.
The stores are closing.
Only echoes from within the shops are heard.

Lazy afternoons.
Warm air suppressing activity.
Humidty thick and oppressive.
Time for a nap.

The twilight hour.
Between the busy work traffic and the night life.
Where areas of inactivity linger.

A fire.
Cackling at a campground.
Warming a room at night.
The burning of leaves in a barrel.
The remains of a forest torched.

The falling of rain.
Drops dancing in the puddles.
Striking the roof and windowpanes.
Falling on a lake.
Forcing wildlife to seek shelter.

An empty field.
Surrounded by fog.
Livestock still asleep.
The crickets singing their song.
Stale straw on the breeze.

An empty room.
A stairway that creaks.
An old house without life.
The darkest of night.
Dust clouding the air.

The midnight hour.
A dark and empty street.
Void of people.
Alone with the streetlights and moon.

Have I given you some ideas for moments of serenity in your work? Can you see, hear, feel, and smell them now?

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  1. Loved the post, very interesting to read and look,


  2. The wind flapped loose, the wind was still,
    Shaken out dead from tree and hill:
    I had walked on at the wind's will, -
    I sat now, for the wind was still.

    The Woodspurge - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  3. These are definitely some great aspects of serenity. Now if I could just find that beach. :)

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. I feel calm and at peace already. What wonderful photos.


  5. Hi Diane. All those pictures are calming, but I have to say, I physically felt a calming when I saw the fire picture.

    Straight From Hel

  6. Mason, that's Atlantic Beach in Morehead City, NC - and a great place!

  7. me it is realizing that I don't have to produce something now. that I can just be in the moment whatever or whenever it is. Maybe it is the latent farmer in me but I really liked the bucket on the fence one. yep.

  8. Lovely photos, Diane. YEs, finding serenity in every day things is such a lovely way to look at the world, and you've given us wonderful ideas on how to do that.

  9. Lovely - truly lovely Diane!

    I'm off to see QT!

  10. Wow, beautiful photos. The fog and fence really struck me. I was right there in that moment.

  11. I love these moments of serenity, Diane. I really needed that today!


  12. Lovely photos and excellent examples of serenity. When I was working, I used to love going into my office on weekends or early in the morning before anyone else was there and sometimes work in the silent warehouse. Now I have the serentiy of my house during the day when my wife is at work--heck, even when she's here it's pretty serene.

    Tossing It Out

  13. Gorgeous photos - thank you!

    Off to check out QueryTracker.

  14. Very well done and serene. Loved this ...

  15. Jan and Jemi, thanks. That photo was so ordinary in color, too.

    Lee, you can count your blessings then!

  16. I *needed* an oasis of serenity today!! Thanks, Diane.

  17. I feel more serene, still, calm, and peaceful just looking at the photos:) Beautiful!

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  19. I'm feeling very serene now...seriously! Lovely post.

  20. I'm feeling very serene now...seriously! Lovely post.

  21. Glad I could add a little peace to everyone's day!

  22. How did you know I really needed that bit of serenity in my life?
    And now I have plenty thanks to your reminders.

  23. Love the photos as an aid to a serene moment!

  24. Glad you could enjoy a peaceful moment, Rayna!