Pause to reflect on the goodness of Life.
Pause to reflect on the goodness of Life.
If anyone happens to stumble by my blog, sees this image and knows what it is… please tell me in a comment.
We were sauntering around Santa Pau, Spain, a medieval village in Catalonia about 1 1/2 hours north of Barcelona. I peeked around a corner and noticed this, stopped and looked for a bit but couldn’t figure it out so snapped a quick photo and continued my meander.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Old Door in Santa Pau – 2018
“Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially.” (Tom Freston)
I am finding this to be true, this quote from Tom Freston. The more I travel the more educated I am about the world. The more educated I am about the world the more open I am to new experiences, new ideas. The more open I am to new experiences, new ideas the more curious I become. The more curious I become the more I wish to discover. The more I wish to discover the more open I am of other people and their ideas. The more open I am of other people and their ideas the more I love LIFE.
Happiness = Travel + Curiosity + Adventure. IMHO.
“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.” (A. P. J. Abdul Kalam)
The above is one of my favorite photographs from Besalu, Spain. It encapsulates the colors, the mood, the laid-back vibe of the medieval village. When I took the image I didn’t even see the woman sitting so serenely. She was a bonus when I arrived stateside and began processing my images.
Spiritual Beech Trees of Catalonia, 2018
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” (Martin Buber)
Such it was for me. After the tram ride though long-dead, eroded volcanoes we had lunch then showed up again at Lava Parc for our next adventure – a carriage ride to see the beech forest. I kept asking Xavi “are we there yet?” “are we there yet?” and he patiently said “…..you’ll know when we’re there.”
And I did. The carriage lunged up a hill and slowed down in a sea of green – the beech forest. We all grew silent and the guide told us this grove of trees exists because of a particular soil mixture that occurred due to the volcanoes. And, these trees only grow here, in the heart of Catalonia, and in Iceland.
We slowly clambered out of the carriage, which left us to hide behind a curve in the road. Our chance to experience this place without intrusion. As we fanned out I left the group and went into the forest. Touching a larger beech tree I began suddenly to weep. Tears flowed from emotions deep, deep within me, and would not stop. I wanted nothing more than to lay here in this forest and sob. Most of my photos are blurred from emotion. My reaction was not unnoticed by Xavi who, when it was time, came to help me out of the forest. Tears blurred my vision. My family, who know me well, gave me lots of hugs and we left the forest behind. I am weeping while telling the tale. This was an unexpected experience, a surprise reaction, a truly rare moment that I’ll never forget.
Extinct volcano, Lava Parc, Spain
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” (Rosalia de Castro)
Before traveling to Olot, Spain, I didn’t have much time to research for travel. Therefore, we just took things as they came and delighted in each discovery. We were wide open and accepting…and the surprises were many. Olot is called the “City of Volcanoes” because it is ringed by 42 inactive volcanoes, four being in the city center. One day we went into the countryside just northwest of Santa Pau to Lava Parc. There, we took a slow, rambling tram ride through a lush Catalonian countryside to experience them.
During the tram ride we passed a horse farm – oh, but I could live right here!!! With these horses!!!
Seen from the tram as we travel up the side of the extinct volcano – the soil, which is already being reclaimed by nature.
Before protections were put in place, villagers began mining the volcanoes for resources. You can see that now that they are protected nature is reclaiming the cut portion.
Chesapeake Bay's Nature & Wildlife Beauty Through My Lens
"Taking the mystery out of Buddhism."
Just another glitch in the matrix
Enlighten Before You Extinguish
Unique one-of-a-kind jewelry with a creative and artistic flair!
the breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you... ~ Rumi
Solvitur Ambulando! It is solved by walking around.
This site is mainly about pictures, from the middle of Norway. Click a picture to read posts.
I'm Leah, a freelance Photographer born and raised in Macon, GA, USA. I spent 8 years in the wild west and this is my photo journal on life, love, and the spirit of Wyoming. Welcome to Uprooted Magnolia.
Photos of Birds, Bugs, and Buds
Welcome to SwittersB
Be my guest but treat this with respect
tobygant.com: Just living the dream.
Artists Paying it Forward
#Marketing #UX #Photography
Welcome to my Art and Lifestyle Blog. Follow my adventures as a Bohemian artist.
Sauntering through Life with a camera
The Buzz features stories on trends in Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding cities. Enjoy!
Colourful Good Food & Positive Lifestyle
Only the Sense of the Sacred can Save us
Perspectives on Nature Photography
Journey of a body on this earth
Kerry Mark Leibowitz's musings on the wonderful world of nature photography
Welcome to my inner world
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” ― Yann Arthus-Bertrand
images as thoughts
Art/ Paintings and more...
Thoughts About God's Amazing Grace
one scooch at a time
Wanderings & observations
Heal & Free Your Soul ~ In The Garden of Blessitude
"The artist exists because the world is not perfect" - Andrei Tarkovsky
Rebuilding a sustainable world.
apparel, art, prints, shopping,,home-decor, other Shopping sites
Life and Fine Art Photography In Colorado
Follow my new blog: https://lifephotographyandothermistakes.wordpress.com