The World Through My Eyes

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Unless otherwise marked, images were taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

This week’s photo challenge is to share the world as we see it through our eyes.

As much as I love writing, my photography has improved tremendously and is a big draw to my blog.  The saying goes that a picture is worth a 1,000 words and it’s true.  Pictures show so much more than words can describe, something I wrote about recently when I saw the play, Hamlet.

So when I’m out with my camera (or even when I’m not!), how do I look at the world?  What am I attracted to?

I love blue skies.

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The roses were so pretty this year!

And white clouds, lots of white clouds.  Especially when I can lay on the deck and make up the images I see floating by.

View from my driveway - I think it looks like a whale eating a smaller fish!!

View from my driveway – I think it looks like a whale eating a smaller fish!!

I like to look up and see the landscapes, to look far.

Shenandoah Valley taken from Skyline Drive in Fall 2011.

Shenandoah Valley taken from Skyline Drive in Fall 2011.

I also like to look close, to see the beauty in the details.

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All kinds of asters are in bloom this week.

I like the sun, in whatever form I find it.

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This is much easier on my eyes than looking at the sun!

Although green and water also satisfy my soul.

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I always enjoy standing here for a few minutes and listening to the water tinkling over the rocks.

I like the unusual. . .

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This coneflower is truly this bright pink.

. . . and the ordinary.

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Queen Anne’s lace is such an ordinary flower, yet it’s so very pretty, even with a friend. It’s a sure sign that summer is here when these appear.

I can find beauty nearly everywhere I look, whether in a small space between office buildings in downtown or

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These coneflowers are to the right of the door where I exit the building for my lunch time walk.

. . . going out to my favorite places for photography.

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The greenhouse at the botanical gardens is a favorite place to visit.

There is beauty everywhere.  All we need is to look for it.

I cannot resist chasing the bees with my camera lens.

I cannot resist chasing the bees with my camera lens.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
~ Anne Frank

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious –
the fundamental emotion which stands
at the cradle of true art and true science.
~ Albert Einstein