She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
~ Lord Byron
Your inspiration this week is windows.
Use a window to frame your shot.
Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog.
Use a window to give structure to your photo.
Or make a window itself your subject.
To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo.
Share an image focused on someone’s eyes, or of a landscape
or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.
Words by Michelle Weber
Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows
Atop the Clouds
by Aly Bambi
I’d like to sit atop the clouds
And watch the world above me
As well as the one below
I’d like to sit atop the clouds,
And gaze at the wondrous excitement
Of the shining, glowing fluff.
I can only imagine the beauty
Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop
“It’s all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure
– they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.” – Edward Abbey
“Watch your step. But if you do fall, do so fabulously.” — Unknown
“Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.” — Rudyard Kipling
Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau, was established in 1887 to replace the older cemetery
on Chicken Ridge, near Main Street, when that location was staked as a gold mine.
“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The
only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers, and these flowers are every little sacrifice,
every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” — St. Therese of Lisieux
The Shrine of Saint Therese sets in a very serene setting just outside of Juneau.
Saint Therese was named the Queen and Patroness of Alaska in 1925.
The botanical garden in Juneau borders the Tongass National Forest which is the second largest rain forest in the world. Amazon being the largest. The unique feature of Glacier Gardens are the upside down trees. The owner was using an excavator to move rocks and toppled trees when a large boulder damaged his equipment. In frustration he picked up a tree and slammed it into the muddy ground. It stuck. Thus the idea of upside down trees was born with flowers planted in the roots.
“A view is what you see with your eyes open, a vision you can see with your eyes closed.”
– Steve Bowhay
“Glaciers are delicate and individual things, like humans. Instability is built into them.” — Will Harrison
“There’s time enough, but none to spare.” Charles W. Chesnutt
Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare
It was about a one hour flight over the mountains from Juneau to Skagway. One hopes that the pilot isn’t having a really bad day. Glaciers and mountains provided a spare but often scenic landscape.
Maverick’s residence while in Juneau, Alaska
Had a great view of downtown Juneau and cruise ships in the harbor.
I have returned from the great state of Alaska and had a wonderful time the six days I was there. Probably good that I wasn’t there any longer as I now have a ton of photos to go through which I’ll share as I get to them. Primarily they’re from the Juneau and Skagway area. There’s also lots of blog likes and messages in my absence to respond to which I’ll get to eventually, thank you.
Tomorrow morning we go to Skagway