Sunshine On a Gray Day (8 IMAGES)

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So!  Here I was again, pulling into Chestnut Ridge County Park for my seven mile walk just after having a very tough and exasperating morning.  I was late. I was frazzled.  I looked at the time and groaned.  My Life just seems to be “dictated” by time and if I truly wished to do anything for myself, I had to jump into chunks of time between two fixed points, A and B.  Sighing, I just sat in my car collecting my thoughts and as I did, my eye caught a panorama set out before me.

Wow!  Quickly I jumped out of my car to assume a position about the same as when I was sitting in my car, framed the view on my phone, and snapped!!!  Gray and dismal, with heavy lead laden clouds, damp and dreary this day may be, but darn it, I would find sunshine somewhere!!!

The silhouette of Buffalo lay nestled in grays and a hint of orange.  I stood for many a minute just taking in the view.  OK!!! I can do this walk and since I am pressed for time, I will have to move!  I collected all I would be taking with me, locked my car, and off I went.  I again was dressed in layers even though I could visibly see my breath!  (It seemed without the sun shining it was more challenging to bring in a clear selfie.)

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As I walked and did so as fast as I could, I prayed the entire time for signs of sunshine for me to find.  The Angels of this forest heard and rejoiced, for They went ahead of me in glee to make sure I would see this …

SMILING!!!  HEART SIGHS …

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CONTEMPLATING  HMMMMMM….!

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GRINNING AND LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

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You know how much I Love water and waterfalls.  My eyes were drawn to these waters and as they were, my feet followed.  The third image of the waterfalls I had to kneel down in the cold, wet mud but did I hesitate?  Absolutely not!!! And so I paid no heed to my wet knee and captured this delight that Angels did send.  My Heart became Light and my determination to rise above the mundane again fell into place.  Who said Life was easy?  Not me.  Yet with a Happy Heart and above all with Love, we all can overcome anything.

I continued my walk and arriving at this big hill, I just had to stop to take a picture and then text my sister to say, “I am now walking down this” …

YAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Finally I was able to get a decent shot of this hill, the hill that all who walk or run in this park know as the Mother Hill.  She is aptly named for this hill is huge and seems to go on forever, especially when going up. This image is not all of Mother Hill, oh no, yet this view shouted, “take me” and so I did.  I just about jogged down that hill, filled with such Gratitude that once again my Heart was Happy.

I walked with a spring now in my step, my breath under control, my lungs filling deeply and evenly.  As I neared a place that always tells me, “Another two miles and you will be finished“, the Angels guided my eyes to this incredible visible growth of roots.

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While taking this image, I heard, “Unless you get to the root of any problem, that problem will still exist.”  Ahhhh, yes, yes, understanding came in spades, yet I honestly did not have the solution to the root of the problem that occurred that very morning.  Time to put my Faith shoes on for the solution to come, so I can address the roots by changing the problem to, “Hey, it’s fixed.”

Nearing my destination to the one last mile mark my legs still feeling strong, my eyes saw white.  White?  Ah, the park rangers were setting up santas but how strange because they have not done that before, not on this side of the park.  As I neared this white, my mouth flew wide open and my eyes filled with tears, for what I saw was the last thing I ever did expect to see on a gray and dismal, with heavy lead laden clouds, damp and dreary day.  Am I dreaming?  But no, no!!!  The Angels put the icing on the cake to make sure my smile was back by sending a bride and a groom whose smiles and JOY lit up the entire park.  The closer I got the more I felt that blast of Love, of JOY.  Did I ever get choked up!

I could not help myself.  I asked if I could take some pictures, and I was warmly greeted and encouraged to step in close to take a few snaps.  And wouldn’t you know it, my phone decided to have a spaz attack and act up as I struggled to get a perfect picture of this glowing couple.  GROAN!!!  I felt so shy, and I did not wish to intrude, and here I am struggling to get a good shot.  I took several shots yet all but the one below came in pretty clear.  If this was not a sign that LOVE again was ruling my Heart, I don’t know what was.  (And yes I do have this couples’ permission to post this image.)

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Before I could stop my mouth, my Heart said to this young man, “Love your wife with all you’ve got, hold her close to your Heart, and know that with LOVE anything can be overcome.”  Isn’t this young woman about the most radiant bride you have ever seen?

Take a good look at this last picture.  Notice how drab and deary, and downright ugly the surroundings are that comprise the environment of this couple.  Yet despite these circumstances, the glow of Love was so powerful all present could feel it. Do you honestly think these two young people even saw the ugly surroundings?  I doubt it.  All they saw were each other!  And mind you, it was really cold out too!

The Message here, my friends, is, when you focus on Love even in dark situations, that Love will take the lead, shining with such force that the darkness around you will not even be noticed.  What a powerful display of what Love is capable of!!

I leave you with these thoughts.  Everything works together.  Now, if I had gone on my walk at my usual time, I would have missed this bride and groom and I would not have this glowing couple to show you.  Think about that! (smiling)

And oh … I certainly found sunshine, wouldn’t you say?

Photography/ “Sunshine On A Gray Day” 2015©AmyRose@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

Images taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Phone at Chestnut Ridge County Park.

119 thoughts on “Sunshine On a Gray Day (8 IMAGES)

    1. I know I am. Every time I go to this park, and see the wondrous sights, I feel such deep gratitude that I live so close to this Paradise on Earth. There are other parks in my area as well, but for now, I am totally in Love with this one! I honestly could take thousands of photographs and every single one of them would be different. The possibilities here are endless!!! I am SO glad you enjoyed this post!! This and more I must focus on in order to rise above the dark and the mundane of what has become our reality in this world. Have a great Sunday and thank you for commenting!!! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. OH good, Marissa. I KNOW t’is the season to be rushed so I honestly would have understood if you did not see all the photos. These two young people were just so incredibly beautiful I just did not want you to miss out!!! ❤

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      2. (smiling) These longer posts of lot, I must admit, I pack a lot into. I hope you are having a great day. I am just getting ready to jump into a very challenging work schedule. Wish me luck!!! 🙂 ❤

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    1. YellowCable, to cross paths with this couple was the most incredible experience I have had in a LONG time. The closer I approached the more I could FEEL their Love and JOY! They were surrounded by 4 professional photographers and the way she was dressed, I’d say they are a “somebody” yet, the sincerity, their evident LOVE just pouring forth, stunned me. I could NOT believe my phone started messing up (it was cold) and yes I did have several portrait shots that showed her gorgeous gown, but all of them were blurry. Grrrrrr …. I will never forget this day for as long as I live. Just picturing these two, and remembering the “feeling” of the experience, brings my spirit to such Bliss. I was literally blown away! And on top of that, one of the photographers showed me what he shot! I’m actually tearing up writing this. I don’t think I have ever seen a couple more in Love then these two. If anyone has a chance of making it, these two do!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. My beautiful sister, it has been a rough go, and to have found such “sunshine” on this day of all days when I went walking, was a Gift straight from Heaven. To hear feedback such as yours, brings tears to my own eyes, giving me more determination to stay the course strong and true. BIG (((HUGS))) from me to you, Amy ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Together we can and will accomplish all we set out to do, Rita. The obstacles are only there to assist us to dig deeper within ourselves to either strengthen us or to get rid of those things that are no longer necessary to hang on to. Yes we have come too far to turn back and IMO there is no turning back for me. Or for you! I Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤ ❤ ❤

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  1. What a wonderful journey of being nurtured, love and taught by Mama Nature. You are taken tot he places Mama nature has of you because your heart is open and willing, and Ty so much of sharing your healing and purpose with us all here.
    Hugs Amy

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    1. Oh, Ruth, you are SO welcome!! It is my pleasure and my sincerest honor to share with you my Healing Journey. For this reason, God has given me the Gifts He has, in order for me to use them to spread Love, Beauty, and to lift others up. I am just so glad you are coming along with me as I Hope my Journey assists you on your own. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  2. You found the sun, outside and inside, my dear cousin of Upstate, Amy Rose.

    This young couple found the perfect spot for a shoot, I think. Their radiance lighted up the surroundings, forever in their photo book, I think, and on your blog in that one fantastic image.

    Your walk cleared your mind, obviously. It gave me a great start to my Sunday as well. ❤

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    1. Cuz, that young couple lit up the forest as I could actually feel their LOVE radiate out, blasting all chill and gloom away. It was incredible! Every time I walk, Mother always gives me Gifts but that day, She outdid Herself. I return today and wonder … gee, what will I see today? The sun is out so picture taking should be a bit easier and a lot prettier as well. (smile) Thank you, cuz, for stopping by and commenting!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  3. What a lovely post, Amy! Your message at the end truly says it all. I think I myself was in need of hearing that today, so thank you so much for that. And I’m in love with that beautiful fur wrap the bride is wearing! She looks gorgeous. What a wonderful image!

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    1. Many of us need an encouraging word, a smile, and someone just to reach out and touch in Love. For this is how I am being used by He who made me. As for this young woman’s wrap, it was so luxurious and gorgeous I knew it to be real. I sure hope so for her sake because it was cold! I will never forget what my eyes saw that day. The signs of sunshine God sent my way I cherish with all I am!!! BIG (((HUGS))) and thank you for commenting, Wendy! Love, Amy ❤

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  4. Ah, Amy, what a beautiful post and such gorgeous pictures. You took the first one from the top of the toboggan slide, right?, near the big swings and the casino? I remember that view.

    And what luck to be there when the bride and groom were. I hope they always look that happy, and somehow I suspect they will – they just seem to be right for each other.

    See you soon, my friend.

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    1. Yep, the first picture taken is exactly where you say. That is one incredible view!!
      And that couple when I saw them … my friend, I have not ever been blasted by such pure Love. That young man acted as though his wife was the most precious catch of all time, and that young woman, not once lost that smile! Not once! What an honor to have been a part of such Bliss!!!
      And yes, see you soon!!! I look forward to it!! 🙂 ❤

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  5. That was such a great read Amy! So much packed into this post. I love the anticipation you built before you (and we) saw the radiant bride and her groom. What a site that must’ve been. Thank you for such a beautiful, uplifting post. It’s the first thing I’ve read this morning!

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    1. Laura, I am thrilled you read this post, and the first one at that!! Wow, I’m honored! SO happy you got a blast of Love with your morning coffee! What better way to start the day? And you are so welcome, my friend. I so enjoy sharing with my friends for it gives me such JOY!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  6. I really enjoyed this post Amy. Even the tiniest of waterfalls seems a miracle to me, and you captured it so well. I also really like the photo of the road through the woods. Those photos always put my imagination to work. And young love? Who doesn’t like young love. Good advice to the young man. And, of course, lovin the selfie 😉

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    1. Dan, again you are here to share with me a part of me and my Life. Thank you!! To find such Treasures on a day when I really had a rough morning, just goes to show you how Mother really hears me, and She is more then glad to get me to happy again! I was blown away by this couple for I felt such Love just radiating out in every direction! I even said more to this couple and I was so dazed, I more or less put my foot in my mouth. They in turn were so deep in their own world, and seemed to take no heed to my um duh remark. Yup, I’m kind of known especially when I am nervous (which I was) to say silly things. My tongue trips all over itself. Hehehehe And my brain seems to take a vacation. LOL I’m laughing as I write this. I hope you had a good day!!! I was out in my park again today. I cannot get enough of it!! And oh, the road photo you liked …. I walked that hill UP today. Holy mackerel! Now I know why she is called Mother. 😉 (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Oh, Nico, I am SO happy you saw this post of mine!! Such diversity yet throughout, much sunshine was seen, IF you have eyes to see, which I am smiling now for I know you have those eyes. May you have a most Peaceful Week. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. I believe you are the second person who has said this, or I have read your comment earlier. Either way, I KNOW I am so Blessed to have this gorgeous park so close to where I live. I have several parks nearby, but this one has such a huge pull that I find myself returning again and again. Today in fact, I walked again, and did find, magic once more. Truly, this forest awaits my return just to show me more of Her Secrets. Love, Amy ❤

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  7. Well I don’t want to gripe. Yes I do! A lot of photographers prefer dreary days because the even light is desireable, and it disposes of all the hard shadows for a cleaner looking result. She has horse teeth, but the flowers are nice! LOL! He just looks plain horny! I enjoyed ALL of the pictures! LOVE you got some more exercise! The picture of that girl in the red hoodie… Lots of sunshine there! Great job Amy! I’m still laughing about how you looked when you returned to the car, in the last set…

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    1. An overcast day is vastly different from a dismal gray with clouds on the surface day. I like overcast days to photograph in. But not in heavy cloud days. I’ve been seeking after light lately and shadow to give my images more depth so that is my latest adventure. When I saw this couple all I felt and saw was LOVE and nothing else. I’m glad you enjoyed my images and got a kick out of my selfie. No matter how gloomy, I am determined to find sunshine as this post proves. Have a great day, Darrell!!! Love, Amy ❤

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  8. Beautiful Amy! I just came back from Europe, and a few days with my dad at the end of the trip…very similar forests, but no gorgeous waterfall. And I wasn’t lucky to meet newlyweds…what a gorgeous picture of this beautiful couple. Sunshine indeed! Much love ❤ and hugs, Tiny

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    1. So good to hear from you, my friend! I am really happy you took time to go to Europe and to spend time with your Dad. Life is precious indeed! Thank you for coming here to see this post and to comment, Tiny. Both are so appreciated by me. Have a wonderful sunshine day!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. This is what God does, Susan, to me all the time. These serendipities never cease to amaze me! Since I have been posting proof that these things really do happen to me, perhaps others will begin to be more open to the Magic that is all around us. And of course BELIEVE. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  9. A really wonderful post, Amy. I enjoyed right from the outset to the finish line. The bridal couple certainly were the cherry on the top. So radiantly happy. I love the advice you gave to the husband and hope he will always remember the lady in the red hood who gave it to him. 😃😳

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    1. Oh Honey!! Bless you for this glorious comment. I hope too that this young man remembers my words for the tough times will come, they always do. With LOVE all can be overcome! All!! Thank you!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  10. Awww that is such a lovely story!! I love the wedding photo- you’re right!! They took a drab winter day and lit it up with their bright smiles and clear love!! Beautiful photos- the open road is my other favorite photo from this post :)!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa, for dropping by Petals and taking the time to enjoy this post. Magic happens to me all the time, and this is just one example of proof that the most glorious things do happen to me. I am SO happy you enjoyed this! I will never forgot how this couple looked and the LOVE I felt that radiated out from them. What an intense experience!!! Have a great day, my friend. Love, Amy ❤

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  11. Wow Amy! WOW WOW WOW! So many amazing shots! What a wonderful adventure you had, and what beautiful gifts you received. Thanks for sharing them with us. Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart!

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    1. And you, Jodi, are a boost for my self confidence!! I have never received so many wows and believe me, you wowed me over with your wows! THANK YOU! I so enjoy sharing and just lately have really been showing all who do come here to Petals how Mother presents me with these astonishing Gifts. I arrived at this park with a heavy Heart. I was determined to find sunshine. I prayed for that sunshine. And look what all I found!! I agree! WOWOWOWOW!! LOVE your enthusiasm too! I’ll be over to see you in a bit … if not tonight the morrow. LONG day + another walk + now must finish up my day. Sending Much Love and Gratitude your way, Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Honey, I feel it only fair. This is a sharing process. I promise to do good by you the morrow. The shower and bed do call. I went UP the Mother hill today and OH am I feeling it. Now I really understand in spades why She is named “Mother” with probably another word after Mother. Tee hee …. You wouldn’t believe some of the faces of torture I have seen going up that hill. I joined in today!!! LOL ❤

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      1. Thanks Amy – yes – I feel better somehow when I have a face for someone, so I try to keep mine up to date and “keep it real” 🙂 Yours looks great too!

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! You bundle up like me. I had some sunshine today so that was great. In winter, I do a lot of my workouts in the basement but always prefer the outside. Much love dear, Emma

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    1. I am thrilled you enjoyed this post, Emma!! And good for you for working out! I do too and shall continue to do so for as long as I possibly can!! Breath and movement are LIFE!!! Have a great day!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. Breath and movement are LIFE, my friend, and the more I do things to bring my awareness to both, the more I feel ALIVE!! Hope you are having a great day and I thank you for enjoying my post!! Love, Amy ❤

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  13. Hi dear Amy, you don’t come up in mail or my reader lately, so I must catch you when I find you at another blog by clicking on you. That’s is how I got here today. I am so glad I did. These are so lovely, such beautiful images. The world is beautiful. The young couple starting out, it touched my heart. They look so happy, may they remain so. Life hits us hard at times and it is difficult to stay innocent and warm, especially when we feel so helpless to stop the damage that is happening. I thank you for this and all your lovely posts. Have the most beautiful day Amy!
    Love,
    Holly

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    1. Holly, your posts don’t seem to be coming in my Reader either at least I don’t think so. Someone else just said today my posts are not being seen in her Reader. Darn it anyways!! WP strikes again!
      Yes, this young couple I will NEVER forget. I don’t think I have seen or felt such a huge Love as I did that day! The adoration on that young man’s face, the huge smile that never left that young woman’s face, were truly the last things on this earth I thought I would ever see in that park, especially on such a heavy, dark and very cool day. They give me HOPE that marriage is not a sham. They give me HOPE that LOVE truly is alive in this world. I pray that young man remembers my words when the tough times come, for alas, they will. Those are the times either the marriage survives or dies, and I really really HOPE that this couple fight for their Love. I wish one of my photos of her full gown came out good. Honestly, she just looked like a fairy Princess and he Prince Charming. I’m tearing up as I write these words. I’ve have been in a really challenging phase of Life and every time it gets tough, I just close my eyes and picture these two and I again feel that Bliss. I wish I knew how to contact them because they just don’t know what a Gift they have given to me.
      May your day be a good one, my friend. I am scrubbing and cleaning, taking a break right now so I can continue answering my comments. Then I have to edit some pics and put a post together for tomorrow. Good luck to me, I say! At least the morrow’s post is a short one. I’m truly surprised I did 2 long reads back to back with multiple photos. I look back and say I did? LOL Much Love your way and BIG (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. it is rare that love and marriage last these days, I think vows meant a lot more back when, or maybe they stayed through thick and thin even when love had long since died. So depressing…sorry. I have a lot of work around here that need taking care of. I wish you wonderful holidays love!

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  14. Wow… I’m amazed with these photos! So very wonderful to take a stroll here.
    It looks like I lost your posts through my reader again, and probably along with other posts… 😦

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    1. Are you still following me, Amy? Sometime the WP ghost strikes and suddenly a blog I am following I no longer am.
      Thank you for taking this walk with me. It was no stroll believe you me, for I walk fast those SEVEN miles of hills. Lucky for you that you could stroll (scroll). LOL Hope you are having a great day!! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. It has been happening to me. I will re-do it. It looks like a long walk, maybe a stroll through your photos for me. 🙂 I love how you capture these paths, just beautiful! ❤

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      2. Thank you again, Amy!!! I really LOVE this park! It keeps drawing me back to Her again and again!!! I want to get a pair of hiking boots (mine fell apart) so I can go on off road trails. Some can be very dangerous (the ravines are nothing to play around with) and I need a really good boot that grabs. I’m working up to that!!! 🙂 ❤

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    1. I honestly don’t think they saw much of anything except each other. They were so deeply in Love that it could have been a blizzard outside, and they would not have noticed. 🙂 Have a great day, Alok!! Love, Amy ❤

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  15. Amy, what a pleasure to see your face full of joy. Also, the water in a my post (or birds) makes me happy. I could imagine negative ions seeping into your body and lifting you up.
    I was happy you shared this lovely couple who actually made the scenery in that one shot, “fade away.” Big hugs sent your way. I am trying to stay better connected now that my work at the warehouse is slowing down. Long days from Spring thru Fall kept me rather insanely busy. ♡♡

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    1. Do what you must to stay balanced, Robin. Life at times gets so bumpy it is all we can do just to hang on for dear life. I understand busy in spades!!!
      I LOVE this park for it is so magical and healing in so many ways. Mother is showing Herself in so many ways that to me is just so incredible. The bride and groom being in this park I will never forget. Thank you for seeing this post and seeing my smiling face!! Now you know how happy this park really mades me!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  16. Oh Amy, what brilliant shots.. and such a narrative from you how wonderful this newly wed couple were on your path, and such LOVE in abundance.. Thank you Thank you dear Amy.. and your words to this young man superb.. xxx HUGS dear friend ..
    Sue ❤

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    1. Sue, I shall never forget these two young people. They literally lit up that entire forest and their Love was so tangible, the closer I walked to them, the more I got blasted with it. It is an experience I treasure. Wow!!!! ❤

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  17. OOopppps my pointer was over the bottom right hand of your blog when I clicked post comment instead it unfollowed your post with that little uploaded Follow Sign.. .. Sorry Immediately pressed follow again Amy.. ❤ In case you are wondering xxx

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      1. Oh Amy… of course, Sometimes my fingers just have a life on their own, and on the lap top my pointer just got over the following button… I pressed what I thought was your post comment button but my mouse was on the follow, so it unfollowed you 😦 .

        I’ve been absent for a while.. had to take time out.. and so stopped logging in everyday and spending hours in other peoples blogs… I shall post my experience soon.. Sending you special Love xxx

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  18. Took me longer than 9 minutes, had to stop along the way and reminisce. I could hear the water running in the stream. Living in Mexico has its joy, especially with a rose garden blooming around a poinsettia tree, but a walk in the woods on a gray day is in itself a joyful memory. Feliz Navidad y un Feliz Año Nuevo

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