Finding Beauty (3 IMAGES)

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Determined to go for a walk
I brought my Canon
along with my Hope
that somehow
Beauty I’d find.

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Now for those of you
who don’t live in this part
of our big world
finding Beauty
at this time of year
is a far cry from easy.

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I shot a few frames
not many at all
yet within those frames
I managed to find
some semblance of Beauty
in a very ugly time of year.
~~~~~

Photography/ “Finding Beauty” 2016©AmyRose
@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

Photographs of Como Lake Park taken with my Canon 50D.

My third photograph is my first attempt with HDR Toning.

90 thoughts on “Finding Beauty (3 IMAGES)

  1. Amy, it is impossible to find beauty in last couple days. Yesterday we had freezing rain in the morning, then heavy snow around afternoon, and finally heavy rain in the evening. It is rainy and snowy today again, huge mess on the roads. The only positive feeling are dreams about Spring. 🙂

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    1. This, Alexander, is the most difficult time of the year for me, this transition between winter and spring. Our weather here has not been as drastic as yours, but still, the mud and ugly are rather overwhelming. Hang in there, friend. I have a very good idea what you are feeling. (((HUGS))) ❤

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    1. Thank you for “catching that”, Robyn. This time of year is one of transition, and that is what I hoped to convey through my images. Every time we come to this place in the seasons, I so look forward to spring!! ❤

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  2. Hi Sweetie. Beauty is in the eyes—-I’m sure you know the rest, and you always seem to find it. You could bring beauty out of a puddle of mud, and I can find it in a rock so we are both blessed there. These photos show it with the powerful beauty of the water.
    It’s good to be back among the living after my recent experiences, and with my return to life, back with my family on WordPress, I’m hoping to find some beauty in the nasty weather a little bit later when I get outside for a trip to the grocery. Listening to the wind blow and watching the rain is daunting, but I have faith that it will work out well. Or maybe it’s hope. Whatever it is, I have it covered, I hope. Take care, Sweet Amy, I think of you often and pray for you and your sweet kitties. Hugs, Angie

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    1. Angie, I don’t know what is going on with you but it is good to see you again!! We didn’t get all the bad weather that has been pounding some areas of the states, but I’ve been watching and making sure family is OK. Thank you for your prayers. It has been a rough patch here which I hope is now coming to an end to smooth waters. Love, Amy ❤

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      1. With me, all the stress and depression from losing 10 family members last year, then a close friend in January of this year caused me to have a severe MS relapse, culminating in paralysis that lasted for hours or days, I’m not sure which. I was here alone, and unable to call anyone for help, not sure if I would live or die, and not even caring if either happened. One week ago yesterday (Wednesday) I woke up and the pain and paralysis were gone and I’ve been okay since then, eating like there’s no tomorrow and moving around the apartment almost pain free. I was not able to hold a crochet hook, couldn’t pick up my phone to call for help, nothing. Just lying back in my chair unable to do anything except sleep or wake and wonder what would happen next. I have no idea how long this went on, but I do know it was a Wednesday when I woke up and could move again, and the pain was gone. God isn’t finished with me yet I guess, so there is still something left for me to do before I go Home. My friends here have been apologizing for not knowing, but how could they know? My kids didn’t know either, because I had no way of telling anyone since it was total paralysis. Miracles still exist, and I received one, and I’m so excited about it all now.
        Our weather is so changeable, but that’s so typical of KY. Warm and sunny one day and cold and cloudy the next. Today was the cold and cloudy, but my inner sun is shining, and I’m in love with life. I’m so happy to hear things are working toward smooth waters up there. You have had more than your share of the rough times, and it is time for the good again. Here’s hoping for a long summer filled with beautiful roses and fragrant petals. Love, Angie

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      2. OMG, Angie!!! When I read what happened I was just horrified! God is good, my friend, for you to come out of paralysis like you did on fire to LIVE! What a Miracle you are! Life is so precious but when the troubles hit it isn’t easy to have that attitude of embracing Life with all you’ve got. I am just SO relieved you are OK now. Saying farewell to so many as you did, it is truly a wonder you still have your sanity! You are in my prayers and know you have inspired me today! I’m coming back from a violent flu that left me times wishing I was dead, and now determined to get my full strength is so far from easy. I’m doing it, Ange. I’m doing it! I’m also encouraging a sister of mine who is really ready to give up and if you knew my sister this is so not her! And then my Mom who also seems to be giving up and trying to get her to come back to Life. And me … Please keep my Mom and sis in your prayers. I would so appreciate it. The only person who can decide to LIVE is that person, which both of us know. I AM THRILLED you have come back to LIfe with a Passion, on fire! Praise God!!! Much Love to you, Amy ❤

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      3. Oh Amy, yes, yes, I will be praying for them both. Share my story with them if you think it will help, and please tell them God is so good and has so much love for them as He does for you with that flu episode. I’ve had that before and know well what it feels like, so I can certainly relate to your situation. I can also remember so many times begging God to take me home when the headaches would be so bad I didn’t think I could last another second. He closed a lot of doors last year, but He also opened a lot of windows into so many beautiful new places, that I am so amazed with life now. Share this with your mom and sister, and hopefully it will help them thru their journey back to living a newly found lifestyle that can bring so many adventures they never knew existed in this world. Every day is such an adventure and all it takes is opening your eyes and ears to the world around you, and embracing it all as the gift of the PRESENT that God gives us freely each day of our lives. We are all on this adventure, and there are times when it spins out of control, but prayer brings it all back under our control, or at least we tell ourselves we are in control. God has His hands on the wheel constantly, and He is always in charge, and no matter what we do, He loves us. Miracles HAPPEN, and I received one. I don’t know why I was blessed with this PRESENT, but I won’t question it, I’ll just accept it with a fervent “THANK GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS COME” and carry on. LOVE and prayers to you and your family, Angie

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      4. Their eyes will not see, Angie. I know my limitations, and lately I’ve had to back off. So many here on WP are open to what I say but not my own family. Even my sis who I do have a relationship with, I have to tread lightly because of her “beliefs”. A “prophet” is not welcome in her own home town …. It just is. Sometimes, it is just too much effort on my part to keep knocking at that brick wall. My Guidance is telling me to distance myself for a while. I can only do family in small doses. Very small. I’ve chosen to see Truth and change, yet so many of my family are still so bound. Just to give you an example of the mindset … I just saw on FB my brother’s wife saying how stressed she is and so it is time to take Meds. I don’t dare say EXERCISE is the way to go especially when you are stressed, NOT pill popping and sitting all day posting on FB. *sighs* And so I look to those who do accept my words, Ange. That doesn’t mean I stop praying. NO! I do pray but I still again keep my distance.

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      5. Amy, we must have the same family. I haven’t heard from some of my sibs since my Mom’s funeral last Aug. 1, and might never see them again. Some of them still refuse to believe I have MS, I’m actually just lazy in their minds, and when we are together I don’t even try to speak since none of them will listen, or even pretend to listen to me. I don’t have the time or energy left to spend on negative people any longer. And one of my brothers has that same wife. A pill is the answer to all problems—NOT! My form of exercise is to cook, even though I can’t eat even a portion of the food I cook. My crockpot is filled and going constantly, and I give the food to people here who need it. Too many are hungry and at least I love to cook and at the moment have the ability to share. For this I am condemned by my family for not “giving to the church”. I don’t know. I had to back off several years ago with my family, totally divorce them in fact, after I sat with them during a day with Mom, and no one seemed to notice I was there. Just before lunch they all left to run personal errands and left me sitting there alone. I walked to the nearest bus stop and came home and they never noticed, even the brother who took me there. And still I love them, need them, want them. I pray for everyone except myself. There’s just no time for me.

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      6. When it comes to Love of Self, Angie, we sometimes must make painful decisions to “divorce” ourselves from our family. I have learned, still am, that who I am does not reflect upon my family but only ME. If others do not see me, nor care for the person I have evolved into, that is their loss. I live my life for me. Love does not mean we must keep those in our lives who hurt us because they are family. Absolutely not! YOU keep following your heart, my friend. YOU keep acting from Love and not according to the “rules” of acceptable behavior. I’m proud of you for being determined to be YOU. Just 2 days ago I changed settings in FB so one, my email is not cluttered with stupid posts from FB, and two, I am no longer seeing the dysfunction that is so evident from what I see on FB within my family. I’ve even decided I will not be going to my mother’s funeral, nor will I even send flowers. I am sending her flowers now so that she may enjoy them now. I want nothing to do with my family, except for one sister, and even she I must embrace in small doses. YOU do what is right for you! Keep on shining!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Hi, Professor! My Canon is an oldie but goodie, a 50D. I’m hanging on to this one because even if it is outdated, between the camera, the lenses I have, and um me, the pictures can be outstanding. Glad you came on by to see the results of my deep digging for Beauty. 🙂

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  3. No matter that you don’t find it easy to find beauty this time a year, you are great to find the beauty anyway, dear Amy 😀
    Water is one of the good ones for photos and I find it wonderful to look at.
    Much love ❤ Irene

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    1. I too Love water, Irene, and I am really glad you enjoyed this post today that truly was not easy for me to do. There is not much in this time of year I like, and OH Spring just cannot get here soon enough! I’m going to the gym today to get some really good endorphins up and running to help me with the blahs. Hope you are having a good day!!! ❤

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    1. Why thank you so much!!! Yes, the first photo is my favorite too. I was looking at it and asking, “How did I do that?” Sometimes what I do I see, and boy do I feel amazed. 🙂

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    1. (((HUGS))), Marissa!! Oh thank you! I’ve been feeling SO blah since the flu and I had to actually force myself to take that walk with my Canon. I didn’t even feel like taking pictures! I was pleasantly surprised that again I found what I did and I am SOOOOO happy you enjoyed this post! Thank you thank you thank you for the encouragement!!! ❤

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  4. She Walks in Beauty
    By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

    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!

    ——

    Evil is the only ugly I will allow and even then sometimes even evil is sometimes redeemed.

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    1. Thank you, Dan! I really have to fight hard this time of year to not get stuck in a rut, which right now I honestly do feel like I am. All this drabness and grey and mud and muck if I allowed to get to me, you would hear me scream. That being said …. Off to the gym I go this afternoon, first time since I’ve been ill, to chase the gloomies away and to welcome the endorphins to get me happy again. I admit going for that walk was the last thing I really wanted to do, much less strap on my camera vest and lug my Canon along. Yet I did it and I really thanked myself for at least trying and in getting some half way decent shots. ❤

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    1. Dearest Tiny, I understand that sorrow only too well and how it tends to paralyze. All you want to do is curl up in a ball and not move. I KNOW. I hope I can encourage you just by viewing this post because that walk and picking up my camera were the LAST things I really wanted to do. Recovering from being so sick, I just wanted to veg and yes I have been battling depression. I knew if I kept on vegging on that couch and did not force myself to start LIVING again, the depression and the sorrow would rise and swallow me whole. Your Beloved Baby would want you to BE happy, Tiny! I have tears in my eyes. As I stopped to answer this comment, I am right at this moment washing floors in some rooms that haven’t been washed, not since Molly died. I couldn’t bear the thought of washing her scents off the floors. Yet LIFE must go on, and the only way to do that is move forward. I Love you, friend. My Heart is in my throat as I wrote these words to you. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. Thank you so much, dear Amy, for these words. They mean a lot to me. yes, you’re right, Bumble would want me to be happy and keep moving, going out with my camera. So that’s what I will do. Thank you my dear friend. Take care. Much love & a big hug, Tiny

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      2. Me and Bumble will hold you tight, Tiny, until you get your footing back. Look for the clues you will be getting from Mother that your Baby is HOME and all is well. This is a tough wall to get over …. You can do this. xoxoxoxo

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  5. Amy, I suspect that you could take a photo of the mud pit that my back yard has become and make even that look enticing. I bet you could even do a beautiful poem about it.

    And remember, next week is the beginning of March – just a matter of time before the buds start poking up from the ground and out of the tree branches.

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    1. You are an answer to prayer, CM! How you made me laugh, and OH do I thank you! I admit it is really tough right now to find anything noteworthy to shoot and to be honest when I shot these images I didn’t think they were all that great. Tee hee … And cheers to March! OH YAY! Robins and Grackles and Buds shall appear from out of the mud that has settled on us. LOL ❤

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      1. Ha! I nearly got stuck in the muck in my yard at lunch time – the mud sucked my boot right in. For a moment I thought I might have to call 911 from my cell phone to have them pull me out! I’m ready for spring.

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      2. STOP or you will have me peeing in my pants! I’m at that age, ya know? I’ve got lakes in my backyard and I’m just waiting for a deer to start sinking in one like it were quicksand! I’m SO ready for Spring even though we barely had a Winter. Still all in all, I’m not a mud fan or ugly fan. Sorry to hear your near miss with your boot! Your sense of humor rocks, CM! Thank goodness for humor!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  6. I imagine it could be miserable but it is beautiful too. I live the brown hues along the banks and of couste the siluoettes of the trees in the filtered sunlight. Beautiful is what you see after all. Hugs!

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  7. Good Morning Amy! A day late again since WP didn’t notify of your post. Guess I will check the reader daily. Love the pictures and your words. I too am so looking forward to Spring. Have a great day my friend.HUGS ❤

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      1. Shall we protest? Did your setting change somehow in choosing to be notified email versus reader? I know sometimes some settings change yet I did not do it. For example, I always have the option to keep comments open or closed and the other day that option was not there. Somehow, the arrow that opens that option, had closed it. So weird things do happen for “no apparent reason”. Thus goes with the territory of having a blog on WP I guess. I dunno. 😉

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      2. Protests don’t work with WP since they are always right.Doesn’t look like my settings were changed and today got the email for your new post. Sure hard to figure out. Love you and off to read your new post ❤

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  8. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder!’ Water is weird stuff; it can be a liquid or a solid. Or, you can have a gas!’ Last summer, I just went to the lake to drink, and graze on the fresh, green grass… This year, I’m going to actually swim! And this Spring I’m getting a more comfortable seat for my dirt bike so I can stop walking like a cowboy!

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    1. Um I know all about that bike seat, Darrell. I know what it is like to walk like a cowgirl. 🙂 OW! I want to get a combo dirt bike and racer this year because I want to get back into serious biking! As for swimming gosh I haven’t gone in a long time and maybe this year I’ll find myself the perfect swimming hole. 🙂

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  9. Truly did find some beauty in the bleak period of winter getting ready to transition into summer ~ the first shot is simply stunning ~ a stark contrast between seasons. Beautiful work Amy, there is never a disappointing moment when you have your camera in your hand 🙂 Wish you a nice, warm and relaxing weekend full of smiles.

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    1. Thank you, Randall. Life in general has not been easy so for me to push through to actually go for this walk, was a major effort on my part. But, I did do it!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend! ❤

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  10. You certainly managed to find some beauty Amy, as you always will. Reading some of the comments, what amazing problems and sorrows people have to overcome. We all have some of course, but I send love and empathy to any of your followers who are suffering. xx

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    1. These times seem to be so hard for some, Chris. All I can hope for is that what I post can assist them to overcome and succeed in every way they can. Thank you for your lovely comment and I hope all is good with you!!!! Love, Amy ❤

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