Every Snapshot has a Story

On Every Road Trip

On every road trip
you and I take
the eye catches
one beautiful place.

That city of old
its simplicity is gold.
A village in a country
such unmissable serenity.

Must stop and watch
A breathtaking sunset
Or sit on the hood
and marvel at the stars.

One may yearn to stay
The heart says nay
For there is home
Not so far away.

No worries just yet
Just steer and stop
At your heart’s desire
To smile and admire

One beautiful place
the eye catches
on every roadtrip
You and I take.

Every Snapshot has a Story

seemingly quiet…

En route to a popular coastal destination…

I could not help but stop driving to take a snapshot of this idyllic landscape…or so it seems.

I thought I was lucky to have captured this moment only to realise that I am now one of many drivers who has broken the tranquility of this scene.

What I See


I sit and eat and
through the glass wall
I watch and see
all creatures, you and me.

Cheerful ones sprint
jump and run
Mothers and infants
twinned by prams

slow and fast-paced,
some swift and rushed
all creatures today
move and on their way

each with a purpose
come what may
faces, steps and gaits
intend to where they’ll be.

All creatures, you and me
I watch and see.
through the glass wall
I sit and eat.

Inspired by observing people one fine day.


The Path…

poem by dehl. inspired by the hesitation to follow a dream.

We all have the desire to achieve. In order to fufill that, we ought to do something. Sitting and waiting will definitely not help. Act now or never. Have the courage to make the first move and take that all-important first step onto a path you know will lead to your goal.

GO…

But do not rush. Rather, take one step at a time. Achieving a goal requires patience as the path leading to it will undoubtedly present itself with obstacles. Pessimistic? Maybe, but you and I have lived long enough to realize that there has never been a straight and an easy way to getting what we want.

KEEP WALKING, though difficult. Acknowledge that the journey is not perfect…

Life itself is neither simple nor straightforward. We often contend with personal and worldly hurdles to be able to enjoy a smooth-sailing existence. Our pursuit of that which we want to achieve becomes easier if we accept that there are inevitable hindrances along the way.

TAKE A BREAK…Rest.

We have to work hard towards what we aim to accomplish. It can be done instantaneously or longer than planned. Some of our strategies can be successful or not. All of these can result to physical and mental exhaustion. Know when to stop and renew that depleted energy.

DON’T GIVE UP.

Keep on going. Never lose hope. The end result we want becomes less elusive as we trudge along. The path we decided to follow will eventually lead to that which we so desire.

REFLECT…

Each stride we make onto this path to deal with the obstacles come with valuable lessons. Remember them. They will come in handy for chasing other goals and dreams.

Now, set a goal. Choose a path. Read the above all over again.

Waves Are Like…

(inspired by a quiet early morning stroll along the beach)

Waves come and go, like the people we encounter now and then.

They either come, stay and become significant parts of our lives. Or they come but go, thus leaving us with fleeting and/or lasting memories.

Waves are temperamental and at times, unsettling. Such are our daily struggles and troubles which may come smoothly or savagely. Either way and whether we are ready or not, we’ve got to deal with them. Or shall I say, ‘surf’ through them.

We often want problems to come slowly and mildly, giving us enough time to organize our thoughts and maybe even get creative on how to confront them. But just us the strong waves rush to shore, so too some of life’s negativities. They get slammed right infront of us.

Keep in mind though, that just as the waves come and go, so too are the challenges in our existence. As long as the planet exists, these waves will undoubtedly find their way back to you and me.

Suffice to say that as long as we breathe, there will be challenges to meet and greet:)

Waves can be seen as ordinary or otherwise.

Take a walk along the beach at sunrise. Put away your mobile phone. Be free to feel the fresh and cool morning breeze. Listen to the sound of the gentle splashing of the waves as they reach the land.

Beautiful. Peaceful. Soothing.

Quite out of the ordinary.

Unfortunately, just as the waves have the ability to bounce back and forth, life lost hasn’t and cannot. We all know it ends with one final gasp of air. The last breath.

This is a harsh reminder that we’ve only got one chance to live. One.

No matter how mundane it is, we have to make everyday of our existence worthwhile.

Now, take a break from the hectic hustle and bustle of your life and go to the beach…

(all photos are my shots😊)

SACRIFICE

disguise your torment

for someone else’s joy…

rein in your tears

for someone else’s smile…

 

 

feign your bravery

to allay another’s fear…

laugh out loud

to shield a muffled cry…

 

 

abandon your beliefs

and let theirs flourish…

cease to exist

for another to thrive…

 

 

you despair to scream

out loud!

silence is a must

your voice fading in a cloud…

 

 

fold your wings

for someone  to fly, high…

step aside, 

let the other walk out proud…

 

 

where there’s love

comes sacrifice

you’d stop breathing

for a new life to begin…

A Photography Journey: I Got Blocked!

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I have recently joined an online photography community but got blocked without warning after posting just a few photos of my own. It was such a disappointment. I choose carefully which groups I want to join that is why I found it harsh that I was dropped instantaneously. Just like that. What have I done wrong? I had to find out.

Oh, of course! I defied its guidelines! Fair enough.

In my excitement, I got carried away and skipped reading through the posting rules and regulations.

Rules are rules. I get it. But, maybe a reminder first before blocking?  Other administrators do that. They give a gentle reminder to those who have failed to comply and the member/photographer simply edited his post. It’s different for repeat offenders, of course. By all means, block ‘em!

It has been weeks since, but as of this writing, I am still blocked by the said online community. So, even if I want to, there’s no way for that mistake to be rectified. Shame…

I must admit though that being blocked taught me these lessons:  what  ‘street photography” is all about and to absolutely read and obey the community guidelines.

Have you ever been blocked? Just like that? Thoughts?

Here’s more of  my photography journey: Finding My Place