walks

Golden october sunday

Today has been all about the pursuit of Carpe Diem – spending the first half of the day outside on a long photo walk- and the second half at the open Windows of my favourite room in my Appartement, sketching, drawing, colouring the latest ideas from the bottom of my heart.

Here are some impressions:

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As to the drawings – imagine being invited to have a peak at my vw campervan – Daydream-Edition 🙂

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A mindful walk with a dear friend and our cameras: some impressions

Cherry blossoms in early January. A rare guest

Cherry blossoms in early January. A rare guest

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tree bark – might serve as reference for my upcoming painting Project. Just have to purchase some new gesso before starting. 🙂

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The “dancing tree”

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Magnolia

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the Beauty of complementary colours

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Bridge perspective

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My favourite. so much grace in this twig …

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twig network

Amazing bark

Amazing bark

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Heart-shaped

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Birch bark heart

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Wood impression

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seagulls on the parkpond. where do they travel to? Where do they come from?

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smile for the camera

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Birch bark heart

Birch bark heart

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Beauty of the tree

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Heart shape on the street

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what a colour combination on one bark…

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Photo walk in golden autumn sunshine

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This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It's a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn't believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him....

This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It’s a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn’t believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him….

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A stroll through the neighbourhood. Some sepiacoloured impressions and pomegrenade

The sky sure looked special this early afternoon

The sky sure looked special this early afternoon

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Where farmers’ markets are on Saturdays

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speaking of the sky....

speaking of the sky….

Bam! Colours!

Bam! Colours!

 

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Autumn is the time of books, apple-cinnamon-streusel-cake, my favourite tea from a local herbal-tea-store, music by Elvis Perkins or The Swell Season…and feeding the soul with amazing colours of this famous artist called nature. Today: focussing on an autumn-ish book by Helene Hanff.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Cover of "Letter from New York: BBC Woman...

Cover via Amazon

Today is Thursday. Some friends I know call it vice-friday, haha. Nice. It’d be even nicer if I had Friday off..but let’s not complain. On Fridays I have a Group of four very unique and inspiring Kids aged 7-11 for a combined social skills – art therapy – mindfulness Training…a group who always makes my heart grow and gives me plenty of reasons to smile.Also, I can say that all desk-work is done for today. So I am facing a late-afternoon and evening off work, cooking veggie soup, enjoying my The Simple Things Magazine…. and look at the pile of books lurking at me to finish the wonderful one I am just reading (the very new one by Susanna Tamaro: “Per sempre” is the original title, not sure if it’s released in english yet, the german title would be translated as “my heart calls out your Name”)These days when autumn knocks on the door (very suddenly this year) I am in the mood for seasonal things, such as:

-Books, books and books (and then: audiobooks),

-Creating things, like painting, crafting/decorating with coloured leaves, and all the usual inclination to draw on index Cards and such (while listening to audiobooks)

English: Cinnamon

English: Cinnamon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-soup,
Extended walks in the park with or without camera (with or without Memory Card^^)

-cake with apples and cinnamon -cinnamon rolls (oh goodness, yes!!)                                                                                               

-tea – my favourite herbal tea with a slightly oriental note – freshly made by a “herbal pharmacy” in my hometown.

Just when I stood in front of my book shelf, a dearly loved book caught my Attention:

Letter from New York, by Helene Hanff

This book is a love letter to New York, a book which wraps you in pure atmosphere and a book which is best recommended to be read in autumn!  It makes you want to book your flight and walk a dog in central park. (for example). Helene Hanff describes her unique everyday-life as an author living near Central Park in a house with a bunch of Apartments. You’ll get to know her neighbours and I felt like I was her room-mate during the time I read her beautiful takes on her living in her beloved City.

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Nationalpark Eifel – sparrows with parking spots, geese, water, woods, pebbles … impressions of a wonderful day

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Gänsefamilie unterwegsJunge Gans in EinruhrRetro_Schaukelsaftig grüner NationalparkSchieferfelsenSchoene Stelle am Ufer
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Nationalpark Eifel, ein Album auf Flickr.

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Yeah. Finally back on ! :) Back here with photos of the Lake area in the Nationalpark Eifel

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schoene Steine Rurberg (427x640)After a couple of days offline due to changing wireless contracts – having a little “grrrr” because I could not finish the August Break online… I am back on with fast Internet and quite a few new photos and ideas as well.

The two photos you see here are the first 2 of about 40 of yesterday’s daytrip to the Nationalpark Eifel (just 35 car minutes from my home) – and this time

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my Memory Card in the camera!

It was a blissful day from beginning to ending and I made a promise to myself that I will go there more often and get to know the area better.. it’s so wonderful to spend all day in this beautiful nature and close to the water.

So – as no slowmotion Internet stick is keeping me from continuing the Blogging: expect to see more photos, especially the very overdue leftover photos of The August Break!

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“Soul poetry”: even more reasons why I am happy having discovered Tara Leaver’s inspiration! What a treasure / Noch mehr Gründe, warum, ich froh bin, Tara Leaver’s Inspirationen entdeckt zu haben. Was für Gaben!!

First of all, as you may notice, I am getting bilingual. Because. Yes. Well. Maybe add French occasionally, too.                                      IMG_1697 (332x535)

Ersteinmal, das wird schon aufgefallen bin, werde ich hier zweisprachig. Darum. Ja. Vielleicht kommt gelentlich noch Französisch dazu (aber das wird dann eher Comedy)

And to add some design and some code, I decided to write the English green and the german blue, so the outcome might shimmer turquoise-ish.:)

Und um ein wenig Design zu ergänzen (oh, elegant formuliert) und ein wenig Orientierung zu bieten ;-), beschloss ich das Englische in grün und das Deutsch in Blau zu schreiben, so dass das Ergebnis etwas Türkisschimmerndes ist.

Just last Weekend, I came across this wonderful Artist, Tara Leaver, from Brighton, UK (hello, Tara!).  Reading around in her blog is like finding treasure after treasure. And how literal this can get I am going to Show you in a Little bit.

Erst vergangenes Wochenende habe ich diese wunderbare Künstlerin entdeckt, Tara Leaver, aus Brighton, UK. In ihrem Blog zu lesen ist so als ob man einen Schatz nach dem anderen findet!! Und wie wörtlich das zu nehmen ist, werde ich gleich noch zeigen.                DSCF0910 (600x800)

 

 

 

Tara did/or does.. a wonderful thing which I am very eager to try out as soon as possible: She collects Stones from the beach, draws and writes lovely things on them and then puts them on benches or comparable places in public for People to find them. Imagine! You sit down, having a few dreamy minutes outside, breathing fresh air and find a beautiful Little Stone with a unique writing or painting on it!

Tara hat etwas Wunderbares gemacht, und ich bin ziemlich scharf darauf, das so bald wie möglich auch auszuprobieren: Sie sammelt Steine am Strand (oh Moment, also muss ich bald ans Meer! Ja gerne! …) und schreibt oder malt etwas Schönes darauf. Danach setzt sie die Steine irgendwo draußen auf eine Bank. Stellt euch das mal vor! Du bist draußen an der frischen Luft bei einem Spaziergang, setzt dich auf eine schöne Bank und neben dir findest du so einen hübschen Stein mit einem einzigartigen kleinen Ornament oder einem schönen Spruch darauf!

I won’t Keep you waiting much longer.

Jetzt werde ich euch nicht länger hinhalten.

http://taraleaver.com/2013/04/soul-poetry/

 

Please, dear Reader, if you have done/heard of something similar, you are very welcome to comment!

Best wishes to all of you – I hope you enjoy following the link.

Die besten Wünsche für euch alle – ich hoffe, der link gefällt euch.

 

 

 

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Sunday stroll/Sonntagsrumstreunerei : )

Pre-stroll 🙂 lazy in the loggia

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No, I am not living in Amsterdam. Though I wouldn’t mind sometimes 🙂

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And now I know who made the paw-traces in the garden this winter 🙂 ..There.

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And just a few minutes ago…looking up from the Screen:

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Mindful Photography

IMG_1631 (800x691)Thanks to the wonderful book “this i know – notes on unraveling the heart” by wonderful Susannah Conway and her e-course “Exploring the Senses” which I just started …today… I had a very visual, very content and also very mindful day.

Susannah publishes wonderful things. Photography and writing, journaling and Blogging are very important to her – she takes you by the Hand and invites you to take some really mindful perspective of your life from different angles.

Treat yourself and check out her blog:

http://www.susannahconway.com

But now back to the Headline. Mindful photography. So what is she saying now? Why mindful again? Oh, you better get used to it, because I got the taste of it and will pursue it as much as possible.

And photography. Next to painting, sitting Meditation and yoga this is – to me – a very healing and joyful way to be mindful. Because when you are ready to take a walk or “just” wander around, having your camera (I highly recommend not to take photos looking on the Display but take the seeker so you automatically focus) your perception will change.

Of course I don’t mean things like “Oh, by four this afternoon, I have to have a hundred proper photos”… guess you got the idea, eh?

No, you go and look at your surroundings, both aimlessly because you don’t plan to see a ladybird just when you want to take a photo of one, and very clearly oriented.

Susannah Conway developed the exercise to go look for particular colours at different places. This was the first “assignment” in her “Exploring the senses” e-book and this is how I spent parts of my day today.

She suggests to go look for something red, something yellow, something purple, heart shapes and your Initials. She doesn’t say it has to be photographed, she just wants to give you these colours and shapes to watch out for.  To find those, she recommends to go look inside your Appartement or house, outside, look up, look down, find it in tje concrete and the abstract.

A few months earlier I followed her advise in one of her book chapters to take one photo every hour of the day for one day. So I already knew what would gradually happen to my perception. It would shift. The Quality of my consciousness will shift. And before starting the whole “assignment” today, I was looking forward to this.

What happens when you watch out for particular things is that you are very aware of where you are and what surrounds you. And as your senses are not limited to the visual, your other senses Kind of follow. When I took the photo (see below) of the red Icecream sign “Eis”, I smelled the icecream coming from the Café and I can still smell it looking at the photo now.

Matthias Ennenbach refers to  mindfulness as “panoramic consciousness”. Instead your mind being focussed like when you concentrate on a maths test for example..compared to an electric torch beam which just lights a small area, your attention widens like sunlight flooding.

At some Point this afternoon I caught myself thinking “I need a break”. 🙂

Well – here you can take a virtual walk with me now, seeing something red, something yellow, something purple, heart shapes and my Initials. Enjoy

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Here are some of the results of just being aware of the surroundings…

 

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