Ese’ s Weekly Shoot&Quote Challenge – Happiness

My challenge is my passion – a photo you have taken and a quote, attributed to its author, and of course related to your image. Every week on Sunday I will post a new prompt. 

I want to thank my fellow bloggers who have already become a part of this challenge. Being constantly on the road last week I wasn’t able to post a new prompt but this week things are hopefully getting back to normal again.

Everyone’ s welcome to join! All you have to do is:

– create a post of your own with the title Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Happiness;
– include a link to this post also for others to find you.

Let your ideas flow and enjoy!  Ese

Prompt 18 – HAPPINESS

Do you know I don’t know how one can walk by a tree and not be happy at the sight of it? How can one talk to a man and not be happy in loving him! Oh, it’s only that I’m not able to express it…And what beautiful things there are at every step, that even the most hopeless man must feel to be beautiful! Look at a child! Look at God’s sunrise! Look at the grass, how it grows! Look at the eyes that gaze at you and love you! /F.Dostoyevsky/

Yes, there’s so much that makes us happy…

happiness_waterfall

…either it is beauty all around…

happiness_balloon

…something heart has been longing for…

happiness_boat

…or freedom and the whole wide world at our feet…

Do you know what makes you happy?

December 20th

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stumbling through the mud
with snowflakes on my eyelashes
i hold onto hope

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Yes, the guys from the neighbourhood…their song&the video makes me smile and remember the childhood when the snow was whiter and the world was brighter… I would like to hope those things haven’t changed all the way till today  🙂 Even if I have. Or…especially because I have…

PS: By the way – have you tried to drink milk that way?

Kaleidoscope

kaleidoscope_poem

 Image courtesy of L.Proffitt

Only a twist
To see the filigree petals
Depicting a rainbow within.
For mandalas to blossom
Into the light years ahead
Along the gnarls of the Silk Road.
The obscure ocean depths
To metamorphose into
Mosaics of shattered icebergs.
A gentle shake
For verdancy in all shades
From the Amazon rainforests to glisten,
And labyrinths of the mountain caves
Unveil the secrets of the fallen stars.
Another twist and turn
For crushed pieces to glide together
In amber, long forgotten
Among the grains of sand.
Pebbles of glass perplexed
With myriads of patterns.
Serenity lost in fervor of discovering –
I am learning to see
Myself in the world
All over again.

A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”, εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”, hence “observer of beautiful forms.” /http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaleidoscope/

And Then There Were The Roads…

travel_map

It has finally happened and with a happy sigh I can say I have returned back home. My real home that is – in Rīga, Latvia, a bit away from the “other home” in Burgas, Bulgaria where I usually spend my prolonged summers. So – 1 car, a bit of energy and longing for home, 2430 km (or 1509.93 miles), 7 countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania), 2 border checkpoints (Bulgaria-Serbia and Serbia-Hungary) and 3 days is all it took to get from the warmer end of Europe to colder one. Since I have very much appreciation for mountains, the scenery during the first 2 days of my trip was the one I truly enjoyed. In the third one…well, it started to look much more like home and the weather turned into quite gloomy one like one would expect in November in this part of the world :)…

My conclusions? Though by far it wasn’ t my first time of doing this drive, things still manage to surprise me. After I have been used to usually quite…undiplomatic officers of Serbian customs, this time one wished me a pleasant trip. Doesn’ t take much, nor is obligatory but definitely felt nice! I faced slightly different situation at one of the posts of Serbian toll roads – giving the man 5 Euro instead of necessary 2 took an unexpected turn – he said that was too much money and I had to figure out a way to exchange it. A touch tricky with a line of probably 20 cars behind mine, eager to keep going, wouldn’ t you agree? Sometimes kindness and sort of tough stare does the job, fortunately. I mustn’t forget mentioning the highways in Hungary. They are really of a good quality (I am not comparing them with the ones all the way through Europe, just the countries I passed through) and they have paid attention to how important the road signs are for the people who somehow find themselves in a car on the road over there. Another maybe not too important matter but still worth mentioning – if WC sign in every single country I drove through meant the facilities were really there and available to be used, in Poland they had done the trick with…making them NOT free of charge. If a person travels with just a credit card and some cash in Euros, to pull Polish złoty out of the hat right there right then didn’ t seem nor easy, neither fair. Especially after the car had been fueled up in the same petrol station. The good part – people are really working on developing and improving the highway system in Poland, and for me personally it balances out my previous complaint. Almost!

What else? It is always so much fun and joy to travel, to discover new countries (or re-discover them) but there is something indefinable about returning home that makes my heart beat faster the moment I cross the border of Rīga. Always.

Līgo Haibun Challenge – Quote Prompt

The day has come and so has the Līgo Haibun Challenge! Welcome everyone! Last week there were so many beautiful haibun – pure pleasure to read, to go along on the journeys you were taking us, to discover and re-discover. It is always difficult to choose the 3 Honourable Mentions but we try and here’re the ones from the past week:

Suzanne – A classical haibun exploring discovery. Beautiful both in style and concept.
http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/after-basho-taking-the-narrow-road/

Angieinspired – A haibun richly full of onomatopoeias. A very full haibun.
http://angieinspired.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/7070/

Jrosenberry – wonderful rhythm, and very much an interweaving of tamed nature.
http://blogitorloseit.com/2013/10/18/the-unseen-treasure-ligo-haibun/

Jules – A classical, meandering haibun
http://julesinflashyfiction.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/golden-sky-ligo-haibun/

Also Joe for great introspection! Passion uncovered.
http://flatfroghaiku.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/october-ligo-haibun-challenge-3/

It is very hard not to specifically mention Twoscamps, Peripatetic Eric, Freya, Nicole, Sun, Anja etc etc, as everyone brought so much into it. One of the haibun not mentioned, by Twoscamps, had a real effect, and Anja’s was also so beautiful. Nicole and Patricia gave warm, comforting thoughts – everyone left a thought to ponder over.

Because of Halloween at the door, the quotes this week have darker shades about them but it always depends on the way we look and what we end up seing, doesn’t it? Here are two quotes, chosen by Nightlake – prompts for this week’s Līgo Haibun Challenge:

“And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.” ― George Carlin

OR

“Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror.” ― Carlos Fuentes

You can find out more about haibun here: What Is A Haibun?
Let your imagination flow and don’t forget to add your haibun to the Inlinkz collection, please! Good luck! Next week we want to organise some giveaways, so stick around!