Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Summer lounge chairs waiting for spring on the snow-covered beach at Lutsen Resort; Minnesota’s distinct seasons, classically juxtaposed.

Winter beach scene at Lutsen Resort

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Juxtaposition” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Kids chasing waves.  Waves chasing kids.

Carefree.  

Chasing waves on the North Shore of Oahu

‘nuf said! — because isn’t “carefree” about less rather than more?

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Carefree” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Capturing that fleeting light as the sun sets is the challenge of the photographer.

Sunset on Waikiki Beach

Snap too soon and the light has not fully matured to realize the potential of the sunset’s glorious hues.

Sunset on Waikiki Beach

Wait a moment too long and the beautiful shafts of light are gone . . . but the surfers nicely backlit and outlined as they head back in for the night.

Sunset on Waikiki Beach

It is all about choosing your moment, and recognizing that all moments are fleeting.  And each moment can be full of potential, with hope for the next one and regret for the one that just passed.  The real challenge?  To just enjoy the moment you are in.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Fleeting” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Kat’s Weekly Reflection of Gratitude: Life Moves Pretty Fast

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.”  ~ Ferris Bueller (From the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Many years ago as we drove along the North Shore of Oahu, we stopped at one of the empty beaches and watched the mesmerizing surf.

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

My husband and two sons walked along the edge of the surf and started racing the water as it licked at their feet.

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

The waves won that race, but more joyful losers have probably never been seen.

Whenever I look at these photos, I reminded of one of the pleasures of travel – escaping the day-to-day distractions and demands of life, and finding time to be completely mindful of the wonder of the moment.  Whether it be for an hour or for a day, the sights to see, things to do, and places to visit need to be set aside from time to time.  The favorite travel memories are usually never found in the guidebooks.

Ciao! ~ Kat B.