We are asked in todays prompt by the Photography101 to show something that depicts bliss to us. Bliss I think it is a very personal and individual thing to each person, don’t you?
Hence it is probably a good subject matter.
What is bliss now? Perhaps was very different for me a few years back.
Why is that?
Since having been faced with immobility, the thought of never getting outside again can completely change one’s perspective.
I was blind before, but now I see.
Most of you who follow my blog will know that I am a sucker for mother nature, photographing everything leafy, floral and scampering, wriggling that I can get my camera out fast enough to take.
It wasn’t always like this though for me.
I admit ashamedly that before I didn’t really notice these things. I was in my eyes blind. There are people lucky enough to appreciate these things without having to have a trauma to take off the blinkers.
So it might sound like a cliche but in many ways I feel blessed for having my life turned upside down, because to be blind to nature is such a sad sad thing. So much beauty and pleasure missed out.
You would expect then for me to have snapped a piccie of some Autumnal leaf falling down, a huge fungi showing its presence or some dewy pink rose, but I have snapped plenty of those and wanted to show something else that to me depicts bliss.
Bliss for me
B is for beauty in life, the discovery of Buddhist philosophy, find something good in everything, find something educational, something positive no matter how hard that might be, a lesson that has kept me going through many a difficult time.
L is for love and life, the unexpected grasp of ones child’s arms around ones waist, the words “I love you mummy”, the smell of my child’s hair, their angelic faces when they sleep.
I is for independence, to have a voice, to have an opinion, to have one’s intellect, to have freedom to be who one wants to be.
S is for sensuality, the brush of His lips against against one’s neck, His presence heady upon one’s femininity, the electric bursts up ones belly.
S is for serenity, when the candle is lit, and it is time just for me.
What is bliss for you?
Photos taken with my iPhone6
Thank you for reading, Justine xx
© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com
Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.
What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? Your latest finished piece of art, drying on the canvas? Or a state of total relaxation, as shown in the shot below of a swimming hole on a sunny day?
Royal Crescent Bath
A little history about the crescent.
The Crescent was built during the 18th Century and with the architectural history of Bath was speculative, entrepreneurial and a commercial venture.
It was designed by John Wood who wished to continue his fathers grand designs similar in vein to fashionable Palladian style and Masonic symbolism.
These buildings were ultimately to cater for the newly emerging middle class being a new social group of people who though lacking the highest status or title used their affluence to have no need to work with their hands and to embrace the lifestyle of their social superiors.
Though they most likely could not afford fine country mansions they could however afford fairly large town houses. These were cleverly presented by the Woods as palaces or grand terraces.
This architectural design provides a magnificent sweep of buildings like giant columns and it creates an impression hard to forget.
Building began in 1767 and finished in 1775. No two houses are the same which includes stairs, walls, roofs etc.
There is a Museum at No 1 and the Royal Crescent Hotel.
Some houses were seasonally let out to socially acceptable people only by the floor or house. Sometimes visitors would arrive with the entire contents of their house just to stay for this period of time.
Today eight houses are occupied by one family. One house is owned by the Council. The remainder are divided in to flat in varying sizes.
I do not live in Bath however.
I visited here this Summer and this is a panoramic photo that I took with my finepix Fuji which apparently so I found out today is not a DSLR or SLR it is a Bridge Camera, which is something of a hybrid between a camera with a separate lens and a digital compact camera. I think it is the poor man’s DSLR.
What about the streets where I live?
I think the Daily Post had a street challenge before and I really struggled with this.
Why is this?
Basically I do not have amazing buildings to photograph of any interest on the main street, the side streets, aka residential streets have pretty enough houses, but every street is festooned with either and or, cars, vans, bollards, outside toilets, scaffolding, skips etc etc or road works.
It got me thinking as well.
What do I look at when I go out?
What do you focus on when you go out for a walk?
This challenge has highlighted that basically apart from when I need to cross the street, that is not where my eyes are drawn.
I did in my attempts to take a local street picture snap away with my iPhone 6 and though I don’t feel it fits the ‘street’ criteria for the above challenge I have enclosed a pictorial journey of my walk to my youngests school today and back and what ‘I’ see as my own personal ‘street view’.
This I would like to share with you…
My son always climbs on this letterbox every time I take him to school. Usually I pre-tell him not to get on it, as I always worry he will slip or something, over cautious me.
However today I said to him, run ahead and go and get on that letterbox!
He did give me a small double take wondering if I had gone mad.
The little monster, sorry cherub was dropped off at school and as I turned tail to return the sunshine was peeking through the railings towards the school fields, a snap not to be missed me thinks!
I couldn’t help the urge but to swing by one of the local Commons en-route home. The sun was still yawning and waking up, poking through two arched trees that seemed to make a nice frame for the lonely bench below.
No doubt it would get occupied very soon by some dog walker.
I wanted to include a lovely comment that might get missed below by siriusbizinus
Public benches have always been a fascination for me. Lives have grown together and apart on them, the homeless might have needed them to rest, and countless other thoughts and musings have transpired on them. So quiet and simple, and yet they have borne witness to many different lives over the years.
Now I am a sucked for nature. Upon a street view, my eyes are always drawn to the plants and flowers. My favorite time is after they have had a dewy bath, so today was wonderful. Here is a small selection of the ones that tickled me pink. (please click each one individually to get the full benefit)
I love this one, not exactly sure why, maybe it is the two lonesome dog walkers walking towards each other almost directed by the sunlight that is struggling to be seen?
Picture 6 & 7
These two are on the last leg home. I cut through from the 2nd Common down the alleyway.
I have no idea why I like the graffiti photos. I would chastise anyone if I saw them doing it, but from my own perspective taking a photo of it here it provides me with some visual pleasure be it that the graffiti is not even particularly artistic.
What do you think?
Which is your favourite picture?
What do you look at on your regular walk?
Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road in a small town, an alley near your apartment, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes
Thank you as always for reading and viewing. Justine xx
© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com