Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

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One interpretation of serenity

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  1. I really like when I am hiking and see one of these. Nice shot. I like the shallow depth of field.

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    1. Thanks Chris. I wouldn’t have chosen this, except for the surf in the background to provide contrast. It’s a helpful reminder when contemplating serenity.

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      1. Yes. It does make a nice contrast. Great idea!

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  2. This looks like a lovely place for serenity!

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    1. It is a wonderful place, Kristen. So many of my absolute favorite shots were taken here – at El Capitan State Beach in California. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. faintly i hear
    rock’s serene message 🙂

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    1. Ah yes, thank you for pointing that out. I hear it now too.

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    1. Thank you Janet. I’ve never built one of these little cairns, but they always impress me when I see them. I like the fact that they’re so poised.

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    1. Thanks Gigi. I find it quite reassuring.

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  4. Nice! Perfect for the challenge! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Eliza. I thought I’d see at least ten more of these for this challenge, so I nearly skipped it.

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      1. Glad you didn’t! I almost re-posted my first post ever which was titled Serenity Beckons. It was a photo of my chair in the yard. But I think it is supposed to be a new post, not that anyone is too worried about that. 🙂

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        1. I just checked out Security Beckons. It really is quite perfect for this challenge. Perhaps it’s supposed to be a new post, but WordPress frequently reminds us to recycle our older posts for new readers.

          I love these little cairns, but I usually feel a bit intimidated when I pass them, as if I should understand all the lore around them before I attempt one. How silly is that? I did look up cairns in Wikipedia, and I was pleased to learn that they’re quite old and widespread and are used as trail markers. Apropos of serenity too, isn’t it?

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          1. Reminders to ‘keep to our paths’ 🙂

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  5. Loved this choice for the challenge. Made me think of a recent video that was utterly captivating:
    (Hope this works) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vswc7xB0V6c#t=24

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    1. Thanks Gunta. And, thank you for that video — the cairns in that YouTube are quite amazing. I’ve seen still photos of some of the elaborate constructions, and I always wondered if there might be a bit of superglue helping the fancy ones. It appears that it’s all gravity.

      I do like the sentiment that a human’s visit to nature should leave the landscape untouched, but at the same time, I like the small cairns as a way to remind us to maintain our poise and simplicity, while acknowledging that our presence here is temporary.

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  6. Calm and serene, it’s just what the challenge needs 🙂

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    1. Thank you Sue. I am so glad someone left it there for us.

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  7. So very calming, I would like to sit and stare at this a while! Beautiful tones and lovely dof!

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    1. I will be sitting there right beside you, Susan. I will be quiet and I promise not to disturb you.

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