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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun…

20/04/2012

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Gautama Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Before the rainstorm that never came.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... an idyllic moment on the Hudson River

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Here comes the sun...


The BeatlesHere Comes The Sun

“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” Anon

The sun and I have crossed paths before … for a photo challenge. We met at sunset. It was pretty demanding, and failed attempts lay everywhere. I love the sun; even worship at her doorstep. But, I am yet to capture her essence, her sultry, shimmering presence, her spherical form in all its glory. Until I do so, please accept what you see here as a sampling of the Sun…

“See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Even the ducks were silent at the sight of the rising sun...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Suspend all thoughts. Look closely. I'm the squirrel in the shot.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Just chillin'

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Yes, I am the sun not the moon... in the afternoon

I’ve always loved the name Sunny. However, ironically, all the Sunny’s I know are either very moody or quite dead. The sun is a powerful opponent. Yet, the rays of the sun shine equally on all below her without prejudice… May we find that equanimity towards our fellow men/women. More below! :-)

“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... And they said the sun is fun... maybe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... I spy I...on a waterfront

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun... Why the sun?

It seems odd that something so huge and available can be quite elusive to photograph in daylight. But I can understand the prevailing message that the Sun is God. Therefore,  any claims to capturing all and everything the sun stands for is a Sisyphean feat. Enjoy your weekend! :-)

Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Sun did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the subject of the Sun? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! :-) ;-)

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme Sun  below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun. We’ve done sunset before, but what about when the sun, in its full glory, is the feature of your photo? Here’s a picture of a Roman alleyway, and the sun transforms this normal scene into something magical with its rays.  Share a picture with the SUN!

Positive Motivation Tip: The rays of the sun shine equally on all below her without prejudice… May we find that equanimity towards our fellow men/women.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

110 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/04/2012 12:10 am

    All beautiful!!!

  2. 21/04/2012 12:33 am

    Wow, it’s really beautiful.

  3. 21/04/2012 12:33 am

    Nice photoshot :D

  4. 21/04/2012 1:20 am

    Thank you for the mini vacation, gorgeous!

  5. 21/04/2012 1:27 am

    Great post my friend I love the way how you shot this photo excellent :)

  6. 21/04/2012 4:12 am

    Very beautiful pictures!

  7. 21/04/2012 4:53 am

    All of the photos are wonderful…~mkg

  8. babs50nfab permalink
    21/04/2012 4:57 am

    Beautiful Elizabeth! I LOVE capturing the sun especially when there are interesting cloud formations. Magical.
    b

  9. 21/04/2012 5:04 am

    I knew you would have great photos and they are! My favourite though, has to be
    Sun… Just chillin’

    • 22/04/2012 6:51 pm

      Oh PiP TY! I’ll be by to catch up on your blog… Many thanks! :-)

  10. 21/04/2012 5:30 am

    Love the squirrel! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 21/04/2012 7:03 am

    Beautiful photos! A fun challenge. I have done a sun rise photo challange I found it to be a lot of fun. It’s nice to be up early and to see what the day will bring.

    • 22/04/2012 6:52 pm

      It can be a lot of fun… I’m glad you like it. I still have a lot to learn! :-)

  12. 21/04/2012 7:29 am

    loved that of a squirrel hidden in mere nakedness..

    • 22/04/2012 6:53 pm

      Isn’t that sweet? I was trying for the squirrel and the sun came in… TY! :-)

  13. Bree permalink
    21/04/2012 8:30 am

    These are beautiful and different. I love the sun playing with those cloud formations too. Makes it look magical as someone else suggested.
    B

    • 22/04/2012 6:54 pm

      Funny, I kept wanting the clouds to move because it was in the middle of the afternoon and the pictures looked so dark… Now, I can appreciate it a bit more. TY! :-)

  14. 21/04/2012 8:32 am

    You sure do have a lot of ‘sunny’ shots to share. Great job! :)

  15. Nandini permalink
    21/04/2012 9:43 am

    Awesome :D

  16. 21/04/2012 10:28 am

    A lovely collection :-)

  17. 21/04/2012 11:09 am

    light needs structure for us to see it and you structure it beautifully

    • 22/04/2012 6:55 pm

      I appreciate your comment… As an amateur, I’m happy to capture anything not shaky. :lol:

  18. 21/04/2012 1:10 pm

    Great post. Love your photos, quotes, and your motivational tip. Especially like the Anon’s quote. Thanks for sharing your insight.

    • 22/04/2012 6:57 pm

      The Anon is my favorite… all about survival of the fittest. Talk about perspective eh? TY! :-)

  19. 21/04/2012 1:21 pm

    It almost goes without saying that I have linked the weekly challenge to my garden again. As you say taking photos of the sun during the daytime proves elusive so I have just taken photos of sun shining on subjects.

    • 22/04/2012 6:57 pm

      I liked your take on it too… This was challenging for me and I appreciate the feedback. :-)

  20. 21/04/2012 3:09 pm

    Nice quote about the lion & gazelle. I like your Hudson River shot, true it’s not easy to capture the essence of the sun.

    • 22/04/2012 6:58 pm

      TY! I like that shot too… serene and all but yes, that quote stopped me in my tracks… food for thought. :-)

  21. 21/04/2012 3:51 pm

    fab collection of pictures, well captured and thanks..;)

    • 22/04/2012 6:59 pm

      TY so much and I love the submissions from everyone too. I’m definitely a beginner. :-)

  22. 21/04/2012 3:51 pm

    Always enjoyable to read your posts! Funny about the Sunny’s you’ve met . . . oh, my!
    My fave here is the ‘just chillin!’ :)

    • 22/04/2012 7:00 pm

      You like that one, eh? TY and yes, the Sunny thing came to mind and still makes me smile… true too. :-)

  23. 21/04/2012 6:32 pm

    I have been singing “Here Comes the Sun” all weekend!! Nice.

  24. Ayin C. permalink
    21/04/2012 7:14 pm

    I like how you capture the sun through different angles. Thanks for referring mine! :)

  25. Jackie Paulson permalink
    21/04/2012 8:40 pm

    I love to come here and see what SUNSHINE you posted! Thanks, Eliz, yu have supported my blog for over a year and a half.

    • 22/04/2012 7:02 pm

      TY and you have done same. Hope all is well. Blessings! :-)

  26. 21/04/2012 9:18 pm

    It is one of the most difficult subjects to photograph well.
    And isn’t it ironic that we still haven’t managed how to harness and store its energy for any length of time

    • 21/04/2012 9:37 pm

      True… a lot to be learned from that challenge alone ;-)

  27. 21/04/2012 9:58 pm

    You captured a difficult photo subject very well…and I’m impressed with how you keep up with these challenging topics! You are so committed! Debra

  28. thirdhandart permalink
    21/04/2012 10:31 pm

    Beautiful captures! Thank you for the pingback. :-)

  29. 21/04/2012 11:05 pm

    I prefer the laconic truth of Africa – the Asian wisdom attitude was always too much for me
    +
    “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” Anon

    • 22/04/2012 7:03 pm

      I’m glad it resonated with you… You must have been African in another lifetime Frizz. I’m sure of it. TY dear friend. :-)

      • 23/04/2012 10:25 am

        friends of us lived many years in Africa and told so much – and influenced us to adore the people there – it’s often very alternative to European conditions …

  30. 22/04/2012 12:28 am

    you inspired me to post on African wisdom.
    of course I’ve set a link there to you …

  31. 22/04/2012 5:52 am

    Beautiful shots. And I enjoyed the trip down memory lane with the Beatles song :)

  32. 22/04/2012 6:15 am

    Reading your post, I felt like I was transported to a place where there’s only happiness, light, hope and peace. A place where it’s always safe and we are surrounded by the comfort of love. Beautiful images that truly radiate like sunshine. Take care…

    • 22/04/2012 7:05 pm

      Oh TY! I enjoyed this one even though it wasn’t easy… and I enjoyed visiting everyone too. Great selections everywhere. :-)

  33. 22/04/2012 8:07 am

    Beautiful thoughts and ruminations about the sun. Thanks for sharing today.

  34. 22/04/2012 8:33 am

    Now I have the Beatles song in my head!

    • 22/04/2012 7:07 pm

      It’s been playing in my head all weekend. :lol: TY! Welcome to the club! :-)

  35. 22/04/2012 2:20 pm

    I am one of those people who are greatly affected by the lack of sunshine–nice images, Eliz.

    • 22/04/2012 7:07 pm

      Same… I love the sun and then I worry about skin cancer… OY Vey!

  36. 22/04/2012 5:43 pm

    Love the one over the Hudson and you can never go wrong with the Beatles ;)

    • 22/04/2012 5:49 pm

      Thank you for your feedback… Slowing catching up on blogs and will visit you soon. Be blessed! :-)

      • 22/04/2012 5:53 pm

        Know the feeling…life has a way a getting in the way! Take your time and enjoy the ride.

    • 22/04/2012 7:08 pm

      TY and you too! Good to see you here! :-)

  37. 23/04/2012 7:44 am

    Sighs. You had me at the Buddha quote. Wonderful sunny pictures, Elizabeth! :)

  38. 23/04/2012 8:23 am

    Thanks for shedding a little light on the Sun! Gorgeous photos!

    • 23/04/2012 12:13 pm

      TY for the pingback and comment. I enjoyed visiting your blog too. ;-)

  39. Amar Naik permalink
    23/04/2012 8:12 pm

    nice shots!

    • 23/04/2012 8:25 pm

      TY! You have some lovely shots there. I’ve added your link to my related articles list. ;-)

  40. 23/04/2012 9:21 pm

    Beautiful shots, E! Thanks for all your recent comments. Once Tigger is doing better, I’ll try to go back and respond to them all. Right now, he’s my focus.

    • 23/04/2012 9:36 pm

      You will live long Nancy as I was just thinking of you and Tigger and was going to stop by to see if you posted an update. Take care of him… and we understand and care too. I will feel the same way about our Tangy… Healing love and light is sent from our home to Tigger!

    • 23/04/2012 10:06 pm

      Thanks, E ~ send that healing light his way!

  41. 23/04/2012 9:40 pm

    The sun in the 4th pic from top looks like a fire burning behind the trees. Beautiful – all of them, Elizabeth!

    • 24/04/2012 1:22 am

      TY Marcia! Glad to see you here again. How is life in Jamaica? :-)

  42. 26/04/2012 10:24 am

    thanks for the pingback ….amazingly beautiful captures!!

  43. 26/04/2012 11:59 am

    bright and nice :)

  44. 03/05/2012 11:31 am

    Such a wonderful message–to view the light of the sun as a wonderful example of non-prejucicial sharing of light!

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