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“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” Jack Kemp

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One... Joan of Arc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… Bust of MLK, Jr at capital rotunda corridor (joins both houses)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… Albert Einstein

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… Lenin

For this week’s Photo Challenge on the subject of One, I decided to include a wide range of single item shots; starting with human sculptures of Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr, Einstein, and Lenin  that I photographed in the last few months. These were randomly selected from what I have on file as they fit the theme of ONE and are historic figures. I then added flowers, animals, and other forms to the mix for variation. Do come back and see the rest if I don’t upload all before the hour concludes… (Updated) 🙂

The number one is significant as it represents the first, the beginning, the central number/figure in all things. For those of us who have religious/spiritual beliefs, we look to the one and only Creator who is known by many names. For athletes, winning means being number one. The same applies in other arenas; academics, creative endeavors, contests, the Oscars, research results and so on. One is a central number and we can look at our planet earth and recognize that, while there are other planets around us, we remain the one and only planet -earth.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… One daisy cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… One swan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… an installation; one blackbird with owls

In this series, I have featured animals/birds as the reference point for the subject of one. The cow and swan were photographed in Cambridge, England. The blackbird and owl installation was taken in Portland, Oregon on a recent visit there. I was very impressed by the installation as it was a fairly large piece with owls flying in for their congregation with the black bird. Since it was behind a Plexiglas frame and the sun was setting, the show was partially framed in the sun. I hope you can make sense of the part I captured.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one waterlily

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one magnolia flower

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one daffodil

The flowers were fun to shoot and I think I was able to capture some of the wonderful colors and foliage. The waterlily shoot was one I took in Kyoto, Japan at a temple. The magnolia flower and daffodil came from my garden… I realized that I had not added the magnolia to my spring flora post; so here is a glimpse.

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” Sheila Murray Bethel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one market clock

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one piece of outdoor sculpture

Weekly Photo Challenge: Power of One… one giant blown up city rat

The rest are miscellaneous shots of a clock at the Chelsea Market, a sculpture from the campus grounds of Reed College, and one of my old favorites; that giant rat I photographed in Manhattan… Okay, it is not real but it depicts the rat race lifestyle many are living and possibly all those nasty subway track rats… not the human kind! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the journey… As always, I love the photo challenges… and I bet you do too.
What one thing did your camera capture? Did you have an easy or hard time selecting photos? What are your thoughts? Do share? 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: All it takes is one step to begin a journey, to see the world, to appreciate life. Go to it.

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

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

27 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/04/2011 1:15 am

    The power of one is a great thing to remember when you are reluctant to take that first step because you feel that you will not make a difference.

    • 28/04/2011 5:01 am

      True… and I like the idea of being brave and taking a chance… as they say, it takes ONE. 🙂

  2. 28/04/2011 2:17 am

    The Power of One can work wonders!
    I love all your photographs Elizabeth, especially the animals and the flowers.

    • 28/04/2011 5:03 am

      Thank you Barb,
      Of course one of these days, I will find the one prefect picture that answers a photo prompt and stick with that ONE.
      LOL! 🙂

  3. 28/04/2011 3:47 am

    for sure is a powerful example of the courage of a ONE and only bold person, who is needed, to change a society. H0w’s about Martin Luther King? Do you know Josh White? Mrs. Roosevelt traveled with him to Europe. Since them I adore his message – and play his songs …

    • 28/04/2011 5:09 am

      Absolutely, there are many, many people one could add but I chose from the pictures in my files and what I used is what I have… 🙂
      Now that you mentioned MLK, I will go look at my photos from my trip for the AFSP Training: (Advocacy for Suicide Prevention) and our visit to Congress. I might have a shot of a bust of him in the Senate or the house of Reps. Hmmm, Thanks Frizz, let me look and if I find it, I will post it.

  4. 28/04/2011 6:39 am

    Very inspirational writing, Eliz. Enjoyed this very much.

    • 28/04/2011 6:00 pm

      Robyn, I appreciate the feedback… especially as my head is a bit fogged of late. I am still fighting that COLD!!!! 🙁
      Thank you! 🙂

  5. 28/04/2011 6:22 am

    yes, you already made an article about Martin Luther King!
    maybe you could add some photo stuff, would be great.
    thanks, Eliz, you inspired me to write today about Josh White:
    some of my own guitar play added: Prodigal Son 🙂

    • 28/04/2011 6:05 pm

      Hey Frizztext,
      You’re the best… thanks for reminding me that I might have a MLK picture for the challenge. I found it and included it above! As for anyone who reads the comments, please note that I added whatever pictures I could find from my collection; taken on my travels and such. 🙂

  6. 28/04/2011 10:42 am

    Outstanding! Love the shots!

    • 28/04/2011 5:59 pm

      Thanks SoapBird… You are on our feature today! 🙂 😉

  7. 28/04/2011 1:24 pm

    What’s a nice rat like that doing in a place like this? 😀

    • 28/04/2011 5:57 pm

      Don’t blame the guy… he’s starving for attention. LOL! 🙂

  8. 28/04/2011 2:26 pm

    Loved your post, and photo’s as usual. I just wish spring would come!

    • 28/04/2011 5:58 pm

      Thank you JPA,
      I like your new name… it is an affirmation of your goal. 🙂

  9. 28/04/2011 8:17 pm

    I’m jealous of all the places you have been…is it OK to admit that?
    I love seeing ALL your pictures taken from all over the world…makes me want to travel and take more pics!

    • 28/04/2011 8:45 pm

      Oh that is so funny Sharon! It is okay to admit and I’d love to ravel more too. 🙂
      Hope your mom and Nanny are doing better?

      • 29/04/2011 10:06 pm

        My Nanny is sore but otherwise, doing well and my mom is doing a lot better….she will be at the hospital for another week in rehab until she can get around good since she has a brace on, but she told me she’s not really in pain anymore, just a little sore
        Thanks for asking!

  10. 28/04/2011 8:40 pm

    Love the themes and sets of “One” – especially the historical figures!

    • 28/04/2011 8:46 pm

      Thank you BB, It was fun to do. I liked your choice too. 🙂

  11. 28/04/2011 9:39 pm

    Great post and the photos are beautiful. Eliz, you amaze me with each post-your creativity and inspiration that you put into each one is so thought provoking, as I read each with meaning and ponder about my own life.

  12. 29/04/2011 4:23 am

    Thank you for track back.
    I like “one market clock” photo because I remembered the past time.
    This clock is similar to Japanese old clock.

  13. 29/04/2011 8:39 am

    Awesome pictures. Loved the picture of the giant city rat and the blackbird with the owls.

  14. 29/04/2011 11:26 pm

    The photos are art. They are just simply beautiful. I love the flowers but I’m left with a million questions about the owls and the blackbird…

  15. 30/04/2011 4:53 am

    They’re all gorgeous pictures! My favorite is the one of the blackbird with the owls.


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