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“He who completely entrenches himself against boredom also entrenches himself against himself: he will never get to drink the strongest refreshing draught from his own innermost fountain.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… Easy Peachy Pink Lemonade Cocktail

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… A water fountain at the Culinary Institute of America

Refreshing: Serving to refresh; especially : agreeably stimulating because of freshness or newness (
I loved working on this week’s Photo Challenge: Refreshing because it gave me a chance to look at things with new eyes, and find examples that not only fit the prompt, but that also made me feel light and fresh. Like many others, I was drawn to water and things that included water … However, I also enjoyed those moments when my eyes turned to fresh flowers and even a hug which, I think, added an extra something to the exercise for me. Sit back, relax, and I hope you are refreshed by my selection…  Take a splash in the fountain at the CIA overlooking the Palisades or enjoy the easy pink lemonade cocktail included here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… cool and crisp in pink... Asian lilies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… Part of a meandering stream... flowing endlessly

When I took my nature walk yesterday, I captured a few things that I felt fit this theme. The pink lilies were so breathtaking that I had to include them. They bloomed serenely next to an explosion of colorful flowers in the usual reds and yellows and I was drawn to them… singularly cool and crisp in pink.  The meandering stream wasn’t easy to shoot as the lighting was either too harsh or too dim. I followed it a while and had several takes and I hope you like the outcome… the soothing magic of flowing waters. What did you capture? More below. 😉

“I find that nonsense, at times, is singularly refreshing” Charles M. de Talleyrand

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… A mini waterfall by a bridge at a college in Massachusetts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… A single red rose peeking through a white picket fence...

I think it is such a treat when a prompt makes one joyful and light. I found this a refreshing experience and a wonderful reprieve from last week’s WORN. Now, I know it shouldn’t matter what the prompt is as long as we make our best effort to accomplish the task… That waterfall sprayed cooling water on us as we crossed the bridge; it felt so relaxing.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… More flora in a beautiful shade of blue...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refreshing… Sade - A warm hug was shared with each member after the show... very refreshing

Sometimes a particular prompt, like this one, is simply more fun to do and that is where we need to pause and look within. The bluest flowers captured above and a grateful hug shared with band members after a show… all made this  enjoyable. Yet, we must then ask ourselves; What stands in our way and creates resistance with other prompts? Why Yes to A and No to B? It is worth the effort to contemplate the reasons and then embrace them. What are your thoughts? What refreshing items did you find? Did you feel refreshed afterwards? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: Refresh your resolve to enjoy the simple things in life.find beauty in them…

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

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

43 Comments leave one →
  1. 30/06/2011 12:10 am

    I’m enjoying your photos. They are ‘refreshing’. I’m finally settling into my new routine after a few months of transition. I followed Mirth and Motivation during this time. Thank you for your inspiring posts.

    • 30/06/2011 2:03 am

      Hi Wyletter!
      What a lovely surprise… long time no hear. I hope you are all settled in and enjoying life? I missed your blog life too and I’m glad you’ve stayed in touch; albeit quietly. Thank you! Will you get back to blogging this year or are you moving on with other more rewarding endeavors? Do update me! 🙂

  2. 30/06/2011 12:11 am

    that lemonade looks amazing! and the lilies are so pretty!

    • 30/06/2011 1:46 am

      And to think, I decided to add it on a whim…
      I wanted something with color in a tall glass; Glad this worked. 🙂

  3. 30/06/2011 12:20 am

    Loved the pictures!! It all looked refreshing and relaxing.

    • 30/06/2011 1:45 am

      Thank you… Jenna!
      The old neighborhood is looking good lately. 😉

  4. 30/06/2011 1:10 am

    So….so…..refreshing! And beautiful! What astounding surroundings you live in.

    • 30/06/2011 1:44 am

      Thank you… It is beautiful and I never had time to enjoy it… 🙂

  5. 30/06/2011 1:46 am

    Everything about the photos are refreshing. The pink lemonade made me thirsty all of the sudden. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the ping back.
    P.S. the most refreshing event though was seeing your name and post at freshly pressed. It was nice to see someone familiar.

    • 30/06/2011 2:14 am

      Thank you for your loving support! I’m still stoked off of that high ride. I placed the pink lemonade against some pink potted flowers and they looked good together so I kept the shot and drank the drink .lol! 🙂

  6. 30/06/2011 3:47 am

    I love your refreshing photo’s and all you display with us. Thank you for always lifting us all up. Thanks for stopping by my blog as I am taking off the books and making it post a day challenge now. Bless you for you help and advice. I admire you Eliz. ♥

    • 02/07/2011 2:48 am

      Oh , what happened with the books? People don’t read so they don’t want reviews? What a pity… 🙁
      You’ve been a supportive trooper all along Jackie so I thank you too for your help and advice! 🙂

  7. 30/06/2011 3:29 am

    sometimes it is difficult to find a metaphorical meaning beyond those typical photography topics. but, congrats, you managed that step forward again with:
    “I find that nonsense, at times, is singularly refreshing”
    Charles M. de Talleyrand
    greetings by my cat

    • 02/07/2011 2:46 am

      I’m glad you noticed that quote as I loved it… You know… we make anything what we want it to be… so humorous. 🙂

  8. 30/06/2011 6:35 am

    Hi Eliz

    Love the opening quote by Nietszche! Thank you.

    • 02/07/2011 2:49 am

      TY Hakea and I’m looking forward to when you finish and come back to blog. TY! 🙂

  9. 30/06/2011 6:58 am

    The photos “cooled” me down from the extreme heat we have in Oklahoma this year. I especially liked the rose and picket fence photo. What beautiful eye candy!

    • 02/07/2011 2:50 am

      That was a sweet one… TY! I appreciate your feedback and will be visiting to catch up on all the blogs; yours too. TY! 🙂

  10. 30/06/2011 7:53 am

    Nature walks are refreshing as your photos showed. Like the rose peeking out.

    • 02/07/2011 2:51 am

      TY! It was fun and I should try another walk in another village to capture some scenes… TY! 🙂

  11. 30/06/2011 8:19 am

    A most refreshing post! Love the Nietzsche quote.

    • 02/07/2011 2:52 am

      TY Cecelia, I loved it too. 🙂 How ‘s it going with school? 🙂

  12. 30/06/2011 8:33 am

    I always love these photos. A soothing moment ina stressful day. Thankyou

    • 02/07/2011 2:53 am

      TY too for the visit… Wish I could do more like this but I live in a small village… 🙂

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    30/06/2011 12:13 pm

    I’ll take the drink now… Love the pink flower matching the pink drink. Cool

    • 02/07/2011 2:54 am

      TY! I like that drink too… Pretty in pink. 🙂 Okay, so it’s Trader Joe’s Low Calorie Organic Pink Lemonade. 🙂

  14. 30/06/2011 4:16 pm

    Wow! You’re on WP Showcase!

    In the same week you were Freshly Pressed.
    You go, girl!

    • 02/07/2011 2:55 am

      Girl… You shocked me with this news! TY! for the heads up and Yes, I am beyond thrilled. TY DP Coordinators and TY WP… You all rock! 🙂

  15. 30/06/2011 5:13 pm

    congrats for
    REFRESHING your motivation, if it would be necessary at all 🙂

    • 02/07/2011 2:56 am

      TY Frizztext… what a way to wrap up June… I am grateful for the support of y’all as nobody does it alone… You all made me look good too. So kudos to everyone. 🙂

  16. 30/06/2011 7:48 pm

    Very nice and refreshing! I love all of the wonderful pictures!

    • 02/07/2011 2:57 am

      TY Claudia… I owe you a blog visit. Will stop by soon. 🙂

  17. 30/06/2011 7:59 pm

    WOW! Congrats for being in the WP Showcase! I love the pink lemonade and the red flower peeking through! 🙂

    • 02/07/2011 2:58 am

      Thank you Sharon for your consistent support. The drink tastes good and you are welcome to visit any day. 🙂

  18. 30/06/2011 9:10 pm

    The pink lemonade looks delicious !! Great post and thanks for sharing the lovely photos ! refreshing our motivation-that’s what I need-a good pick-me-upper- and that lemomade might just do the trick !! 🙂

    • 02/07/2011 2:59 am

      Yes Penny… Come visit sometime and I’ll share the lemonade… it’s organic too. TY! 🙂

  19. 01/07/2011 6:23 am

    I love the lemonade shot – I could sure do eith a glass about now! Oh, I just now see Penny and I are on the same wavelength! 😆

    • 02/07/2011 3:00 am

      We are on that wavelength and you are welcome to stop by for a sip. It’s delicious… TY! 🙂

  20. 01/07/2011 6:31 am

    Everything one could possibly need is here….. the perfect spot for a great day….a cool drink, water for your enjoyment, nature’s art museum, and entertainment to boot! Elizabeth, you certainly have a knack for making people feel welcome….love it!
    My personal favorite is the “single red rose peeking through a white picket fence” makes me feel ….playful… 🙂

    • 02/07/2011 3:02 am

      I’m glad you like it as it was one of those whimsical shots. and I love it too… Stop by for lemonade when you visit NY SB Good to see you here again. 🙂

  21. 01/07/2011 8:49 pm

    What a beautiful photo.I like blue flower which makes me refresh well.

    • 02/07/2011 3:03 am

      TY! Cocomino… Somehow I knew you’d like the blue flower… you have some in your garden and I thought of you when I first saw it… interesting, eh? LOL! TY! 🙂

  22. 06/07/2011 8:54 pm

    Beautiful photos! All very refreshing!

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