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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” Henry David Thoreau

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... A launch of mega-lights at Watch The Throne Show...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... a pyrotechnic launch...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... launching a light show...

My selections for this week’s photo challenge might be a bit of/launch of a stretch, but if I’m taking a dictionary interpretation to heart, I’m on point in showcasing the phenomenal launch of a light show we enjoyed at Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne concert… I haven’t written about it yet or uploaded my pictures because I’ve spent the last month trying to find a diplomatic way to talk about the annoying stuff; weed-smoking, jive-talking, booze drinking, cigarette smoke in your face experience that dented what was a fantastic show by two of rap music‘s geniuses… No, the annoying stuff was not from the super talented Jay-Z and Kanye, but by some of their VIP friends/guests, even some familiar faces that I won’t be naming. Sorry… All this while security stood around and acted dumb and blind. But more on that shit stuff later or on another day! For now, come back for more launch shots later! 😉

Launch: to throw forward: hurl b: to release, catapult, or send off (a self-propelled object) a: to set (a boat or ship) afloat b : to give (a person) a start c (1) : to put into operation or set in motion : initiate, introduce (2) : to get off to a good start d : to load into a computer’s memory and run Merriam Webster Dictionary

“The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” William Faulkner

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... Now this fire launch was impressive!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... Kanye framed by smoke and clouds...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... More lights launched

Anyway, I don’t want to launch into a tirade over an event that was meant to be entertaining, however, that part was exasperating nonetheless. As you can see from the photos, it was an amazing show but… As my family and some of my friends said to me, what did you expect, chocolate kisses and orange juice? 😆 They had a point there but at a concert it is not so easy to move. Next time, I’ll cast my net where the water is deep; I’ll get a different set of tickets and sit elsewhere. Enough about that and time to launch into a new song. I’ll still do a write up and share my concert photos sometime this year… More on LAUNCH below! 😉

“You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.” Donald Rumsfeld

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... yes, and a ship or two would do.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... awash at sea with launched boats to see...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch... more on that lightshow...

I think it is apropos that we start our New Year with LAUNCH as our photo challenge. Life is always about movement; launching forward to discover new paths and new ways of doing things… Starting new businesses or even adopting innovative concepts to help us grow.  When all else fails, we hurl the stuff away and start afresh… “If you want to launch big ships, you have to go where the water is deep.” Go Launch! Have an inspired year!
What do you think? What type of launch shots did you get? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of Launch? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 Happy New Year! 🙂

This post was inspired by two prompts from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: LAUNCH And The Future Of DailyPost 2012

Positive Motivation Tip: Life is always about movement, launching forward to discover new paths and new ways of doing things… and when all else fails, we hurl the stuff away and start afresh… Go Launch! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

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

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

60 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/01/2012 9:10 pm

    All photography is capture of light, but YOURS is an actual lightshow?
    Cool shots.

    • 08/01/2012 6:56 am

      TY for your feedback Rutheh! I like that others have also chosen to interpret this challenge in their own way. 🙂

  2. 06/01/2012 9:23 pm

    Great photos of light. I love all the angles in the last two. glad you enjoyed the show, even if not the atmosphere.

    • 08/01/2012 6:57 am

      TY Maggie! It was an amazing show. Glad you liked the shots. 🙂

  3. 06/01/2012 9:47 pm

    Amazing pictures you took! 🙂

    • 08/01/2012 6:58 am

      How are you feeling lady? TY for your kind words. 🙂

      • 08/01/2012 7:09 pm

        You very welcome as of right now just tired. Just praying I’m not getting sick! Thank you for asking. I hope you feeling 100% better now. God Bless 🙂

  4. 06/01/2012 10:16 pm

    Great entry for this week topic again my friend
    excellent post 🙂

    • 08/01/2012 7:00 am

      TY my friend and I loved yours and the way you create your originals! 🙂

  5. 06/01/2012 11:18 pm

    launch = to catapult or send off a self-propelled object
    – that’s what we are doing daily, Eliz, isn’t it?

    • 08/01/2012 7:02 am

      Tell me about it! 😆 Yes and some days are harder than others for all this launching. 🙂

  6. 07/01/2012 5:57 am

    iNSPIRATION at it’s best is when I visit your blog.

    • 08/01/2012 7:03 am

      You are so kind! I love what all of you are doing and that is what makes WP so fantastic. We bring our own sensibilities to each challenge and/or post. TY! 🙂

  7. Savira permalink
    07/01/2012 6:40 am

    I enjoyed seeing the different lights and how you have captured them…

    • 08/01/2012 7:04 am

      TY Savira! It’s a bit of a stretch, I know, but it works in the scheme of “launching” things. 🙂

  8. 07/01/2012 7:32 am

    Love your launch photo collection. Sorry that a few bad-acting individuals disrupted your enjoyment of what seems like a fabulous show but the photos are lovely. It must have been quite an entertaining show.

    • 08/01/2012 7:08 am

      It was quite the event and I don’t want to diminish the spectacular show they gave us… but that nasty stuff made it hard to really enjoy it. TY for your feedback. 🙂

  9. 07/01/2012 9:15 am

    Absolutely applauding my hands into stinging over this “Launch” photo challenge posting! All of that launching points UPWARD, right! Thanks especially for including that down home quote by my own homeboy, Faulkner! If you think all that illegal consumption was bad at the concert you write about here, you should have grown up in the 60s, trying to peacefully and lawfully demonstrate for peace, getting out of Vietnam, civil rights, stopping nuclear proliferation–you would have always gotten stoned just trying to catch a breath at most of those sit-ins!

    • 08/01/2012 7:09 am

      Ty and I had a good laugh over your comment on your homeboy Faulkner! TY for your feedback… I love your blog too. 🙂

  10. 07/01/2012 9:30 am

    Great shots! Sounds like concerts haven’t changed much 🙂

  11. 07/01/2012 10:35 am

    Great post with launch will covered. I particularly like your opening quote, once to be remembered. 🙂

    • 08/01/2012 7:11 am

      TY and glad to see you again… This was an interesting challenge that could be interpreted in many ways. 🙂

  12. 07/01/2012 10:36 am

    Typo….. meant to say launch well covered.

  13. 07/01/2012 10:48 am

    It looks like an amazing show! Great photos & thanks for the pingback!

    • 08/01/2012 7:12 am

      TY too for the comment… I appreciate it. Yes, amazing show all around. 🙂

  14. 07/01/2012 11:13 am

    We’re “GO” for launch . . .

    10~9~8~7~6~5~4~3~2~1 . . . BLAST OFF!

    • 08/01/2012 7:13 am

      TY Nancy! You are funny! The eagle will be landing anytime soon. 🙂

  15. Bree permalink
    07/01/2012 3:10 pm

    Your commentary on the concert had me laughing. It must have been quite an event! I love your launching photos.

    • 08/01/2012 7:14 am

      TY and I could have said more but… TY for seeing the humor in it all. 🙂

  16. 07/01/2012 3:20 pm

    Lovely! I always think of ships. And spaceships. Did you take all these photos?

    • 07/01/2012 5:37 pm

      Sure did! Since the photo challenge started in 2011, I’ve carried a camera around with me. It’s amazing what we can capture when we commit to it. Glad you like them… TY! 😉

  17. 07/01/2012 8:40 pm

    cool set of “launch” images

    • 08/01/2012 7:14 am

      Hi there! TY for your feedback and pingbacks… I’m glad you find them cool looking. 😎

  18. 07/01/2012 10:31 pm

    Love the lights , the special effects and the fireworks. What an amazing visual for this week’s “launch” theme. Adding up to the excitement are the words that are just as spectacular as the photos. A great way to launch a wonderful New Year my friend!

    • 08/01/2012 7:16 am

      TY dear friend! I loved yours too and your recent post with the hot air balloons is so sweet. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  19. 08/01/2012 3:42 am

    Your inspirational posts always leave me in awe and peace of mind. That’s a beautiful interpretation of the challenge. So I gave you the candle lighter award:

    • 08/01/2012 7:17 am

      Oh TY so much! You are so kind. I believe I’ve stopped by to thank you. I’m either going to create a page for awards or add them to an existing page… Much appreciated! 🙂

  20. 08/01/2012 6:04 am

    Awesome shots and looks like you had great seats if it hadn’t been for the VIP’s acting like idiots!

    • 08/01/2012 7:19 am

      TY and that is where the mystery lies… We had ridiculous seats and I’m still going to have a chat with Ticketmaster over this whole fiasco… but for now, TY again for your feedback. 🙂

  21. 09/01/2012 11:03 am

    The pics are amazing as usual. You must have had great seats. I hope the smokers/drinkers etc didn’t ruin it completely for you.

  22. 09/01/2012 8:57 pm

    Very creative entry! Amazing photos!

  23. 09/01/2012 10:24 pm

    I love the way you weave your thoughts with your photo entries…always amazing and stunning. You sure there are no robots or clones working for you?? Please share them! heehee…
    Great entry!

  24. 12/01/2012 8:43 pm

    One word: WOAH!

  25. 15/01/2012 10:37 am

    Two syllables: Stunning 🙂 amazing capture of the lights, and Thoreau’s inspirational words.


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