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“Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.”  Eugene O’Neill

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A visitor in quiet contemplation at Trinity Church, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… After work hours in Chinatown… a solitary worker unwinds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A lady reads in a local cemetery…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… Peace Day Banner

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As I work on this post, I am reminded again that September 21st is International Peace Day and that the effort we make to procure peace in the world cannot be a solitary one. We can choose to live our lives in quiet contemplation and still take a moment to do our bit for the sake of peace…

“Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one.”  Frank Miller

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A woman sits in meditative prayer in a Buddhist Temple in Woodstock, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A lone biker watches people below enjoying a punting outing in Cambridge, UK

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A man relaxes in a small upper Westside park in Manhattan, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… This weekend’s Summit will be about the public and private ways to do good – 92nd St Y

This week’s photo challenge – Solitary – offers us a chance to step back from the busyness and seek something different; perhaps some event or plan that is a little quieter.  For those attending the Social Good summit, find time to decompress and reflect. Hope you like the selections here. I’ll be round later to applaud your contributions.  More below!

The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A cotton farmer at work… somewhere in England

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A lone cat waits for her playmates, New Jersey Retreat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… A seller waits to hawk his wares… Woodstock, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary… Thank you to all! – Freshly Pressed

Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…– My post got freshly pressed; no one  achieves anything alone… I thank you all!

This weekend, I hope you find time to enjoy something solo and then something with loved ones.  Have an awesome weekend! 😉 Thank you for stopping by! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on SOLITARY to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Solitary – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: SOLITARY Solitary. I love capturing a person in a quiet and often unexpected moment. These kinds of images can be reflective, mysterious, or even sad, conjuring strong emotions and stirring up stories in my head. I snapped this photograph in the grand Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. That afternoon, it was very busy and crowded inside, but I turned a corner at one point and walked into the empty, bright, airy space pictured above. I experienced a few moments of silence as I watched a woman walk to the end of the room. We were strangers—yet alone, together. A solitary moment, frozen with my lens. Share a picture that means SOLITARY to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: We can spend time alone and still make a difference. Our solitary time is for reflection, preparation and then action. Be vigilant! Have an abundant day!

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

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

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  1. 22/09/2012 5:21 am

    I have a great affection for aloneness – you are wise and thank you for for your beautiful posts.

    • 26/09/2012 4:02 pm

      Ty for your kind words and patience… I’ve been AWOL and will spend the rest of the week catching up. 😉

  2. 22/09/2012 5:22 am

    Gr8 post and gr8 photos! I liked the solitary cat very much 😀 Do you see that cat quite often? Is he/she friendly? Cats are one of my favorite animal. 😀 😀 😀

    • 26/09/2012 4:03 pm

      No. I don’t know much about the cat. That cat belonged to the lady who ran the retreat I attended. I have a similarly looking tabby cat but mine is male. TY! 🙂

  3. 22/09/2012 5:22 am

    Awesome clicks!! 🙂

  4. 22/09/2012 5:38 am

    I see you found your shot 🙂
    Beautiful selection Eliz and congratulations on the FP 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:04 pm

      Yes, I did Madhu and TY for the feedback! 😉

  5. 22/09/2012 6:32 am

    Congrats on FP . Love the quotes for solitary.

    • 26/09/2012 4:05 pm

      Yes, I love them too… gave me a lot to think about. 😉

  6. 22/09/2012 6:46 am

    Wonderful thoughts on solitude, and your photos are lovely. It’s great to occasionally spend some time on one’s own. Wishing you a splendid weekend, Elizabeth. 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:05 pm

      TY Adin and hope you had a great one too… Mine was hectic with the summit and then a cold to boot.. On the mend now. TY! 🙂

  7. 22/09/2012 7:06 am

    Alone doesn’t necessarily mean lonely. Solitude can be a blessing. Wonderful choice of photos and quotes. For me, your post is a moment of contemplation.

    • 26/09/2012 4:06 pm

      Exactly… TY for your insights Marion! 🙂

  8. 22/09/2012 7:14 am

    Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!! Woo! I loved the ode to email post. Awesome job!
    And I LOVE the woman reading in the cemetery photo. These pics are perfect for the challenge. 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:07 pm

      TY Angelia… I thought the cemetery would be creepy but it was quite peaceful. TY for your feedback and will visit all soon! 🙂

  9. 22/09/2012 7:20 am

    Beautiful post Liz. I posted a picture on the challenge. Could not resist such an inpsiring challenge. Solitude moves me deeply.

    • 26/09/2012 4:08 pm

      Terrific and I will be by shortly to enjoy your contribution… Blessings! 😉

  10. 22/09/2012 8:06 am

    LOVE the photos!

    • 26/09/2012 4:08 pm

      TY Suellen and I loved this challenge too. 😉

  11. 22/09/2012 8:40 am

    Kudos to you for promoting peace. We need more. Lovely photos. 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:09 pm

      TY Tracy and I bet you do your bit too… many do in their own way and we just need more to act. TY for your kind words! 🙂

  12. 22/09/2012 9:34 am

    “September 21st is International Peace Day
    and that the effort we make to procure peace in the world
    cannot be a solitary one!”

    • 26/09/2012 4:10 pm

      Aye Frizz… How are you? It is my wish. You know, a little quiet stand against violence and oppression. 😉

  13. 22/09/2012 11:04 am

    They are wonderful photos. 🙂

  14. 22/09/2012 1:41 pm

    being alone used to scare me, but now I relish solitary time.

    • 26/09/2012 4:12 pm

      Good for you… I’ve had my ups and downs with it… I’m fine spending time with myself but then I also enjoy the company of others. 😉 TY!

  15. 22/09/2012 9:03 pm

    I gonna love the submissions this week! I am a solitary man. 😉 And I love it! Awesome, awesome images… each one of it. I see no one is choosing which picture is the best. They equally bring out the best out of the topic.

    • 26/09/2012 4:13 pm

      TY Rommel! You are a wonderful cheerleader to bloggers… I have a bit of the solitary in me too… but not too much. 🙂

  16. 22/09/2012 9:56 pm

    The photo with the cat was my favourite 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:14 pm

      Glad you liked it… She was a majestic cat and ran her pack well… I met her for a few days but she was such a queen. 😆

  17. 22/09/2012 10:05 pm

    Stunning photos… love them…

  18. 22/09/2012 10:53 pm

    i’ve had a very busy weekend so far, Elizabeth, and now i’m sitting, quite late, but having my solitary time doing a little catching up! Most delightful! I love the photos you’ve chosen to punctuate the theme–especially the one with the little kitty. 🙂 Debra

    • 26/09/2012 4:16 pm

      Hi Debra, it’s been pretty hectic here and I’m glad to be back at the blog catching up… TY for your kind words. 😉

  19. 22/09/2012 11:29 pm

    Great collection and I’d love to visit Woodstock one day 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:16 pm

      I’m positive you’d love it… very artistic area too. 😉

  20. 23/09/2012 4:28 am

    Beautiful my friend. A perfect start to my morning. Solitary voice though one can make a huge difference in bringing positive change and peace.

    • 26/09/2012 4:17 pm

      TY IT! Glad to see you here and yes, I agree that even the solitary vice can add to change in the world… 🙂

  21. 23/09/2012 4:46 am

    Wonderful thoughts on solitude and your photos are great… 😉

    • 26/09/2012 4:18 pm

      TY dear one! Still need to catch up with everyone… Thanks again for your patience! 🙂

  22. 23/09/2012 7:53 am

    Excellent post. Made me think.

    • 26/09/2012 4:20 pm

      TY! It was a thought provoking topic right? I enjoyed it too. 🙂

  23. 23/09/2012 9:12 am

    My weekly photo challenge would be to upload a photo in the first place. I wrote a Blog today and I wanted it to be read while a certain piece of music was playing. Oh yes that would have been amazing but you’ll just have to hum the tune because I couldn’t upload anything to save my life

    • 26/09/2012 4:21 pm

      Oh dear Peter! It is not so bad. I’d recommend just coping a link on Youtube for the song you like and adding it to your blog… That is the easiest way. 😉

  24. 23/09/2012 9:19 am

    Lovely photos & thoughts!
    Thanks for visiting my site ~

  25. 23/09/2012 10:11 am

    Great collection. FP? YAHOO! Congrats! 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:26 pm

      Woohoo!!! TY too FandF You are a funny lady and put a smile on my face. 😉

  26. 23/09/2012 10:45 am

    I absolutely love your “solitary” collection of photos. Every photo tells a story that is open to interpretation. Depending on the way you look at them, each photo is beautifully happy, but sad at the same time. I’d love to see more photography posts like this one!

    • 26/09/2012 4:28 pm

      TY for your generous feedback… It was a great challenge topic and I look forward to seeing your contribution. 🙂

  27. 23/09/2012 11:13 am

    amazing blog!

    • 26/09/2012 4:28 pm

      TY Willowdot! Hope all is well… will be by soon. 😉

  28. 23/09/2012 11:20 am

    This is really a beautiful submission– so many stories told in a single photo!

    • 26/09/2012 4:29 pm

      Hi Naomi! It’s a really great challenge topic and I enjoyed gathering the shots for it. TY! 😉

  29. 23/09/2012 10:24 pm

    The solitary lady praying in the Buddhist temple stands out for me but overall, you know I love your entire post.
    Thanks again!!! 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:31 pm

      Oh so sweet Sunshine… The temple was so beautiful inside that I felt that I wouldn’t be able to capture it completely… TY! 🙂

  30. 24/09/2012 2:43 am

    good work

  31. 24/09/2012 5:34 am

    The cat epitomises the solitary creature 🙂 Congrats on getting freshly pressed, Elizabeth!

    • 26/09/2012 4:32 pm

      Quite! TY Bluebee for your kind words… 🙂

  32. 24/09/2012 9:15 am

    Beautiful choices and photos! Love the cat – reminds me of a Tangy… Congrats on the Fresh Pressed!!

    • 26/09/2012 4:33 pm

      TY Karen and shes does look like our Tangy… only he is male. 😉

  33. 24/09/2012 10:58 am

    Freshly pressed! Congrats 🙂
    Spending some time alone really is necessary to put things in order, to think clearly… Great post!

    • 26/09/2012 4:34 pm

      TY ENS! It was a wonderful surprise to me too… I appreciate the kind words. 🙂

  34. 25/09/2012 4:23 am

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!!!

    • 26/09/2012 4:35 pm

      TY Alexandra! Glad to reconnect with you again… 🙂

  35. 25/09/2012 7:58 am

    Lovely post on solitary and great choice of photos. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

    • 26/09/2012 4:36 pm

      TY dear one! Something about that subject touched me and is close to my heart… 🙂

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  37. 25/09/2012 9:59 am

    Ahh! Elizabeth, Congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed! Could not have gone to a more deserving person! Well done 😀 xx

    • 26/09/2012 4:38 pm

      TY Imogen! It was a thrill and everyone is deserving of the exposure. I will send lucky angel sparkles to you and everyone too. 🙂

  38. 25/09/2012 8:52 pm

    Hi eliz a warm congratulation for you my friend.Its been a while since the last time I dropped by here and I miss it. How’s life going on?

    Most of the time I spend time alone so I can ponder over things.The silence that it gives to me is truly rewarding.I can find joy in being alone sometimes.I love your collection of photos..=)

    • 26/09/2012 4:41 pm

      Hi John! How are you doing? Yes, it’s been a while and I have been remiss too… Life has been hectic with lots of changes including physical ones… I’m so behind and feel so bad about it… I wish I had more hands and virtual help… TY for reconnecting and will visit you soon too. 🙂

  39. 26/09/2012 7:59 am

    Thank you so very much for your kind comment and for the pingback 🙂 As my post says, being solitary is being more than alone… thanks again! you Have a lovely blog..

    • 26/09/2012 4:43 pm

      TY for stopping in too! I love when Zemanta introduces me to new bloggers to make more connections… I enjoyed your blog too 🙂

  40. 26/09/2012 10:11 am

    This is a wonderful gallery of solitary, contemplative images, Elizabeth well done!!! 🙂

    • 26/09/2012 4:44 pm

      TY dear one… recovered yet? It’s been a hectic week for me too… I think this challenge is the perfect juxtaposition to my week. 🙂

  41. 28/09/2012 12:03 am

    If anyone can be appreciated it is you, and we know your heart and hard work on this blog. Remember when you might have wanted to give up? That is when all of us came by and supported you no matter what! We know you deserve to be freshly pressed, congrats! ♥♥♥

    • 02/10/2012 1:04 am

      You are too kind Jackie! Thanks for the support… You are awesome too! 🙂

  42. 01/10/2012 4:02 am

    great 🙂

  43. 02/10/2012 6:24 pm

    Great examples! Sometimes aloneness is what we need. Loneliness, on the other hand, is a different story.

    • 03/10/2012 1:09 pm

      I agree… TY Fergie! 🙂 Loneliness is Aloneness’s sad cousin. 🙁

  44. 03/10/2012 2:42 pm

    Thank you! That was a reflective solitary journey you provided.

    • 03/10/2012 2:51 pm

      TY for your comment Allyson… Yes, indeed it was. 🙂


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