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“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

This was a lot of fun to do and you can tell I’m a big fan of lights; night lights, bright lights and indoor and outdoor lights. The minute I read the word – illumination – the quote by Marianne Williamson came to mind. My only regret is that I still haven’t captured the gazillion display ads lights on 42nd Street in NYC. I should make a project of it and head for the city one day and do it. The colorful McNamara LED light Terminal on Concourse A in Detroit is always a favorite. Also concerts are a great place to capture illuminating lights… Which of the selection do you like?

“From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.” Guru Nanak

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it. Adam Weishaupt

The photo collections here are from different events, settings, and periods. I combined the Alexander McQueen shots with a Schiaparelli/Prada shot. The  tree lights are mostly from Rockefeller Center area during the holidays. The Buddha is from a beautiful temple upstate.

Everything is Illuminated. Jorge Luis Borges.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“I am the current that flows into every bulb and illuminates it. Those who see me as separate are seeing falsehood. I am in your hearts; you are in Mine. Don’t be misled into doubt and distress.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

I captured some interior lights from the Chelsea Market place. The buildings are from around the world. When feasible, I’ll add a short identifier or invite you to feel free to guess. Which one do you like best? I’d love to know your favorite. Thank you and Enjoy!

“All the darkness of the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle, yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.” St. Francis of Assisi

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

“In the beginning, when ray and day had not yet come into existence, there was a kind of radiance that illuminated the universe. That radiance is the light of knowledge and goodness. That radiance will shine brightly even after all the stars in this universe died out.” Toba Beta

Hope you enjoyed this illuminating journey. I leave you with a aquote that speaks to how I feel about illuminated spaces. “As we moved along in a little procession, I was delighted with the illumination of the streets. So many lamps, and they burned until morning, my father said, and so people did not need to carry lanterns.”  Mary Antin

Stay Inspired, have a blessed weekend and thank you for stopping by! :-)
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs. Thank you all for your patience! :-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination.  Lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery. We’re interested in seeing what you come up with for illumination — particularly your creative interpretations and more abstract approaches. In a NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, Share a picture which means Illumination to you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I added some from Zemanta and from WP Daily Post. Check out how others interpreted the theme – Illumination – also see below. ***

Positive Motivation Tip: In time, all things come to light. All our actions become part of us; an illumination of our heart’s glow… Share your gifts!

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

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

101 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/01/2013 7:07 am

    Nice shots! I just added a link to your site from my post!

    • 19/01/2013 2:13 am

      TY so much and i hope it came through! Will stop by this weekend! 😉

  2. 12/01/2013 7:13 am

    WOW!! Fun photos!! as well as quotes and inspiration. thank you!!

    • 12/01/2013 7:21 am

      oh yea, I think I like the Christmas lights the best. are they all from NYC? Tho I love the ones of buildings as well.

    • 19/01/2013 2:26 am

      TY for your feedback and patience with me… catching up soon TY! 🙂

  3. Veronica Roth permalink
    12/01/2013 7:17 am

    Love all the lights Elizabeth. In the 6th series of images, those Moroccan lamps are my favorite. I have a little Mexican star filled with fairy lights. Love it when things are illuminated from the inside. 🙂

    • 19/01/2013 3:18 am

      Same here… Glad you liked it. Your star sounds lovely.
      TY! 🙂

  4. 12/01/2013 7:26 am

    Great, illuminating shots. My favorites are the NY ones – Rockefeller Center tree with angels and pile of red ornamants.

    • 19/01/2013 3:20 am

      TY Genevieve! i had fun taking the photos too… It was a memorable cold night. 😉

  5. 12/01/2013 7:55 am

    My favorite of your photo challenges by far!! Love all of them! And the quotes are awesome, too!

    • 19/01/2013 3:23 am

      TY Karen! Must check in to see if you are posting again… Love to the family! {{{HUGS}}}

  6. 12/01/2013 7:56 am

    Drooling over all those beautiful photos. And words. They light me up!

  7. 12/01/2013 8:00 am

    I am an illumination junkie too – you have some awesome pictures here that show how much you are one too! 🙂

    • 19/01/2013 3:27 am

      Glad to meet you and will make sure to catch up and enjoy your illuminations. TY! 🙂

  8. 12/01/2013 9:02 am

    wow! what a rich, fascinating collection!

    • 19/01/2013 3:53 am

      TY Kz and I appreciate the feedback and patience… will catch up soon. 🙂

  9. 12/01/2013 9:27 am

    This was a visual feast and the Marianne Williamson quote was the perfect dessert! Thanks Elizabeth!

  10. 12/01/2013 10:43 am

    Rockefeller Center are my favorite as well as lanterns. Love the quotes.

    • 19/01/2013 4:10 am

      TY! I do love visiting there.. I used to work across the street at SFA back in my college years. 😉

  11. 12/01/2013 11:10 am

    Could not overlook this post – all illumination caught my eyes… 🙂 😉

    Very lovely written and very lovely illustrations… 🙂

    • 19/01/2013 4:18 am

      You are so kind and deserve an award! 😉 TY!

  12. 12/01/2013 11:51 am

    I don’t know where you get all this stuff, but it’s mind-bogglingly lovely. Apart from anything else. Thankyou for all the work involved in putting this post together. I loved the illuminated journey

    • 19/01/2013 4:20 am

      TY so much Peter! I love your feedback. As per the stuff, it comes and it goes. God knows. 🙂

  13. 12/01/2013 12:05 pm

    Now Eliz…I think that maybe – just maybe – you need a few more lights for this post to really work…don’t you ??

    • 19/01/2013 4:23 am

      How did I miss this comment? My word! TY Jo! 🙂

  14. 12/01/2013 12:41 pm

    It’s very clear that you enjoyed this weekly challenge. So many wonderful solutions you have created to the challenge. My favourite is probably the one with the lights in the terminal of Detroit airport, but they are all beautiful.

    • 19/01/2013 4:26 am

      TY so much Munchow… I had a blast doing this and I’m delighted that you enjoyed it… 🙂

  15. 12/01/2013 12:48 pm

    You defintely know how to illuminate!…Great photos!

    • 19/01/2013 4:27 am

      TY Marilyn and will stop in soon. Slowly climbing out of the sanctuary. 🙂

  16. 12/01/2013 1:01 pm

    What about the wonderful movie “Everything is Illuminated”? I wrote a blog post about it: “Everything is illuminated in the light of the past.”

  17. 12/01/2013 1:18 pm

    You’re blinding us! And geez, so many places in here. o_O You know how much I’m inclined to go with the concert pictures. 😀

    • 19/01/2013 4:59 am

      I know you love those concerts… They’re calling you. TY! 😆

  18. 12/01/2013 2:51 pm

    Awesome photos, Elizabeth. I just love the Thurber quote!

  19. 12/01/2013 3:23 pm

    You pulled off another brilliant post, Eliz! Fantastic photos!
    Have a fantastic week ahead. 🙂 You make me smile.

  20. 12/01/2013 3:31 pm

    These are great pics, Liz. Did you take the picture of the moon? (I’ve been trying to get a good shot of it for awhile)

    • 19/01/2013 5:55 am

      Yes, I took that shot last fall and it was the first great moon shot for me… I added some color to it but the shot is mine. TY! 🙂

  21. 12/01/2013 6:14 pm

    Outstanding “eyes catching” pics… great… 🙂

    • 19/01/2013 6:05 am

      TY Bams! Glad you enjoyed it and will be by to catchup. 🙂

  22. 12/01/2013 9:34 pm

    I normally gravitate to the quotes, but this time it was the photos! So beautiful and colorful…and illuminating! 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 11:00 am

      TY Debra! This was a fun project… TY too for your patience as I’ve been AWOL and slowly picking up the commenting again… Oye! 🙂

  23. 13/01/2013 4:32 am

    “All the darkness of the world
    cannot extinguish the light of a single candle,

    yet one candle
    can illuminate all the darkness.”

    St. Francis of Assisi

    • 23/01/2013 11:04 am

      You visited my blogger blog and commented here… that is funny! 😉

  24. 13/01/2013 6:22 am

    Well, I certainly got the point of this week’s theme. Nice job.

    • 23/01/2013 11:06 am

      TY so much Cris and I am behind but getting closer… Merci! 😉

  25. 13/01/2013 7:59 am

    I LOVE the trees – all of them. Great job lighting the place up :-).

    • 23/01/2013 11:08 am

      TY Gemma! This was fun and I might have gone over the top with it. 😆

  26. 13/01/2013 9:38 pm

    These are festive collages! I very much enjoyed viewing them 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 11:12 am

      TY so much Allyson… Loved the challenge. 😉

  27. 13/01/2013 10:35 pm

    Wonderful pics this week Eliz! Keep them coming.

    • 23/01/2013 11:14 am

      TY dear Miriam! 🙂 Looking forward to visiting you too. 🙂

  28. Cookie permalink
    14/01/2013 1:19 am


    From me to you, Cookie

  29. 14/01/2013 4:10 am

    I was amazed of how many Illuminations pictures you show here. 😉 Lovely work indeed!!

    • 23/01/2013 11:17 am

      TY Mariane! Hope you got my message about commenting on your blog… 🙂

  30. 14/01/2013 7:30 am

    I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite from these. Absolutely lovely!

  31. 14/01/2013 9:37 am

    Great content and photos as usual!

  32. 14/01/2013 9:51 am

    Love the tunnel. That is very cool!!

  33. 14/01/2013 10:24 am

    Took you at the word 🙂

  34. 14/01/2013 11:56 am

    Wonderful selection of pics for this theme, Elizabeth. Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 1:02 pm

      TY Adin! I appreciate the feedback.. Have been AWOL but catching up soon. Don’t give up on me. TY! 🙂

      • 23/01/2013 1:10 pm

        Don’t feel you have to catch up, Elizabeth. I know how difficult it is when one has been away. 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 2:11 pm

      TY Adin! I’m grateful… 🙂

  35. 14/01/2013 2:06 pm

    You inspired me with the city nightlife pics!! Got to get down to Miami again, and soon!

    • 23/01/2013 1:13 pm

      I hear you… I’d love to visit Miami sometime too. 🙂 TY!

  36. 14/01/2013 2:28 pm

    We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! 😉 See our post at

    • 23/01/2013 1:14 pm

      TY so much! That was a wonderful gift that came at a time that I needed some clarity abut my blogging life… Merci Vladimir! 🙂

  37. 14/01/2013 6:12 pm

    Wow, what wonderful examples of lights. Very nice. Looks like you met the challenge and then some!

    • 23/01/2013 1:36 pm

      TY Rutheh! I enjoyed it for sure but it’s hard to tell what gets everyone excited with the challenges. Some click and some not quite… TY for reaching out… I’ve been somewhat AWOL and will catch up with you soon. TY! 🙂

  38. 14/01/2013 6:13 pm

    Not sure why I wasn’t getting your blog posts but hit the “follow” again to be sure. Best, Ruth

    • 23/01/2013 1:39 pm

      TY and a number of others have shared same. I reached out to the Happiness Engineers and they couldn’t find anything but said to tell people to notify them… Right! TY! 🙂

  39. 15/01/2013 6:15 am

    Love the concourse shots, Eliz. Reminds me of the Wong Kar Wai film, 2046. Amazing how something so pedestrian can be so beautiful. Thanks for capturing.
    I also love the Borges quotation. Borges had a gift. Coupled with the Williamson quotation, it reminds me that Borges writing lights the way for my own writing. Thank you for being a light in my life, Eliz.

    • 23/01/2013 1:43 pm

      TY for the feedback Kozo… I concur. It’s all good and you shine your light too… 🙂

  40. 16/01/2013 9:47 am

    Wow it’s a beautiful gallery… all very illuminating indeed 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 1:48 pm

      TY so much D! and I will check out yours shortly. 🙂

  41. 16/01/2013 11:48 am

    Wow, this is all so beautiful!
    I had my own photo challenge last year, and given you like photography, I’ll leave you the link here. It’s pretty general to be done over and over every year, so hope you’ll like it (and jump right in) 😉

    • 23/01/2013 1:52 pm

      TY for stopping by Estrella! I love looking at photos and have slowly worked at building my collection of photos too. I’m an amateur at it and honestly, the weekly Daily Post Photo Challenge is enough photo sharing for me for now. Maybe down the road I might reconsider… TY so much and I will support you by enjoying your photos. 🙂

  42. 16/01/2013 1:53 pm

    I’m stunned! How amazing!

  43. 17/01/2013 3:01 am

    you prefer to post via now?
    it’s complicated for me to make comments there …

    • 17/01/2013 3:30 am

      How come? You left a comment there before. It’s different from the WP format I know…
      All you do is click on Post A Comment.
      A dialogue box will open.
      Choose Name/URL.
      Add your name and your blog link.
      Add a comment and Submit.
      That’s it! 🙂
      Comments are always welcome here… I’ve been reorganizing and that is why it’s been quiet here, but I’m getting back on track soon. TY!

  44. 18/01/2013 6:49 am

    Very beautiful, Elizabeth 🙂

  45. 19/01/2013 7:50 am

    Beautiful! I see I have some catching up to do on your blog! I hope all is well with you and yours 🙂

    • 23/01/2013 2:18 pm

      TY R! It’s been a challenging start but all will be well… TY for asking and hope all is well with you too. 🙂

  46. 20/01/2013 8:56 am

    Oh my! That is such a wealth of beautiful lights 😀

    • 23/01/2013 2:19 pm

      TY Madhu! Must have been all that chocolate I consumed the night I created the post. 😆 TY! 🙂


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