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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Frankly, I find some of the challenges more difficult than others. Perhaps I over think it, don’t get it, resist it, fight it, or dog-ate-my-paper-it = make excuses for lingering over it. Maybe I get lost in the details because of the perennial student that lives in me. You know, the eternal student who dreams about running to a test in all 15 or so versions we’ve heard. But, I do meditate over them and ask for guidance to help me learn from the challenges. So this one is about the little things we miss or might miss in the big picture. The tangled branches above serve as a rest stop and hangout for the birds in our yard. I leave bits of bread on the balcony rail and they help themselves. That little Blue Jay is a regular. Even in our own tangled lives, there is always hope, always helping hands… a way out.

“I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.” Albert Einstein

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Yes Einstein, I agree but God is in the details too. Lately, I’ve been challenged and it’s the small gestures that have shored me up and kept hope alive. This blogging community has been a blessing and I thank you all. It’s easy to write great testimonials about profound changes and miracles that happened in our lives, but it is the daily miracles that keep us alive. The shots of the installation above were taken at Storm King. The huge black piece is by Chakaia Booker and is called Foci; the center of activity that interests us… It is made of tires and steel and while it looms over the terrain in a scary way, up close it has softness in the shredded tires. That softness is in us too. More below

“Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.” Heraclitus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Fire and water are important elements in life. We need both to keep us nourished, fed and cleansed. It is easy to get lost in the details of all the other demands on our lives and focus on things that have temporary outcomes. Fire, Water, and Air are fundamental to life. I like Fire Ceremonies because they are performed with positive intentions to benefit all mankind while focusing on the immediate, specific needs of those present. Water is a life line and I love being near it. If you look closely above, you will see three ducks in the water; a detail worth observing. Let’s acknowledge the little things that make our big picture whole. My prayers and good will go out to each of you and I’ll be grateful for same.  Have a light filled weekend. Thank you!

Thank YOU ALL For Your Support and Patience… Do come back soon and I will be visiting you all soon too. Thank you! Have a great weekend and thanks again 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: Lost In the Details This challenge is about getting lost in the details. Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene. Here, I use a landscape as an example, but this approach can be applied to other types of photography. In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture that says Lost In the Details to you.

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

Positive Motivation Tip: The little details add magic to the whole shebang… Hold On. Have a Happy March!

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

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

108 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/03/2013 8:05 am

    It’s good to see the big picture the way it’s laid out on this post as well as the details. Good one, Eliz. On the either side of the detail as the saying goes “the devil is in the details.” When you are in the forest, lost, one cannot see the trees. 😛

    • 11/03/2013 3:00 am

      That is so true… I do want to see the forest for the trees. 😉

  2. 02/03/2013 8:37 am

    Always good to hear from you, Eliz — Kat

    • 11/03/2013 3:05 am

      TY and from you too… Will catch up. I Promise! 🙁

  3. 02/03/2013 8:44 am

    Love the spartan bread crumb~!

    • 11/03/2013 3:06 am

      Oh! What a riot… was it such a turn off for some friends?

  4. 02/03/2013 8:55 am

    Glad you’re finding a way to survive, Eliz. Your posts are always interesting and thought provoking.

    • 11/03/2013 3:07 am

      TY and it has not been easy … but I’m hopeful. TY for asking. 🙂

  5. 02/03/2013 10:03 am

    Love the detail perspective that you provided!

    • 11/03/2013 3:08 am

      TY Amy… I appreciate the support and helping words.. 🙂

  6. 02/03/2013 10:36 am

    when I’m sitting near an open fire (or a simple candle) I always could lose myself in the details of the moving flames – even more than watching waves at the beach …

    • 11/03/2013 3:09 am

      That’s wonderful… They are hypnotizing. 😉

  7. 02/03/2013 12:14 pm

    I agree, the everyday, mundane details add meaning to our lives. Take care Eliz 🙂

    • 11/03/2013 3:10 am

      TY Madhu! They really do… and are reminders of what we truly value. 🙂

  8. 02/03/2013 12:23 pm

    Great post! Thank you for stopping by and liking my post!

    • 11/03/2013 3:14 am

      TY for doing same and have a great week! 😉

  9. 02/03/2013 2:33 pm

    Very creative and lovely photography ~ ^_^

    • 11/03/2013 3:18 am

      TY so much for your feedback… and I’ll check in with you soon. I’ve been out of circ. TY! 🙂

  10. 02/03/2013 3:21 pm

    So easy to miss the details. So easy to get lost in them, too. The difficulty is in the balance… Like most things. Balance. It sounds so simple….

    • 11/03/2013 3:19 am

      Balance… Yes balance… such a lovely yet oft ignored word. Well said G! TY! 😉

  11. chiemayindah permalink
    02/03/2013 3:22 pm

    hi nice pics.. i like the way you show the big idea then show the details… 🙂

    • 11/03/2013 3:20 am

      TY so much and i love your name… What does it mean? 🙂

      • chiemayindah permalink
        11/03/2013 7:01 am

        your are so nice.. 🙂

        indah in English means beautiful or lovely, and chiemay is from maya which can means illusions, but some said the meaning is richness.. 😀

      • 24/05/2013 12:45 am


    • 21/03/2013 2:40 am

      Beautiful… TY! 🙂

  12. 02/03/2013 6:54 pm

    Love the photos and your take on the theme.

  13. 02/03/2013 10:00 pm

    You did a great job with the challenge theme! The photos are great, too. When it comes to the natural world, I want to pay attention to the details. In the day-to-day sometimes I do better by blocking out some of the detail. LOL! It’s an interesting conversation! 🙂

    • 11/03/2013 3:59 am

      It is an interesting observation too. I block out some details too… we all do. 😉

  14. 02/03/2013 11:16 pm

    What a nice selection of the challenge. 🙂

  15. ropcorn permalink
    03/03/2013 2:45 am

    Wonderful photos and post, as always. 🙂 Details are definitely important, just think what can happen if a little screw is forgotten in a big construction for example… Yikes.

    • 21/03/2013 5:05 am

      Exactly… I like the precision of that point. 😉 TY!

  16. 03/03/2013 4:17 am

    Wonderful post – details and overview are maybe such a “egg and hen” case – which are first… ‘hahaha’

    Have a lovely sunday… 😉

  17. 03/03/2013 6:02 am


  18. 03/03/2013 11:47 am

    I like the Blue Jay series, it really tells a story!

    • 21/03/2013 5:07 am

      TY Peter and now that the weather is warming, the squirrels are here too. 🙂

  19. 03/03/2013 12:00 pm

    Really nice shots Elizabeth

    • 21/03/2013 5:12 am

      TY Walter! Glad to hear from you and hope all is well. 🙂

  20. 03/03/2013 1:35 pm

    I love the third picture!! 🙂

  21. 03/03/2013 3:18 pm

    Reblogged this on My Radar Blog.

  22. 03/03/2013 4:23 pm

    Acknowledge the little things. Yes! I, too, lose myself in the details of flames and waves, like Frizz. I think your brain knows when it’s time to take a break 🙂

    • 21/03/2013 5:17 am

      Yes, it does and that is what I am respecting of late. 🙂

  23. 03/03/2013 6:59 pm

    I saw the ducks! And I liked Albert Einstein’s quote along with your thought provoking words. 🙂

    • 21/03/2013 5:18 am

      TY so much Tracy… I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

  24. 03/03/2013 7:35 pm

    I like the way you started with the close up and then stepped back and back. And I also like the quotes.

    • 21/03/2013 5:22 am

      TY dearrosie! this was an interesting exercise. 😉

  25. 03/03/2013 9:26 pm

    I believe that details come with an open mind. In your post, the pictures above are beautifully captured to bring clarity. Then as dearrosie stated, you brought the images closer to its whole – it’s detail! Really nice post!

    • 21/03/2013 5:25 am

      TY Allyson… That was my intention and I’m glad it resonated with you. You are so kind.

  26. 04/03/2013 12:31 am

    Dug the bridge image

  27. 04/03/2013 2:01 am

    I’m a details man, so this is right up my street.

    • 21/03/2013 5:26 am

      Good for you Peter and your blog shines because of your attention to details. 😉 TY!

  28. 04/03/2013 5:45 am

    as always…you bring with your post…the “details” of life…

    • 21/03/2013 5:28 am

      TY Marilyn and I miss your cute pictures too. 😉

  29. 04/03/2013 11:08 am

    Another fantastic post, Elizabeth. You always nail the challenges perfectly. Yes, I do see the three ducks. 🙂 Love the Heraclitus quote. So true. Wishing you everything of the best.

    • 21/03/2013 5:29 am

      TY Adin! Glad to hear from you. Hope to be back on track soon. 😉

  30. 04/03/2013 5:18 pm

    well done on this photo challenge…as always…i love the fire ceremony…looks interesting. ♥

  31. 05/03/2013 12:49 am

    I never over-think the photo challenge – I simply wander through my photos with the prompt in mind until something sparks 🙂

    • 21/03/2013 5:30 am

      Good for you. I don’t over-think all of them just some of them. TY Tilly! 🙂

  32. 05/03/2013 10:18 am

    While I do not post everyday on my blogspot site I do attempt to give my full attention to something, a small verse everyday on my short verse site.

    Thank you for sharing your interesting photos. I thought the instillation with tires at first was a giant topiary.

    • 21/03/2013 5:31 am

      TY Jules… Giant topiary? I like that idea. 🙂

  33. 05/03/2013 2:22 pm

    your posts always inspire me Eliz…always. i have been thinking a lot about life lately. How we rush so much we miss the imortant small pieces that line our path through life. Thank you…for always making me think.

    • 21/03/2013 5:32 am

      TY Jo for doing same for me… Hope all is well! 🙂

  34. 05/03/2013 3:15 pm

    Good take on the theme, Eliz! Your first quote caught my attention. I recently heard a very similar quote, sometimes you need to “take care of the little things and then the big things will work themselves out.”

    • 21/03/2013 5:32 am

      True… TY for stopping in and I hope to be back on track soon. 😉

  35. 05/03/2013 6:35 pm

    great shots!

  36. 05/03/2013 7:27 pm

    Storm King is definitely calling to me, Eliz. Every time you post a photo of that place, I just drool. Love the Einstein quote. Kind of puts his work into perspective. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

    • 21/03/2013 5:34 am

      TY Kozo! i know you’d love that place if/when you visit. Let me know if you come to town and I’ll gladly give you and your family a tour.

  37. 05/03/2013 10:59 pm

    Hi, my friend, please don’t publish this, just wanted to send you the link where I have opened another blog – so will likely not be posting here much anymore, If you want to visit

  38. 06/03/2013 11:55 am

    Wow the photos are beautiful and your words inspiring as always 🙂

    • 06/03/2013 11:56 am

      TY D! You are such an inspiration to others! 🙂

    • 21/03/2013 5:35 am

      Daphne TY! I’m glad you checked in and will be returning to active blogging soon. 😉

  39. 07/03/2013 7:24 pm

    I just love the story those first three photos tell! So wonderful!

  40. 08/03/2013 3:44 pm

    “dog-ate-my-paper-it” – LOL! Getting lost in the details is therapy

    • 21/03/2013 5:37 am

      It sure is Bluebee and I’m glad you picked up on the humor there. TY dear one. 😆

  41. itsmeenakshi77 permalink
    09/03/2013 7:58 pm

    I am totally wowed by this post, I had lost those three ducks, if it weren’t you pointing it out. Fire, water, earth and air are basic elements of life along with ether (ether is where the rest have come from), but losing their rightful importance and respect in the blind race towards modernism. beautiful thoughts and photographs.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.

    • 21/03/2013 5:38 am

      TY Meenakshi and I love your poetic skills. 🙂

  42. 12/03/2013 11:01 am

    Amazing photos, Elizabeth 🙂

  43. 25/05/2013 12:27 pm

    A wonderful post, Elizabeth. I love the bird photo.

    • 17/06/2013 12:03 pm

      Naomi, you are a saint! TY for your patience and apologies for the delayed reply… TY! 🙂
      Blessings always,

  44. 22/12/2013 6:41 pm

    Such a beautiful post about details. Sometimes we do overlook the details that make a beautiful sight.

  45. lumpycloudprincess permalink
    25/12/2013 6:49 pm

    Wonderful photos. Sometimes though we get so caught up in the details we fail to see the big picture


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