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“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 Photo 101- Week 1: Home... Flowers from my garden and gardens around the hood

Photo 101- Week 1: Home… Flowers from my garden and gardens around the hood

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home… A Duck Farm home

Photo 101- Week 1: Home… A Farm home

To kick off this course, let’s introduce ourselves, share an image that means home, and get to know our cameras.

Day 1 – HOME :  I joined the photo a day project that WordPress Daily Post staff are running. Since I’ll probably do mine once or twice a week, I’ll add the necessary photos. Enjoy my contributions. I chose these two photos for home because they represent things that I see in our village. The flowers bloom everywhere during spring and summer as most people have little or large gardens. There are even wildflowers on the aqueduct; our favorite walking path. I also like that farm-house because it has things I like, water, a small farm and domesticated animals, greenery, and a welcoming shade of burgundy. Do join in. Th course runs from November 3-28.


“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” Leo Buscaglia

Photo 101- Week 1: Street… Off to the Street Market and a stroll with friends.

Today, capture an establishing shot of a street scene in your neighborhood — or someplace new.

Day 2 – STREET:   This street scene was taken in France. I think it was either in Caen or Normandy. A few friends and I decided to catch the early morning market, so we could sample some of the cheeses and get fresh fruits and vegetables. We woke up early on a weekend morning, as planned, and headed off to go to the street market. It was early and some of the farmers were still setting up. We walked around taking photos. I took several street shots, but like the angle of this one. What do you think?


“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” W. H. Auden

Photo 101- Week 1: Water Everywhere… In Hakone, Japan. The lake/landscape view from an elevated cable car.

For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?

Day 3 – WATER  On a trip to Japan, we took several tours. One was to Hakone, and it included a ride in an elevated cable car. The landscape was breathtaking and this glimpse of water in a lake is just a sliver of a huge body of water. We need water to bathe, drink, clean, heal and survive. Without it, our crops won’t grow and everything will wither away. Water is truly one of the most precious gifts we have on earth; after life and air. We must protect our water systems from pollution. Start today!

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“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell

Photo 101- Week 1: Bliss… If you’re brave enough, blissfully take a nap/snooze on a public bench

Ah, bliss. What does this word mean or look like to you?

Day 4 – BLISS When I was trying to find the ideal picture for bliss, the thought that kept popping in my head was sleep and getting enough rest. In this instance, the man with an interesting tattoo on his arm was sleeping next to a wall. Behind the wall is Central Park, NY. A few blocks away is The Metropolitan Museum. Yes, you can do this on 5th Avenue in New York but I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of it.


“Alone let him constantly meditate in solitude on that which is salutary for his soul, for he who meditates in solitude attains supreme bliss.” Guru Nanak

Photo 101- Week 1: Solitude… Young man taking a meditative break in a quiet spot at Trinity Church, NY

Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone.

Day 5 – SOLITUDE Even though Wall Street is known for its busy streets and energetic traders, it does have a few places of respite. One place where you can find some peace and solitude is at Trinity Church.. It has a backyard garden/cemetery, and nooks and crannies where you can hide away. I stumbled upon this young man as I sought a quiet spot for myself.

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My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme Descent below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Photo 101 Course: Photo 101- Week 1: From Home to Solitude  This week had five themes: Home, Street, Water, Bliss and Solitude. Even though registration has closed, you can still follow along. The tag is photo101

Positive Motivation Tip: Everything we do begins at home then flows out to everywhere else. Stay grounded and follow your bliss.

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

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

84 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/11/2014 8:38 am

    Nice project and great choices! Makes you enjoy your daily life more I guess, attending to details. I love flowers too 😉

    • 07/11/2014 9:00 am

      Thank you! I’m just working on getting back to blogging and this project is fun. If you’re in it, I’ll visit to say hello.

  2. 07/11/2014 9:06 am

    I’ve been doing my own thing for so long, I’ve forgotten that WordPress have all these interesting activities they invite bloggers to join in. Your pictures are amazing.

  3. 07/11/2014 9:29 am

    Bliss is having all the time in the world to do anything you want. 🙂

  4. 07/11/2014 9:30 am

    My definition: Bliss is having all the time in the world to do anything I want

  5. 07/11/2014 9:38 am

    The flowers will never fail to brighten up my day. It’s actually quite interesting but sad to see homeless people around. I like your interpretation of Home to Solitude! It will be fun to see how different people from different cultures and country write about this!

  6. 07/11/2014 1:24 pm

    I’m so glad you have joined the Challenge and I’ve enjoyed your entries for the first week. Your home area looks inviting and I specially liked your bliss and solitude photos; you nailed it with those choices!

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) permalink
    07/11/2014 2:56 pm

    Those are all gorgeous flowers. What pretty shots.

    • 09/11/2014 9:42 am

      Thank you! I created a collage to showcase flowers around the hood. Some are mine and some are from other gardens.

  8. 07/11/2014 3:21 pm

    Such Beautiful Pictures What A Amazing Trip You Must Of Had!!

  9. 07/11/2014 3:31 pm

    Lovely photos. I love the Street scene shot in France.

  10. Courtney permalink
    07/11/2014 3:52 pm

    Fabulous post!!! Details can add so much to ones day of you take everything all in 🙂

  11. 07/11/2014 4:28 pm

    Those are such pretty flowers.. nice bright flowers make everyone smile.

  12. 07/11/2014 6:35 pm

    Love your photos! I want to get out and photograph everything I see.

  13. 07/11/2014 7:37 pm

    Yes what you are saying is so true. I learned that when you give gratitude and live in the moment the universe opens doors for you. I have learned to just be 😉 It feels so good to live that way

  14. Catherine S permalink
    07/11/2014 7:54 pm

    All the pictures are really great. I love the flowers and the picture of the guy laying on the bench.

  15. Liz Mays permalink
    07/11/2014 8:55 pm

    It’s really interesting to see your take on the prompts. I like the solitary photo very much.

  16. 07/11/2014 9:00 pm

    ‘ . . . . Stay grounded and follow your bliss.’
    Thanks, Elizabeth. I think this is good advice. I love your pictures. All of them are very good choices. The flower pictures are beautiful. 🙂

  17. 07/11/2014 9:32 pm

    I’m very busy with work and the only moment I’m able to blog is during break and before going to bed. If time permits, I’ll be joining this project. Hope they’ll extend this one though. You’ve got great photos, by the way.

  18. 07/11/2014 9:55 pm

    Amazing project! Who knew that simple photos of flowers and candid shots of people could mean so much. 🙂 I adore the captions you’ve put in each photo and explaining what it meant to you!

  19. 07/11/2014 10:19 pm

    I loved Hakone! Sounds like a great place. The flowers look incredible, too 🙂

  20. Andrea Callahan permalink
    07/11/2014 11:33 pm

    Nice photos! What I wouldn’t give for some solace…

  21. 08/11/2014 12:23 am

    I wouldn’t expect anything else but what a great job you’ve done with this post!

  22. 08/11/2014 2:29 am

    i love the idea of this photo project you’re doing. also i mentioned on your pinterest.. but i’m so jealous of your garden! i wish we could keep things alive.

  23. 08/11/2014 2:49 am

    I love your motivation tip. It’s so true.

  24. 08/11/2014 3:13 am

    Reblogged this on frijasroxanne.

  25. Maria Iemma permalink
    08/11/2014 5:03 am

    I’ve always heard home is where the heart is. Love your photos you seem to be enjoying the project.

  26. franckxethee permalink
    08/11/2014 6:26 am

    I like the photo from the cable car. It shows how beautiful nature is with its lush green backdrop.

  27. 08/11/2014 6:34 am

    Looks like such a relaxing way to spend some time. I love the pretty flowers the most. I am at my most relaxed state out in nature!

  28. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    08/11/2014 7:15 am

    These are great photos. I like to take a few minutes during the day to reflect and have some quiet moments.

  29. Songbirds & Buttons (@KendallRayburn) permalink
    08/11/2014 7:50 am

    What a fun post theme! You did a great job 🙂

  30. 08/11/2014 8:39 am

    I’m really admiring that 1st picture with all the flower species. Gorgeous!!

  31. sandy weinstein permalink
    08/11/2014 10:47 am

    love the pictures, i miss my flowers now that winter is here. i went to market st when i was in france many yrs ago…it was hard since none of the college girls spoke fluent french.

  32. lalegil permalink
    08/11/2014 1:14 pm

    I like this daily photo project! helping us being more aware of our surroundings.

  33. Linda Manns permalink
    08/11/2014 1:48 pm

    These pictures are beautiful. So are the flowers. I really appreciate you sharing these with us

  34. 08/11/2014 3:45 pm

    Oh wow how pretty! You’re a great photographer! <33

  35. 08/11/2014 4:00 pm

    Great photos! I love the beautiful colors of the barn.

  36. edwardsmom permalink
    08/11/2014 5:57 pm

    You are an amazing photographer. Mine never turn out as good. Love the action in the street shot

  37. R U S S permalink
    08/11/2014 6:53 pm

    Loved those snapshots that showed being alone. I have similar shots from my Japan trip. They’re everywhere in the parks in Shibuya!

  38. 08/11/2014 7:15 pm

    Great shot with the man sitting alone. It really shows and make your readers feel the serenity.

  39. 08/11/2014 8:35 pm

    Bliss is when I know that my family is healthy and fine. Their happiness is mine. 🙂

  40. franckxethee permalink
    08/11/2014 10:59 pm

    The pictures of the flowers looks so crisp. Great photos.

  41. 09/11/2014 12:49 am

    That farm house picture is great. I love coming across scenery like that when we’re driving around too.

  42. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    09/11/2014 5:37 am

    This is such a lovely project. The flowers in your garden are gorgeous, so much colour.

  43. 09/11/2014 8:42 am

    Love the pictures, solitude aah speaking to me right at this minute lol.

  44. 09/11/2014 9:43 am

    Looks like a fun project. I love the farmhouse!

  45. 09/11/2014 9:44 am

    Flower pictures never get old! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  46. Vanessa Ally permalink
    09/11/2014 1:22 pm

    I love all of the photos you presented because they captured special moments of life, people enjoying the small things, like the man taking a nap in public, or the young man meditating on a bench, or the photo taken in France, recreating the vivid life at the market.

  47. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    09/11/2014 1:53 pm

    These are amazing photos indeed. I love the flowers and the Farm House photos the best for some reason maybe they remind me of serenity. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Melissa Smith permalink
    09/11/2014 2:50 pm

    I love the flowers! Mostly because I can’t kill those, LOL. But also your variety of the rest of the photos is impeccable as usual.

  49. 09/11/2014 3:04 pm

    I love the flower photographs!! Stunning! Enjoy the project!


  50. 09/11/2014 4:38 pm

    What’s the name of the flower on your first photo, last row, second picture? It looked so nice like birds!

    I like that angle of the street you shot. It’s like I’m also walking behind the camera.

    • 10/11/2014 5:23 am

      Hi RockKirstin. It’s actually the left over buds from a Japanese peony flower in my yard. Glad you noticed it. 🙂

  51. 09/11/2014 5:35 pm

    These are beautiful photos and I love the farmhouse. That would be what home is to me too- not that I live in one but that, eventually, I will and I’ll retire there. Home is where the heart is, right? Mine’s definitely somewhere with land and some peace and quiet. Maybe sheep as well….I love ’em 😛

  52. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    09/11/2014 9:09 pm

    Those flowers are so beautiful! And I love that farmhouse photograph, too.

  53. 09/11/2014 10:01 pm

    Great pictures! I love the way you have represented every challenge!

  54. 09/11/2014 10:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey. It reminds me to think of my bliss.

  55. 10/11/2014 12:18 am

    Interesting way to organise photos into themes, which I have loads. I would envision water to be rain droplets on a window sill.

    Grey spherical on its own, yet when join into big blobs, they form a stream down the surface of the cool glass.

  56. Katrina permalink
    10/11/2014 7:05 am

    It is interesting how we relate to different words and what photo we associate with certain words. The bliss photo is infectious. I love peacefulness of his slumber. – katrina centeno

  57. 10/11/2014 7:13 am

    I love taking photos of just about everything and those are great photos you’ve taken. I am an amateur though. Love the quotes as well and the positive motivation tip.

  58. 10/11/2014 11:19 am

    Nice project. I bet you discovered more about the Earth and the rest of the stuff it has to offer. Beautiful, ain’t it? 🙂 I’m interested in learning more about this.

  59. Ling Tan permalink
    11/11/2014 2:19 am

    That’s a pretty interesting picture of Hakone. I think I have never seen it looking so green before! lovely though.

  60. 11/11/2014 5:44 am

    I love anything that something to do with nature and pets/ animals , thats why i feel i will be really nice to live on that farmhouse

  61. 14/11/2014 7:30 am

    I do agree. Alone time means bliss to me. Nice choice of photos.

  62. 04/01/2015 5:20 pm

    Beautiful flowers! I really love the colors in the barn photo.

  63. 04/01/2015 5:20 pm

    Beautiful flowers, and I love the color on the barn !

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