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“I have often been adrift, but I have always stayed afloat.” David Berry

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT... lotus pads, a boat and ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… lotus pads, a boat and ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT...  lotus pad

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… lotus pad

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT... lotus pads, a boat, balloons, and ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… lotus pads, a boat, balloons, and ducks in a pond

There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat. Anna Quindlen

“Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.” D.H. Lawrence

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT... boats and birds and pods and balloons floating

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… boats and birds and pods and balloons floating

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT...  ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… ducks in a pond

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. William Shakespeare


“Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one’s balance and keep afloat.” Eric Hoffer

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT... bridge, a boat and ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… bridge, a boat and ducks in a pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT...  boat on the Hudson River

Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT… boat on the Hudson River

Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat,
Whilst he upon your soundless deep doth ride;
Or, being wrecked, I am a worthless boat,
He of tall building, and of goodly pride.
William Shakespeare

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

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: AFLOAT  This week, share a photo that’s afloat.  How do you interpret the word afloat? It could be the expression on your son’s face as he jumps on the bed. Maybe it’s your daughter’s triumphant smile after tossing training wheels to master her two-wheeler. It could be a beautiful cloud formation, pollen on the breeze, or an errant birthday party balloon making its escape into the sky. So looking forward to seeing what afloat means to you.

Positive Motivation Tip:  Life is about ups and downs… no matter what, stay afloat.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

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

65 Comments leave one →
  1. sustainabilitea permalink
    10/04/2015 1:02 pm

    I like that Barry quote and I love the lily pads. They’re so enormous!


  2. lingeringvisions by Dawn permalink
    10/04/2015 1:12 pm

    Love the quote from David Berry, very apropos.

  3. 10/04/2015 3:54 pm

    Great choices for the theme! I love the balloons. Classic…

  4. Masshole Mommy permalink
    10/04/2015 3:57 pm

    Those lotus pads are so cool. It reminds me of an obstacle course type thing at a water park we go to that my kids love.

  5. class&chic permalink
    10/04/2015 5:33 pm

    Afloat: A Poem by C&C

    Life took me out on a boat
    She left me stranded
    Tired, hungry; I demanded
    She come back. I demanded. I wrote.
    I rolled it up
    I sent it out in a bottle
    I watched it float
    Away. And I waited with frustration
    Until I felt the syncopation
    In me; how it rewrote
    The story of my life.
    And my heart wasn’t where it wanted to be
    And my rhythm was off, afloat
    In the midst of life’s ocean.
    I think she held the notion
    That I could emote
    My lack of her
    Until I lacked of her.
    And then I found the antidote
    To my affliction
    It was my addiction.
    It was her.

  6. Lenze permalink
    10/04/2015 6:38 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Those lotus pads are unreal.

  7. Roz K. Walker (@rozkwalker) permalink
    10/04/2015 7:00 pm

    Nice photos and good motivational tip. Those big lotus pads always amaze me.

  8. itsberyllicious permalink
    10/04/2015 7:05 pm

    i like the one with balloons.. it somehow represents that in life, we must stay positive and see things in a colorful light and perspective.

  9. franckxethee permalink
    10/04/2015 7:24 pm

    At times, life is like the rough seas. We have to find ways to keep afloat and stay up against the tides.

  10. Jessica Beal Harlow permalink
    10/04/2015 8:01 pm

    Love the opening quote! Such a good distinction to make in life…between staying afloat and occasionally being adrift! 🙂

  11. 10/04/2015 8:45 pm

    There’s some sweet and relaxing pictures there, but to be honest…ducks scare the bajeezuz outta me 😉

  12. upliftingfam permalink
    10/04/2015 8:45 pm

    I loved all of the photos. I I need to take the kids to the park and feed the ducks.

  13. kristrange permalink
    10/04/2015 9:35 pm

    The balloon photo is so cute, my son asked if it was for a birthday party, or always there?

  14. 11/04/2015 12:20 am

    The Lawrence quote is very poignant Elizabeth.

  15. 11/04/2015 2:24 am

    My feeling… trying hard to stay afloat and happy while I’m struggling beneath the water 🙁

  16. stretchyourpesomom permalink
    11/04/2015 2:40 am

    Nice photos, very fitting for the theme word afloat. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Kero Pinkihan (@Kero_P) permalink
    11/04/2015 3:07 am

    lovely shots and quotes! I especially like the bird onto the shopping trolley

  18. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    11/04/2015 4:29 am

    These photos look amazing, especially the lotus pads!

  19. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    11/04/2015 4:30 am

    You too beautiful shots. I LOVE the lilies the most.

  20. Elana Khong permalink
    11/04/2015 4:45 am

    Very cool pic of floating. Especially love the balloons pic!

  21. Christina Boyer permalink
    11/04/2015 5:01 am

    I love this quote- “Life is about ups and downs… no matter what, stay afloat.” That pretty much sums up what I think afloat is. The ability to just keep going. Stay positive.

  22. Fred permalink
    11/04/2015 5:24 am

    We all have our own ways to keep afloat during the difficult times. I find prayer and faith as the best lifejackets. – Fred

  23. harrietb (@harrietb) permalink
    11/04/2015 7:54 am

    I love how you used those photos. Your quotes really work well too.

  24. poojakawatra permalink
    11/04/2015 9:53 am

    Gorgeous click !! Specially the lotus as I love them so much.
    Your positive tip is so inspiring.

  25. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    11/04/2015 9:54 am

    Wow! Great job, all your photos are awesome and clear. May I know what camera / apps that you are using.

  26. foundfrolicking permalink
    11/04/2015 10:09 am

    Love these photos. The lotus pads in particular are stunning. They don’t even look real! I’ve never seen lotus pads with a lip on them like those.

  27. mamtabalani permalink
    11/04/2015 11:25 am

    afloat for me means charming smile of my daughter when she gets a chocolate from me.

  28. Ayesha Serrato permalink
    11/04/2015 11:53 am

    Nice photos and challenge! My fave is the lotus pads 🙂

  29. Raquel permalink
    11/04/2015 1:24 pm

    Those are very beautiful pictures and so are the quotes that accompany it. I interpret the word “afloat” as living life every day. The problems make the body sink yet my head is still above water surviving.

  30. Damita M-S permalink
    11/04/2015 3:04 pm

    These are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

  31. rochkirstin permalink
    11/04/2015 5:12 pm

    I love how you captured the ducks in the pond. They looked so calm and they are a good reminder to pause for a while in the midst of a busy lifestyle.

  32. 11/04/2015 7:39 pm

    I love these wonderful photos! The Floating Lotus looks so gorgeous and the ducks in a pond looks very pretty as well. Thanks for sharing it.

  33. Rosey permalink
    11/04/2015 10:51 pm

    Nice bird in flight picture. I like the lotus pads too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any in person.

  34. Jillian Fisher permalink
    11/04/2015 11:02 pm

    I am always impressed with how well you do on the photo challenges.

  35. Karen permalink
    12/04/2015 12:37 am

    So those are lotus pads, I thought it’s bilao, a native product here in PHL

  36. Holly @ Woman Tribune permalink
    12/04/2015 1:32 am

    These are such lovely photos. The lotus pads are amazing!

  37. amayachika permalink
    12/04/2015 1:48 am

    I always dream that I was floating…something like this “AFLOAT”, floating in water. And I ask my mother what is the meaning of that, she answered..that I am drifting to something..moving ahead without guidance. So I have to be very careful with my decisions in life.

  38. 12/04/2015 4:15 am

    I love the thought for this weekly photo challenge. When I was in my grade school years, back when I was in our swimming team, our coach would always tell us to keep ourselves afloat; not just in the water but also keep our hopes & dreams afloat. That way, we were able to accept lost competitions and appreciate the ones we won in. 🙂

  39. Jacqueline permalink
    12/04/2015 7:14 am

    Yes, in the challanging times we need to stay afloat by keeping our heads above water as they say. I try to always remain positive! Have a great day!

  40. 12/04/2015 11:58 am

    These nature images are just lovely. They really help to get one in a calm and stress-free mood.

  41. 12/04/2015 1:54 pm

    YOur photos are always so wonderful! I love the lily pads- gorgeous!

  42. martinkadelux permalink
    12/04/2015 7:55 pm

    “I have often been adrift, but I have always stayed afloat.” David Berry …I really feel like this right now.

  43. Maggie King permalink
    12/04/2015 9:02 pm

    Love the pictures and the message! Great post!

  44. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    13/04/2015 12:18 am

    Love those photos specially that of the swan on the pond. This quote did caught my attention . Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.” So true indeed.

  45. Jason Panuelos permalink
    13/04/2015 3:16 am

    What a beautiful metaphor for life! Love the photo of the lily pads, it’s so calming! 😀

  46. Jenny Temcio permalink
    13/04/2015 6:54 am

    What a fun and beautiful place to visit. I cant even believe those lilly pads are real!

  47. Stace permalink
    13/04/2015 8:59 am

    That lotus pad photos is awesome. I am loving these photo challenges.

  48. mrenkema79 permalink
    13/04/2015 10:23 am

    Those lotus pads are just gorgeous!!!

  49. Carly Anderson permalink
    13/04/2015 7:57 pm

    I love those lotus pads, what an amazing picture!

  50. Manu Kalia permalink
    14/04/2015 7:21 am

    Such a lovely place to visit, I love all of the captures, the place is perfect for relaxation.

  51. phyliciamarie permalink
    17/04/2015 2:39 am

    My favorite photo has to be the ducks, mainly because I don’t see that here, only in pictures in magazines. i think you captured afloat really well, especially with the lily pad!

  52. msposh2013 permalink
    17/04/2015 11:55 am

    I can relate to all of that float stuff. Have a great weekend!

  53. meunfinished permalink
    17/04/2015 9:46 pm

    I could lose myself there for days! Those large lily pads are so beautiful! Peaceful 🙂

    • 19/04/2015 11:08 am

      Thank you. It was taken at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. They have a greenhouse for plants like this and other exotic flora.

  54. 18/04/2015 10:24 pm

    lovely photos . . . those pads are my best pick


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