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Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING

18/12/2015

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” Alice Waters
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING - All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING – All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING - All sorts of Gatherings; man and pigeons

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING – All sorts of Gatherings; man and pigeons


 
Photo Challenge: Document a gathering and share your interpretation with us. Gathering together to share what we love; music, dance, food, entertainment or even people watching is fun and a great way to stay connected. For this assignment though, the first thought that came to mind was what I observed on a trip to Wash DC. I was at the station waiting to take my train and decided to walk around and capture a few shots. I saw a man with a plastic bag of food, gingerly reaching for a few crumbs to feed a flock of pigeons that had gathered at his feet. They watched his every move and each time he threw some food to them, they scrambled to eat it and then gathered again for more.
 

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.” Laurie Colwin
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING - All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING – All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise


 
I thought the dance/feeding session between the man and the pigeons was a perfect example of how we gather in our various groups, clubs and cliques, and the cues we send out to each other in those groups or communities. Of course, as I sifted through my shots, I found other examples of gatherings and created a mixed collage of examples for your enjoyment. They range from a beautiful sculpture of gathered children I saw at a mall, to dancers at work, to horses and ducks, and people enjoying free Bluth’s frozen bananas, lunch at Sylvia’s in Harlem, and tea at a local tea-shop, yoga at Times Square and the man feeding pigeons. What types of shots would you have shared? What are your thoughts?

 
 
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“A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING - All sorts of Gatherings; dancers at practice

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING – All sorts of Gatherings; dancers at practice


 
Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING - All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise

Weekly Photo Challenge: GATHERING – All sorts of Gatherings; human and otherwise

 

As Emerson suggests above, we do tend to gravitate towards like; people who share our interests. So, you could easily say that I was drawn to shots of gatherings that were of interest to me and what I enjoy; food, nature, dance, music, travel, life forms … Hope you enjoy the holidays in the company of those you love and share some good will. Happy Holiday Season! Stay Safe. Stay inspired. Have a Happy Weekend!
 
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – Gathering – below.
 
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Gathering –  This week, Share with us your interpretation of “gathering.” It could be your entire family decked out in ugly holiday sweaters. It could be a group of seagulls strutting down the beach. Perhaps it’s a basket of fresh herbs you’ve collected from your garden for that awesome pasta dish this evening.

Positive Motivation Tip: We gather for all sorts of reasons… enjoy every moment!

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

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

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Fashionable Librarian permalink
    19/12/2015 10:07 am

    Gatherings can be so varied. Some are for happy times and some are for not so happy times….but gatherings are a part of us…even if all you do is go to work and nowhere else

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  2. mistywright permalink
    19/12/2015 11:25 am

    What great photos! And a great post! I love this theme! Might have to do a photo challenge myself!

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  3. mya.k permalink
    19/12/2015 11:36 am

    all the photos here are always great I love all of them every one you post.

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  4. Because... I'm cheap permalink
    19/12/2015 12:05 pm

    These are some lovely photos. I’m drawn to the photo of the man feeding the pigeons. Maybe it’s just the solitude and calm portrayed 🙂

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  5. Jonathan Key permalink
    19/12/2015 1:03 pm

    Gathering together is such a wonderful thing to do. I love all your lovely and inspiring photos!

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  6. thedealmatchmaker permalink
    19/12/2015 1:26 pm

    Happy holidays to you! I can’t wait to take a break and celebrate the holidays with my family

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  7. angie permalink
    19/12/2015 6:27 pm

    I love your captures, they fit the subject well

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  8. Claudette Esterine permalink
    19/12/2015 6:28 pm

    That’s one of my favourite words – gathering! Lovely post.

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  9. Jackie Paulson permalink
    19/12/2015 7:42 pm

    Have a very happy holiday season with all the good things life brings…blessings sent to you, Love ya, Jackie

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  10. michelle permalink
    19/12/2015 7:58 pm

    i certainly tend to gravitate towards things that interest me which is what ends up being the focus of my pictures

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  11. Claire Algarme permalink
    19/12/2015 9:23 pm

    Your theme is very apt because it is a season when more gatherings happen. Gatherings keep us feel that we belong to a group.

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  12. Liz Mays permalink
    19/12/2015 9:23 pm

    I like the pigeons being fed scenario and how that parallels people in some regard.

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  13. Marielle Altenor permalink
    19/12/2015 10:52 pm

    I think it is human nature to be drawn to things/people that we can relate to. Great photo for this week photo challenge. Happy Holidays to you!

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  14. korean doll permalink
    24/12/2015 10:16 am

    I love your weekly photo challenge. Thank you for sharing this to all of us and keeping us inspired.

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