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“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W. H. Auden

Photo Challenge: EARTH -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more...

Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY2017 -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more…

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore

What does Earth Mean to YOU? To me, Mother Earth is the foundation of all that sustains us on this planet. We walk her path to grow, heal, help each other, and maintain our livelihood. We connect to our spirit through the magnificence we see in nature around us daily, and it is this greatness that keeps us in awe and gratitude. Why wouldn’t we want her to thrive? If she thrives, we thrive. As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, this week’s photo challenge – EARTH 2017 – gives us another opportunity to share the beauty of planet earth through our photographs. let us not forget that our beautiful planet can only remain fertile and safe from toxic pollutants if we stay vigilant and do our bit. Reduce your carbon footprint. Plant a tree. Learn about the Earth Day Network  and their urgent call to action, and avail yourself of all you can from the theme for Earth Day 2017 which is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Support environmentally friendly products and companies. Reduce waste. Reconnect to farm grown foods. Stay aware and celebrate Mother Earth!

Photos: What and Where?: The middle photo was taken on a recent trip with one of my kids to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. When we landed at Cedar Rapids Airport, the first thing I noticed was the expansive and flat landscape. You could see for miles…  The bridge is the Tappan Zee in Tarrytown, NY. The concrete structure and steep steps is a pathway in Kyoto, Japan. The orchids and the yellow poms/moms remind me of the beauty in nature that adds to the beauty of this earth. The sunset scene and the collage were taken by the Hudson River in Westchester County. The distant photo of the Hudson Valley and River was taken atop the Perkins Memorial Tower at Bear Mountain State Park, NY. From the top of that tower, you can actually see 4 states; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Isn’t that amazing?

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“Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.” Alice Walker

Photo Challenge: EARTH -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more...

Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY2017 -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more…

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Charles Dickens
Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm. Jack Kornfield


What do you know about Earth Day, the Environment and Climate Change? If you are serious about learning everything you need to know about the environment at climate change, there are Toolkits: Earth Day in a Box  and  Teach-In materials to help you learn how to rally others in your circle of influence, educate each other, stay armed with information, stay motivated, and take simple yet decisive daily action to protect our environment. You can also participate in a Teach-In to help you get on top of your carbon footprint. Make every day Earth Day by your actions and sensitivity to all living beings in nature and on earth.

 READ: EDN’s climate education initiative, The Story of Climate Change  the first-ever iTextbook on climate change.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  EARTH  – This week, share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors, we welcome your takes on the theme!


Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate all that Mother Earth represents!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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102 Comments leave one →
  1. Dustin permalink
    19/04/2017 7:57 pm

    Great photos and informative links! That Earth Day in a Box has some great ideas

  2. 19/04/2017 8:36 pm

    Earth Day means a lot to me. When I was a kid I used to plant something every Earth Day. I wanted to nurture earth instead of destroy it.

  3. terristeffes permalink
    19/04/2017 9:54 pm

    What a beautiful post about one of my favorite things! Thank you for the reminder to take care of our home!

  4. Marceline Dementori permalink
    20/04/2017 2:08 am

    I wasn’t aware about Earth Day until a few years ago and ever since then, I would make sure to teach my kids about the world that we live in and how to take care of it. It’s nice to be able to do something to help out. We won’t have anything to leave the kids if we don’t take care of the Earth.

  5. Krista Bel permalink
    20/04/2017 4:20 am

    It’s always humbling to take a deep breath, stop and look at the earth. it’s a beautiful place we’ve found ourselves

  6. Christine Cox permalink
    20/04/2017 5:33 am

    My kids have been very into planting this spring and I am excited to teach them more about our earth and what comes from it, how we can take care of it and how the earth cares for us.

  7. Raine C. S. permalink
    20/04/2017 6:30 am

    I try very much to be connected with the earth and the environment. I feel the most at home when I’m outside. I think Earth Day is an important part of creating awareness for environmental issues. Thanks for pointing this out as a reminder to people!

  8. Kait permalink
    20/04/2017 7:41 am

    It is so important to be educated about our earth and climate change. So many people disregard it because they think other people in higher positions will take care of it or they outright don’t understand so they don’t believe our earth is in danger. It is up to each of us to share this important message and to work each day to help our earth. I will have to check out The Story of Climate Change and get working on my sustainable resolutions in my house.

  9. taylermorrell permalink
    20/04/2017 8:49 am

    Earth day is so important. Sadly, I haven’t really seen a celebration since I was in elementary school in the early 90s!

  10. nlampert permalink
    20/04/2017 9:03 am

    I really want to do some environmental volunteering this summer. It’s so easy to feel disconnected from the Earth when we live in the city, but I want to change that!

  11. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    20/04/2017 9:13 am

    I agree, we thrive when our earth thrives and the only way we can make sure it thrives is if we nurture it. Its important to take care of our earth x

  12. MaryAnne permalink
    20/04/2017 9:33 am

    Thanks for sharing this post! happy earth´s day for everybody!

  13. Michelle Waller permalink
    20/04/2017 10:05 am

    Earth Day means a lot to me because I want to make sure the Earth is safe and wonderful for our future generations. We planted lots of new trees for Earth Day and picked up trash from the park.

  14. 20/04/2017 10:17 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. I am an amateur photographer still trying to learn lighting.

  15. Nina Bashaw Photography permalink
    20/04/2017 11:27 am

    Our planet is a gorgeous place and we should all do our best to protect it. I loved reading your post about Earth Day and all your photos!

  16. Boho Chic (@TotallyTerris) permalink
    20/04/2017 11:33 am

    I’m very interested in learning everything I can learn in regards to our environment. I’m trying to teach the grandkids what I know so they can teach their own kids.

  17. Andrea Broom permalink
    20/04/2017 11:53 am

    When I was in high school I joined the environmental conscious club at school as well as the ecology club. I wanted to be more aware of what was going with our planet. I think we need to be more conscious. Great post. I will def check out the links to learn more.

  18. Anne Yedlin permalink
    20/04/2017 12:08 pm

    You always take such beautiful pictures. Earth day is definitely something to be celebrated. It’s how we teach our children to care for our planet.

  19. Amber permalink
    20/04/2017 12:25 pm

    Earth means home to me and like I treat my real home with care, I also treat Earth with care. These pictures are lovely.

  20. Beth Davidson permalink
    20/04/2017 1:03 pm

    It’s so good to share about climate change. I’m not sure why people are still pretending it’s not happening, but the more we share about it, the more we can accomplish.

  21. Doran (@HauteBeautyBlog) permalink
    20/04/2017 1:44 pm

    I am celebrating Earth Day with some friends cleaning up local beaches! We started the tradition when we were 7 and have kept it up for over 20 years.

  22. No Bland Makeup permalink
    20/04/2017 2:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing… totally just kidding lol. It’s good that you’re spreading awareness through social media. The only way we can make the world a better place is to hold ourselves accountable. This is a good way to do it; have people share what they love about nature.

    • 20/04/2017 10:43 pm

      Thanks for that opening line! I’m always amazed when people use it in s comment… I’m like didn’t they read my note!? 🙂

  23. Kimberly c. permalink
    20/04/2017 4:16 pm

    Great post. Yes it is important that we take care of our Earth. We only have one. Although I haven’t planted any trees recently. Do recycle and try to pitch in. If we all do a little, we can make a big difference.

  24. pam permalink
    20/04/2017 7:37 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love nature and I believe in climate change!

  25. momknowsbest15 permalink
    20/04/2017 8:59 pm

    Earth day is a great day for me to learn plenty. Taking care of the earth makes it a better place to live

  26. Emily permalink
    20/04/2017 9:05 pm

    I love this challenge! I think that celebrating Earth day is key, especially with kids. It helps them be aware of the bigger picture and that this is our only home. I love all of the pictures, Earth is such an amazing place with beauty everywhere.

  27. toastycritic permalink
    20/04/2017 9:26 pm

    I always love your amazing pictures. And on this Earth day we definitely need to remember that it is the only planet that we have, and that we should be good stewards of that for future generations.

  28. Travel Blogger permalink
    20/04/2017 11:06 pm

    I have never heard about Earth Day Network, but this is such a great way to help bring people together for the sake of our planet. It is a reminder to myself that I need to do more, and that I can do so much more. After all, if we ruin this earth there are no second chances.

  29. Coralie permalink
    20/04/2017 11:12 pm

    I am going on a walk tomorrow with my daughter and I am going to do this challenge. I love taking pictures. She will enjoy it also.

  30. Neha Saini permalink
    20/04/2017 11:13 pm

    True. A lot is spoken but a little is done towards it. And to cope the climate disaster we have havoc, it’s high time that we start celebrating 22nd of every month as the Earth day instead of just once a year. The more people educated about stuff like this, will help in maintaining the sustenance.

  31. Eileen permalink
    20/04/2017 11:15 pm

    Any little act, done regularly, to protect and preserve the environment can have that ripple effect. Be an example, initiate and educate family members to do their part. As with all good things, it should start with our very own family in our own homes.

  32. Wanderlust vegans permalink
    21/04/2017 12:19 am

    Happy Earth Day. I absolutely love the earth. Today we went around the forest and collected garbage. It was very productive day.

  33. Lorena Murcia permalink
    21/04/2017 1:52 am

    I always teach my kids we need to take care a lot about earth, the important it is for a better life at this present and future. Happy Earht Day

  34. Angela Milnes permalink
    21/04/2017 3:06 am

    What a beautiful picture. I wish I had talent for this kind of photography

  35. Jay Colby permalink
    21/04/2017 5:36 am

    Happy Earth Day. This was some great information.

  36. Jenny Temcio permalink
    21/04/2017 5:43 am

    Earth day means a lot to me because every day of the year I actively live to be good to our planet and then we have a day to celebrate that!! Last year I made seed bombs with wildflower seeds and tossed them around in unattended areas for the bees.

  37. Hannah Marie permalink
    21/04/2017 6:29 am

    I love all the photos, beautiful! Earth day is one of the important events which reminds us to stop and think about how we are really treating our nature and how beautiful it is. I hope more people will be aware and take action.

  38. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    21/04/2017 6:44 am

    Thank you for sharing these useful links. We have some activities lined up for Earth Day, and these will come in handy.

  39. agentizerozerosetter permalink
    21/04/2017 7:39 am

    Earth is were we live, we have to take care of it! It’s beautiful to celebrate it!

  40. Robert San Diego permalink
    21/04/2017 7:42 am

    Awesome way to spread Earth Day Awareness. Love it!

  41. Evelyn Reese permalink
    21/04/2017 7:56 am

    Happy Earth Day to All. I love the beauty in the photos and links were very interesting.

  42. kelly reci permalink
    21/04/2017 7:58 am

    i love all the photos! it looks so natural and refreshing! perfect for the article topic! i love it!

  43. Sondra Barker permalink
    21/04/2017 8:34 am

    I always love seeing your new photos. Your ability to capture is truly an art. I can’t wait to see what you give us next.

  44. Anosa permalink
    21/04/2017 8:44 am

    Happy Earth day! We should all be responsible persons and help save mother nature. In our own little ways we can contribute to it.

  45. Joanna permalink
    21/04/2017 9:00 am

    I remember when I was little we used to celebrate Earth Day in school by making different projects to raise awareness and learn about the planet we live on. It was really interesting and I hope they still continue this tradition in school.

  46. Michelle Waller (@myblessedslife) permalink
    21/04/2017 11:22 am

    I love the photos you picked this week! I am always looking for great ways to celebrate Earth Day.

  47. Helene Cohen Bludman permalink
    21/04/2017 2:16 pm

    Love your photos. Earth Day is more important than ever. We all need to do what we can to protect our planet.

  48. lifesmoments16 permalink
    21/04/2017 4:32 pm

    These are some beautiful pictures. I love the pictures of the flowers.

  49. Colleenwool permalink
    21/04/2017 4:34 pm

    Your pictures are amazing. I celebrated by going to the park.

  50. Michelle Gwynn Jones permalink
    21/04/2017 5:29 pm

    I can’t believe it is Earth Day already. Need to decide what I will do to make the earth a small bit better.

    Great pictures.

  51. alisonrost permalink
    21/04/2017 5:49 pm

    I thought your photo looked like Iowa! We live only a couple of hours away from Iowa City and I went to the U of I for two years before finishing at Iowa State. Iowa City is such a great town .. I hope you guys had a chance to walk through the Ped Mall and also up and down all of the hills on campus.

    • 23/04/2017 2:13 am

      We did! We walked around a lot and I lost 4 pounds! It is very welcoming and people are laid back and helpful. Loved it.

  52. 21/04/2017 6:47 pm

    Beautiful post! I love Earth day.. it means a lot to me 🙂

  53. Leigh Anne permalink
    21/04/2017 7:30 pm

    I am honestly glad that over the years Earth Day has become more and more popular with people. We have so much to be thankful for and yet so much more to still learn about her.

  54. Alison R (@SoChicLife) permalink
    21/04/2017 8:59 pm

    Love your photos and happy Earth Day! Thanks for sharing so much useful information on such an important topic.

  55. Kristine Alessandra permalink
    21/04/2017 9:16 pm

    Happy Earth day to you, Elizabeth. Right now, I am doing my part to preserve our environment. I planted a tree seedling! I plan to do this every year, during Earth day.

  56. sincerelyophelia permalink
    21/04/2017 9:21 pm

    Great post! I love our planet and your post inspires me to do better for our Earth.

  57. Amila Wickramarachchi permalink
    21/04/2017 11:48 pm

    It’s a good topic to talk and make others aware of protecting mother earth.For me each day is an Earth Day.Though we cant do many things practically,we can easily adopt things such as protecting water,recycling etc to protect the environment.At home,I try to practice such things with my kid hoping he will raise as a responsible adult!

  58. Stacey permalink
    22/04/2017 6:17 am

    we are gardening this Earth Day. always got to give back to Mother Earth not only on her today but everyday

  59. Queen Thrifty permalink
    22/04/2017 6:40 am

    I love your photo challenges the photos of nature are beyond words. Perfect tribute to the upcoming Earth Day celebration.

  60. Jack permalink
    22/04/2017 1:12 pm

    I try to raise my kids to respect the Earth and we celebrate earth day. Love the post.

  61. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    22/04/2017 3:10 pm

    Happy earth day! This year, we planted new trees and turn off the lights for an hour on earth day. Got to love our planet earth, it’s the only planet to live

  62. Mommy Peachy permalink
    22/04/2017 8:54 pm

    We need to take care of Mother Earth not only on Earth Day but everyday.

  63. Eileen permalink
    22/04/2017 9:43 pm

    Earth day is upon us once again. Aren’t we lucky we still have an Earth to call home after all the destruction we’ve been doing? I do my very best to help preserve the environment, not for my own benefit but for the generations to come.

  64. Angie@chasingmyhalo permalink
    23/04/2017 12:44 am

    Great photos and quote to go along with such an important topic. I love all the science marches going on today for Earth Day.

  65. vishalgmr1971 permalink
    23/04/2017 9:04 pm

    Nice photos and post. Your photos and information inspire me to do something every time I come to your site. I am addicted to your site because of so much knowledge I get from here.

  66. wonderlingblog permalink
    10/05/2017 3:35 am

    We live on a beautiful planet that we show little respect for. We all need to do more to protect and preserve this place for our future generations.

  67. 23/04/2017 1:59 am

    Thank you!


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