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“I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” John Greenleaf Whittier

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Truth cannot be brought down; rather, the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop, you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices. Jiddu Krishnamurti

ASCEND: It is that time of year where groups of birds forage for last minute seeds then, gathering their collective strength in numbers, they ascend into the sky on their way to warmer climes. They soar into the heavens and we, at least those of us who pay attention to such things, marvel at the brilliance that intuitively tells them the brutal cold of winter is fast approaching and they must leave to stay alive. Some birds stick around; the Cardinals, Blue Jays and winter loving birds and they depend on the generosity of humans who feed them. I feed them and have gotten to capture their presence on my porch but that is not what this exercise is about. It is about ascending. The birds in the shots above are seagulls and they tend to stick it out around our local Sam’s Club… until quite late in the season.

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“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” William Shakespeare

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

Photo Challenge: ASCEND

One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. Rudolf Steiner


The ability to fly high into the sky has always fascinated me. It is one thing birds have over us and, as Icarus learned in an ancient tale, trying to mimic a bird can only lead to disastrous outcomes. So we sit back and admire their intelligent ways of working with the changing seasons and doing what it takes to survive… they’ve got that notion of prescience/intuition down. Wouldn’t you agree?


This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – ASCEND –   This week, Show us your interpretation of upward movement.



Positive Motivation Tip: What ascends returns even stronger…

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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128 Comments leave one →
  1. Miriam permalink
    13/12/2017 3:18 pm

    Such beautiful photos and words to accompany the theme ❤️

  2. AnnMarie John permalink
    13/12/2017 5:27 pm

    Love this theme! It’s such a beautiful word, ascend. It’s not just about flying but also rising up. It can be used in so many things, including rising up to improve your life.

  3. Olga permalink
    13/12/2017 6:19 pm

    So many beautiful photos of the seagulls ascending. Love your quotes. 🙂

  4. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    13/12/2017 10:59 pm

    Love the closeness of your beautiful photos. My son, 34 absolutely loves birds. He has had one as a therapy bird almost his entire life. I love their strength yet beauty. I agree with the saying you can’t get to the mountain top without struggling and being persistent. I fear to much to ever reach a high.

    • 26/12/2017 3:26 pm

      I fed them for some time until they got comfortable and then I took photos of them. It took about two hours. 🙂

  5. Taylor Smart permalink
    14/12/2017 2:12 am

    i love that quote from Rudolf Steiner! I’m the same as you; the thought of flying fascinates me! I’ve always had dreams where i can fly!

  6. slick1801 permalink
    14/12/2017 2:43 am

    These photos are gorgeous! Very impressed.

  7. mommafitlyndsey permalink
    14/12/2017 3:41 am

    such awesome photos! I love how you’ve caught the flight of these birds!

  8. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    14/12/2017 4:49 am

    This is fab. you really have captured the moment well and have some great bird shots to show for it x

  9. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    14/12/2017 4:51 am

    …A real inspiring post that certainly has made me want to ascend to higher levels 🙂 x

  10. Sue Tanya McHorgh permalink
    14/12/2017 5:44 am

    I totally agree that rhythm and repetition are key factors for ascension. The word has been on my mind recently . I am happy to see a post about it. Thanks for sharing.

  11. 14/12/2017 6:04 am

    I don’t know if you get any comments and I don’t see you on my blog anymore, which is sad, but I do hope you are well and have a lovely Christmas. You are never forgotten !

    • 26/12/2017 3:34 pm

      Oh Peter, I haven’t forgotten you or our WP friends… life offline got hectic and I’ve been sick with colds and stuff… Will catch up on your blog for sure. Happy Holidays! <3

  12. Carol Cassara permalink
    14/12/2017 6:44 am

    I like the photos that you picked for the theme, it definitely defines the chosen word for this week. It feels amazing to be able to breeze through and fly!

  13. Erica permalink
    14/12/2017 9:36 am

    What beautiful photo captures! While I love what you did with the birds – I definitely couldn’t get close enough to photograph them (they totally freaked me out haha).

  14. delilah821 permalink
    14/12/2017 11:19 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  15. Are We Adults Yet permalink
    14/12/2017 1:14 pm

    I love that you captured so many different points of flight, the wings are so beautiful!

  16. lucicoo permalink
    14/12/2017 1:15 pm

    I always marvel to see all the birds that come down to where I live, in the South, and see how they fly in patterns. I always wonder how it would feel to fly in the sky like a bird.

  17. Jessica Hughes permalink
    14/12/2017 3:05 pm

    Having the freedom to fly high through the skies is fascinating to me as well. To me ascend always brings to mind rising above and learning to soar no matter the challenge.

  18. Razena | permalink
    14/12/2017 3:33 pm

    Your photos capture their grace and beauty so well. Sadly I don’t often see birds in my current city for most of the year, except during the cooler months, when I awake to their morning song.

  19. Ashley permalink
    14/12/2017 3:48 pm

    These are some beautiful pictures! Almost spiritual in a sense. Love Birds and you showed them so beautifully

  20. Jagriti Roy permalink
    14/12/2017 7:23 pm

    The Omnipotence have blessed every different species with different and unique abilities. That can never be attained by the other clan..The unique ability of birds to fly is surely something which is fascinating..

  21. Erica @ Coming up Roses permalink
    15/12/2017 12:28 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by birds, too, and have wondered what it would be like to fly on my own. 🙂

  22. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    15/12/2017 12:30 am

    Just like you, I have always been fascinated with/by flying. I guess this is one of the reasons why I love riding on airplanes and going places. 🙂

  23. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    15/12/2017 1:02 am

    I read this word, “Ascend” and all I can think of is that it is our responsibility as parents not only to give our children their wings but to encourage them to take flight to reach greater heights.

  24. drewandtrishstravelsandadventures permalink
    15/12/2017 2:57 am

    “I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” What a great quote for couples! Love all the pictures of the seagulls. We have them still hanging around our parking lots too.

  25. Newsira permalink
    15/12/2017 3:58 am

    Whenever I look at sky and birds, I get instantly inspired. Flying high is definitely one of my all time goals.

  26. roadtowajnblom permalink
    15/12/2017 4:14 am

    I certainly wish it was easier for us to pick up and go when the weather got a little too cold. It is fascinating to me how smart birds are, and that they come and go each year.

  27. Agnes Vazhure permalink
    15/12/2017 4:36 am

    These photos of birds are so beautiful and really impressive. You really captured the essence of the beauty of White Christmas. Such a powerful and smart meaning.

  28. Ashley permalink
    15/12/2017 6:11 am

    Absolutely stunning!! I love the birds and the quote about lifting eachother up

  29. Ashley Bass permalink
    15/12/2017 6:12 am

    Absolutely stunning! Love the birds and the quote about lifting eachother up

  30. Jodi Major permalink
    15/12/2017 6:23 am

    We have a flock of geese at my work that hang out here in Pennsylvania all year long. I love seeing them here and still looking for food, even as there is snow on the ground. Birds are quite amazing creatures!

  31. helene dsouza permalink
    15/12/2017 6:24 am

    I really loved reading your posts.. they just make me feel more and more motivated and make me believe in optimism in every situation…
    The birds photography is just amazing and quotes which you mentioned too..

  32. Candy Rachelle permalink
    15/12/2017 6:29 am

    What a motivational and awesome post. What a smart and meaning full message you brought to all your readers. I really like it.

  33. balanceandblessings1 permalink
    15/12/2017 6:54 am

    These photos are a great way to portray your challenge of “ascend”. Do not know if I would have thought of that!

  34. Quirky Homemaker (@QuirkyHomemaker) permalink
    15/12/2017 8:34 am

    Well, I’ve never been particularly fond of seagulls except that their calling sounds like the sea. You’ve managed to capture their beauty, though. Great quotes in this post! I always enjoy your quotes.

  35. Different Frame of Mind permalink
    15/12/2017 8:45 am

    I love the word ascend, it’s actually one of my favorite words. This was a wonderful post and I love your pictures! Your collages are always so beautiful.

  36. Vasundhra permalink
    15/12/2017 9:16 am

    Birds can do some amazing things-they can fly, they know when and where to migrate and their nests are masterpieces.These shots are beautiful and the one with the quote “I’ll lift you and you lift me” is my favorite!

  37. Joanna Davis permalink
    15/12/2017 9:55 am

    I have recently watched a documentary about birds and they survival instincts, and it was fascinating, especially when there are so many predators for them out there. It’s fascinating how they know how to protect themselves and ascent to go to warmer climates.

  38. Ithfifi permalink
    15/12/2017 11:59 am

    Yes it is a wonderful thing, how to never be told to migrate but have a feeling or knowing inside that makes you all flock together to one destination.. there are so many ways of looking at it, both meaningful and also on face value. Either way its a wonderful act of mothernature. I enjoy watching the wildlife in my area immensely.

  39. Shell permalink
    15/12/2017 12:03 pm

    I look forward to seeing your new posts and I was really touched by this one. I love your photographs of the birds and they brought to mind the fact that we all must ascend past that which weighs our heart and allow ourselves to soar free…

  40. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    15/12/2017 2:22 pm

    I agree with you, the birds do have a deep intuition and I do admire their intelligent ways of working with the changing season and doing what it takes to survive. Nature is sometimes so mysterious and a great teacher to us humans to be there for each other and support each other so that all can succeed and be safe to survive.

  41. Ana Ojha permalink
    15/12/2017 3:58 pm

    I loved the quote of John Greenleaf Whittier and couldn’t agree more with him! We all need to lift and empower others! This is a beauty of life! I also loved your pictures in this challenge. All are great captured indeed!

  42. Cleo permalink
    15/12/2017 4:41 pm

    Love the way you write content! Its amazing how we overlook such creatures, until posts like this really highlight their beauty!

  43. Emily Fata permalink
    15/12/2017 5:10 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking photography! I think seagulls get too much slack… In my opinion, they’re really beautiful birds. 🙂

  44. chewoutloud permalink
    15/12/2017 7:25 pm

    We were just recently noticing a flock of gorgeous swans flying south for the winter. (So smart) They are not only gorgeous, but we were fascinated by how they just know the formation, how to be a team, work together, and get where they all need to go.

  45. helench1k permalink
    15/12/2017 11:21 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated about the life of birds and always wished that if I could have just one super power it would be to fly because imagine where it could take us if we could fly?!

    Love all your inspirational pieces!


  46. Ruby permalink
    15/12/2017 11:49 pm

    I am really enjoying your photo challenge series.Your ‘Ascend’ images are truely magical.

  47. jayashreetrao permalink
    16/12/2017 12:12 am

    Yes, birds migrate to other places for survival. Liked the quote in the beginning, it applies to all humans also Lovely pictures.

  48. mjchristine permalink
    16/12/2017 5:26 am

    Ascending to the highest peak you can reach, the words I could mumble after I saw the photos in this post. The way those birds extend their wings and fly is very inspiring and uplifting!

  49. acheerymind permalink
    16/12/2017 5:44 am

    Great choices of pictures for this theme! I love seeing birds fly I found they so incredible and mesmerizing how organized they are!

  50. Kelly Reci permalink
    16/12/2017 7:05 am

    Every day I got a strong message reading your article. This really helps me a lot.
    It gives me more positive vibes as always.

  51. lexieanimetravel permalink
    16/12/2017 8:50 am

    wonderful photo challenge about ascend, I vividly remember that series that I’ve been watching while I was on college, It’s about migrating birds. They have this specific season where they ascend together with they group. I do admire the power of those creatures who can soar high and that feeling of invincible.

  52. Evelyn, permalink
    16/12/2017 9:25 am

    As a child, all I wanted to do was fly :-D. Now that I am an adult, I try to “ascend” by not simply physically getting on a airplane as often as I can, but to hold high thoughts for the good of there. Those who trigger me are extra credit 😀 Blessings and Happy Holidays <3

  53. ayeshafarhad permalink
    16/12/2017 9:29 am

    Oh wow! Absolutely love the shots! Birds are truly magical creatures and they look even more magical during winter time!

  54. Emma | permalink
    16/12/2017 9:37 am

    Love the quote you have above: “I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” John Greenleaf Whittier. There’s nothing like supporting one another as we travel life’s path.

  55. tonygreene113 permalink
    16/12/2017 11:14 am

    I would love to have the wings to fly where I would like to go. Unfortunately, our species can only fly the friendly skies in ametal tube.

  56. TheGracefulMist permalink
    16/12/2017 11:52 am

    Birds in the sky often remind me to live freely, and reach for my dreams. Whenever I see a bird freely and happily flying, it reminds me to use my “wings” and travel my journey with glee.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  57. nbosken permalink
    16/12/2017 12:42 pm

    Yeah it is pretty sweet that birds can fly. I wish I could. I’m sure I’d fly all kinds of places.

  58. Brittany Giles permalink
    16/12/2017 5:23 pm

    These shots are so pretty! What a fun way to share the visuals that you love!

  59. I'm Busy Being Awesome permalink
    16/12/2017 6:33 pm

    “I’ll lift you and you lift me and we’ll both ascend together” This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  60. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    17/12/2017 7:21 am

    This series of pictures is beautiful! You captured the movement really nicely. Must be quite hard!

  61. Evelina permalink
    17/12/2017 7:31 am

    Birds are truly fascinating creatures and photos captured their uniqueness very beautifully.

  62. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    17/12/2017 10:41 am

    The first time I flew was exciting. Of course, I was nervous at first, thinking of all the worst things that could happen. But if you let go of your fear and just put all your trust in the pilot, the experience is so freeing. This is just the same with everyday life. If we hold on to the things that bind us to the ground, we will never reach those heights that are meant for us.

  63. Ellie Plummer permalink
    17/12/2017 12:41 pm

    I love how peaceful those birds look. These are some lovely photos.

  64. 17/12/2017 10:09 pm

    Awesome pictures and quotes as usual. Ascend is a difficult theme to bring to life. Done beautifully. Happy new year.

  65. Sadhna Shanker permalink
    17/12/2017 10:12 pm

    as usual beautiful pictures and quotes. Ascend is a difficult theme to portray. Happy new year.

  66. Brandi H permalink
    17/12/2017 11:47 pm

    I love the beautiful photos and the quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti. I’ve always found birds very interesting. One of my “superpowers” would be to fly.

  67. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    18/12/2017 12:28 am

    There was a time in my life when I was sleeping a little better than I do now and I would dream often of birds ascending into the sky. I met a dream interpreter who told me that dreaming of flying birds represented joy, harmony/balance, and love. It meant you had a sunny outlook in life. 🙂

  68. Rosey permalink
    18/12/2017 2:58 am

    I just read Icarus to my son. Flight is an amazing thing, no doubt about it. Nice pics to accompany the topic.

  69. Anna permalink
    18/12/2017 3:46 am

    Wow, that first quote is profound. I can relate to it and the meaning behind resonates with me. Thanks for bringing it up x

  70. thenafranssen permalink
    18/12/2017 4:47 am

    I love this as well. I would love to fly high into the air. Seems so freeing.

  71. iamunbothered permalink
    18/12/2017 5:02 am

    Absolutely true. The birds know instinctively when conditions are not favorable and fly to better surroundings. We also should learn from the birds by doing what it takes to survive and not to mimic others.

  72. Soonjoo permalink
    18/12/2017 7:46 am

    I love your blog and beautiful photos. Great inspirational post for me to read on monday! I agree when we help each other we will ascend together!

  73. Garrile Blog permalink
    18/12/2017 8:16 am

    Your photos are so nicely taken! I find this concept interesting, plus how you connected the quotes with the choosing of the pictures, even though personally I’m not a fan of seagulls… I just find them rather sneaky and kind of mischievous.

  74. Emily permalink
    18/12/2017 8:49 am

    These are not only beautiful photos, I love the visual of ascending towards goals!

  75. Stephanie JNote permalink
    18/12/2017 8:49 am

    My favorite quote is I will lift you and you will lift me and we will ascend together. If only people thought that way for real. We would all climb efficiently without drama. Beautiful!

  76. queenofmakeupaddicts permalink
    18/12/2017 11:56 am

    this is such a great post!! love the pictures

  77. Kyla Matton Osborne permalink
    18/12/2017 12:48 pm

    This truly was an uplifting post to read! The photos are lovely and your prose flows so beautifully. I felt that I could ascend with the birds!

  78. waitingforrain28 permalink
    18/12/2017 4:49 pm

    This would be a fun and easy challenge for me, because I have a pet bird and he is always flying around. 😀 This is a great way to get inspired as well.

  79. Blair Villanueva permalink
    19/12/2017 1:34 am

    One big lessons I’ve learned in watching birds flying – that we can fly as high and as far as we like, but eventually we will return to where we belong.
    They are one of the beautiful creatures and I am never get bored watching them.

    • 26/12/2017 3:06 pm

      Likewise. I don’t tire of watching them. We can fly in our minds and with contraptions but the natural gift of flight remains with the birds.

  80. yeahlifestyle permalink
    19/12/2017 4:26 am

    Loving all your photos, you have captured the birds in flight well

  81. Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) permalink
    19/12/2017 12:45 pm

    Love this concept!! I love the idea of even angels ascending and descending.

  82. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    19/12/2017 11:33 pm

    Like you, I’ve also always been fascinated by flying. I love travelling by plane, too, and I am fond of birds by any kind.

  83. 21/12/2017 5:12 pm

    I notice the birds taking flight yearly. Since we bought our home and its not far from a walking trail that sits parallel to the river we love going on it and finding a nice bench the overlooks and watch the birds take off and dive and ascend back into the air for their long flight south.

  84. MarciaF permalink
    21/12/2017 5:23 pm

    Do you take all these pictures? They are amazing and fit in so well with the thought of the day.

  85. kylie cre8tone permalink
    21/12/2017 7:06 pm

    the white bird, is it dove? looks so pure and nice.. like the ascend..

  86. Shannon permalink
    21/12/2017 7:11 pm

    Great choice of quotes and interesting pairing of photos

  87. Tiffany Yong permalink
    21/12/2017 10:20 pm

    Yes, the first thought about human flying also leads to Icarus~ However, aeroplanes and helicopters are also proof of evidence that human can fly too!

  88. Coralie Seright permalink
    21/12/2017 11:45 pm

    I love birds – and watching them fly and land and take off. It is so mesmerizing. Thanks for a great challenge this week and the remind to always rise.

  89. Taslyn Russell permalink
    22/12/2017 1:33 am

    I love the quote about lifting each other that is important in life for growth its sad that some people want to be lifted and not do the same for another person. Loved this post its a great reminder for the New Year!

  90. Alicia Taylor at permalink
    22/12/2017 11:10 am

    Some interesting takes on ascending. I love this word – it’s almost spiritual in nature. To me, it’s always represented humans ability to rise above and become more than what they are.

  91. alainamonster permalink
    22/12/2017 12:00 pm

    Birds have always fascinated me for the same reasons too. When I lived in Oklahoma, the birds would always fly away together before a storm… before we even knew a storm was coming. I’ve always found it interesting tat they can sense things even bore our advanced technology pick up on changes (like i our weather systems).

  92. Kendra permalink
    22/12/2017 5:18 pm

    I love this photo challenge. I often stop to admire the birds soaring into the air.

  93. fabiolazefi permalink
    24/12/2017 8:24 pm

    I always say that there is room for all of us to make it and be successful. I often hear bloggers say ‘this person is copying me’ and so and so, but why not look at it as you inspired someone versus thinking they’re copying you. Life each other up and you can all make it.

  94. tchandler52 permalink
    25/12/2017 1:10 am

    I see flocks of geese every day. Its been a while since I’ve seen a seagull. That is what these birds look like.


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