Noticing the Moments

The orange-pink hues filtered their luminous colour through my blinds when I got up at my usual early hour. On opening my blinds, I was greeted by this wonderful sunrise sky.


Savouring the moment in my kitchen at coffee time. My favourite time of the day when I watch the early morning light give me a moving show of light and shadows 
and a lesson in awareness.

I opened the kitchen door and saw how a golden crown of florets had opened on my pink zinnia. What a marvel to observe such detail.

After a couple of weeks of heatwave, the thunder grumbled towards the evening
and I went for a walk with my umbrella.
I started off alongside some gardens
and loved listening to the pitter-patter of rain on the umbrella.

Noticing the reflections in the puddles
and smiling at the umbrella reflected in the wet pavement.

On one side of the sky, the crescent moon rose in the deepening purple hues

I prolonged my walk and was rewarded by this view as I came over the hill
 I could see the mountain tops, appearing blue in the disappearing light.
 Generous clouds in a luminous shade of pink rolled across the horizon.

Noticing the moments is one of the nicest things we can offer ourselves every single day.
Do you notice yours?

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After taking a blog break, I felt the need to simplify and not overthink what I share here during the months of July and August. So I'm leaning towards something spontaneous and intuitive
and hope you will join me along the way.




40 comments

  1. it's good to stop and smell the flowers, as they say, beautiful photos

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you, Lissa!
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. Wow! The moments you captured are breathtaking! Love you umbrella with it's pretty bow. It's reflection on the pavement made me smile, too. I must say you have an awesome view each morning! As far as blogging, I've felt myself stressing over my blog lately. Maybe I'm trying to hard to plan, I should take your advice and just be spontaneous. That's more my nature anyway. Looking forward to seeing what beauty you find in July and August!

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    1. Hi Cathy! I know what you mean by sometimes stressing over our blogs! I took a break and had to re-invent myself a little to come back in! Spontaneity and simplicity are good words to remember! Thank you for visiting!

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  3. What beautiful pink moments!

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    1. Thank you, Fi! There's something special about pink, isn't there?

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    1. Beauty is all around us. Thank you, Sue!

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  5. It will be my pleasure to accompany you Sandra! Thank you for taking me on such a pleasant stroll already!

    Good to have you back.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. It's great to be back, Sarn. I'll be planning other little visual strolls really soon!

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  6. Lovely series of photos. Everyday moments matter!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I agree about the everyday moments!

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  7. Oh, my, Sandra -- what a delightful day you had! The different colors of the sky are truly beautiful. The last image is just spectacular! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. So nice to see you here, Gina! I can never resist beautiful skies!

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  8. You definitely should blog whatever speaks to your heart at that moment. Loved all of these photos, especially the one of your morning coffee.

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    1. Lovely to have you visit, Sarah! Blogging with and from the heart is the only way to go! I have a soft-spot for the lace curtain reflection too as I prepared my morning coffee!

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  9. I love your sharing
    and always feel peaceful
    after reading your words..

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    1. So kind of you to say so and I'm happy to share my little world and sometimes my words with everyone who drops by!

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  10. Just lovely! I love that shot of your coffee (I think it's the composition or the way they eye travels the curves of the lace shadow- whatever it is I'm really drawn to it!) and you catch the most gorgeous skies too!
    Kate :}

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    1. Thanks, Kate. The curves of the lace shadow are from my kitchen curtains!

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    1. Thank you, George. So nice to see you!

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  12. Just noticing the everyday world! A great blog with lovely photos..I love the umbrella reflection! If we ever get some rain that is less than a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning, I think I will take a walk with my yellow umbrella!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I love to have your visit! It's such fun walking in the rain (if it isn't a huge downpour!) I enjoy how fresh everything looks and all the smells!

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  13. Definitely a lesson in mindfulness, Sandra, ad your images are truly lovely.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Mindfulness in everyday occupations. They're such fun to notice and experience! Thank you for your kind comment, Lisa.

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  14. I am doing something similar on my blog too - sometimes keeping things simple is most effective. Beautiful photos Sandra.

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    1. Thank you, Elaine. I shall be right over! :)

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  15. such lovely images
    that first sky is amazing, the color, wow.
    morning coffee/tea is a special time, a threshold to a new day.
    I feel that this post is still very much you.

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    1. Thank you Tammie. Yes, all of these scenes are very much about my everyday life. Simple yet meaningful!

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  16. Taking notice - that's one of the rewards of a simple and unhurried life, I believe. It's one of my deepest pleasures. The ordinary made extraordinary by your photos.

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  17. Hello Barb, nice to see you! The magical moments in the simple art of living without rushing from one thing to the next, but taking the time to savour them as they arise.

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  18. I just wrote something rather like this, then caught a glimpse of your post title in my sidebar and hopped over to see what you had to say. Some people feel that a camera gets in the way of noticing the moment, but I think it can be a help. The moments you've captured are so very beautiful, Sandra. (That purple sky!!!) Thank you for sharing them with us. I hope your summer is going well. :)

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    1. Hello Sue, so nice to see you! Thank you for your comment. My summer is a hot and cold one! It's either very hot and building up to storms and then the temperatures drop, deliciously for a few days! I'll be over to yours to say hello!

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  19. I have been doing a lot of mindfulness this summer with my forced staying inside. There is something about this time that I do love. Mind you I don't like the heat of summer but with that said I do love the chance to catch up on good reading, new movies I wanted to see and learning some new techniques with Lightroom and my camera. There is always a season and even if you don't care for it, it does have its advantages. I also wish I could have been with you in that morning scene with your coffee and just talking. Even in the rain I would have liked. Have a wonderful summer Sandra.

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    1. Yes, there is something positive about each season, even the one we like less than the others! The hot season isn't my favourite either, but like you, I find some really enjoyable things to do and sometimes just enjoy 'not doing'!

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  20. Your post reminds me of this quote by the author, May Sarton "The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention." We often don't have to travel far to find beauty and you have proven that here with these gorgeous images. After a busy first part of the summer, I'm so ready to relax and enjoy some spontaneity!

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    1. Thank you for the quotation, Susan. It fits so perfectly! Thank you for popping in to this blog entry! I do hope you will find some lovely relaxing time at last and enjoy those unplanned days to the full!

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