Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Little Sunshine

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
and shadows will fall behind you."
-Walt Whitman

I was inspired today by the prompt in Tracey Clark's Picture Winter class. Although we had some rain and cooler temperatures, Tuesday I awoke to an absolutely beautiful day. The sun shone bright, crisp clean air, and not a cloud in the sky. Everything was still covered in droplets of water from the previous day's rain, catching the gleam of the sunlight and sparkling like jewels. The backyard had been transformed overnight and the plants and flowers stood tall boasting their beauty.
{Project 365 Day 4}

I began to think about the magnificence of the sun in the most primitive sense. The word could not survive without it, allowing humans and nature to thrive. But it also brings out the best in people, and is used as a synonym for cheery, happy, and bright.

Tracey's prompt involved finding something to photograph that mimicked the colors and or shape of the sun. While sunshine is not in our daily lives, both physically and metaphorically, we can do our best to create our own. Some days are cloudy and gray, some are happy and some are sad, some are productive some are frustrating. But encouraging ourselves to find a little bit of sunshine in some form or another can keep us going. I am working hard to find those little moments, people, and places that light up my life, and surround myself with them daily.
{Day 4 Picture Winter - "A Little Sunshine"}


  1. well said!
    i love the happy yellow buttons.
    so so cute.
    somehow, i missed it in the picture winter gallery.
    i try to view each one, but some days i do not get to them all.
    {that's how i found your blog, by the way.}

    and that first photo!
    lovely bokeh.

    glad to have found your inspiring blog.
    it is a breath of fresh air... i see we have the same blog background!!

    your heart cloud below is beyond cool!
    what a special moment that had to be!

    well, i look forward to seeing more of your interesting photos
    over at picture winter!

    happy new year to you!

  2. well those surely just brought brightness to my dark night! what great and striking images. the composition of the bamboo shot is so simple and elegant. i will definitely keep an eye out for more of your shots on Picture Winter!

    --mae (pmaelee on PW)

    ps i'm dying to go see so you think you can dance in tour. i can't believe you been three times! was it fantastic? i bet it was...

  3. Love the pics Chels....oh and of course your always positive view on life!! Makes me smile. Love you!

  4. I love the bold colors in both of these photos.


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