A Single Rose | {The Serenity Project}

We are often out and about in the middle of the day, which isn’t the best time to take photos. But, every now and again, I’ll come across something like this- a perfect rose spotlighted and surrounded with greenery.

I’ll snap the photo and then run to catch up with my family. I won’t think much about it, until it’s up on my computer for editing.

And then, sometimes, I’ll see it for the simple gift that it is, a little bit of hidden beauty on our walk. Maybe the light wasn’t perfect, but it works for this image, in this moment.

Five minutes later the light would have been different, a week from now the rose might be gone.

Something simple and fleeting captured, when it would have been easy to just walk by.

 

The photographers in The Serenity Project circle wish to convey a sense of peace and calmness in their images. Please take a look at my good friend Iris Nelson – Metro Phoenix Photographer  to see what has brought her some serenity this month.

The Japanese Tea Garden | {The Serenity Project}

Recently we visited the Japanese Tea Garden. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much; I thought we would walk around for maybe half an hour, take a few photos, and then head to lunch.

We were pleasantly surprised with this beautiful park!  The garden has a long history and first opened in 1919. Since then, it’s been through several renovations, the most recent in 2008. Now it’s a beautiful, serene oasis in the middle of a bustling city. September 16, 2017-ECC_7993EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7981EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7988EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7991EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7983EileenCritchley1September 16, 2017-ECC_7980EileenCritchley1

We all enjoyed our walk through the garden, looking for flowers, waterfalls, butterflies, and koi. What a beautiful way to start the weekend! We will definitely go back.

(All images taken with Lensbaby Velvet 56.)

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The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project. The participating photographers aim to bring a sense of peace and calm with their images. Please click over to  the talented Wendy May, multi-genre photographer, Aberdeenshire to see what brought her some serenity this month.

 

Wildflowers | {The Serenity Project}

We were fortunate to get a little bit of rain last week. It was desperately needed and much enjoyed! It rained for almost an entire day and of course days like that make me want to do nothing but curl up with a book all day. Unfortunately, there are errands to run and it wasn’t to be a lazy day after all.

The rain brought a little beauty into our lives in the form of wildflowers in my yard. A few days after the rain storm, I noticed many of these flowers popping up across the city in the medians on the road and in yards. Texas is known for its wildflowers, and I am happy to have them in the summer! I know they won’t last long (lawn mowers don’t discriminate), but I love having their simple beauty in my yard for a little while.

 

This one has a teeny tiny spider web on it.

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They are mostly white, but I found a few yellow ones too.

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I’m looking forward to enjoying the wildflowers of spring, and (as it turns out) throughout the year!

The Serenity Project is a group photography project which aims to bring a sense of peace and calm in imagery. Please visit Jessica Nelson, central Maryland Wildlife Photographer to see what serenity she has found this month. I have know for sure it’s something beautiful!

A Photowalk | {The Serenity Project}

In the  quiet space between the chaos of school and homework, work and meetings, appointments and obligations, beauty and serenity can be found on a walk around town.

 

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Taking a walk with my family and my camera is my favorite way to spend a morning.  It’s a great way for us to discover our city, whether we have lived there a month  or a year.

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I love taking photo walks. You never know what you will find.

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You might even find beauty under I-35!

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What else is summer for, if not discovering magic?

One of my goals with photography is finding a place of mindfulness, simplicity, intention and serenity with my images. I am thrilled to join the Serenity Project, a collaboration of photographers striving to capture a sense of peace and calm within their imagery. Please continue to follow the circle by visiting the talented Maria Russell and seeing what brought her some serenity this month.