When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.~Oscar Hammerstein II
I’ve followed this little ritual for years. I like to start the day with a cup of tea–the stronger the better. It’s my favorite way to edge into the morning. I even pack a favorite teacup, so I can continue this tradition on the road. These favorite things give my days some consistency and structure, and give me a feeling of harmony.
We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.” ―
We all have our favorite things. Some of them last for a long time. Others are new. This week, you have the chance to showcase your favorites–people, places, activities, animals, food, hobbies–just about anything that brings you happiness. It’s entirely up to you.
To get your creative wheels spinning, I’ll continue my list of favorites:
Exploring New Places
My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.~Diane Arbus
I love the element of surprise when we explore new places–like Sintra, Portugal. The beauty of this Moorish-style mansion absolutely astounded me.
Spending Time with My Animal Friends
Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.” ― Gregory Maguire
When we finally settle down in one place, I’d love to have a pet again. Right now, I content myself with taking photographs of animals–like this cat in a store window in Florence.
Spending Time in My Favorite Cities
The Palazzo Vecchio rises before me, oppressive in its abrupt compact bulk, and I can feel upon me its heavy grey shadow. From the building’s crenellated shoulders soars the bell tower; stretching out its muscular neck into the nightfall. It is so high that I am seized by dizziness as I lift my eyes towards its helmeted head.~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Florentine Diary 1898
Many of you know that I’m in love with cities. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than spending time in the ones I love–like Florence and Rome.
But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.~Patrick Geddes
Eating Wonderful Food with Friends and Family
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.―
It can’t get much better than this–sipping a glass of wine and sharing dinner with friends and family. Here we are contemplating the magnificent pizza at Pizzauolo–one of our favorite restaurants.
A special thanks to Tina who led our photographic exploration of what “Wild” means to us. As always, there was a wonderful variety of responses.
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
- SoyBend highlights some “wildly” gorgeous places in Oregon in her blog Bend Branches.
- John in his blog Journeys with JohnBo captures some wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica.
- Sandy of Out of My Write Mind posts a photo and a poem about a coyote in the wild.
- Visit John’s Space to see a variety of wild and wonderful images for this theme.
We look forward to seeing your unique and varied responses to this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #49: Favorite Things.
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Next week, it’s Ann Christine’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to visit her blog. As always, Amy, Tina, Ann-Christine, and I are delighted that you’re joining our challenges!