Serenity Circle - July 2019

Welcome to July's Serenity Circle. We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world - some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself.  The circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being "serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month."  We are a smaller group this month and am reminded of the quote by William Shakespeare that says:

"And though they [she] be little
they are [she is] fierce." 😁

It seems strange starting off a serenity post saying, "this month has been anything but serene," but I have to be honest and say it's been one of the most stressful months in a long time. We had to walk away from the house we planned to purchase and renovate into our final home, and to top it all, we are due to move out of our current property mid-August. In-between, hubby and myself have craved serenity but found very little time to experience it.

Top row: Lensababy Sol 45; Bottom and middle  row: Nikon 50mm f1.4
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Tonight, I determined to make some time to get away from it all, even if it was just for a short while.  I waited for the rain to stop, then grabbed my camera and went for a walk along the path nearby the house.  I needed time-out and it was sheer bliss!

I really love this country pathway, but all the while I was keenly aware that this is probably the last time I will photograph here.  It felt very surreal walking back to the house and closing the gate on a place where I've spent many hours daydreaming and capturing some of my most favourite nature images.  However, I'm certain sure there will be more nature adventures in my next location - after all, anywhere can be a special place with a little imagination.... and a camera, lol.

"When you become calm and serene on the inside
the world becomes more calm and serene on the outside."
- -

So glad I made it a priority to take some time-out doing something I really enjoy.  Doing so helped restore a sense of serenity and most likely prevented me from having a total melt-down into the bargain! 😅

"Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon 
against your challenges, so relax."
- Bryant McGill -

Up next is my dear friend, Jillian Baudry, multi-genre photographer from the south of France with her post Letting go of perfection Fab subject and I'm so looking forward to reading this post.  Just click the post title link to follow the circle around and enjoy!


Nadeen said…
I love your images and your quotes. I’m glad you were able to get one last photo walk in at this beautiful location!
Wendy said…
Thanks so much Nadeen. Will miss it.
Eileen said…
What similar months (and posts!) we have had! I know it is so bittersweet to leave house, and to realize that this will be the last time you visit a beloved spot nearby! I love these beautiful images, the light and mood is gorgeous. Best of luck with your relocation, Wendy!
Wendy said…
Thank you Eileen. Will be glad when it's over too!
Jillian said…
I'm sorry this has been such a stressful month Wendy. They do say moving is one of the most stressful life events and I'm sure we do this so much more often now than some previous generations. These images are beautiful and all the more special knowing that these are taken on your path. I'll miss it too, but can't wait to see where your next location will be!
Wendy said…
Yes, apparently moving is in the top 10 most stressful life events and close to the top of the list. You get to the point where "enough is enough" however. And to say I have passed this threshold is an understatement! We thought we had found a property we could really make something of, but too many things left us nervous. It was in such a beautiful location as well and the part of the shire we so wanted to move to. It's a shame for both parties - ourselves and the sellers too, but at the end of the day, you have to do what's right for you when you are making the biggest financial investment of your life.
Joan Showers said…
What a month it has been for both you and Eileen. I am thinking of you as you face your moving challenges, but know that you will find peace when you search it out. Your beautiful flowers speak to me and your mood.
Wendy said…
Aw, thanks Joan. Appreciate your kind words. We are not moving house now!!! The sale on our property fell through. The buyer was the "buyer from hell" and as we are not desperate to sell, we thought it best to cut our losses and move on from the whole frustrating experience with her. We tried to be patient, but she was the most frustrating person you could ever hope to meet.

Hopefully, a genuine buyer will fall in love with our property - someone we will want to sell to - and until such time, we are prepared to wait for this to happen.