Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Another great photo challenge this week, what a great way to get back into the swing of things again! I´m glad to say that the stresses and strains of the last few weeks have finally subsided and I finally have time to breath again and actually do what I love: blog!

Thank you everyone for your patience, I will be posting three times a week starting from today. Not as frequent as before, I know, but have less time at the moment! Looking forward to getting back into it now and also to catching up on all the posts I have missed!

So without further delay here is my humble attempt at this weeks photo challenge. I hope you enjoy!

We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think when the mind is pure. Joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. 563 BC – 483 BC Buddha.

So that´s it from me for today, next post will be up on Tuesday. Hope you´re having a fantastic Sunday!

To see what other bloggers have come up with for this weeks challenge click here.

What did you think of this weeks theme? Did you have fun with it?

As always, thank you for reading,

Until the next time,

Giana

xoxo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

I have to say I really do love this weeks photo challenge. Happiness is such an important part of life, something that, due to life, we often forget to embrace. As well as photos this week I have decided to share a story with you about a moment that changed my outlook on life and on happiness.  I hope you enjoy!

Happiness is something that we all strive to achieve but sometimes, due to circumstances, fail to obtain. I´ve had my fair share of moments, like everyone, where life has thrown some curveballs in my way but, what I have learnt from these moments is, it´s not the events themselves that define your happiness, or unhappiness for that matter, but rather how you approach them.

A memory that always stays with me when it comes to happiness and what defines it is one from my university days. During my time in university I was lucky enough to volunteer as a teaching assistant in a programme working with special needs adults. The idea behind the programme was to teach these adults both basic english and other skills they need for day-to-day life.

The task set one morning was quite a simple one; to describe how a number of pictures made you feel. After a few pictures we came to a picture of a sunset in a forest with a deer at the forefront, nothing special –  or so I thought at the time as I was having a particularly selfish day that day, too consumed with my “student” problems to notice anything about it . That was until it was one of the students, who was severally disabled, turn to share how this picture made him feel. With a huge smile on his face, which I will never forget, he typed into his computer “It makes me feel happy to be alive”. Wow, I was instantly moved my this. I had so much insignificant stuff going on in my head that I hadn´t taken the time to appreciate the beauty of the picture. Yet, here was this man fighting a daily battle with disability who, despite his troubles,  he was able to find the joy in the most simplest of things.

I think that this moment was one of the most influential moments on my life. It taught me that happiness is all around you, you just need to open your eyes to see it. No matter what your problems are, whether they are short-term problems like deadlines to be met or long-term ones like illness, take the time to smile. I have been lucky enough to learn this lesson from three incredible people, this man who found joy in such a simple picture, my uncle who has been battling illness on a daily basis for six years and P who has braved his illness and never once let it stop him from smiling.

To me the definition of happiness is the ability to see past your problems and still find something positive in your day, something worth smiling about, something worth living for!

Remember: everyone has difficult periods in their lives but it doesn´t mean that you can´t find happiness hidden behind even the darkest of moments. Happiness is in your hands so embrace it!

So here are a few things that make me smile on a daily basis; no matter how big or small my problems may be: my friends, my family, butterflies, flowers and sunshine. I hope you enjoy them and that they may bring a smile to your face!

So that´s it, for now anyway! Hope you enjoyed my interpretation of this weeks theme. Sorry I have been absent for two weeks I was making my way back to Córdoba and settling back into work, I shall be back to normal again soon so thank you for your patience!

To see what other bloggers have come up with for this weeks challenge click here.

What did you think of this weeks theme? Did you have fun with it?

As always, thank you for reading,

Until the next time,

Giana

xoxo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This weeks photo challenge has been a tricky one for me; I had visions of photos of solitary people matched with this stupid inability to actually take them! I don´t know why; but I feel that if I take a picture of someone, even in a public place, that I´m somehow invading their space and privacy. I need to get over this, I truly do, as some of my favourite photos are of people. I love facial expressions, fine lines and wrinkles, eyes, posture, mannerisms, I love it all. To me a photo of a person is beautiful, always, as it captures so much more than just a moment; it captures a life story, especially in older people! So; basically what I´m trying to say is that this week the photo challenge really was a challenge for me, I found myself sifting through my countless albums and failed to come up with anything that truly grabbed my attention.

In the end I settled on a few different shots, five in total. I do like these shots but the quality isn´t the best! I hope you enjoy them, if I do manage to overcome my fear then I will post again during the week! So without further delay, here they are:

Theme one: People.

This was a shot taken in the Sierra Morena one cool and crisp morning last February.
Again, this shot was taken in the Sierra Morena, once the morning fog had lifted!

Theme two: Animals.

This image was taken at Córdoba Zoo.
Again, this was taken at Córdoba Zoo.

Theme three: Bikes.

Taken at the start of summer in Córdoba!

 

So that´s it, for now anyway! Hope you enjoyed my three interpretations of this weeks theme. If I manage to take some more shots, I shall post them during the week!

To see what other bloggers have come up with for this weeks challenge click here.

 What did you think of this weeks theme? Did you have fun with it?

As always, thank you for reading,

Until the next time,

Giana

xoxo

Weekly Challenge: Everyday life.

You may recall from my post yesterday that I failed to meet my grand visions for this weeks photo challenge! Well fail is too strong a word, I do love the photos I posted yesterday, I just had a picture in my mind of what I wanted and didn´t get an opportunity to capture it in real life! Well I´m delighted to inform you that I have a few more humble offerings for you today. One, the first one, meeting the high expectations I had for myself! I hope you enjoy my everyday life: take two!

Street Life:

When I first saw this challenge on Friday I instantly wanted an image of a typical elderly Spanish person. I don´t know what it is about the Spanish; but they age spectacularly. They have the most amazing faces, filled with character. When you look at them, you know they have lived life to the full and have some amazing tales to tell. Already on a high from the excitement of the day, if you can´t tell – beauty turns me into a little child, you can imagine how I reacted when I saw this handsome man resting his eyes while taking shelter from the midday sun. I would have done a dance but then I would have missed this great photo opportunity!
A beautiful image of a man enjoying his daily swim under a highly appealing waterfall, now that´s what I call a good life!
Lovers Lane: A beautiful display on affection, love is everywhere, sometimes you just need to open your eyes that little bit wider!

What a way to spend a sunny afternoon: perched on a rock at the side of a waterfall. This is my vision of heaven!

 

This photo is very bad quality, I do apologise, but I loved it! We were driving past a car park on a bus when I saw these three kids hanging about, I loved it! But a moving bus and limited time after turning on my camera meant I had to sacrifice quality for this beauty of everyday life!

I´m happy now, mission accomplished: one photo of an elderly Spanish person, fantastic! I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

To see what other bloggers have come up with for this weeks challenge click here.

 What did you think of this weeks theme? Did you have fun with it?

As always, thank you for reading,

Until the next time,

Giana

xoxo