luni, 21 martie 2016

Timeless (23) Happy Spring! Be Happy! Spring has arrived!

Happy Spring! 
Spring has arrived!
Be Happy - International Day of Happiness! 

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Let's celebrate
March, 20: First Day of Spring & International Day of Happiness


"Do what makes you happy.*
Smile, share, eat healthily, exercise, be grateful, give back, think positively, spend some time with friends and family, spend some time alone, be mindful, dream, listen to music, say thank you and mean it, compete, be charitable, say “all the more” instead of “nonetheless” – you get it. Do what makes you happy."
"Spread happiness.
While you’re doing whatever it is you do that makes you happy, don’t forget to do whatever you can do to make others happy! Happiness is contagious. A simple smile can make even a stranger’s day much brighter."
"Tell everybody.
There are more than 7,300,000,000 (that’s 7.3 BILLION+) people on this planet. Each one of them has the right to happiness, and not all of them know it. Tell them. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your boss – hold your government accountable for securing your happiness. Tell yourself, and remind yourself: happiness is a fundamental human right, and happiness for all is a fundamental human goal. Tell everybody."
*Click to read more info on
 http://www.happinessday.org/

"Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury.
It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family." 
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2014
*Click for more info to read on Happinessday.org


The International Day of Happiness 

"(known as Happiness Day) is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. The International Day of Happiness (“Happiness Day”) was founded on June 28, 2012, by the United Nations General Assembly when all 193 member states unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281 ."
History of Happiness and Notable Historical Figures.
"UN Resolution 66/281: International Day of Happiness's adoption in 2012 marks a new historical milestone in humankind's ultimate quest for happiness, which dates back to the time of ancient sages and philosophers such as Bhudda, Socrates, Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Mencius, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, and religious figures like Jesus, Abraham, Moses, and the prophet Muhammad – all of whom theorized about the purpose and meaning of life, the definition of happiness, and how to achieve it."
*Click for more info to read on Wikipedia



The astronomical spring 
(in Northern Hemisphere) 2016 began on
Sunday, March 20
and ends on
Sunday, June 19

Sandro Botticelli - La Primavera - Google Art Project Source: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons From 1482 until 1485 Italian: La Primavera La Primavera (Spring) tempera on panel Uffizi Gallery
Sandro Botticelli - La Primavera - Google Art Project
Source [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From 1482 until 1485
Italian: La Primavera (Spring)
Tempera on panel;Uffizi Gallery
"Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Subtropical and tropical areas have climates better described in terms of other seasons, e.g. dry or wet, monsoonal or cyclonic. Often, cultures have locally defined names for seasons which have little equivalence to the terms originating in Europe."


A Sunset in the Spring. March 2014
"Prunus cerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum. It is native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in scattered locations in North America.  Wild types are large shrubs or small trees reaching 6-15 m (20-50 feet) tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 inches) long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. The flowers are white and about 2 cm (0.8 inches) across, with five petals." Source: Wikipedia
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"Prunus cerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum. It is native to Europe and Asia and naturalized in scattered locations in North America.
Wild types are large shrubs or small trees reaching 6-15 m (20-50 feet) tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 inches) long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. The flowers are white and about 2 cm (0.8 inches) across, with five petals."

"Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes the plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds.

Around 430 species are spread throughout the northern temperate regions of the globe. Many members of the genus are widely cultivated for fruit and ornament. The fruit from this genus are commonly called the stone fruit."
Cultivation
"The genus Prunus includes the almond, apricot, cherry, peach and plum, all of which have cultivars developed for commercial fruit and nut production. The edible part of the almond is the seed; the almond fruit is a drupe, not a true nut. Many other species are occasionally cultivated or used for their seed and fruit.
Flowering cherries.
A number of species, hybrids, and cultivars are also grown as ornamental plants, usually for their profusion of flowers, sometimes for ornamental foliage and shape, and occasionally for their bark. These ornamentals include the group that may be collectively called "flowering cherries" (including sakura, the Japanese flowering cherries)."

 


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*For more info click to read on http://www.spacetelescope.org/
"At first glance, this cosmic kaleidoscope of purple, blue and pink offers a strikingly beautiful — and serene — snapshot of the cosmos." Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and G. Ogrean (Stanford University)  Type: Observation Release date: 21 March 2016, 06:00 Acknowledgment: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration,  ESA - European Space Agency, and J. Lotz (STScI), and the HFF team.   Read more here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1612a/
"At first glance, this cosmic kaleidoscope of purple, blue and pink offers a strikingly beautiful — and serene — snapshot of the cosmos. However, this multi-coloured haze actually marks the site of two colliding galaxy clusters, forming a single object known as MACS J0416.1-2403 (or MACS J0416 for short).
MACS J0416 is located about 4.3 billion light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Eridanus. This new image of the cluster combines data from three different telescopes: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (showing the galaxies and stars), the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory (diffuse emission in blue), and the NRAO Jansky Very Large Array (diffuse emission in pink). Each telescope shows a different element of the cluster, allowing astronomers to study MACS J0416 in detail."

Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, NRAO/AUI/NSF, STScI, and G. Ogrean (Stanford University) 

Type: Observation
Release date: 21 March 2016, 06:00
Acknowledgment: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
 ESA - European Space Agency, and J. Lotz (STScI), and the HFF team. 

Read more here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1612a/ 

*** Whimsical Springtime.   Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring.
Whimsical Springtime. 
 Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring. 
 Whimsical Springtime.   Snowflakes in night; just with a day before the first day of Spring.

 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.
 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.

 Clear blue skies; three days before the calendaristic arrival of Spring.
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Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages in color and/or black & white. 
Visions.  Spring 2016.

2016©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com

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"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.


Sursa/Source of videos above: Internet/ You tube.
Sursa/Source of  info Wikipedia;  public media.
Source of Inspirational Quotes: Guidepost of Light; thehiyL.com;
Spirit Science; Sun-Gazing.com





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Miercurea fără cuvinte alături de Carmen






Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...
Valley of Cerna River, the Domogled-Valea Cernei national park.

82 de comentarii:

  1. Hello,Alex
    What a beautiful photos of the moon. Spring has come.I need to be training myself to keep in good shape! Have a good new week!

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    1. Wonderful thought! I'll have to do the same, too! Have a good week of Spring, as well!

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  2. Hello Alexa, happy spring! Lovely images of the sky and beautiful blossoms. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Many thanks, Eileen! Happy Monday to you, too and a good week!

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  3. Hi! I like your blossom's and galaxy's photos very much. I like Vivaldi's four seasons very much.
    How about Songs without words by Mendelssohn? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. A lovely thought regarding romantic music for solo piano! I'll keep in mind for the next posts... Thank you,as well! Greetings in Spring!

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  4. I love that the first day of spring is also the International Day of Happiness...a perfect combination. And your photos and info gave me much happiness too my friend!

    Donna@Gardens Eye View
    and Living From Happiness

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    1. So good to hear all these, Donna! A happy Spring to you!

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  5. Beautiful~
    Hope you have a happy day today!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/spring-has-finally-sprung.html

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  6. Your happy photos are a fine way to celebrate spring. I'm enjoying your blossoms while the snow still falls here.

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  7. What a fun post and very beautiful photography too ~ creative blog!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  8. What a prefect day for happiness and beauty!

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    1. Indeed, the arrival of Springtime should be a truly moment of pure joy and happiness for souls! Thank you!

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  9. Thank you so much for your comments. They are always supportive. You really read the blog posts and you care about your readers. I need to be more like you... Uplifting post as usual.. Michelle

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    1. Many thanks, Michelle! We need uplifting messages... I'm glad how beautifully you said: and, at my turn,I feel truly inspired by the people who can share through their camera lens, through their writings, through their artistic works, their discoveries in various sciences, the beauty of this amazing world and nature...
      My greetings to you!

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  10. I loved all the uplifting quotes and poems and it did make me feel happy. I also loved all the lovely pictures. A lot of work went into this post and I think it would make everyone happy.

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    1. Many thanks, Nora! I felt like you when you're saying: "I loved all the uplifting quotes and poems and it did make me feel happy"... When I read them, too, I felt well Inspired by the warm words...
      Many thanks!

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  11. Spreading happiness will most definitely make the world a happier and better place :) thank you for this post

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    1. Many thanks as well! We must be optimistic and positive, because you're right: "Spreading happiness will most definitely make the world a happier and better place"...

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  12. Beautiful post - love the blossom!
    Plenty food for thought here.....thank you....
    Have a happy week!

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    1. How wonderful you said: "Plenty food for thought here..."
      Many thanks and a Happy Week to you, too!

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  13. Dear Alexa,
    your posts often make me happy and your lovely collages, pictures, words, qoutes and videos let me allways smile!!! It's not easy to be always happy...to much gruesome things happen in this world, but we always should try to find happiness back and share it with others...love, wisdom, light and peace, too...
    I send you warm greetings and wish you also enchanting and very happy days of spring!!!
    With all my love, light and a big hug to Romania!!!
    Katrin : )

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    1. Dear Katrin,
      Warm greetings from here to you! And many thanks for the lovely thoughts and words, for the wisdom express, cause you're so right saying: "It's not easy to be always happy...to much gruesome things happen in this world, but we always should try to find happiness back and share it with others...love, wisdom, light and peace, too..."
      I thank you kindly and sending you my wishes of well and appreciation! An enchanting Springtime for soul, love in heart and warmth in daily routine called life! (*-*)

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  14. Happy Spring! What a perfect day for International Day of Happiness. My mom told me that to be happy you have to have someone to love, something to do, and a thing to hope for!

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    1. Dear Sallie, your mom was right when she said these gorgeous thoughts: " to be happy you have to have someone to love, something to do, and a thing to hope for!"
      In the quest to achieve what it is called happiness, I guess that your mom knew the most valuable aspects...
      Many thanks for sharing them! and inspired by...

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  15. Din nou m-am desfatat pe aici, in spatiul tau personal!
    Imaginea cu pomul inflorit este extraordinara!
    Cred ca lumea ar fi altfel daca oamenii ar aprecia cu adevarat frumusetile din jurul lor si nu ar fugi mereu dupa himere!
    Sa ai parte numai de astfel de zile, Alexa!

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    1. Cand primavara soseste, totul pare mai frumos, mai altfel!... Un pom inflorit aduce zambet, chiar speranta de innoire; ceea ce conteaza e sa reusim sa pastram acea senzatie de bine si de frumos cat mai mult timp. Cred ca ai drepate, cand spui ca "oamenii ar fi altfel", daca ar aprecia cu adevarat, ceea ce deja exista in jurul lor... insa, ce sa ne facem; exista si himere... si iar ai dreptate...alearga dupa ele!!...
      Multumesc mult. E bine sa fim meditativi, sa ne impartasim gandurile. Zile senine si pline de optimism, de caldura sufleteasca si armonie spirituala iti doresc asemenenea! Salutari cu drag!

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  16. Heisann.... And Happy Easter from the North. So much sadness these days, still we must look for happiness ;:OD)

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    1. Greetings and Happy Easter to you! Lots of events, sad event, so true! And you're so right, for sure that we have to must look for happiness! Best regards!

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  17. My goodness!! You have happiness literally bouncing off the page :D
    Beautifully rendered. Wishing you a joyous Easter weekend.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. Many thanks, Sanaa and a Happy Springtime to you, too!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this. A wonderful spring post with many beautiful photos. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you very much to you, too! A Happy Easter!

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    1. I agree; Spring is a truly happy time! Seeing the first blossoms trees is for sure amazing!

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  20. Lots to see/read here today. Loved your fence shot. The lighting was awesome.

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  21. Loved listening to Vivaldi's Spring while viewing your wonderful post today. Have a HAPPY EASTER.

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  22. I love your message today and your many beautiful images. I also believe that people have a right to be happy and I think there should be enough joy for everybody.

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  23. beautiful color and light in these. really loved the fence shot with sun shining through.

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  24. The blossoms are gorgeous! Spring is always a happy time for me and I would be even happier if the snow would melt as quickly as possible. Happy Easter!

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    1. For sure, spring will come and the warm time, as well! Happy Easter tot you, too!

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  25. I came back to thank you so much for linking to Today's Flowers. Much appreciated :)

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    1. Same appreciation; thank you so much and a happy Sprintime to you!

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  26. Such a wonderful post, beautiful, interesting, touching, fun...
    Thank you and Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you, too, for the the lovely thought. And a Happy Easter to you!

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  27. Alexa, thank you for popping over for a visit. You have some lovely photos here, especially the second one from the top with the heart bokeh effect in the sky. I don't know if you know this, but your photos do not show within the post. I had to click on one of your images to get the slide show to display and then luckily I was able to enjoy all of your pictures. Any way, spring is here and happiness is upon us. Have a blessed Easter, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, I checked; the visualisation is ok; (about the error encountered, I had no idea; maybe there is an incompatibility issue of programs)
      ...indeed, Springtime is here! Best regards!

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  28. Lots of great photos and quotes. Nicely done, as always.

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  29. Lovely shots, Alexa. As you welcome Spring, we are enjoying Autumn!
    Thanks for taking part in the Floral Fridays Foto meme.

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    1. Thank you so much! Highly appreciated! A lovely Autumn to you!

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  30. A joyful celebration of Spring!
    Thanks for participating in the Friday Greens meme.

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  31. Some gorgeous silhouettes there, Alexa!
    Thank you for participating in the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

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