luni, 16 ianuarie 2017

With the passing of time. Celebrare. Celebration in 2017.

Motto: "Astronomia ne-a ajutat să parcelăm timpul, să transformăm neantul în secole, în ani, în zile, în clipe. Astfel, limitat, împărțit, clasificat, timpul putea fi înțeles mai ușor.
El devenea istorie și viață omenească. În această cucerire era, însa, și o capcană.
Împărțind timpul, omul a descoperit că el curge ireparabil.
A observat că "azi" devine "ieri" și că umbra copacilor se alungește spre asfințit. În clipa aceea a devenit melancolic și a descoperit regretul.
Dar era prea târziu." Octavian Paler

January 2017. The first snow of the year.

Another year, another celebration of blogging!
I celebrate 4 years of blogging and like in the last year, I'm still in search for... "a good subject, a good theme, a good photo capture... and a very interesting idea.
Who knows... All that matters, it is that I'm still in searching... and I'm hoping to have results..."

When it comes to talk about the passing of time and about celebration, in general speaking, well, it's pretty confusing. What exactly, we're supposed to celebrate? Obviously, that we're growing older, becoming much wiser, perhaps, becoming a bit nostalgic, but in a certain level much more tolerant with let's saying those younger than us. Now, we can look at them, probably with the same eyes, as our elderly, at their time, have used to looked at us before. And, somehow, with the rethoric question in mind: "Do you remember what I've told you?"; a question that it can make us, instantly, to have a short review of our passing time, through and in this present existence that goes so quickly.
"Time is passing!" and for sure there is no way to stop it. We can only collect memories. We can even share part of them, in the classic form of photos. Some photo instants. With each day, we became more aware about what amazing tool can be the photo camera and how stunning is the art of photography as a relevant process, as a result or as a modality of  expressing your filtered reality through lens.

Photography became available in these days of high tech, for almost anyone. For now, I use a simple normal digital camera, which it is not at all fancy, not at all extravagant. I love to work with some filters and I make my own collages. Sepia and b&w are my favorite options when I want to add a kind of layer of magical atmosphere to some instants. Sometimes, I make a mix of options.  This way, photography is more fun.
But, I do not want to talk about technologies and other things related to photography. There are proffesionals for this. We're amateurs, after all! And as an amateur of taking photos occasionally, it's not my business to refer to these kind of things.

As an amateur, I like to capture moments of life. Smiling, I confess that I'm not glad and do not enjoy to be obstruct by those who are not really ready to be photographed, for instance, at a family event.  Between the unwanted stoppage and... their exclamations like: "oh dear! oh me!... "my hair"... say smile... say cheese!!" ... like I previously said, time is passing...

In the last year, I have continued my series of photos titled:
"Soul journeys through memories.  Călătorii de suflet."
 "One picture or more... From time to time."

So, for every category, I'll try to make a review of the content. And I'll try to select my favourite post or essay, even if this, actually, it is not really possible. It's all about being subjective. How can I choose, though? I will actually going to choose some pictures, or I'm going to visualise the themes, the ideas or the subjects exposed or used.

Turning back to the year of 2017 - as always it is said - at the beginning of the new year, it is so lovely to make new resolutions. So, in this spirit, I'll believe that I'm ready for new improvements in all aspects of life.  Perhaps, I'm subjective... for sure and it is normal and, also, it is in the humane nature to be subjective...
 But, I can, also, remain optimistic and confident, like in the previous years, and to look forward at the next period of time with the trust that the everything will be much prosperous for all of us, in a much more stable social environment with a relevant economic growth and a financial progress and, as well, with evident social and cultural benefits.
Finally, I hope for all of us to be well, to be healthy and to find a good meaning of all these changes around us.

For this celebration, I guess that's all I ever wanted to say. I do trust that I'll receive optimal results and some answers with no doubt. Till then, my best regards!
            On short, below: 
a very insignificant selection of my favorite posts from the series created under the same particular point of view: the time. 

For each series, three choices:

From "Timeless"

"Over our heads, above our minds
from all of the corners sharply, from height,
the clouds can come to scatter the dark,
to scatter the night. What brave heart!

"Remember. Keep it gently. Keep it close!"
He whispered with a softly voice.
"Close to your soul, near to your heart".
Melancholy. Heavy thrills on the path.

Under blue dark skies, emotions are deep;
"Rains can come so suddenly"!
At dawn, when sun is apparently bright,
The clouds are gathering all over around.

"You must look inside, you know" ...
Into your soul, without second thought in mind.
"Are in there fluffy white clouds, white enough,
To scatter the shadows, to scatter the dark"?

Fugitive thought. By Alexa T.

"Summer chorale. It seems,
A vernal time there is,
And summer dreams.

Endless fresh blossoms, 
Everlasting green leaves,
Birds in the trees.

On a warm breeze,
With some notes or songs,
Admiring nature, bliss...

A fairy tale on short.
Of course, It's what
 I've heard.

And perhaps there is,
A vernal time like this,
With everlasting blooms
And green leaves.
It seems there is. 

By Alexa T

From "Soul journeys through memories.  Călătorii de suflet."

 "Băile Herculane (Latin: Aqua Herculis; German: Herkulesbad; Hungarian: Herkulesfürdő; Czech: Herkulovy Lázně) is a town in Romanian Banat, in Caraş-Severin County, situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinţi Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters."
"The spa town of Băile Herculane has a long history of human habitation. Numerous archaeological discoveries show that the area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The Peștera Hoților (Cave of the Thieves), contains multiple levels, including one from the Mousterian period, one from the Mesolithic period (late Epigravettian) and several from the later Neolithic periods.
Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire.

Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Six statues of Hercules from the time have been discovered. A bronze replica of one of them, molded in 1874, stands as a landmark in the town center." *More to read on : Internet &Wikipedia.

 In this post, I've tried to realise a suite of photos presentation and collages dedicated to the Hobița Village, the place where it can be found the Constantin Brâncuși  Memorial House. The old house, itself, it is said that was inherited by his sister and no longer exist. So, actually, at Hobita it is the place, the terrain inherited by C. Brâncuși  and where the great sculptor was born.
          The house that is exhibited in Hobița: "It is a monument of the late nineteenth century and was restored in 1971, as the establishment of the museum. The museum's collection includes photographs, albums, documents, books, letters that reflect moments of the life and work of Constantin Brâncuși . It shows the original interior and peasant furnishings from the early twentieth century. "

From Orșova  to Dubova.

 In Clisura Dunării. Viaductul Mraconia. Chipul lui Decebal.
"And now, through my camera lens, through my photography, I can remember this small, small part of Danube and how amazingly it looked in the september of 2015, while I had a short travel from Herculane situated in Banat, in Caraş-Severin County to Orșova and then to Iron Gates, near the Small Kazan gorge at Dubova."

From  "One picture or more... From time to time."

"...Greutatea sufletului vine (și) din închipuirile
minții, și din fantasmele pornite, efemere
să cutreiere nestingherite prin tot
hazardul lunar, apatic și formal
sub cerul tot mai concret, crepuscular.

Trăim în umbra copacilor,
rătăcitori printre emoții istovite,
printre gânduri pierdute, idei risipite,
din vorbe nerostite în tot acest vacarm
al pădurii, infinit, ivite în abstract."
Repetitiv în abstract. A.T.

Photo edited.

Dintr-un cuvânt,
poţi crea un gând.
Uneori dintr-un gând,
poţi crea-n cuvânt.
Si uite așa ia avânt,
Firul visului etern,
Uneori prea latent.
Dintr-un gând,
poţi crea un cuvânt,
Inspirat, creionat,
Subliniat, de împrumutat.
Gând de dat,
Uneori, efemer
Sau stingher.
Așezat între A și Z.
Ca literele în alfabet.
Ca urmare, uneori,
Când suntem doar noi,
Dă-mi un semn,
De cuvânt stingher
Deloc efemer.
Să-l port în gând
Așezat între A și Z
Ca literele în alfabet.
La mijloc de cord
Ca un acord.”

Acord între cuvânt și gând. A.T.

Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. January.

Private archive.

"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.

Source of video: You Tube; Jason Silva: "What Is Wonderment?" - “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” - Socrates.

Source of quotes: Power of Positivity;

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...

58 de comentarii:

  1. Iti doresc sa te poti ocupa de blog multi-multi ani de acum inainte. :) Sa ai viata linistita si suflet senin! <3
    Mi-a placut retrospectiva. :) Desi te-am "intalnit" relativ recent - cu ocazia Clubului cinefililor gazduit de Carmen (Intre vis si realitate) - am sentimentul ca vizitez acest blog de mult timp. :)
    Imi plac fotografiile pe care le realizezi. Stii, din toate, si de data aceasta, se "decanteaza" cele in care apare pisoiul. :)
    Imi doresc si eu - si le doresc tuturor - o viata prospera, linistita.
    Mi-a placut tare mult ideea ca, pe masura ce trece timpul, e posibil sa ajungem sa-i privim pe copii, pe tineri, asa cum ne priveau pe noi "batranii", la vremea cand eram copii, tineri. :)
    Zile fericite iti doresc, cu drag! <3

    1. Multumesc mult pentru toate gandurile frumoase! Ma bucura sa stiu ca, desi postez cam prea rar, am reusit sa legam o amicitie via blogosfera, via "Intre realitate si vis" by Carmen gazduind "Clubul cinefililor". Fotografiile, nu intotdeauna reusite, surprind momente din cotidian. Puiu M este un scump si un amabil si pare ca stie cand este fotografiat!! *-* ;) uneori este incantat, alteori, plictisit... lol, cam asta banui dupa atitudinile pe care de cele mai multe ori le are. Cel mai mult ii place sa privesca timp indelungat pe fereastra, indiferent de anotimpuri. Se poate spune ca este un visator!! :)
      Multumesc inca o data! Asemenea, cu tot dragul, salutari cordiale si urari de bine! Zile minunate, draga Diana!

  2. Hello Alexa. I enjoyed your review very much -- you do make such beautiful pictures and arrange them so lovingly in your collages (mosaics). I think the orchids might be my favorite ... but I love all of them. I also do not take very many pictures of people -- for the same reasons as you.

    1. Many, many thanks for the lovely thoughts expressed, Sallie! I love to take snapshots and to immortalise the moment. Indeed, there are not so much pictures of relatives in my posts (besides the subjective motifs regarding this type of photographing), but much more with places and things related to the nature, or related to the social/cultural events, sometimes, or related to the travels that I enjoy to have them, occasionally or once in a while.
      Thank you so much, once again and best regards to you!

  3. Răspunsuri
    1. Multumesc frumos, Robert! Toate cele bune si pline de inspiratie si creativitate, asemenea!

  4. Imi pare bine ca ne-am intalnit in acest spatiu virtual. Ai un blog deosebit si sper sa-l continui la fel de sensibil, complex, entuziast! Nu stiu daca sunt cele mai relevante idei, dar acestea au rasarit primele! :D
    Sa-ti fie bine si senin. Si sa te bucuri mereu de ceea ce faci!
    Un an minunat pe blog ca si in viata reala, ca totusi aceasta este mai importanta, pana la urma...
    Ganduri dragi, Alexa!

    1. Multumesc mult pentru randurile frumoase, Suzana! Incerc sa gasesc noi idei pentru postarile viitoare; sa pastrez optimismul, entuziasmul si increderea in tot ceea ce fac, sub rezerva trecerii timpului si a schimbarilor realitatiilor ce ne inconjoara (uneori prea abrupt). Sa fii sensibil, in zilele acestea, se pare ca nu este de bon ton, fiind o atitudine perceputa ca o alunecare in 'désuet'! ;) dar, sunt de acord si cred ca trebuie sa fim senini, pozitivi si sa ne bucuram de ceea ce facem, in viata reala!
      Multumesc frumos, inca o data si cu tot dragul, salutari cordiale si ganduri minunate, asemenea!

    2. Sper sa nu consideri o indrazneala prea mare daca spun ca nu conteaza parerea celorlalti. Nu ei ne traiesc viata. Ci noi! E important cum ne simtim noi in pielea noastra si... atat!

    3. Corect, absolut corect! Din imediata noastra experienta, a realitatii ce ne inconjoara, "important e cum ne simtim noi in pielea noastra!"... nimeni nu ne traieste 'viata'!!
      Apreciez enorm, Suzana! Multumesc de ganduri!

  5. Oh Alexa, during the past year 2016, I have so loved your flower photos and mosaics, and the Danube series, and the cat photos...! :)
    Digital cameras and the easy photo editing software are wonderful. I didn't want to give up using my old analog (film) camera, but once I did I started again to enjoy taking photos... lots of them. :)
    Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Hugs!

    1. Thank you very much for the lovely thoughts expressed, Sara! I enjoyed to make the Danube series! and, somehow, in a certain way, with every collage of flowers, I shared my passion for nature! For sure, in these days the digital technology and the easy photo editing software are wonderful! Thank you once again; Best regards to you!

  6. I find your philosophy really interesting especially the quote from the motto.

  7. Wow! What a wonderful memories of the year! I enjoyed your photos very much. The greatest work among the all of the blogger's posts. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Minoru! I'm so glad to hear that! I appreciate so much your thoughts expressed about the memories of the previous year! I tried my best! Once again, thank you.

  8. Great collection of pictures. The most I like these ones with snow, birds and flowers. Have a nice weekend.

  9. Heisann.... writing about memories, age and photos. This is the theme in my post today as well, but in a very different way!
    Interesting to read your "considerations".... and watch your lovely illustrations - have a nice weekend, Alexa!

    1. Thank you very much for the lovely thoughts expressed, Nina! Have a nice weekend, too!

  10. Hi Alexa,
    First of all I wish you a lot of success and great photographing and fantastic views fot your 5th blogging year! Your posts are always so interesting with many thoughts and information. I loved your winter in sepia! And your way of making collages. Of course your floral photos are what I love, as well as those of Danube and your beautiful cat 💕
    Thank you so much for sharing at my Floral Bliss.

    1. Thank you, Riitta! I'm so glad to hear that about my posts and pictures and I really appreciate so much your thoughts expressed! I hope for the 5th year of blogging to be a good one, too! Have a very good day at Floral Bliss. Best regards!

  11. Hello, congrats on your blog's anniversary. I look forward to your next new year. I love all the photos, especially the ducks and the pretty flowers. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

    1. Many, many thanks dear Eileen! So nice to read your thoughts and I wish you a very good week to you, too! Same time, thank you for hosting at your lovely meme!

  12. My favorite is the first series ~ lovely and elegant wintry photography ~ your post is all very creative ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^

    1. Thank you so, so much for the lovely thoughts, dear Carol! My best regards to you, too! And a very happy week, as well!

  13. A lovely retrospective. I never thought about categorizing my photos, except for dates.

    1. Thank you very much, Bettyl! I do such a thing of categorize my pictures in three series since 2015. The key element is time. I trust to continue working with these ones much longer. All I need is inspiration for it.

  14. Happy Four Years of blogging and I am so happy to have met you. You are so positive and warm and happy. You leave the most thoughtful and lovely comments. I would love to meet you in person and tour your wonderful city and meet your cat. I always know I will be smiling reading one of your posts and that is so important in today's world especially here in the US where things look very negative right now.... Michelle

    1. I'm so happy to have met you, as well! Dear Michelle, I would like to have this chance and to be possible for us to meet, each other, in my city, to show you interesting things! I've read about the today situation in US, I've seen on tv, many presentations. I hope that everything is going to be fine. The economical and social crisis, in various levels, is almost everywhere, in these days. I have my worries, but I want to look at this issue with optimism for the next period of time.
      Best regards, good health to you and many, many thanks for the lovely words! Warm greetings!

  15. 'Wonder is the beginning of wisdom' true, for if we do not wonder, we do not ask questions, and thus we do not find answers! Ah, Socrates, always ready with such sage advice, that still is so timely, today.

    Alexa, I so enjoyed your post today for your own heartfelt words on life, the passing of time, the importance of being aware, being creative, being grateful for health, love and the people in ones life.

    Your photos are all lovely, and if I had to choose a favourite, it would be your first series, the winter images for their stirringly inspirational quality.

    Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a healthy, happy and productive 2017!


    1. Thank you so, so much, dear Poppy! Your words are so lovely and I agree that it is important to be aware, creative, grateful for health, support, care, love and the peoples on ones life.
      So beautifully said by you above!!

      :) Once again, thank you very much and I wish you a very good, healthy and prosperous year of 2017, to you, too!

  16. Congratulations on your four years of blogging!

  17. you have accomplished a lot in those 4 years. And more to come I hope! :)

  18. Wow Alexa....your posts are always so packed with beautiful photos and all kinds of interesting information...thank you!
    Congratulations on your 4th blogging anniversary ....
    Enjoy your 5th year - and have a lovely week!

    1. Many thanks for the lovely thoughts, Ruby! Have a very nice week, too!

  19. What a lovely post filled with beautiful photos, Alexa. I hope you enjoy your next year of blogging and show us lots more of your talent.

    1. Thank you very, very much! I'll try my best; hope to have inspiration for the next year of blogging!

  20. Marvelous selection of photos and a great post. Thank you very much for your kind words on my blog Alexa. They were very much appreciated. I will be returning and posting more regularly soon. Happy New Year and congratulations on your 4 year blog anniversary.

    1. Thank you very much, Denise! I apreciate, too and I'll look forward to read your new posts in 2017. Best regards to you!

  21. Bom dia, julgo já ter comentado esta sua publicação, assim sendo, resta-me desejar continuação de feliz semana.

  22. So much to celebrate in this post, Alexa, what a wonderful year it was for you. The fantastic mosaics that you have shared here tell the story so beautifully, thank you for taking all of us from MM along with you.
    Here's to many more things to celebrate in 2017.

    1. Thank you so, so much, Maggie! I appreciate so much your lovely thoughts and I hope 2017 to be a good, positive year.

  23. Congratulations on the anniversary, Alexa. NIce shots!
    Thanks for linking up with the Friday Greens meme.

    1. Thank you very much, Nick! A very good day at Friday Greens and a lovely weekend, too!

  24. Alexa, congrats on 4-years of blogging! It's hard to believe how quickly time slips away. This June will make my 7th blog anniversary. I rarely remember to spotlight the occasion but it would grand if I can start doing this beginning this year. You have some fabulous photos. I, especially enjoy the wintry scenes. I guess it's because our winters don't look like this generally. Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by for a visiting my Friday Sillies segment! :)

    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! Also, Happy anniversary to you for the 7th blog anniversary! I like very much the Friday Sillies segment! so, I'll stop soon, for sure.
      Have a great weekend!

  25. Wonderful commemorative post and some lovely silhouettes, Alexa!
    Thank you for linking up on the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

    1. Many thanks for the thoughts and hosting at Saturday Silhouettes meme, too! A very great week!


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