Photo Journal

Se7en Super Shots

Frizz was very kind enough to tag me in his Seven Super Shots. I had a difficult time sifting through the literally millions of photos that my husband and I have taken. After much thoughtful deliberation, I settled on the following photos, I hope you enjoyed them as much as I had fun digging them up from our repository/collection.

Napa Valley, California

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” 
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Vienna

Lone burnt-out candle in this gloomy and dark gas chamber.

When their bodies had finished scouring for gaps in the door, their souls rose up. When their fingernails had scratched at the wood and in some cases were nailed into it by the sheer force of desperation, their spirits came toward me, into my arms, and we climbed out of those shower facilities, onto the roof and up, into eternity’s certain breadth. They just kept feeding me. Minute after minute. Shower after shower.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Yosemite, California

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” 
― William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

Bahrain Fort

Bahrain Fort – layers of the old and new Bahrain (see the modern buildings at the farthest left-hand corner)

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Sunrise at East Coast Park, Singapore

“What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night? Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon like an egg, spilling out light?” 
― Margaret Atwood

Boracay, Philippines

“I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
As you and I once heard their monotone.

Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea —
We two will pass through death and ages lengthen
Before you hear that sound again with me.” 
― Sara Teasdale

Brisbane, Australia

“Children, like animals use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way…Or now and then we’ll hear from an artist who’s never lost it.” 
― Eudora Welty

Which photo did you like best? Would love to hear from you.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “Se7en Super Shots

  1. I love the Sunrise at East Coast Park photo and Margaret Attwood’s idea of the sun as an egg. It made me smile. Now I’ll always have the image of an egg being cracked, in my head, whenever I see the sunrise. 😀


  2. wow, Boracay, Philippines!
    (and it’s a necessary reminder: Mauthausen!
    There’s always evil working below paradise …)


  3. Pingback: A July Round Up: Blogiversary, Photo Journal, Reading Challenges, July Winner for AWB Reading Challenge and Much Much More «

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