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Photo Journal/ Travel Theme: Foliage

It is with a measure of excitement that I join Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week, as it celebrates the wondrous beauty of nature through the theme FoliageAfter checking a few photographs from my database, I decided on just sharing the pictures I have taken from the lovely city of New Orleans when I visited November of last year.

Supposedly a famous tree – where Anne Rice’s Lestat died.

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear

– Maya Angelou

Spanish moss hanging from trees – if this does not inspire you to write gothic novels, I don’t know what will.

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 
― John Muir

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail. – Herman Hesse

Rustic and Charming in its old-world glory.

Look: the trees exist; the houses
we dwell in stand there stalwartly. 
Only we
pass by it all, like a rush of air.
And everything conspires to keep quiet
about us,
half out of shame perhaps, half out of
some secret hope. 
― Rainer Maria RilkeDuino Elegies

How about you, dear friends, what’s your travel theme photo this week?

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).

5 comments on “Photo Journal/ Travel Theme: Foliage

  1. Splendid examples for this week´s theme – well done!


  2. Love the words between the pics as well as the pics


  3. Pingback: Reading in September: A Round Up and AWB Reading Challenge «

  4. Beautiful! The Spanish moss picture is fabulous! 🙂


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