All About Lights

Light comes to us in so many different forms:

1. Natural light emitted through sun, moon, and stars

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2. Man-made light in an almost endless variety of lamps and light fixtures

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3. Fire in all its forms (campfire, woodstove fire, candle light, lightning, lava, forest fire, fireflies). I only have two images to represent this category:

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4. Light is refracted, reflected and dispersed in a myriad ways to delight and surprise us:

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5. Points of light: these are the way showers, mentors, teachers, helpers, angels that guide us along our life’s path. I specifically remember Frau Liebich, my fourth grade teacher, who talked my blue-collar parents into sending me to a university-track school; Herr Schmitz, my highschool German and Religion teacher, who taught me to look more deeply and to question everything; friends who were there for me when I thought I had no one; and people who reached out to me through the centuries and book pages to inspire me.
My greatest inspiration and light of my life has been my daughter Anise, a beautiful and talented young woman:

Anise

Anise


(Photocredit: Blanca Bonsangue)

6. The inner light we radiate into the world, through our eyes, hearts and hands – how we show up in the world, how we influence people through the way we behave, speak or don’t speak, look or don’t look, and touch or don’t touch. Do we allow our light to shine as brightly as it can or do we hold back? We are afraid of the darkness, of what lurks in the shadows. And, yet, so many of us are equally afraid of switching on the light and stepping fully into it. So we loiter in the doorway, one foot in the dark interior, the other in the bright sunlight, hesitating, doubting ourselves, promising that we’ll make a decision tomorrow….
How and when will we let our light shine, unabashedly, completely, no-holds barred like the blazing sun or the brazen full moon?

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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49 Responses to All About Lights

  1. jamborobyn says:

    Your daughter is truly beautiful. These photos are delightful.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    What a beautiful post! I’m hoping for a sunrise like that one because I’m out and about very early this morning 🙂

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  3. This is such a lovely post, just beautiful. And your daughter is stunning.

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  4. Beautiful photos and words, Annette. Your daughter is gorgeous! And I especially love your rainbow and milkweed.🙂

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  5. Absolutley beautiful pictures!! Your daughter is very beautiful.

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  6. I like your mention of people who are points of light in your life. It’s such a blessing to have people like that. Your daughter is lovely. 🙂

    janet

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  7. Steve Lakey says:

    A collection of absolutely stunning photographs. I particularly like your comments on the Inner Light, and how you have tied together Beauty and Light, in their many forms.

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  8. Tish Farrell says:

    What a truly glorious light show, and most lovely of all – Anise.

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  9. Jo says:

    Stunning photographs x

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  10. suzjones says:

    Such beautiful photographs. I love how you’ve showcased them. And you have a stunning daughter!
    Thankyou for sharing the beauty.🙂

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  11. I love the slideshows! Thanks mom for being MY light and inspiration!

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  12. EagleAye says:

    These are beautiful pics! I love them all, but the chandelier is a favorite along with the milkweed. It looks like you’re using the same blog template as me, but then, how did you set up these slideshows?

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    • When you “add media,” you have the option of setting up a “gallery”. After you select the pics you want, press the import gallery button and it will give you several options (tiles, moasaic, slideshow). Press slideshow and import into your text….done. Play around with it…once you’ve done it once, it’ll be easy the next time.

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  13. Stunning collection – I love your fading light amazing texture and colour -I can feel I am there! I love the last slide show that starts with the milkweeds too. Just fantastic!

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  14. Lots of incredible beauty, here, all of it made possible by light, without which we could never see anything at all. Thanks for the comments at my place.🙂

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  15. mpejovic says:

    I love your selection depending on the type of light. Very cool!

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  16. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Annette, quite the response. I love your first set of photos particularly (but I’m sure you’re not surprised at the). Very nicely done!!

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  17. Andrew Seal says:

    Annette, your blog is wonderful. I look forward to exploring it and to following your journey. Best wishes…Andrew

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  18. jaime perez says:

    Wow, a very complete, and ispiring, post about light sources; lovely pictures all of them, Congratulations Annette, and many thanks for your visit and like to my post!

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  19. Your photos are beautiful and your comment about letting our inner light shine is inspiring!
    Thank you for visiting my photo blog! I’m glad you liked my post for this week’s photo challenge: “Let There Be Light”. Please visit again soon!🙂

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  20. Kelly Kuhn says:

    Wow! I’m so glad you came to my blog so I could come to yours! What a glorious post this is. I debated sharing a picture of my daughters for this photo challenge, for the same reasons you did. Absolutely lovely!

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  21. The light likes Anise.

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