Blessed be!

This is a difficult post for all manner of reasons!

Firstly, I truly wish you all had a beautiful, wonderful and peaceful Christmas with the people that you love and care about! The people that truly matter! Your children, your partners, your parents, your friends and significant others, whoever they may be!

I also wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year in 2020 and, an even better New Decade! I say that with love, empathy, compassion and a sense of connection I hope! I am so sorry I have not been about much lately to connect with my fellow bloggers, writers, photographers, storytellers and friends in the blogosphere!

On the 22nd December 2019, I received an early morning phone call from one of  my sisters, who incidentally is also one of my best friends. She was staying with my Mum. We have a sort of shift system where we just ensure that our Mum is  never on her own, or at least not for too long!

My first reaction when I saw who was calling me at that early hour was that something had happened to Mummy. Of course I was happy to be told that Mummy was just fine.

Then the next part of the conversation threw me into a state of disbelief or to be honest not anything I can really put into words just yet. My sister told me with her voice shaking and herself crying that our nephew Aaron had died in a tragic accident.

I have no words just yet to say how I feel, what I think it all means but I know Aaron is not really that far away. He has just got to the next place before me, before my sisters, and before my mum. He is with my Dad in the next place. I know he is okay! I know it, I believe it!

Life is so precious! Time is so precious! Treasure it!

Sometimes our treasures are right in front of us, and we do not see them!

Anyway, I wish you all a year full of love, laughter and time spent with those you love!

Blessed be!

© Liola Lee 2019

The image is of my beautiful Dad with our beautiful nephew. I was just 17 when I captured this image. They are together again.

 

 

 

 

Nothing changes, if nothing changes

Nothing changes, if nothing changes.

Sometimes you get to a point where you just know without any shadow of a doubt that things have got to change. You are in limbo, stuck in a rut and feel as though you are not getting anywhere. It’s not that things are bad but they are not that good either. What I am trying to say, albeit in a rather clumsy manner is that unless we take action, life can become pretty mediocre and stay that way if we do not do something to change it.

Why settle for less? When you know deep within that you can do anything, be anything and achieve anything if you just change your mindset. The mind is a powerful tool that can act for us or against us. It’s up to us to tap into that power now, and open up the field of potentiality where anything is possible.

The image here is of an Orange Dragonfly. The Dragonfly symbolises change, transformation, adaptability and self-realisation. This is mental and emotional change on a deep level. The colour Orange symbolises many positive things such as warmth, joy, creativity and success among other things.

The only obstacle that stands in our way is usually ourselves. So with all that in mind, I say to you look deep within, change your mindset and become the best version of you possible. Those changes that you want to see may not happen overnight but just taking small steps each day towards your dreams and goals will start you moving in the right direction.

Wishing you all a great week!

Blessed be!

Liola

© Liola Lee 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture this!

Picture this! Imagine a time when you picked up a camera; perhaps it was bought for you, or maybe you purchased it yourself. It may have been back in the day of film photography (analogue photography) or more recently a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. It may have been a simple point and shoot or something a little more complex. There are many makes and models to choose from. You take a few pictures which you think are pretty good (at the time). Your family and friends also tell you how much they like your pictures, and say things like “You should be a Photographer”. You are flattered naturally. You enjoy capturing moments in time, and at a certain point you think, “Hey, why not try my hand at Photography for real”. It could be fun, and who knows where it may lead? Does the scenario sound a little familiar with maybe a tweak here and there? This is how it sort of was for me.

I had always taken pictures, captured images and been mostly the one behind the lens. Capturing the holiday snaps, the children as they were growing up, the birthdays, the Christmases and any other what I thought were picture worthy occasions. In 2012 I purchased a really fabulous camera. A Canon 60d. I chose Canon because it was a make my Dad had liked and used. My Dad by the way was a a good amateur photographer in the days of film. He used to develop his own film as well. How clever is that! Anyway, getting back to my trusty Canon, the 60d was an excellent choice. It was I believe a mid entry level camera. I named it Penny Bright after a favourite childhood doll.  Actually, all my cameras both before and after the said 60d have been named Penny Bright. It was at this time that I left my former job and embarked on my photography journey for real.

Every journey begins with a single step! The step was taken and the journey began. Sometimes it’s about taking a leap of faith!

©  Liola Lee 2019

This post can also be seen on my website http://www.liolaphotographic.com where it was first posted yesterday. My photography journey has had ups and downs but I continue to love capturing anything that ignites my imagination. I plan on writing a few posts about my life behind the lens; the good, the bad and even the ugly. The image is of the equipment I had back in 2012.

Malta

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© LiolaPhotographic 2019

Malta is a colourful city with many layers! Fabulous architecture, lovely people, and so much military history. I am currently trying to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo so thought to post a picture here as a sort of filler to stay engaged with all you lovely people here on WordPress.