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June 22, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Tranquil waters

Tranquil waters r

This is a beautifully quiet spot.  I didn’t appreciate how green this shot was until I reviewed it on the PC.  It is very green indeed.  Though I do find green a very peaceful, tranquil colour, which must be why it works for me when I walk down that towpath.  I could waste hours down there.  Maybe ‘waste’ is the wrong word.  Reflection is seldom a waste of time.

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  1. Barbara / Jun 22 2013 8:30 pm

    After seeing how dry California is I appreciate more the green landscape.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 22 2013 8:38 pm

      I guess so but ‘dry’ seems quite attractive to most Brits. I would miss the green though, that’s for sure.

      • Barbara / Jun 22 2013 8:46 pm

        The landscape has its own beauty but I prefer the green.

      • Barbara / Jun 23 2013 5:33 pm

        It is funny how we each see things differently. I wish the snow would go away sometimes – actually most of the winter!

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 23 2013 5:55 pm

        Yes, I’d tend to agree with you about snow. At first it looks beautiful but after a while of cold, grey and biting wind I’m ready say goodbye to it. This last winter was pretty tough so I’m in no hurry to see the stuff again.

      • Barbara / Jun 23 2013 9:18 pm

        The only thing I like about the snow now is that you can get great photos with the white background otherwise I can pass. Rick skiis every morning so my opinions have to be kept to myself….

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 23 2013 10:28 pm

        I love the outdoors, mountains, snow and ice but I like being warm and dry too.

  2. Maggie Beck / Jun 22 2013 9:13 pm

    The boat seems to beckon, “Follow us…” Lovely photo!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 22 2013 10:20 pm

      Thank you. I must say I love canals. Travelling at not much faster than walking pace along an almost silent corridor of still water, hidden away in a cut in the countryside, (the slang for canals in this area is ‘cut’). I can think of worse ways to travel.

  3. karmami / Jun 22 2013 9:20 pm

    It does seemed peaceful and serene and definitely green ! thanks for sharing

  4. digger666 / Jun 22 2013 11:19 pm

    Reblogged this on digger666.

  5. Gallivanta / Jun 23 2013 12:27 am

    Reflection is rarely a waste of time 🙂

  6. rubytheblacklabrador / Jun 23 2013 12:30 am

    Love the greens! Spent a lot of my youth at Foxton Locks mucking about on boats – great way to see the countryside 🙂

  7. snappychat / Jun 23 2013 6:51 am

    I have nominated you for a sunshine award

  8. maryoconnor12 / Jun 23 2013 1:01 pm

    Love that thought, that reflection is seldom a waste of time. We need to do more of it, as there is so much out there to reflect on!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 23 2013 1:48 pm

      Thank you. I agree with that. We are in danger of missing so much. You may be familiar with the poem ‘Leisure’ by W. H. Davies, which expresses similar thoughts much more eloquently than I could. I provide it below for anyone who may be interested. I remind myself of these words as often as I can. Life is the poorer for not allowing ourselves time to reflect.

      Leisure

      WHAT is this life if, full of care,
      We have no time to stand and stare?
      No time to stand beneath the boughs,
      And stare as long as sheep and cows:

      No time to see, when woods we pass,
      Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

      No time to see, in broad daylight,
      Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

      No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
      And watch her feet, how they can dance:

      No time to wait till her mouth can
      Enrich that smile her eyes began?

      A poor life this if, full of care,
      We have no time to stand and stare.

  9. jesusknowsmyname / Jun 23 2013 3:04 pm

    So agree with your leisure philosophy… take time to smell the roses, enjoy God’s creation. I think those that ignore nature are missing out on one of the most pleasant parts of life.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 23 2013 3:34 pm

      Thank you. I understand it’s difficult sometimes to find time to reflect and I don’t mean it as a criticism of anyone who just can’t make that time for themselves. I know there are many who struggle just to get through the day and to pay the bills. My point is everyone deserves that time. It’s not a luxury, it’s essential.

      • jesusknowsmyname / Jun 23 2013 6:18 pm

        Agree. Many just don’t have the time to relax, but for those who do…oh boy, just enjoy & refresh!

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 23 2013 6:51 pm

        ..and for those that can’t find the time to reflect and relax I would say, beg, borrow, plead with friends and family for help, to allow yourself the time to have a few moments just for you and your thoughts.

  10. colorfulifeblogger / Jun 24 2013 6:59 am

    Even i can ‘waste’ hours of precious time there!

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