Weekly Photo Challenge: Today was a good day

All these photos have been made on various excursions in and around Hamburg in Northern Germany. Every photo shows what a good day means to me: tranquility and solitude.

“I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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33 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Today was a good day

  1. Oh those words so resonate with me Mitza and are truly wonderful. Rilke really does express how we feel. It is amazing. I am pleased to discover a little more about you and where you find peace and get in touch with yourself again. I love the little bridge! Sorry not to have caught up with you lately. I am trying to catch up today on a rainy indoors day! x

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    • Hi Karen, I always love to hear from you. What a pity that you have rain today. We still have sun and it’s quite warm. I discovered Rilke only some months ago. What a pity to have lived without him so many years! But better late than never. I’m very happy that you love him, too. There are really no more beautiful poems than his. And these places I found are really wonderful. May the sun shine on you tomorrow, dear Karen, give a kiss to your cat, kind regards Mitza

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    • I love still water, too. In Greek they say “the sea is like oil” and that’s my favorite weather to swim in turquoise water. And I love water so much, having been surrounded by lakes, the Elbe river and the sea since early youth. The bridge picture was made in a little park belonging to a castle. It was really very beautiful there with these old roses. I felt like in an old painting from Monet or Renoir. Should have worn a long skirt, hehe 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot, Tom. I’m sure you like tranquility, too. I don’t know about solitude. Being highly sensitive makes the world very loud, noisy and annoying to me and I can only recover in places like the ones I photographed. Have a wonderful day, regards Mitza

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  2. It was at Claude Monet’s home (I think this is right . . .) where there was a beautiful bridge and pond with trees as in your photograph. Here is one of his many paintings of it.

    http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/highlights/highlight74796.html

    “It took me a long time to understand my water lilies…. I grew them without thinking of painting them…. And then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of the enchantment of my pond. I took up my palette.”

    Claude Monet, 1924

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    • Hi Sue, glad to hear from you and thanks for your approval. The other two photos are from my hometown Hamburg from the centre. I’m so in love with Hamburg.
      But of course the other photos are much more beautiful. The little bridge was an enchanted garden belonging to a little castle. The other photo was made at a lake about 1 hour far away from Hamburg. The weather was very grey and dizzy but I liked the photo inspite of this. Have a wonderful day, regards Mitza

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    • Thanks a lot, Natalie. I’m happy you liked them. 2 Photos are from my hometown Hamburg, which has two huge lakes and a lot of parks in the centre. It’s a bit like Vancouver. Well, next time you come to Hamburg, too. Virtual hugs, Mitza

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