Monday, January 25, 2016

Bowl of {Mandarin} Oranges...

 "But if the world could remain within a frame like a painting on a wall.
Then I think we would see the beauty.
Then we would stand staring in awe at our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges"
"Bowl of Oranges" by Bright Eyes

Today was beautiful in every way.

The weather was sunny and spring like.

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I was able to begin my day unhurried.

I had a sweet time in my home office with my Bible, some journaling, some prayer.

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I did a bit of creating and crafting.

I went on a run on the path that runs along the Columbia River with a friend from church.

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I ran some errands and bought a few groceries.

I did some laundry.

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I made a healthy dinner for my husband and myself.

Oh, and I took a few still life photos of the mandarin oranges I bought at the grocery store.
They're in the beautiful pedestal bowl that I found a while ago.
 I wanted an ironstone fruit bowl for quite some time, 
and then was blessed to find this bowl for only thirteen dollars.
It's not antique, but I am still smitten.

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I'm not always blessed to have an unhurried Monday.
Sure, I have a running to-do list of things I could have, maybe even should have done.
Yet, I don't feel a bit guilty.
Today I didn't just photograph a still life, I lived a still life.
It was lovely.

still following,


31 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Elizabeth. Nice contrasts in these shots.
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/eat-your-greens-fruity-ones.html

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue! Thank you for hosting each week!

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  2. Such a serene scene you set up!

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  3. Beautiful and it was restful just reading about your day!!

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    1. It was very restful and wonderful. Today the weather was rainy and gray and I had a lot more to do!

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  4. Living a still life - amen to that, my friend. So happy for your day! Blessings.

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    1. My days aren't all like this, but I do so want to have that peace and stillness ruling my heart and mind!

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  5. Beautiful - and I loved your last line - lived a still life!! I had a similar day yesterday and it's definitely the way I want to live every day. (as much as possible)

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    1. Wow, today was nothing like yesterday's lovely weather, and it was a whole lot busier as well!

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  6. I would love to live the still life even for one or two days! I could feel the stress draining out of my shoulders as i read your day's activities. Sounds lovely. #LTTL

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    1. It was heavenly. Today was gray and rainy and a lot busier!

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  7. Such a lovely day! And congratulations on the white bowl - looks so pretty with the mandarins!

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  8. Your last two lines made me smile. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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  9. Those cut, juicy mandarins look so good! I'm glad you enjoyed an unhurried Monday. Your day sounds so peaceful!

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    1. They're sweet and delicious as well as pretty!

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  10. I, too, love that conclusion about living a still life -- just for one day. It wasn't that you sat immobile and did nothing; it was a matter of stilling that inner voice demanding that you get to WORK, and enjoying a day filled with sweetness instead. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your example of setting aside time for the still life! Gratefully Nancy (a Glory Writer).

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    1. Thank YOU, Nancy for popping in, and for your encouragement.

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  11. Adore the cutting boards and love the simplicity of your fruit bowl - very nice still life.

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    1. Nicki, the cutting boards are some of my favorite things. Thank you so much!

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  12. Ah....I LOVE bowls of oranges....so bright....and I really like the way you've added leaves. And I like days I manage to live a still life too!

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    1. The mandarins still had leaves and stems attached so that drew me to them in the store!

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  13. Now I'm able to comment, but I didn't change anything. Oh well.

    Beautiful photos.

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  14. Wow. As stunning and beautiful the bowl of oranges are, can I tell ya how mesmerized I am by your backdrop of cutting boards??!!?? Love that idea! Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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    1. It's one of my favorite collections! Thanks for hosting!

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  15. Love, love, love your still life. I am glad you are back at it. The first and last shots are my favorite, but I really like that you can see your boards on the wall in every shot. Well done.

    Lisa at Life Thru the Lens

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