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Thursday, 5 December 2019

The small things...

'There are pockets of peacefulness everywhere if you look for them. Small beautiful and quiet things happen in our every day life - from sunlight in the leaves on trees, clouds moving in the sky to the birds by the lapping water on the beach. Easily missed as we rush from one thing to another.
Take some time to notice the small things and see how slowing down makes you see the wonderful things happening quietly around us every day.'  [Margaret Soraya]

I've recently discovered the work of Margaret Soraya (see HERE), a landscape photographer who works a lot in wild yet peaceful places like the Outer Hebrides. She encourages us to hear our 'small, quiet voice within' as a way of accessing our deepest creativity. Her approach really appeals to me, though I have only just started to recognise, value and explore my own need for solitude and peace as a path for expression. 

Walking back from the shops on a dull, rainy day, I found a little 'pocket of peacefulness' - ironically perhaps - in this wild jumble of bright, shiny, rain-speckled toy windmills in a tub outside the vintage shop in Saltaire. 


  1. Nice photograph. I love windmills aka US pinwheels. I always have one or more around.
    Thank you for the intro to Margaret Soraya! I see on her website via your link, her photographs have a depth of emotion, like being there and seeing the waves close up.

  2. I love the photo and I love the thought even more. I need to go in search of some of those pockets of peacefulness.

  3. It looks like a celebration!

  4. “As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.”
    ― Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

  5. Dynamically Mesmerizing - Well Done