Lens Artist Challenge #72 ~ Waiting ~ For Amy Ji ~ Waiting is Another Name for Patience ~

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

 Joseph Campbell

Waiting for the Driver of this beautiful Buggy at Serena Hotel Islamabad Pakistan

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Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
                                                                                        Joyce Meyer

Roadside Guava Seller -Waiting for customers while talking on the mobile phone

Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.
                                                                                           Zoe Kazan

Another common roadside selling style- Tri-wheeled Carts

Also waiting for prospective buyers .

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
                                                                      William Arthur Ward

 

Waiting for Food to be Served

I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something, till I realized the person I was waiting for was myself.

                                                                                                  MARKUS ZUSAK, Underdog

Lens – Artist Photo Challenge #71 : Creepy By Ann Christine Leya ~ Discovering Creepiness ~

  “This inhuman place makes human monsters.”
― Stephen King, The Shining

  One evening the sky became overcast. The lights had to be switched on because it grew dark much earlier. The camera captured this scene reflecting the room view on the window. The creepy cloud shapes drew a scene like’dancing figures.’

Bani Gala Islamabad

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“Sometimes the things in our heads are far worse than anything they could put in books or on film!!”
― CK Webb

On hearing odd sounds just outside the window, for three consecutive nights, I gathered enough strength to move the curtain aside and check the source. This little creature came in view,looking straight up at me…Can I come in? it seemed to ask. Oh Dear so sorry, not at this hour’

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Some of my viewers and readers may find it odd but the vast sky is a boundless beautiful canvas of the Almighty Artificer. It not only manifests the perfect art, beauty, light, birds clouds and countless colors but sometimes frightening shapes and scenes that appear suddenly and one finds oneself a witness to them.I share some strange and creepy images that I chanced to view and capture in the past four years.

I love to watch the clouds and take shots and then see the results on the computer screen.

The first image I share is clear….a skull like face

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In 2014  we lived in a flat on the first floor. We had access to the rooftop and would often go there to see the surrounding mountainside or to enjoy the sun for a while in Winters. Sometimes a sudden intuition would make me rush and I found something special in the sky waiting to be discovered… apart from the dark stormy clouds there were some creepy images also…. A strange face with large eyes and a sharp nose

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This seems a simple photograph of dark clouds but on a closer look the viewer may make out ‘demon like faces

 

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“Stare at the dark too long and you will eventually see what isn’t there.”
― Cameron Jace,       in       Snow White Sorrow

                     A strange creepy face giving a Warning   –     A view from the rooftop

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Rooftop Shot…revealed the shapes of a big bird and a lamb with horns and black eyes and a white lower mouth . Strong images in a heavily overcast sky.

 

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While driving on the main Mall Road a part of the famous GT (Grand Trunk ) Road in Rawalpindi  a sudden look at the sky revealed this cloud formation.It was so huge that it did give a creepy feeling as evening was also drawing near. The camera was an HTC Brand and somehow was set on a bluish tinge for the camera. I changed it after using it for a year or so.

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“The dead weren’t scary. It was the living you had to watch out for.”
― Eileen Wilks,    in       Mortal Ties

Grandparents Stories ~ 3~ Visiting Grandfather at Sarai Alamgir ~ Jhelum ~

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Roads were simple and spacious. Travelling offered knowledge and access to view and walk  by harvest fields, peep fearfully into  open dark wells, enjoy the simplicity of villages small roadside bazars and  nearby friendly  forests.

Sunday trips to my grandfather’s place still remain fresh in the memory. Those were my school days.Singing songs and rhymes were a favorite activity , many a times father himself would say’ sing the king’s song’ or the hot one was ‘Hot cross buns’ Jeep rides were exciting as the raised level of seats allowed full view of the road and roadside. The Potohaar Plateau is still a pleasure to drive across from Rawalpindi to Jhelum, by the mighty River Jhelum

These trips were full of learning. Respect regard and love for elders. To honor relationships. To visit the ill to comfort the sufferers and to give company to fellow cousins and share the joy of life and maybe not finally to build loving memories.

Sarai Alamgir is famous for the King George Royal Military College where Grandfather was a professor.

For Lens – Artist Challenge #69 ~ Seeing Double ~ By Tina R Schell ~ Precious Pairs ~ Lovable Double ~

36- Glory be to the One, who created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as themselves, and other things they do not know.
(36- Ya-Seen, 36)
The Arabic word “azvaj” is the plural of “zavj” meaning “pairs,” “matches,” “partners.” There are three sorts of pairs in the creation as described in the verse:
a- Pairs that grow from the earth, i.e., plants that have species of differentiated sex;
b- Human pairs, males and females. Also some included human characteristics like bravery/cowardice; love/hate; generosity/stinginess, etc.
c- Pairs unknown: men did not know anything about the creation in pairs at the time of the descent of the Quran.

The Clouds! The only birds that never sleep.   Victor Hugo

Let us begin in the name of the Greatest Creator. The Clouds reveal themselves in an endless variety of patters and designs. They just send quiet signals and Lo !
The two photographs were taken one fine day as the quiet call came. Amazingly one side of the sky showed  two straight lines, while another part manifested Circles’.

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How sweet to be a cloud floating in the blue      A.A.Milne

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Every bird thinks its own nest beautiful.                               An Italian Proverb

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Birds and Nests go together.

The Saintly Visitors returned with a family. Caught this Brownie Pair looking towards our house while the Mother was taking a nap.

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At the Pak China Cultural Center Islamabad -a beautiful building with a spacious auditorium hall and display areas.
Took the grand kids to see an exhibition of Pakistani Handicrafts.
Sara Fatima Mir and brother Mir Rayyan Rabbani un separable pair for many years (quite grown up now) Here at the Knife and Dagger Display Stall.

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Back Home on the terrace, close to the beloved trees. I really miss this house in Rawalpindi.                           Spring  In the year   2011
Enjoying the Flowers

“There are two who are never satisfied – the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”                                    Rumi Jalalud-Din

Waiting for the connecting flight to Cleveland, at Baltimore Airport, an hour to kill, enjoying a brief sojourn at an unforgettable bookshop with daughter, my help support,camera person,guide and much much more.
Exhausted after the 16 hour non stop flight from Dubai to Washington                                                                                           August 2001

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Pairs from My knitting Projects

This Elf Slippers was a Challenge Order from an unknown Face Book  member. She somehow felt that I could knit such a pair which she urgently needed. The reason ? I never asked, I was so excited at being chosen for the job. I had to search for the pattern and thanks to a largehearted designer who had offered it for ‘free’.The result is shared here, and guess what..there was a deadline to be met ! Allah is most gracious. The wool stock was exhausted a day before but there is always a way out if one thinks and prays for it. At the delivery time, the location was marked by Google maps and the welkins decided to pour all the purity from the heavens that evening. The Elf slippers, packed in a box were delivered to the clients, from car to car, in heavy rain.The order finished like a fairy tale.

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This  Stylish Baby Booties Pair has something special to show. Can anyone guess? Comments are welcome. Thank you.

17834835_10155182264150747_5906872425999318651_oMy knitting will go on…on…on….Thank you so much respected Tina Ji. Another wonderful Challenge…

Lens -Artist Challenge # 67~ Layered ~ By Respected Amy Ji ~Magical Revelation ~

The Lens Artist Challenges are becoming exciting week by week, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share the beautiful memorable amazing unique and incredible creative images of the natural world around us. Be they in the skies on land or the ocean depths. Creativity of nature is boundless variegated and in uncountable layers…In the human mind body and spirit is even more magnificent.

“The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.”
-Kalu Rinpoche
One Winter afternoon I had to wait outside a  college office where I had to report for an interview.As I waited for the call a silent voice told me to look up at the sky. Subhaan Allah ~ Allah be praised ..the beautiful pattern of clouds spread all over the sky was simply amazing  profoundly majestic. I am fortunate to be a witness to natures fabulous magnificent  exquisite designs, once revealed they are transformed into  new ones.

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Behind every cloud is another cloud. –   Judy Garland

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Those clouds are angels’ robes. –    Charles Kingsley

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The trees that we planted in front of our small cottage style house grew tall strong and beautiful. They changed colors blossomed into large clusters of flowers and had glorious petals and leaves. Divinity lived in them. The most loved cared for touched and photographed,they were also the center of many stories also. From my repertoire of tree images I share the following in which I find some elements of ‘Layers’…

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“We live beneath many layers. Some are for our protection, and some are for our control.”
― Russell Eric Dobda

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Layer by layer art strips life bare
Robert Musil

A view of the porch at my daughters house in Islamabad. I found the scene different through the netted door, crossing the parked cars, the bolted gate, across the road to the double storey house opposite this one.

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Two shots of Rawalpindi City. This one was taken while driving on the The Mall Road. The clouds caught my attention with their different patterns and layers,as eagles and crows were hovering in the area.

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A view of a road in Old Rawalpindi City. The unique layered design of a triple storey house attracted the camera eye. The house is now a combination of old and new but constructed on the same foundation.The living style in the early 1900’s was a line of shops on the ground floor and living quarters on the first second and sometimes the third floor. The open top commonly used for kite flying or keeping pigeons as pets.
This area was inhabited by the Sikh community before the Great Partition of 1947.

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My favorite photo in this challenge collection is this image of a strange angel like cloud formation I was lucky to see, one late afternoon towards the West. At first I thought it might be an angel with wings spread out, but as it drew near there arose three straight parallel lines from the wings and manifested the Divine.

 

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The   Greatest  

Lens Artist Challenge #67 ~ Candid ~ By Ann Christine ~ Caught Off Line ~ Thank You Respected G. Jamie Dedes for the Introduction.

Lens Artist Challenges are thrilling.They are highly informative full of learning and reveal amazing photographic talents and guidelines. Thanks to Respected G Jamie Dedes who introduced Tina R Schell of Lens Artist Group on her Blog http://jamiededes.com and I was able to share images that were sleeping in the drawer.
Photography is active everywhere if the camera is handy. I found scary glorious lovable and thought provoking images through different lens of a variety of cameras that found their way before my eyes. From the Agfa 120 to Sony Samsung  Galaxy LG KG 2oo and now Huawei ..all have helped me to record truth and beauty at home on the roads and in the park …my own children and grandchildren look back at me in the most lovable ways.I share some moments here  the title can be ‘ caught Off Line ~ In The Park’

 

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” .                                                                                                                              Dorothea Lange.

Electricity Off ~ Load Shedding ~ No current no games no fun, but let us go outside

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“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”                                                                                                        Destin Sparks

 

At the ‘TOPI RAKH ‘ National Park Rawalpindi Pakistan. One of the Twin Cities …The other is the Capital City ISLAMABAD

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See Saw Fun ~ Not By One ~

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Oh Please I want to stay

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This the way …whee…ee…ee

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I am not afraid just wait and see

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It is my turn

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths.”
                                                                                                                     — Anonymous

Finally Meal Time Who wants to eat?

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“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
— Gilles Peress

There is more in the world than meets the eye for what is a photograph ?
: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”
— Ambrose Bierce

 

 

Lens – Artist Challenge #66 By Pattimoed ~ Filling the Frame ~Framed in the Frameless ~

               To photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude.”  Susan Sontag

Or perhaps to Include ~ As an amateur photographer with a passion and love of nature I wish to participate and share some images captured while living in different houses but in the same town. This shifting kept changing the perspectives of Allah’s beautiful world, the angles spaces and windows for the camera lens also kept varying, and the time factor became the most important factor of capturing the peculiar scenes landscapes and other objects as they called and revealed themselves.

The Glorious Chinar at sunset

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Another view in a framed view

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This is Yoda the Neighbors Pet who would stay  twenty two hours with us. Play, frolic drink milk and then relax on the warm bonnet of our KIA Classic. All Winter Yoda kept us happy but one day while in the excited playing mood Yoda jumped a bit too high at me. After that Yoda and I were separated. The neighbors took him away. I missed Yoda and cried. I still ask forgiveness for it was love but ‘it died in its own too much’ as Shakespeare believed and wrote.
Yoda stay happy and playful where ever you are.Amen. I miss you. 

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God sent Care Takers. They came sat slept and silently slipped away.

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My Visible  Guardians Angelic Companions

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The Miracle of  the Silhouetted  Black Crow

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                 “Exposure occupies my mind while intuition frames the image.”

Minor White