“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 28 January 2012

From the passenger seat . . .

“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.” - Rumi

I don't drive, which means that I'm lucky enough to always be in the passenger seat. It gives me the freedom to be able to watch the world go sailing by - so I get to look at the sky, the trees, the traffic, the people. And I sit back and take it all in. . . and sometimes I take pictures. These are just some of the sights I saw as we were driving this week.

"If you are aware of what's happening right now,
then you are doing it right" - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"The moment spoke to me. Like a great universal shout echoing from the depths of forever.
It talked of day and night, and how all things are different, and how all things are the same.
About how darkness is filled with light, and how light carries darkness as its shadow.
It told
that encoded in each action lies the seed of its opposite.
That beauty and squalor occur in
equal measure - and that we always
have the ability to choose where to focus our lens." - SB

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything,
it is because we are
dangerously close to wanting nothing.”
- Sylvia Plath

I hope your week has been a good one. x

Thought of the week

“I discovered it was as important to live poetically
as to write poems.”
- James Broughton

Words and Images - Susannah Bec.


Jade said...

Beautifully inspiring post, pictures, words & all!

I also don't drive...sometimes I feel as though I am the only person who doesn't, but I like how you brought out what is good in being a passenger, as there is good and bad, dark & light, in everything. :)

Have a lovely weekend, dearest Susannah

David said...

I love the pictures. I don't drive either, and people think I'm weird because of it, but you're right. You get to see a lot more as a passenger, or in my case, as a walker. Someone should write a book. "The Joy of Not Driving".

Ellen said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures and lovely landscape. Yes, we do have the ability to choose where to focus our lens. I love that!

vivinfrance said...

A lovely zany series of shots with a sense of travel evident in the angles. I'd love to know how you achieved those last two streaks of light. The words are nice, too.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such gorgeous skies by day and a wonderful festival of lights by night! How lovely to scroll through this post and enjoy the delights of the visuals!

Anonymous said...

Look at those beautiful blue skies. They communicate such a sense of vastness. Your night shots are really good. I have a lot of trouble with night shots - they never really come out. Yours are FAB.

Morvah said...

Wow! A brilliant post this week Susannah ~ Love your passage about duality, that is seriously good writing! Have a great week M x

Anonymous said...

Amazing what one can see from the passenger seat (though I enjoy driving, I don't own a vehicle)... Love that Rumi quote - just made a note of it, thanks!

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Lovely photos Susannah. :-) I often wish I were a passenger instead of a driver when I see something I can't photograph.

Hopefully I will be seeing similar scenes in a few months,(rural Derbyshire) when I move back home. I long for the sight of England in summer.

Susannah said...

Thanks everyone for popping in, and for your lovely comments. :-)

Jade, I am glad to hear that I am not the only non driver! :-) It is good to see you - have a wonderful week. x

David, I love the idea of a book about "The Joy of Not Driving". :-)
Good to see you. x

Ellen, thank you. :-) (I know that you understand about the choices we have in what we focus on.)
Good to see you. x

Viv, the streaky lights were happy accidents! Tail lights, headlights and street lights snapped from the moving car. Good to see you. :-)

Gemma, thanks very much, I appreciate you visiting. x

Selma, I was surprised that the night shots came out so well. I know what you mean as I usually have trouble capturing things at night but all the street lights must have helped. Thanks for your kind words, it is always good to see you. x

Morvah, thank you.:-) That piece of writing was one of those that just appeared in my mind fully formed! I just had to write it down. I am glad you liked it. :-)

Hope all is well with you - it is always such a pleasure to see you. xxx

Ruth, good to see you! I'm glad you enjoyed the Rumi quote. x

Paul, Wow, you are coming back! Is it just for a holiday or a permanant move? I shall try to arrange for it to be the best English summer ever this year, just for you. :-)

It is really good to see you all!

Susannah x

Paul Andrew Russell said...

I'm coming home for good, Susannah, probably in late May or early June. Another big life change.

My daughter is getting married in September too, so I will be there for her big day.

Thank you for the good wishes. A bad summer in England is better than a good one here, although I'd love a good one to welcome me home. lol

Isabel Doyle said...

I feel like I've had a lovely outing with you in the car - thank you Susannah
best wishes Isabel x

Susannah said...

Wow Paul, that will be a big change - and you will be just in time for summer! It will be nice to be home for your daughters wedding. :-)

Isabel, it was good to have you in the car with me. :-) Good to see you. x

Mary McClain said...

hello Susannah...I was feeling down last night then went to visit joyfrequencies...read this post, tried to post a comment...it didn't work, so I Iet it go...good thing too, because I was really feeling just like the quote you shared here by Sylvia Plath...

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything,
it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”

Once again, THANK YOU for all your generous, uplifting contributions to the world we live in! Your words, quotes and pictures are always somehow synchronistic!

With Gratitude,
Love and Peace...

Susannah said...

Good to see you Mary and thanks as always for your kind words.

I am sorry to hear that you weren't able to leave a comment on Joy Frequencies. I shall have to look into it and see if I can find out why.

Much love to you. x

Jennifer said...

Those colours! The blues! The golds! Love.

Susannah said...

Good to see you Jennifer...and thank you. xx


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