Weekly Photo Challenge : Peaceful

The Weekly Photo Challenge is PEACEFUL this week.   I have already taken a look at a number of the contributions this week and it is really interesting how the majority of photographs are scenes of rivers and the sea.   To us, therefore being peaceful is synonymous with water.   For a lot of us wanting peace and quiet we often run a bath, light candles and have gentle music in the background.   A great many of us go to favourite places, such as the local river, or the sea, and sit quietly to contemplate or just think about nothing for a while.  It’s good to let the world just go by without us having to join in.

The adjective for PEACEFUL is to be tranquil and free from disturbance.   To be in a state of peace and feel serene.

I trawled through my library to shift out the photographs I have taken in the last year that bring back PEACEFUL memories and had a wonderful time just recalling happy, calm and quiet moments.

In April I went to Herm, part of the Channel Islands.   There are very few people who live on the island, and the cars you can count on one hand.  It is full of beautiful secluded beaches, the epitome of tranquility.

My next selection of PEACEFUL photos are from a weekend in Buckingham.   This little town has the River Great Ouse running through it with  very pretty walks along the river bank.

Feeling calm?  I know I am just looking at these photographs.

The next set are seascape photographs.  The first one is Clevedon Pier, in Somerset, taken on a day when the estuary running up to Bristol was becalmed.

I live near the sea, actually it is so near it is just down the road from me.   There are some great parts of the Sussex Coast and one of them is Middleton-on-Sea.   It is accessed via a private road which is closed to cars most of the year and therefore an unpopulated spot.   The sea in the evenings has a beautiful calmness about it and is an ideal place to be for meditative moments.

Gardens are known for their ability to create a sense of calm and peacefulness so this post would not be complete without photos of a few gardens.   The first one is  National Trust’s Sheffield Park, with combination of fabulous trees and lakes.

Sitting on a bench in a garden, just being still and taking in the surroundings is a great way to gain inner peace.   Denmans Garden near Fontwell is a favourite of mine.

Finally,  to show that whilst water is a favourite place for peace and tranquility, the  countryside and incredible landscapes in England are outstanding for stillness and serenity.   The Sussex Downs serve to remind us that we live in a green and pleasant land.

A smile is the beginning of peace

Mother Theresa

55 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Peaceful

  1. Beautiful… I love that they are all so different. 🙂

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  2. Peaceful indeed with awesome pictures! Thanks for the share 🙂

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  3. “A smile is the beginning of peace…” Everything about this post made me smile. The beach, the flowing waters, the green and serene country side…just a breath of fresh air. Your are so lucky to live close to the waters. It’s been my dream to grow old with my family along the the beach one day. Thanks for today’s inspiration. Stay blessed.

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  4. a great series for this week

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  5. I am so impressed that you can produce a portfolio of photos like these on one subject. I particularly loved the ones of the sea. Perhaps it is time I stopped using my camera only for my garden and got out a bit more!

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    1. Thank you! I just love taking photos of the sea and am practising with landscapes so have to get out of the garden 😀 There will be more time for floral photos when the Spring comes.

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  6. I love the last picture with the sea and the two “bridges” getting in the sea!
    Beautiful picture!

    Well done!

    Here is my set of pictures :
    http://jibsphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/weeklyu-photo-challenge-peaceful/

    Hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

    bye

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  7. Hello Hurtled. I do feel very calm now after perusing all of your photographs here for this Peaceful challenge! I love the shots you chose.

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  8. I know Clevedon pier well. I worked in Clevedon for 10 years and did a lot of my photography at lunch times. Nice set by the way

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  9. sheer eye candy – thank you for sharing!

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  10. Great peace while watching this photograph great interpretation for this week Theme:)

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  11. What wonderful photos of such lovely places. I hope I can visit England some day.

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    1. Please come and visit England… if my photos can make people want to come then all the better. Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

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  12. Very peaceful images, Ronnie. They should offer a prize for the most peaceful, I would award your last image.

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  13. I like the mixture of water and land and certainly agree with your notes on the photos. Peace is found in many different ways!

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  14. I love secluded beaches ……………..your coastal shots are very relaxing to view.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed looking at them, and found them relaxing.

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  15. Northern Narratives January 15, 2012 — 9:33 pm

    I love that blue bench 🙂

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  16. Thank you for giving me a brief respite from winter whilst looking at your lovely photos.

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    1. thank you Elaine. It was a lovely opportunity to recaputure some lovely days.

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  17. What a gorgeous selection of very peaceful photos! The Clevedon Pier photo is my favorite. Great entry into the challenge!

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    1. Thank you. Clevedon Pier is very popular for photographers, in all weathers. I was lucky to be there on a day when the sea was so still and the lighting was just right.

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  18. Thanks for taking me on a peaceful journey!

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  19. Love the autumn colours by the lake

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    1. Sheffield Park is a wonderful place in the autumn but you have to vie for a place to stand to take a photo there are so many doing the same thing.

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  20. I agree totally that water is the most peaceful thing there is although of course the sea can be wild too but water is mesmerising to me. Christina

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    1. Hi Christina, living so close to the sea is a never ending photo opportunity. It looks different each day, I love it!

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  21. very nice collection, thanx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them, thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment.

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    1. I had that photo printed onto canvas for my daughter and her husband as a Christmas present. They live just up the road from the pier.

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  22. Beautiful peaceful pictures to reminisce with…

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    1. Thank you Donna, I am glad you found them peaceful to look at . 🙂

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  23. A lovely selection of peaceful scenes 🙂

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    1. That is very flattering from one who takes great photos, thank you 😀

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  24. Beautiful! I wished I had the opportunity to visit those places, it’s one thing seeing them from afar and completely another when you’re there. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. I hope you continue to enjoy the photos and have the opportunity to see them in person one day.

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  25. Very beautiful set of photographs you have here… Stunning park!

    And that popular bench on this week’s challenge, I want to sit in there to just relax and enjoy the view…

    The Sussex Downs is seemingly a beautiful place to live in… 🙂

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    1. The Sussex Downs are very beautiful and peaceful. That photo was taken on an exceptionally cold day, the wind was whistling around my ears! 🙂

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  26. Very beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, you are welcome, I am only too happy to share such wonderful sights.

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  27. Stunning photographs of beautiful, peace-invoking places! England is indeed a green and pleasant land!

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    1. Hi! Yes, England truly is a green and pleasant land. Thank you for visiting my blog and I am so glad you enjoyed the photos.

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