Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131-Emotions

Calm

Is tranquility an emotion or a state of mind? Either way, there is so much peace to be found on a quiet, snowy morning. Not even the birds were at the feeder yet and no squirrels had left footprints in the pure white.

Grief

These flowers were from my father’s funeral, a memorial from my boss and our lab. It was October, and the beautiful fall colors of the arrangement brought to mind the cycle of life that plays out in the seasons. Fall is glorious in its preparation for winter and death, a slow fading and a time of letting go. In the back of our minds we know spring will come again, but it can be hard to remember.

Love

I know dogs have the reputation for loyalty, but cats can also get really attached in their own way. Juhani is a lap cat; if you are sitting, she wants to be on you and purring very loudly. She will headbutt you if you are not petting enough. We recently celebrated her “Gotcha Day” and I hope that she will be sleeping on top of us somewhat inconveniently for many years to come.

Find more emotions at the original Lens-Artists challenge.

8 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #131-Emotions

  1. Tina Schell January 20, 2021 / 5:22 pm

    Well done Mei-Mei, so sorry to hear about your father. your analogy about the seasons and the loss of a loved on is spot-on. Also loved your calm snowy day.

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    • Mei-Mei January 31, 2021 / 11:59 am

      Thank you Tina. We lost him back in 2019 and I saved some of those flowers from the funeral to dry and keep.

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  2. pattimoed January 21, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    Hi, Mei-Mei. I was touched by the photo of your father’s flowers. I’m so sorry that he died. Your other images convey calm and love so beautifully. Your cat is adorable, too!

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  3. Leya January 23, 2021 / 10:20 am

    I am sorry for your loss, Mei-Mei. I lost my mother in September, and I also lingered on her funeral flowers. Nothing brings such silence and calmness as newly fallen snow and a snowy landscape. It is soundless. A cat can also be loyal, I know from my own cats when I was a child. A beautiful post for the soul.
    I was wondering about your sweetie’s name though – Juhani is Finnish – do you live in Finland?

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      • Leya January 31, 2021 / 4:03 pm

        Ah! I couldn’t get it together… And yes, Juhani is a male name – how strange it is a she!!

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