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Ineffable Wanderlust: Komorebi

Komorebi — sunlight filtering through trees — every photographer’s dream.

That is unless you are in Gabon where there are overcast days and random bits of sunlight.

In early July, I went on a work trip to Libreville, Gabon. At our odd hotel, if one positioned themselves well you could transform the sunset into a misleading view of paradise…


Taken with iPhone 6s (and various other sunsets are IGed already under moin_dc)

On our free day, my colleagues and I took a short 35 minute boat ride out the mouth of the the river to the coast of equatorial Africa to Baie des Tortues. Here we were in a ecolodge for the day with yet again gray skies. Mr. Fuji and I tried really hard to come up with some Komorebi, but the African sun was not working with us.

Look at this tree’s leaves – the spiral is simply inviting to the eye.  Reminds me of H’s hair.

Here is what I came up with throughout the day on an African beach…





In this one you can see the tiny bit of sun that was trying to shine through…  there is even a little sunburst-ishness in there.


At the end of the day waiting for the boat to take us back to town, I played with slowshutter app on the iPhone and the cool leaves hanging over my head.  Another iPhone/IG’ed image which again has nothing to do with Komorebi, but more to do with Mellifluous or Meraki


To see more successful and gorgeous attempts at Komorebi, please follow my lovely friends through the leaves starting with Julie Anne

Ineffable Wanderlust: Hiraeth

As part of our monthly exploration of creative photography focusing on a word, my photography friends and I in Ineffable wanderlust are exploring Hiraeth from the Welsh which very loosely translates into a deep longing for home, a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return.

Which “home” does one long for? Is it a literal home, the home of your childhood, the home of your youthful self, the pre-name-your-current-situation you, a group of family members, friends? Is it a spiritual place that defined you? what happens when you have no words for what you are missing, for what you long, because it simply goes beyond words?

How to interpret this concept into a photograph…






These images created on 29 May 2017 on our walk from my parent’s to downtown for the Memorial Day Parade on Main Street are of the church of my childhood. A home that was an integral part of my upbringing, of who I became. A place that formed me. A place whose every corner we knew. The catacombs, the stuffy attic, the belfry, the pipe room, the rosary window. Our family’s pew. The countless hours spent on these grounds. All the little old ladies who knew us since birth. Yet, “this” is a home to which I cannot return. Sure there are other churches, congregations, but what this church meant to me as a child, growing up, the friendships, the encompassing love that existed has not been replicated in another. So, yes, in some way I long for this home, this sense of belonging.

images created with Mr. Fuji (x100s) on the bulb setting on a cold, cloudy Memorial Day. Processed in LR with a retro look to resemble old photographs from the late 70s.

Please take some time and travel around the world of Ineffable wanderlust to see what the other talented ladies have been up to.  You can start first with the very talented Rachel Burwell up in Canada.  I can’t wait to see what how hiraeth has been interpreted by each of these dear friends.  xx

Ana - Linda, it seems like a lot of the interpretations went down the long gone childhood days route. Do you also remember the buildings a lot bigger than they actually are? Childhood locations are always special. From your images I see how time rushed by but you can still remember.

Anna - What a beautiful story captured with beautiful photos. I didn’t expect that these were made with Mr Fuji. I I’ve the vintage feeling. It all comes together in this post.

Julie Skelton - These feel so mystical Linda! I love that we can use photographs to illustrate what can’t be put into words.

my way: peaceful

today did not feel peaceful. today reminded me why sometimes we have to stop for a minute and reset ourselves. Talk to a friend on the phone.

not do, but be.

be at peace.

be quiet, and listen, accept, and allow.

taken in Emmental, Switzerland, April 2017


taken in Bern, Switzerland, April 2017


taken in Bern, Switzerland, April 2017


feeling more peaceful now at the end of the long day.

Ineffable Wanderlust: Mellifluous

Mellifluous – adj. a sound that is sweet and smooth, pleasing to hear,  or sweetly or smoothly flowing.

My ineffable wanderlust found me in Lebanon, Switzerland, France, and (momentarily) Italy in April.  These mellifluous images were created in Montreuex, the home to the Montreux Jazz Festival.


These creations embody our word of the month, mellifluous. I didn’t even realize that there is an actual word for the feeling I find in the images I create. How I interpret color and light yields a visual picture that is smoothly flowing.  It’s almost like music to one’s eyes.


The combination of color and light along with long exposures and creative movement yield mellifluous images.


Please follow our group’s ineffable wanderlust by visiting Rebecca’s post and clicking through the circle.  I can’t wait to see the mellifluous creations of these fabulous photographers and friends.


Rebecca Spencer - Yes this really is a perfect word to describe your art Linda, so soothing and calm with that stunning use of colour too thrown into the mix. I always adore seeing the photos you create each month. x

Anna - These are taking my breath away! The colors! The textures and the movement! The 3rd is my favourite! Lin these are beautiful.

Ana - Linda, these are stunning. It reminds me of a flowing tulle skirt of a dancer in the breeze.

Julie Skelton - I adore the synesthesia of these images Linda. Utterly beautiful and calming.

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