To live deliberately

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Trees

                     Forest ride through Bloemendal and Overveen, North Holland.                                   Photo: Wilma den Hartigh

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discovered that I had not lived … I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life… ” – Henry David Thoreau

Wow – what a challenge!  To live deliberately. To live deep.

Capturing life

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I’ve decided to share a couple of my photographs with you today. I love photography and I’m always seeing a photo in everything. What I like about photographs is that they capture a piece of my soul. Photographs are there to remind us of the things we forget. When I made this selection I was reminded how beautiful life is and what a privilege it is to be alive and experience life.

Birth certificates show that you were born. Death certificates show that you died. Photographs show that you really lived.

My son Matthew always plays along ;-) This was taking in December last year on a road trip through the Karoo. We were in a small town called Hanover in the Northern Cape. Beautiful place.

My son Matthew always plays along 😉 This was taking in December last year on a road trip through the Karoo. We were in a small town called Hanover in the Northern Cape. Beautiful place.

Blue house, Hanover, Northern Cape, South Africa

Blue house, Hanover, Northern Cape, South Africa

Father and son <3

Father and son ❤

Spectacular Drakensberg, South Africa, in summer

Spectacular Drakensberg, South Africa, in summer

Central Drakensberg weekend getaway at a magical little place called The Ponds

Central Drakensberg weekend getaway at a magical little place called The Ponds

Matthew and mom :-)

Matthew and mom 🙂

Drakensberg, South Africa

Drakensberg, South Africa

Life – an invitation to explore and live

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A few years ago we visited Dubrovnik in Croatia. We visited this beautiful Franciscan Monastery. This image of the stairs and the cat is my favourite of the whole trip.

A few years ago we visited Dubrovnik in Croatia. We spent some time at this beautiful Franciscan Monastery. This image of the stairs and the cat is my favourite of the whole trip. It is such a beautiful scene – serene, mysterious and filled with promise. It is also inviting – you feel that you have to climb those stairs and see where they take you. This is kind of like how I see life. It is an invitation to explore, find beauty, be adventurous and truly live. I always want to see beauty in life. When I stop doing that, it is usually my cue that something is not right.