healing after the rain

I feel incredibly grateful to have woken up to such sights on this lush Monday morning.

wet rose


The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. Anne Frank

wet rose 2


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

white drops


The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats

maple sugar

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson

green glitter


For more quotes on the healing power of nature go to THE 44 BEST QUOTES ABOUT NATURE


What the Snow Reveals

When I woke up to the snow on Wednesday morning, I knew I’d have to work quickly to photograph the magical scene. As soon as I stepped out the door I could hear the snow melting. Yeongcheon isn’t dealing with the heaps of snow my friends in Gangwon-do are dealing with. Actually the snow was mostly gone by Wednesday afternoon.

The following pictures are descriptions of what the snow revealed to me.


Samsoon waits patiently as I get the right shot.

the winter journey begins!

The moss woke up for a moment.

On the right, the snow reveals a lone grave. the lone grave

Samsoon is getting bored with my photography. *yawnSamsoon's getting bored


Once again the snow reveals layers you would miss without it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Objects of Nature

In my last entry for the “Object photo challenge, my objects were more on the abstract, unnatural side. Now we go back to the beach on Tioman Island, Malaysia and find objects that are still abstract, yet this time, all natural.

The objects are worth a close look. Click on a picture to see a slideshow of the gallery.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

After a long hiatus from WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt has pulled me back in: object. During my family’s recent trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia, I found many curious objects washed up on the shore.

Based on my pictures, you may think the beach was filthy. This is not the case. This is how beautiful the beach was.

Tioman Island

I just happened to find a small treasure filled patch. Perhaps, the rough rainy season waves were the cause of these little quirks.

I’m just keeping the legs


Taking out the good china

Didn't like the china

Then on a little hike to “town”, I found this bike chain melted into to asphalt. It was a hot day, but not this hot.

Bike chain in asphalt

Wordless Wednesday: come out of your shell

Today, two friends, Kristina and Simon, posted two very different pictures, at opposite ends of the globe, Japan and Canada, with a title referenced to “coming out of one’s shell”. I’d say that kind of synchronicity deserves a blog post. :)

Thanks to Janaline’s World Journey for leading me to this WordPress hump day tradition!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

– Julia Cameron

I was focusing on this…

drops on petals


…when I realized this needed my focus instead.

a row of droplets


Join the photo challenge by clicking here, Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus


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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

On Sunday, I saw my dear friend, Soon-Seon, get married. Her smile radiated throughout the whole event: from the pre-ceremony picture taking, to the buffet hall walk through in her hanbok.

Soon-Seon's day

I remember thinking her smile could be the subject of this week’s photo challenge, but then on the way back home this happened.

Rainbow view from the MugungHwa train
rainbow beyond the lotus fields
if there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, that apartment complex is pretty lucky.
the stormy backdrop makes a wonderful contrast for the sunlit apartment buildings
the golden hour begins on the Yeongcheon tracks
sun setting in the rice fields


This was perhaps one of the best lead ups to a sunset that I’ve ever experienced. There definitely a lot of gold on this day. :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: a fleeting moment with snail poo

When I saw this week’s photo challenge was based on the theme “fleeting”, I knew I would finally be able to share my pooping snail pictures. Yes, I caught a snail in the act of doing numéro 2. Nothing more fleeting than that if you ask me. Maybe I should preface this photo tale by stating that having lived in Korea for over eight years, I have no shame in sharing a good ‘ol dung or 똥 story. If you’ve spent any time in Korea, you’ll know what I mean. For others, click here for a little background information.

National Geographic, eat your heart out.

See that little piece sticking out of its side? Yup, you guessed it. Only realized it after the following happened. *Note the contraction of its tentacles.
And there you have it folks.
Keep on truckin’ little snail.

Hammock love

There’s something soothing about sitting/laying/napping/meditating in a hammock — the stillness, the swinging in the breeze, and the sound of birds whizzing by. At once, it fills me with peace and wonder. I take any moment I can here. Today’s journey to my nature’s lounge was filled with even more wonder as I discovered this little home tucked away in a small rose-bush.