When time stops

The mind plays tricks with itself sometimes. Mine is particularly insistent in doing so these days. Since I struggle to use it for comprehensible things, I must view and listen instead. Here’s what I saw and listened to this evening. Just click on the play button below the slideshow to listen to Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper while you look at the pictures with me. Or, just do what you feel like.

Have a lovesome day.


50 thoughts on “When time stops”

  1. Priya, your photography skills are sharp. The slideshow was beautiful – with our without the music. Cynde Lauper’s Time after Time is a favorite for both Rob and myself. I enjoyed listening to one of my favorite songs, while enjoying the photography of one of my favorite bloggers. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. I’ve just heard Time After Time and True Colors by Cyndi Lauper, Lenore. If I remember correctly, i.e.

      We had a cassette with some acoustic songs in it, and this one was in it. I heard it after years yesterday on my radio, and thought of teenage gone by. Sometimes the most innocuous of things remind you of the best, no?

      “If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
      Time after time
      If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
      Time after time”

      I remember feeling moved by these words when I was young. When I heard them yesterday, they gave me the kind of solace I wouldn’t have understood back then. The lines seem to give a providential comfort of “I’m right here, you’re not alone.”

  2. As always great job. It is one of my most fav songs. But you made me confuse either to listen to my fav song or to see the fabulous work done by one of my fav blogger. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Was it possible to do both? It was for me! But then, I am not my favourite blogger, and that might have made things easier. Thank you for being so sweet, Arindam.

    1. They are, aren’t they? It is my dream to have such windows in the house I make. Rather, windows and doors with panes like these:

      Happy to see you here after such a long time, Notes. Season’s Greetings for a happy time!

    1. Oh yes, they do! The woodpecker is a rare visitor, though. I call him Woody to honour the childhood stories of Woody the Woodpecker I heard from my parents.

    1. That bird is indeed petite and fragile. I was conned by its convincing looks and thought it was real! It perches on a relative’s bird house. Neat, eh?

      Thank you, as always, for your visit, Georgette. You bring elegance here every time you come!

  3. I love the photo of the caladium – is that what it is? They are such a beautiful plant that I’d have a fake one if I could find a nicely made one. We can’t grow them here, alas. And Cyndi Lauper’s tune – one of my favorites, too!

  4. Priya how did you know this kind of post is exactly what I needed today? I feel as if I don’t have permission to *stop and smell the roses* because I don’t have enough hours in the day to get on top of everything I want and need to do, for example I need to fill a spray bottle with dish soap and vinegar to spray on my lemon tree, but I still don’t have the bottle…

    I’ve sat here, as you requested, and taken deep breaths as I watched the beautiful photos and listened to Cyndi Lauper. (((sigh))) Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

    How do you manage to get a drop of water hanging just so on the end of a flower petal?

    1. It is a difficult question, Rosie — about the drop — because I couldn’t get it to do anything if I tried. I suppose it obliges every now and then.

      I am so happy the post gave you a time to relax and forget things for a bit, including the spray bottle. Why do you spray the tree with this mixture, though?

      1. I still don’t have the bottle.
        I have to spray the tree with the mixture because it’s apparently the natural way to get rid of the aphids (little white bugs), and I don’t want to use poison.

        1. Ah, so that’s what it’s for. A very noble way to remove the aphids I must say. When my hibiscus bloom, they are almost always infested with aphids and I am going to remember this ‘medicine’. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Shama. I don’t know much about being accomplished, but as long as I am putting in a bit of my soul into what I am doing, and you can see it, I am happy.

  5. I agree with Lenore: the slideshow works beautifully with or without the song. You’ve mastered photographing two subjects — birds and flowers — that have always defied my best attempts. Someday you’ll teach me.

  6. Oh, Priya – guess what! My RSS feed has only been working for some blogs. I had no notice of this post! The combo of music and stills was perfect for my Sunday evening relaxation. Flowers are a thrill…what is the one that seems to be unfurling? From one of your comments, the feathered chap with the fancy head gear must be a woodpecker. Good looking guy… I agree with the other people who like the windows – a spot of grace!

    1. Isn’t he? He pecks wood like there’s no tomorrow. Alas we only see him very rarely.

      There has been some problem with this particular theme in WordPress, I hear. Or is it just a random problem? Whatever it is, I hope it gets resolved soon and the notifications some in time.

  7. Oh my. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. I haven’t heard this in a long time (and I don’t hear it off the radio anymore).

    Your shots are spectacular. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I agree, my mind sometimes takes a road trip without telling me where it’s going.

    1. “sometimes takes a road trip without telling me where itโ€™s going” That’s exactly what I wanted to say! You’ve said it so beautifully. Well, whenever it comes back from its current road trip, I am going to confront it with this fact and ask it to be a little more accommodating and at least give me the itinerary!

  8. I was in total confusion, I was awaiting for something really important. It was making me anxious, tensed and restless. I came across the title of your post and then just very manually clicked on it, for few moments I was lost in those pictures and the song time after time, I am hearing for the first time. It was all together beautiful, something that gave rest to my anxiety. Thank you. I love all of your posts and this one was just so timely and apt that I couldn’t stop pausing to the moment.

    Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Words, sometimes it takes just a little to relax the mind. I am happy to know that you found that little here at Partial View. I am hoping for a better day for you today.

  9. loved the slide-show!! very sharp =) your pics have that national-geographic type of quality!! I wish I would(ever) be good as you… i’ll definitely try ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. The “sharpness” is just because of a little tweaking, Paprika. I don’t have a tripod and my hand shakes with the weight of the camera, so there’s always a shake in the pictures. I try to make up for them by sharpening the photos through a software.

      I quite liked the picture of the red flower on your blog. Any photograph that makes a person smile with recognition of something good is good. NatGeo quality or no!

  10. Dear Priya,
    A great Brazilian poet, called Carlos Drummond de Andrade, wrote: โ€œA vida necessita de pausasโ€ (โ€œLife needs pausesโ€). We need a pause to admire life, as Iโ€™m doing right now reading this postโ€ฆ when all the other things make senseโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Marusia, you use just the right words to fill a mind with visions and brightness. Life does need pauses and it’s a happy thing we get them from time to time. No?

  11. Here I am commenting in a different window so that I can listen to the music while I reply! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the photos, they are gorgeous, and I am returning a second time to look at them.

    What are the birds?

    1. The four birds sitting together are babblers. The one on the grass is a woodpecker. The one in the pond is a moorhen, but I can’t really be sure about that since there was a tremendous distance between us.

      Happy to know you like the pictures, Val!

    1. The WordPress editing panel offers an option to insert a slideshow of all the pictures in your gallery for that particular post. If you scroll down right to the bottom of the gallery it offers – Insert Gallery / Insert Slideshow. That’s what I use.

      Thank you for taking time to listen and see, Linda!

  12. What beautiful photos — so full of color and life.

    I used to take photos like these, of nature, but since my children have been born — they eclipse everything else. No matter where we are, all I see is them. And this is how it should be. I am thankful, not complaining (which is sometimes hard to tell in comment-form!).

    Yet, your photos evoked memories in me, of when I used to dream of the days I live today. I know not everyone wants to take the path toward parenthood. But for me, I always felt like something was missing before I had my kids. And I would search for it in the flowers and swaying grasses and sunbeams I photographed.

    I think all of us have things “missing” from our lives. And it is only when we stop, pause, halt the endless cycles of the everyday that we see the true beauty we didn’t even know we were seeking. Thank you for the beautiful images and reflections.

    1. I have neglected to mention to you how much I appreciate your photography skills. Your pictures are always professional quality, always very well taken. I won’t be surprised if your collection of nature’s pictures is equally, if not more, breathtaking.

      Although I post my pictures for the world to see, I find most of them miserably inadequate. It must be my inherent malaise of scouting for the nits where they aren’t. But it fills me up beyond description to see dear people appreciate them wholeheartedly. Such are the gifts of showcasing!

      Contentment is elusive. But when I look closely at my life, I realise that I am, in fact, content. Just yesterday, Bhartan told me that he knows that all that he’s ever wanted has come true. So the few things remaining on his list must come true as well. That gives him a sense of contentment. I suppose that’s what makes me also feel like life’s here to dance for me. My mother, even with her very basic skills in English, used to tell me that there is a crucial difference between being content and being satisfied. I suppose this urge to find the “missing” thing keeps the wise just a little dissatisfied, a little motivated to plod on. And the realisation that the crux of our existence is in fact all the time with us, keeps them content. Your wisdom radiates in everything you say and do. And this comment of yours is another addition to that, Melissa. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

      1. Thank you so much, Priya. You are such a comfort, and welcoming friend in this blogging world. I think the biggest difference between your pictures of nature and the ones I used to take, is that yours are so full of color. Bright, vibrant, radiant, up-close color. Even the ones just “around the house” are anything but dull and ordinary.

        That’s your gift. You see the color in the world and you cling to it and you wrap your thoughts around it and this comes through in your pictures. It’s your lens, it’s your “partial view,” but you sure have a heck of a way of looking at what you see.

        1. If I want an instant smile, I come and read this comment. My favourite part is your use of “heck of a way”. Ooh, I lorve it.

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