With Fresh Eyes

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.  Marcel Proust

When we travel to faraway lands, we finds ourselves viewing the landscape before us with a fresh set of eyes.  We are blown away by the natural beauty of the vista before us, leaving us with a sense of  wonderment & awe.

What if we viewed our own surroundings with the same sense of newness?

Often, we are so busy in our day to day lives, running from Point A to Point B, we become immune to what lays before us, failing to see the beauty within our sight.


Remembering a lovely, warm afternoon spent kayaking in a quiet bay at a friends’ cottage.  Breath in, breath out.  If you listen closely, you can hear nature calling you!

Imagine you are visiting your surroundings for the very first time, with fresh eyes?  What would you see?




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37 Responses to With Fresh Eyes

  1. Heather says:

    What a great pic!!!!!!

  2. joannesisco says:

    That’s always a fresh message that we need reminding of on a regular basis. Day to day life can make us blind if we let it.

    While I was out for a walk yesterday lost in my thoughts I almost failed to recognize the first green shoots of spring poking out of the earth. I finished my walk with the most amazing lightness in my heart 🙂

  3. La mirada se conecta con la belleza sublime …

  4. Jodi says:

    so true – my camera helps me see things with fresh eyes every day – love it! GREAT SHOT too!

  5. Paul says:

    Cool Picture Lynn.

  6. galeweithers says:

    Nice! Loved the view from the kayak and enjoyed the feeling of serenity and peace in the photo. Well done!

  7. lindasblogs says:

    Great picture! I call fresh eyes “gee whiz” as in looking at ordinary things like the neighborhood or subway and thinking “hey, I never noticed that!”

    • Lynn says:

      Too funny Linda. Isn’t it funny how we can pass by the same place over & over without ever really seeing it! Thank you so much for visiting today & taking the time to comment.

  8. Christine Mullett says:

    I do try to live in the present when at the cottage..nature offers new gifts everyday..and kayaking always brings such peace..it never gets old! Till our next adventure on the bay GF!

    • Lynn says:

      I feel so grateful to be able to share your happy place with you gf. I look forward to many more paddles together, all the while enjoying time spent with my sunshine friend.

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post, so peaceful!

  10. Ingrid says:

    Wonderful photo…. makes we wish I was there paddling 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      Hopefully it won’t be too long before our lakes here in Ontario will once again be warm enough to get out for a paddle!

      • Ingrid says:

        Ontario is a beautiful province. We honeymooned just south of Kenora (western Ontario) and canoed different lakes every day. Fond memories 🙂

  11. Sue Slaght says:

    Such a lovely post Lynn. You are right that just looking for the beauty around us can be so wonderful. I am delighted at the return of our geese. Birds never looked so wonderful. 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      We have a “pond” just behind where we live Sue. It is alive with chattering geese this time of year! It is quite a wonder to watch them fly overhead. Thank you as always, for your visit!

  12. Great photo and love the flower on the front. Very relaxing.

  13. restlessjo says:

    Love the photo, Lynn! 🙂 Finding beauty in a new place is easy, but in your everyday life a bit harder to achieve. I can usually still do it 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      I am always so inspired by your walks Jo. I have no doubt you seek out beauty in your everyday life.

      • restlessjo says:

        Thanks, Lynn! That’s sweet of you 🙂 Yes even on a grey sky day like today. Off to t’ai chi soon and then watching Rafa, plus a little gentle packing- Algarve bound this evening. Take care! 🙂

  14. LB says:

    Such a lovely post, Lynn.
    I’m looking forward to kayaking … soon!

  15. I didn’t know the quote of Marcel Proust ! It’s well said. We often forget that. Sometimes, the grass is also green at our feet.

    • Lynn says:

      I love that Gin, the grass is also green at our feet. Thank you so much for stopping by today & for the follow. I will be sure to check your blog out as well!

  16. Coming East says:

    Love the Proust quote, Lynn. And your post is a great reminder to keep our eyes focused on the here and now and enjoy what is all around us as if we’re seeing it for the first time.

    • Lynn says:

      Thanks Susan. There is so much beauty to behold right before us. Sitting with a morning coffee in that lovely vista you provided this morning is a perfect example!

  17. Cheryl Marsh says:

    🙂 Nice sentiment and takes you off restfully, tx! And a nice weekend to fully ‘practice’.. enjoy!
    cheers, God Bless
    love, c

    Cheryl Marsh

    Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:55:59 +0000
    To: clmavon@hotmail.com

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