Best of WunderPhotos - Strength

By: RevMac , 10:59 PM GMT on January 30, 2010

Hello WU Friends:

I enjoyed putting together the Best of WunderPhotos blog series last year based on the opinion of the raters. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, there's a monthly installment based on the month the shot was taken.

Now it's on to a new labor of love for 2010. I've been contacting many of the regular WU contributors asking them to choose their top favorite pics they've ever submitted. Then I'll be grouping them by themes of emotion / feeling.

So, if you want to join in, start by choosing your 5 favorite shots and sending me the titles and the dates. Then tell me what theme you connect with each shot. The themes I'm working with are: strength, love,gratefulness, whimsical, awe/majesty, tranquility, freedom, hope, perfection, contemplation and wonderment. And for the last blog I'll include a grab bag of emotions not included in the above list.

So this blog is dedicated to photos that evoke the emotion of Strength according to the photographer. For some of us, we may need some inspiration in this area to make it through Winter or a difficult situation.

I'm using this idea of strength - something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement; sustenance.

I'll also be asking the contributors to comment on why their shot produces that emotion for them.

Please check in often as pics and comments will be added as we go along. I really enjoy our WU community and this is just one way to give something back for your inspiring friendship.


Uncertain Road (missp)
Look as far as you can see ... and all you'll see for certain ... is a future full of uncertainties ... and empty promises forgotten. Yet take that step of faith ... travel with the knowledge ... love is how you made it ... and love is how you'll leave it.
Uncertain Road
Do you doubt me? (actual)
I am a strong bird!
Do you doubt me?
Redtail (thomasanthony)
I got within about 15 feet of this hawk before it flew off. It might have been a youngster. It didn't seem to afraid
Quiet Times... (JasonMac78)
...on an early morning sunrise walk.
Quiet Times...
Peace on Earth (got2dogs)
joy to all........God Bless
Peace on Earth
FlaxCreekCemetaryUnderFog (trigirl)
Fog was thick this morning, so we drove the backroads to get some great photos. This cemetary is from the Civil War era, dating back to 1864. There were many really old markers that you couldn't read anymore and others reading dates from the 19th century all the way up to the present.
Paper Rain (minou)
Endless Strength embodies these blossoms. December snow, two consecutive weeks of nighttime freezes, and five nights plummeting into the teens couldn't beat these Beauties as they now beckon Spring.
Paper Rain

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12. originalLT
7:30 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
Thanks for posting these Photos.
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11. Proserpina
1:14 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
Fabulous photos. The first one is absolutely incredible, superb.
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10. idzrvit
1:09 AM GMT on April 02, 2010
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9. trigirl
7:41 PM GMT on March 01, 2010
I want to thank you again Mitch for giving me yet another chance to witness on this site for the Lord! Celebrating life, Debra
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8. idzrvit
6:07 PM GMT on February 01, 2010
Hi Mitch!
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7. missp
1:33 AM GMT on February 01, 2010
Thank you Mitch for all your unselfish and dedicated efforts you put into these wonderful blog series! You are indeed a very special person.
The words I wrote to go with my photo titled Uncertain Road came to me while sitting out there on the side of the road mesmerized by the knowledge that God was there with me, speaking to me, reminding me all would be well. I wrote them down as they came to mind, directily from my heart. At that moment a swell of many emotions came over me...swirling around me, bringing overwhelming gratitude, sadness, hope and tears...and finally leaving me with one...Strength. None of us escapes this life without the hurts and heartaches, the tragedies that life throws at us at any given moment. But through it all God's love is there. We began with His love and we'll leave here with His love. There is no greater gift... we have strength in knowing - knowing that even the uncertain roads we may happen upon all lead one direction in the end.
6. RevMac
9:29 PM GMT on January 31, 2010
So glad to have the photographers adding their comments.

JasonMac78 wrote:

When I take these walks, alone, I gather strength from the quiet beauty around me. I hope we all have those places of beauty that give us strength.

trigirl commented:

They (the crosses) symbolize the Lord's strength in overcoming death and giving us life everlasting.

As a minister of the Gospel all I can add is amen.

From got2dogs we learn:

witnessing this sunrise and so many others like it, gives me 'strength' to tackle the day

Sunrises are a source of strength for me too and yours is a beauty.

And actual made me laugh with her comment about her Red-tail hawk:

I work out every day -- but I can't bench press twice my own weight, let alone carry someone up a tree!

And thanks idzrvit for stopping by - you'll see his fav five in future blogs.


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5. actual
7:21 PM GMT on January 31, 2010
The Red-tail here might weigh up to a pound-and-a-half on a fat day... but I saw her with a hare she'd caught that must have been 2 or 3 times what she weighs. Sure, those talons and bill are sharp weapons for a hunter, but then she flew -- carrying it -- up to one of her favorite perches to enjoy her meal.

I work out every day -- but I can't bench press twice my own weight, let alone carry someone up a tree!

Thanks, Mitch! This is a wonderful collection you put together!
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4. got2dogs
5:35 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
thanks for this great effort Mitch - we're all richer for your friendship.....witnessing this sunrise and so many others like it, gives me 'strength' to tackle the day and all the challenges that come along with a new day.....remember, each new day is a 'gift' - use it wisely, never waste it.
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3. trigirl
3:19 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
The crosses in my photo at Flax Creek Cemetary stand at the very top of the hill there. They are tall, over 10 feet high. They symbolize the Lord's strength in overcoming death and giving us life everlasting. This is one of my very favorite photos in my albums, captured on a very foggy morning in the mountains of North Carolina. I am celebrating life, Debra
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."—Philippians 4:13
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2. JasonMac78
12:44 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
Mitch, I appreciate this special blog series that you have put together. You are such a wonderful person, to dedicate so much of your time to others, in many ways. Making us aware of the emotions that are connected with these photos, will help us to know each other a little better, and look more closely at the photos with a deeper understanding.
I chose the emotion of Strength for my photo,"Quiet Times". When I take these walks, alone, I gather strength from the quiet beauty around me. I try to clear my mind of worries, for a short while and always feel stronger, in body and spirit, after a brisk walk, on the Creeper Trail. The golden rays that touched me on this day were an added bonus. When I left, I was ready to face the day! ....Sheila
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1. idzrvit
12:27 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
Beautiful group of photos Mitch! There is so much talent on this wonderful site! Thanks for your hard work putting them together so we can view them again! And in some cases, for the first time!

Have a great day my friend!

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