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Amateur photographer seeking beauty in both the memorable and the mundane. Sharing pictures, stories and meditations from here and there.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 4

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 4 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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Up on the sand dunes

A line of people carrying boogie boards up a sand dune at Te Paki Stream at the north end of the north island in New Zealand.
Up the hill…then down!

A year ago I was in New Zealand. It feels like longer! I’ve been reliving that through photos. Te Paki Stream is way up north on the North Island. Boogie boarding on the dunes is a popular. I skipped boogie boarding so I could walk around and look more closely at the scenery .

They use these special 4 wheel drive tour buses on the north island for groups visiting the dunes and driving along 90 mile beach.
One of the specialized tour buses driving along the stream toward the dunes.
Te Paki stream and sand dunes.

Since I posted a few square today I’m going to declare myself caught up.

For Becky of Winchester’s Square Up Challenge.

I was deeply touched…

By the simple ceremony this evening honoring those who died of COVID-19. The simplicity of the prayers offered struck me more deeply than a long sermon would have done. I cried when the nurse sang Amazing Grace. I imagined how her patients would be comforted by her singing, which was beautiful.

I particularly was struck by how they kept political point scoring out of everything that was said. It really was about honoring those effected, not putting people down. This was real leadership.

Let the healing begin.