Morning Skies

The sun is rising a little later and yesterday when I sat down to eat breakfast, I noticed pink streaks in the sky.

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Early morning skies. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Of course I had to go out and take a picture so that I could share the sight. When I stepped out onto the balcony and looked to the left, I saw even more beautiful colours:

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Sunrise. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

It is not often that I notice the sunrise as its beauty is blocked by the highrises that surround me. I am pleased that I managed to see one yesterday morning.

Have you noticed the sunrise recently?

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Winter Shopping

When one thinks of shopping in the winter, one thinks of indoor malls that are warmly heated; of places where one is comfortable away from the elements of winter. One does not think of ice and cold! Before Christmas last year, my family and I went out to do a little shopping. The day we chose was not the best as during the night there had been an ice storm. Having never experienced such a severe ice storm, we were unprepared for the havoc it caused. The sights we saw, though, were beautiful.

Winter Shopping. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Winter Shopping. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As we walked into Ikea, we could not help but notice the shopping carts that had been left outside overnight. The entire cart was encased in ice, giving a new meaning to the term “winter shopping”.

Icy Shopping cart. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Icy Shopping cart. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We walked past the carts, knowing that we would find ice-free ones inside – and thankful we did not have to grab those frozen handles.

(For more pictures on this icy experience, visit my post A Winter Reality)

Do you enjoy winter shopping?

(This post is a contribution to Paula’s Thursday Special. Head on over and look at other interesting posts by fellow bloggers. )

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A Captured Silhouette

While driving on the Swazi roads last year, I was trying my best to capture the beauty of the sunset. My husband was driving and I was snapping away happily, focusing on the sun setting behind the mountains. Looking back at my photographs afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised at the silhouettes I had captured of the people at the traffic light.

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A Swazi sunset. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I liked, too, that I had captured the different colours of the sky. I don’t think I could have taken a better snap if I had planned it.

Have you been pleasantly surprised by the photos you have taken?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)

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The colour of Me

I enjoy the colour I see everyday in my life.

Each morning I begin my day eating the colour of fruit: depending on the season I may eat red, yellow, orange, and even green.

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Fresh Strawberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I appreciate the colour used by my children when they create their artwork: it is the colour we use to decorate our space or even our albums.

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A child’s artwork. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

One of life’s pleasures is receiving the gift of flowers and appreciating them  everyday in your home. The varied colours brighten up a room and bring joy to my soul.

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The gift of flowers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Walking in a market, I absorb the burst of colour as I shop for fruit and vegetables.

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The market in Port Louis, Mauritius. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The colour used by artists when being creative brings me pleasure as I admire the end result of many hours of work.

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A Taiwanese Mask. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I enjoy creating colourful things as well – which is what I did with my children last year at Easter time.

Completed Easter eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Easter eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I admire the colour that nature brings us. Not only in flowers, fruit and vegetables but also in the beauty of birds.

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Flamingoes at the Pretoria zoo, South Africa. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Though no bird I have seen is as beautiful as the strutting male peacock:

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The male peacock. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I do enjoy the colour that surrounds me – even when I am eating at the dinner table.

A table setting for an informal family dinner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A table setting for an informal family dinner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

As for wearing colour, I often do so (though I do admit to days of wearing stark black).

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A Portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

What colours do you enjoy around you?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)

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View of a Lake

Last weekend we had the opportunity to spend the afternoon lakeside. I have already shared with you the pictures I took of the amazing sunset (here). What made me happy too, though, was spending time just looking at the wide expanse of water and the beautiful greenery that surrounds it.

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A Lake and a Catamerang. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The wide expanse of water soothed my soul: a soul that is daily surrounded by the man-made skyscrapers of a city.

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View  of a lake. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

There were some people on the lake enjoying its serenity and tranquillity.

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A canoeist on the lake. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We took a slow boat ride on the water and admired the shoreline and nature’s beauty.

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View seen from a boat. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The shoreline looked rugged – especially where there were no docks signalling human habitation.

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A lake shoreline. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoyed the boat ride and my afternoon at a place I found invigorating.

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Enjoying the boat ride. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I hope that my family and I can visit this spot another day. We enjoyed our time there and created some beautiful memories.

Do you enjoy visiting a lake?

(This post was encouraged by Paula’s non-challenge: Thursday’s Special. Head on over and browse through some inspiring posts)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

A Late White Christmas

On Christmas day we woke to a light sprinkling of snow on the ground. The whitening of the world did not last long. Mid-morning, the scene was dull brown once again.

A Balcony scene on Christmas Day. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A Balcony scene on Christmas Day. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

But two days later, the world was winter-white. We were drawn to walk outside for a bit where we enjoyed the fresh, cool air and the pristine look of the world.

The winter park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The winter park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The park was not completely covered with snow, but what there was added an extra dimension to the place.

A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The snow had covered everything. From rocks, to plants, to ground, to trees. The ground was just waiting to be disturbed by the laughter and play of children.

Planter powdered with snow. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Planter powdered with snow. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The Holiday planters received a new look – a look that suited them well. As did the fir trees that line the park.

A Winter Scene (3). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A Winter Scene (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Benches that line the road for weary walkers, or for friends to sit and meet, were no longer in use. They will wait patiently until the warmer weather encourages people to use them again.

A Winter Scene (4). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A Winter Bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I hope you enjoyed the walk in our neighbourhood after our first snowfall. It has snowed a little since, refreshing the covering on our ground. We still wait, though, for the snowstorms that will bring more inches of white and a population of snowmen.

What weather did you experience two days after Christmas?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012