How to Just Be

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.
These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

 

Photographer: Be Couper
Photographer: Be Couper

 

Be, my talented photographer friend, was out at Maraetai Beach, near Auckland at dawn when she got this shot.  She had planned to take a photo of the sunrise. Then this little Asian couple wandered out onto the jetty for some early morning fishing.  She hadn’t planned a shot of fisherfolk, but the sunrise, with them in it, ‘made’ the shot work.   When I look at this picture I can imagine how quiet and still it would have been, so few people about, the quiet hush of water on sand, the splash of fishing float on water.  And all that golden sun.
Another truly beautiful shot, Be.  Thank you for sharing it with us!

PS.  Be, if you are reading this, can you post a link in the comments so people can find the photos you have online for sale?

How To Just Be

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.   Her name is Be Couper.

Thank you Be, for giving us a little window to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just be in the moment.

This photo was taken from Northcote Point and is a view of our Auckland Harbour Bridge.  Be tells me she was taking photos with a friend who was endlessly patient, teaching her how to take photos of lights at night to give this ‘starburst’ effect.  I love the way the lights march up toward the bridge.  Whose journeys are they illuminating on this night?  Did someone look up at these lights at the very moment Be was taking this photo?  Where were they travelling?  For some reason, it puts me in mind of this golden oldie lyric:

Where do you go to my lovely, when you’re alone in your bed?
Tell me the thoughts that surround you.  I want to look inside your head.
Peter Sarstedt – 1969

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Photography by Be Couper

How to Just Be

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these visual delights in the outside world.
Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

This photo was taken at Bethell’s Beach, a black sand beach on Auckland’s West Coast.  When Be took it, she was standing in the shallows to get the right angle when a wave crashed right over the tops of her gumboots.  But, by gum, she got the shot!  She said she’d been watching the couple walking their dogs for some time and they stayed so close to one another, she liked seeing them there and captured them in this moment.  If I lived there  (had dogs and could do a beach walk) that’s where I’d choose to be every day.  Here’s a little bit of late afternoon coastal serenity for you.  Hope you are hanging in there. 🙂

Photography by Be Couper 2014

bethells?

How to Just Be

 

 

Photograph by Be Couper
Photograph by Be Couper

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

The tide may be out.  But look at the beauty of what remains.  The ripples in the sandy floor and the reflection of that sky.
Sigh.

How To Just Be

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

(c)Be Couper
(c)Be Couper

The day
grows up

moves away,
gilt
behind the horizon,

a line, a trace
to memorise
or,
to

erase

 

How to Just Be

 

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

Here is safe harbour.  Maybe you’ve been feeling a bit tossed by the storms.  Feast your eyes on this:

DSC_0474Photograph by Be Couper

How to Just Be

 

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by a friend of mine with a talent for catching beauty in her camera.
A little window for us to look through.

These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.

Standing on St Heliers beach looking back across over Brown’s Island.
Hello Day. 

Photography by the wonderful Be Couper.

DSC_0822Here is an extract from a the writing of a poet I have always loved. I read another of her poems at my Mum’s funeral.  That one was “Remember Me”.
This poetry extract comes from

de Profundis
by Christian Rosetti

 

I never watch the scatter’d fire
Of stars, or sun’s far-trailing train,
But all my heart is one desire,
And all in vain:
 
For I am bound with fleshly bands,
Joy, beauty, lie beyond my scope;
I strain my heart, I stretch my hands,
And catch at hope.

 

“De Profundis” is reprinted from Poems. Christina Rossetti. London: Macmillan, 1891.

Read more at http://www.poetry-archive.com/r/de_profundis.html#3bCKbCWxAcQiqAkc.99

 

How to Just Be

 

Every now and then, I’m going to post some photographic magic here.

Photos by the crazy talented Be Couper.   A little window into Be’s world.
These posts will be called, ‘How to Just Be’.  Their purpose is to give you something to pause and wonder over.  Something beautiful.  Something to inspire you to take a deep breath. A moment to drink in the view, even if you can’t get out to see these wonders.  Something to help you to just ‘Be’ in the moment.   This one I have called Yellow Skies.  Don’t we live in a gorgeous country, down here at the bottom of the planet?  Thank you for sharing your art with us Be.  You clever lady!

Photography:  Be CouperBe Couper Yellow Skies