Best of 2019

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunrise 2019

It’s that time of year again! To find the best of the best. And as a photographer it’s hard to pick, isn’t it? In these digital times the entire process looms larger than life.

Winter 2019

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake

Tucked In

A bit of whimsy, irony, paradox, sheer beauty, and of course, weather phenomena–one of my favorites.

Do Not Disturb!

As photographers we know better than to procrastinate about a good sunset or sunrise, unusual weather patterns, or children.

Light Beacons

 Get the camera now or not at all!! And I had several where it was just too late!

Watercolor Wash

As I looked back I tried to pick the vivid, spontaneous moments. Moments that were over almost as soon as they happened.

Lunar Eclipse at Midnight. Yes, in the freezing cold!!

I hope you enjoy this travel through the seasons with as much as I had experiencing them and persisting with captures of life around me.

Temperature Shift! (Spring in Winter!)

Spring

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” ~ Bernard Williams

“en Guard!”

The Reason for en Guard!

Hover Craft? Millennial Falcon???

Tiny Tree Climber!

Frontal Assault!

“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside 24 hours.” ~ Mark Twain

April “Showers” 🙂

Summer

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen

Summerlight Dance

Rainbow Tease

Mixed Media Beachcomber (Hey, it’s the beach!) 🙂

Suburban Rainbow

Catch Me if You Can!

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Intricate Sculpture

Gravity? What’s That?!

Autumn

”Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz

Striking Pose!

Autumn Rose

Opening the Show

Tree Chums

Drenched!

Christmas

Heavenly Sights and Sounds!

“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” ~ David Jeremiah

Candlelight Christmas Eve. (photo credit: Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC)


“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” ~ Goran Persson

Happy 2020!
Peace, Alexandria


I’m trying to keep up with blogging a bit more in 2020 so why not start on this New Year’s Eve by ending the year with a few, just a “few”, of my favorites from this year. 😉 I hope you can bear up!

Anyway, I’m so happy that Tina, Patti, and Amy kept this going and it looks like it will continue next year, too! Thank you, ladies! Patti came up with this week’s theme for Lens Artists. #77–Favorite Photos of 2019. And it’s perfect as this year closes. And I’m glad I got it done before the clock strikes midnight!
Here are their places if you’d like to take a look:

Travels and Trifles
Pilotfishblog
Share and Connect

WRITTEN IN THE SKY – Dec. 24

Once in awhile I come across post that just immerses my attention. And the post below is a reblog of exactly one of those.

Completely fascinating! It’s a topic glossed over in numerous Christmas themes, songs, and carols. It’s form sits atop most of our Christmas trees, yet it’s logic defies all knowledge. And it’s wonder even escapes the most astute true Christian believers.

Skeptics may begin to consider a truth that transcends beyond their usual logical conclusions. And true believers will be filled with an even greater faith in the miracle we call in this modern day, “Christmas”.

I hope you take the time to read this very short post, even watch The Star of Bethlehem video. (It’s currently available via YouTube.)

Enjoy the magnificence!
Peace, Alexandria

A DEVOTED LIFE

“saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:2

I love art.
I am a fan, not an expert.

As a fan, I can appreciate the beautiful; marvel at mastery; admire creativity; absorb emotion.  However, the artist’s meaning is often lost in mere fandom.  An artist’s message often flies over my engineering oriented head as I just appreciate the exhibition.

I am greatly assisted by the art experts who explain the symbolism crafted into a piece.  I love the pure joy in reading a work of literature for entertainment.  I also love the delightful astonishment from the revelation of a carefully crafted message imbedded in a work of which I was oblivious.

I often appreciate art in its various forms and know that I am missing a deeper meaning.

This is…

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Dressed in snow

Hello my friends,
February found me in quite perplexing predicaments. This is a good news, bad news, good news post. First the good news: the arrival a new grandson. 😊

Next the bad news: the massive attack on my body of a flu, the likes of which I never knew existed! At least twice I thought I would be added to the statistics of those who did not survive. For real.

But I’m now into my second week of recovery, antibiotics and such. Yes, I was the wonderful recipient of all that follow-up respiratory gunk, the details of which I will spare.

But I finally turned the corner. Hence, good news again. Yes!
I look forward to holding that sweet grand soon! (And helping my tired daughter!) Many thanks to Daddy and all the friends and other family who stepped in to help! And kept me brimming with homemade soups!

I finally emerged from the quarantine and returned to a post in progress but it’s still simmering on the back-burner (i.e. not done).

In the meantime, since blog reading is such wonderful company during convalescence, I couldn’t help but share Julia’s post about snowmen. The whimsical snowmen pictures brought laughter and a huge smile. Great medicine for me! I think you’ll agree! Her blog is called “Defeat Despair“.
EnJoy!

And I’ll be back soon!  Alexandria

Defeat Despair

Nearly four days after the snowfall, our yard still looks like this. March 1, 2015, Yorktown Virginia Nearly four days after the snowfall, our yard still looks like this.
March 1, 2015, Yorktown Virginia

“It felt as though the whole globe was dressed in snow. Like it has pulled it on, the way you pull on a sweater. Next to the train line, footprints were sunken to their shins. Trees wore blankets of ice..”Markus Zusak

Just when I thought we were in for a fairly mild winter, February happened.  And happened again, and again.  Not just in the DC area, but also near our York home, near your home (probably) and near the homes of seemingly most of the people I know.  Facebook was showered with “Winter Wonderland” collages, each more enchanting than the last.  Currier and Ives had a digital update.

One great thing about this late-winter snow, at least in southeastern Virginia, is that it lingered so long that the kids had a…

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Less About Me

Greetings, I am Alexandria Sage and
this is the new “less about me” page. As humans we are complicated
creatures and cannot be summed up easily. I have a “more about me”
page, a different story of me—longer. If you’re still reading this
by now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you’ll
read on … and get to know “less of me”, which may be all you need
to know. But—just in case—there is always
more.

I like … words, art, flowers, dawn,
dusk, history—all of it, current events, cultural trends, peanut
butter and jelly, simplicity, excellence, hard, exhausting
work.

I have … a
lovely dwelling place, the sweetest canine, two fierce, outdoor
felines, a red four-wheeler, great health that comes at a high
price, a fulfilling job, compassion for the lonely and lost,
enough.

I can … keep a secret, water ski,
grow flowers, sing first soprano.

I struggle with … the usual
insecurities, failures, and frailties inherent in human skin, a
chronic disease, man’s cruelty to man and beast.

I love … family, friends, the smell
of children, the stories of old people, solitude, the Holy
Scriptures, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I am … a loyal friend, passionate
about nearly everything, including sleep and play, loved deeply by
my parents, husband, children, and siblings. a truth seeker, truth
examiner, truth finder, intrigued by philosophy, a dedicated
student of the Scriptures and follower of Jesus Christ,
so fortunate, old
enough.

I need … love, mercy, patience,
kindness, forgiveness.

I long for … legacy,
significance.

I want
… to decrease sadness and increase joy, to make a difference for
… everyone.

Peace,
Alexandria

Welcome to Simplysage

  • a Sanctuary
  • of Sane
  • Safe
  • Short
  • Soul-Searching truths,
  • resulting in
  • Small
  • Steps
  • of Significant,
  • Successful change

simplysage is a place where you can find truth posted in small quantities, which, if applied to your life over a period of time, will result in significant change and you will begin to experience a richness of life you never thought possible. By practicing the truths you find here, you will begin a journey that guarantees a happy ending. Remember, real change takes time but it’s worth it. So take time. Give serious thought about what is written here. Then determine to make one small change in your life to reflect that truth. The challenges you face in life will indeed be fewer and you will fulfill the mission of simplysage:

“to limit the challenges in your life, thereby decreasing your sadness and increasing your joy”

“think” about it.

let the journey of the rest of your life begin….right here,
at simplysage.

more later,
alexandria

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