Of what we see.
What we perceive,
depends on where we look.
Beauty is everywhere,
just waiting to be found,
even on the cloudiest days.
Cheers to you from Olympic National Park~
(Note: We are home at The Holler now. These photos were from our May trip. I wouldn’t want you to think we are never home!)
262 thoughts on “Life’s a Reflection~”
Grazie mille. Even on a foggy cloudy day there is beauty to be found <3
Thank you Dyanna. Our earth provides such beauty to us. It never ceases to amaze~
Yes! beautiful message beautiful pictures!
Yes beauty is everywhere, we have to learn to see it. Thank you for the beautiful photos.
Thank you more for seeing them <3
Thank you & lovely to meet you.
Beautiful series, Cindy! I have not been to Olympic yet, but hope to get there eventually.
Grazie Lavinia. It is definitely one to add to the bucket list.
Lovely photos 🙂
Thank you <3
Thanks my friend. Loving your balloon series!
Such beautiful photos! 🙂
Honored. Thank you very much.
While all of the photographs are breathtaking, I particularly love the third one that is a study is shades of gray with two small figures where earth, water, and sky converge.
Thank you very much Liz. I am just starting to think more about black and white. I love the spare starkness of it when the subject is really beautiful. Thank you for noticing.
We’ll see more?
So kind of you Liz. If, for no other reason, than to do it for you, because you said this, you will. Be well my friend. I am glad to know you <3
Beautiful photos 🙂
Thank you very much.
I see serenity, peace and relaxation. Bootiful!
You must like the wild untouched places. So do I.
I do, I do, Cindy!
Just a crying shame I can’t get out to see them in real life anymore.
I am so sorry. It is a crying shame.
Humph! Hehe! Thanks gal.
Cindy, your beautiful photographs are like meditation… calm, serene and sacred.
I am honored. Thank you. You make me happy I posted. Peace to you Deeksha <3
Oh Cindy, here I was thinking you had sold everything to be permanent planet wanderers enjoying the gifts of the Earth everywhere 😀
Well, we can all dream of it I suppose 😀
Your comment brings a big smile! Permanent Planet Wanderer sounds like the title of an incredible book. Cheers to you my friend <3
Then your journey has just begun Cindy, I look forward to reading it 😀
Smiling. I love my blogging buddies <3
Hi Cindy, where have you made this wonderful pictures? USA/Washington?
Thank you & yes. Olympic National Park in Washington state.
thank you 🙂 (y)
Lovely pics with lovely messages 🤗
Great photos Cindy and nice to be home? 😀😀
I love it that you included the question mark! It shows your paying attention. Cheers to you Charlie.
That is so right! Beauty is everywhere, we just need to see it!
It cheers us up when we do <3
Gorgeous photos Cindy
Grazie mille Sheree <3
It looks so wild and beautiful! 🙂 🙂
It is just that Jo <3
Thank you very much & cheers to you <3
Very atmospheric, particularly number three. Love that one 💚
Oh thank you! I am just starting to use more black and white and I like the stark effect so I appreciate your comment. <3
Looking at your fabulous photos this morning is really invigorating. I may never see these sights without your blog. The art of buildings in the middle of nowhere is just amazing. I like the idea of seats in the middle of forests to just sit and take a moment to really look around.
Hearing from you is a joy Charlotte. Be well my friend <3
‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ‘ Beautiful photography, especially the first one. ❤
It took me awhile in life to fully appreciate what that quote means, and of course, the converse of it to.
A good record with profound captions
So kind Derrick. Thank you & cheers my friend <3
I love this post. You always have beautiful photos – that’s a given – but I like the text, too … plus the way the photos work to make the point. Simply excellent!
Ah, I am humbled and honored by your thoughtfulness Frank. Thank you.
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Thank you for your thoughtful kindness Sharon <3
Liebe Cindy, ich danke dir, bleib oder werde gesund, alles Gute für dich, Klaus
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund Klaus <3
you are so right, Cindy. beautiful
Thank you Beth & cheers to you <3
You have given us another series of beautiful photos – and thoughts to ponder.
What we perceive also often depends on who is looking and how our mood when we look.
Copying another blogger, I have started adding “date of our visit” at the bottom of my posts because some friends and family were indeed having a hard time keeping up with where we were at the moment. 🙂
Yes. We tend to think our perceptions are reality, when in truth, what we see, and don’t see, is much more complicated. Clever idea about the date.
These pictures and captions are so calming. I’m putting Olympic Park on our list for when the nest is empty!
Oh it will be a wonderful place to visit to commemorate your evolving role!
Good to be home and have such beautiful photos as memories. Home in U.K. now but miss Navasola.
I can well understand. Welcome home <3
Beautiful pics and great choice of words Cindy!
Merci beaucoup Gary!
Looking at these marvellous images, I was reminded of our trips to the West Coast. Outstanding photography, Cindy!
Thank you very much Peter. I am honored.
Beauty abounds, for sure. Lovely shots, Cindy! x
Thank you Eliza & cheers <3
Another beautiful collection. Thanks Cindy. I was in Olympic National Park once in the 90s!
Oh good! I am glad you have been. It’s a stunning moody place.
Agreed, beautiful in a dark, wet, moody way.
Cindy, these photographs are stunning and beautiful! Thank you for posting them.
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Here are beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!
Thank you more for being such a kind and thoughtful person Charles.
A great message. At my school crossing, we have a neighbor’s beautiful backyard behind us in the morning crossing. Time to time, I remind the kids to look at it and to look at their surroundings everywhere, because you’re right, we’re surrounded by beauty. Sometimes, we have to remember to look!
Yes! Thank you for helping the children with this. The sooner we learn to find the beauty, the better off we are.
I was beginning to wonder! lol These photos~ I was sure that was where you were. Oh, beautifully captured! Lovely post.
I am glad that you have been and thank you for your lovely comment <3
This is such a beautiful place. We watched eagles building a nest here. It remains forever in my heart. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.
Yes, I walked out to this rock many years before to see the nesting eagles and got trapped by the tide. I made it back but not without swimming part of the way. Live & lean.
Lol. At least you have a tale to tell!
Laughing and I lived to tell it. I have since always checked tide charts carefully.
It happened to me once too, in caves on the East coast. Funny after the fact.
Exactly true. It is a most unusual feeling isn’t it, to be trapped by the tide.
What a stunning group of shots Cindy. Beauty is all around us, we only need to open our eyes and have a look!
Thank you my friend for seeing and hearing <3
Incredibly beautiful, Cindy! Hope to visit this park soon. Glad to hear you are home, maybe you’re planning your next trip? 🙂
Laughing. You know me…..
Beautiful and thoughtful: thank you!
Thank you more for your thoughtful appreciation.
That has to be logging country, great photos Cindy.
Yes. It is. They clear cut patches out of the park.
Stunning images and scenery Cindy, the fog truly adds to the magic xxx
Very kind & most appreciated. There is something magical about fog.
Your photos remind me of what Ansel Adams said: “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful, an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” Thank you for sharing some of the world’s magic and the wonder!
How wonderful! I hadn’t read this. Thank you for sharing brilliant Ansel.
Lovely pictures with the cloudy, fogginess… 🙂
Thank you. Sometimes ‘darkness visible’ is beautiful.
A profound thought to begin my day. I agree – life is a reflection and we must, must, must embrace our moments in the spirit of this idea. The quote that came to mind when I was view your exquisite photos was by Carl Jung: “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”
He was such an incredible person. It took me a long time to really understand Jung, but once I did there was no going back. Did you know he was struck by lightening as a young man and was pronounced dead. He resuscitated, but his spiritual experience led to his subsequent theories. He famously said, “I don’t believe in God. I know God.” Not an exact quote but close enough. Thank you for sending another of his prescient thoughts my way Rebecca <3
I have goosebumps reading your comments. I did not know that he was struck by lightening. I first read Carl Jung’s book Memories, Dreams, Reflections in the mid 1990s. I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about when I first started out and tended to discount his work. How foolish. By the end of the book I was changed. Like you, there was no going back. And that gives me great comfort. Hugs!!!
For you Rebecca. With love.
There it is Rebecca. I am so surprised I chose the right interview to send to you, because there are many, must be synchronicity. The interviewer asks Jung, “Do you believe in God?
Jung says, “That is difficult to answer. I know God.”
This had a serious impact on me.
Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I am thankful that we have connected….
I am too Rebecca. Happy Thanksgiving <3
Welcome home! Tis nice to travel, but nothing beats coming home and sleeping in your own bed! These are beautiful shots, Cindy — thank you for sharing them here.
Tis true indeed and thank you kindly Debbie <3
Beautiful images, Cindy! But you are never home that’s why you have so many wonderful pics 😉
Laughing….I knew my clarification would elicit a comment of two, and I am loving them immensely! <3
And good for you that you CAN travel so much! You earned it!
Wow wow wow! I am in awe of the beauty from these photos!! You are so right – beauty is everywhere. We need only correct the lens through which we see 🙂 Blessings to you & yours! ♥
Sending blessings back 2UX2 <3
Wonderful reflections! Sigh!
Of course I don’t think that you are never home. I just wonder if you are ever home.
Snorting….. I greatly appreciate your sensitive and discerning differentiation Resa. This is, of course, just one of the many reasons I love you <3
<3 Also snorting!
You and I snort so well.
Hi Cindy, Looks like my home Olympic National Park Ruby Beach. I love this place so very much. Excellent post!
Yep. The park is so big, and there much always left to explore, no matter how often you visit, but you can’t leave, at least I can’t, without saying adieu to Ruby.
All wonderful for calming down, for meditation. Thank you very much Cindy, you have really the profession to see whats important. Best wishes, Michael
You are a gift to know Michael. Thank you.
Wondrous nature scenes, Cindy! 🙂
Thank you. Only a nature lover would see this.
Beautiful, Cindy! We are still in the PNW and recently visited Olympic National park, what an incredible place!
I haven’t been blogging or reading lately, but wanted to check in on your beautiful work today! Cheers!
Ahhhh, lovely to hear from you and so happy you are in such a stunningly beautiful place. <3
Your photos are stunningly beautiful as always, Cindy. Welcome home.
I feel so lucky to hang out with people like you <3
Very nice pictures of the places and they captured different moods. Nice!
It is always so nice to hear from sincere and wonderful you. Thank you.
Where we look and what we look with (mood, emotional filter) all plays into it doesn’t it? I’m looking at these with gratitude for being able to see them.
There are so many filters that affect our focus, cognitive ones too. Our brains our powerful, our perception limited. You, my dear, can see.
You, my dear, are kind. And wise.
You, my dear, are kind. And wise. I see better because of dear people.
Visa versa 2UX2.
What I see from these beautiful photos is a reflection of heaven on earth, my friend.
♡¯\_(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)_/¯♡ You make my <3 smile. SO great to hear from you!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. ….Beautiful.
Merci beaucoup mon ami.
Was für eine wunderbare Naturlandschaft, grossartig.
Danke fürs zeigen meine Freundin.
Ich bin froh, dass du es genossen hast und danke dir Ernst. Sei gesund und feuere meinen Freund an.
What a beautiful place!
Thank you Emma & cheers my friend <3
Absolutely love your pictures Cindy, that first one reminds me of the Marble Cathedral Monolith in Patagonia Chile.
Patagonian Chile has to be one of the most stunning places on earth. Thank you for your very kind comment <3
I once camped in the Olympic National Park (many, many moons ago) and was blown away by beauty. Thanks for these beautiful reminders of that time.
Delighted to know you are home in the hollers, though. Enjoy your time at home.
Thanks my friend & have an awesome weekend!
These places would certainly make one want to reflect on life. Magnificent photos, Cindy
Thank you my friend & hope all is well with you <3
I thought that looked like Washington. 🙂 Beautiful.
Washington is a gorgeous state <3
This is absolutely wonderful, Cindy! Your beautiful photos complement your words of wisdom… or is it the other way around? Thank you!
Awww, your kindness shines brightly. Thank you Jennie.
You are very welcome, Cindy! 🙂
Beautiful photos Cindy, every one of them. And yes, life’s a reflection. We get what we believe, and I agree, beauty is everywhere.
Cheers to you Alison <3
I loved all the photos, especially of the driftwood. It speaks to me. You are correct. There is beauty everywhere depending on your view of life that day and moment. Perception is everything.
Perception is everything. It creates what we see. Be well Marlene.
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Stunning pictures taken by Cindy Knoke from Olympic National Park.
Love to you Patricia <3
These photos are amazing
You are kind. Thank you.
Thanks for sharing Cindy
Thank you more for your kind appreciation & be well.
Incredibly beautiful photographs, done with such artistry and with such an eye that always captures the essence and the intensity of the nature that you photograph with such love and care. And you are absolutely right, beauty is everywhere but sometimes we just do not look. Thank you Cindy for bringing such beauty of nature to our eyes.
Thank you Francisco for doing exactly the same thing, with such talent, with your art, and your kindness.
Thank you so much Cindy! Really appreciate it!!!
De nada mi amigo.
You’re welcome 😇
And great skies and scenery to reflect. – Oscar
Yes. Take good care Oscar.
You mean you actually go home, lol. 🙂
Laughing….I actually do, fairly a lot, but you know, the feet do start to itch cuz there is so much world left to see…… Hope you are well my friend.
stunning shots with wise words 🙂
Much appreciated, grazie.
Great pictures. The lake looks exactly like glass in the first picture. Continue to keep up this great work that you are doing.
Thanks much Beverly. I appreciate your thoughtfulness <3
Love this post. Pics were perfect.
Have a wonderful week.
Thank U! And visa versa 2UX2 <3
Oh so lovely, Cindy…beauty is everywhere!
Just waiting for us to take some time and appreciate <3
Yes it is. Have a lovely day! 🙂
You are never home!!!!!!! I visited this area a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much… nice to see your photos.
Laughing….I am sometimes home! I am so glad you have experienced the beauty first hand my friend and thank you for stopping by.
Love the title, love the images, Cindy! Am saving this for a rainy day reblog is ok 😊
Oh good and so happy you enjoyed! Cheers to you Felipe.
Thanks, Cindy! May reblog this tomorrow then! 😊
Thank you Felipe & cheers my friend <3
So beautiful… beauty is indeed everywhere we just have to look
Yes. True. And thank you <3
Glad to see I’m not the only one still posting from May. There’s some spectacular country up in the Olympics – nicely captured.
The Olympics are just another examples of nature’s incredible glory. Thank you Dave.
I like the last shot best. The one with a generous view of the sky and blue mountains.
Ahhh, I always save the best for last, in hopes someone, like you, will notice. Be well my friend.
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I am touched by your kindness. Thank you Adan.
So glad to have been able to share your post, Cindy – thank u! 💕
Absolutely breathtaking, Cindy! <3 Those are scenes to meditate by!
Ahhh, I am happy it helps us to center on the peaceful. Thank you Teresa <3
Very beautiful photos 😍😍
Much appreciated. Thank you!
With pleasure 💖
That first picture is perfect!
Ahh, thank you very much.
Awesome photo series, out of all the National Parks, the Olympic NP is my favorite because of the diversity of scenery ~ and the beauty which you have shown here. Cheers and wish you a great autumn, Cindy.
So awesome to hear from you! I hope you are doing well and still exploring this tiny little planet of our ours <3
Lovely pictures. Lovely sentiments.
Thank you Christine.
Ruby Beach? One of our absolute favorites! Once the tidepools were really full and we found an otter hanging out, waiting for the tide to come back in!
Oh. My. God! How incredibly wonderful.
It was my favorite highlight ever of being there! Right there, swimming around, glaring (haha) at we camera holders. The pool was only 10 feet or so wide, maybe 20 long, wrapped around a huge rock. He swam as close as 6 feet. Ahhh. I could have watched him all day. 🙂
Oh my God! That is so incredible! I would loved to have been there. Good on you for being there and letting the creature be <3
Love the reflective nature of this post and great photos!
Stunning photos, rather.
The misty atmosphere…
Very kind and much appreciated. I am happy you enjoyed & be well my friend.
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Life’s a Reflection~
Of what we see.
What we perceive,
depends on where we look.
Beauty is everywhere,
just waiting to be found,
even on the cloudiest days.
Cheers to you from Olympic National Park~
Wonderful friends like you are the reason I so love blogging. Thank you Susanne <3
Cindy, I am sorry to write my humble opinion right here. I would not like to bother your followers who read your last post about anxiety, if any of them will read my comment.
You know what, that situation we are in is the great test for the society. We have take care about ourself, our loved, friends and people around us in general. Mostly in the stressful situations people behave accordingly. However in the dramatic situation a lot of people losing their mind and create panic and instability. Nowadays I read a lot of posts and articles about abnormal human behavior, especially in the grocery stores. It is sad.
You do the great job trying to explain people how to avoid anxiety and stay calm. Thank you for your efforts.
I’ve been in a lot of stressful situation in my life, know people, and know how to survive.
Hopefully, everything will be ended and come back to normal.
Stay calm, healthy and happy. Smile and laugh. Life is going on!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful insights Alexander. I couldn’t possibly agree with you more. “Stay calm, healthy and happy. Smile and laugh. Life is going on!”
I love this philosophy! In life we are always in the midst of death. We must live fully in this moment in order to enjoy the time we do have. It has always been the case that now is all we really have. They have never been any guarantees about tomorrow. So I agree, smile, laugh, live. Life is beautiful. Thank you Alexander and take good care.
Beautiful, indeed! Thanks for sharing, dear Cindy ~ Happy Easter 🙂
Happy Easter Phil & thank you! 🥚🐇🐾🙏
Most welcome & thank you, Cindy 🤗