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I have so much admiration for those having to face incredible hardship to escape war and persecution, to give their families a future. And for those working so hard to help.

This museum commemorates the 1.35 million people passing through this centre alone, as they fled from East Germany to West Germany. That situation is over, yet the same scenario plays out again and again, in Germany and around the world.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

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One of the most amazing dinnertime views ever. Sitting outside, on the top deck of a floating restaurant on the Danube, as the sun was setting behind Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest. Unbelievably beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime

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Not a great picture, but I snapped it on my phone during a brief lull on a busy evening. So many people arriving at this reception centre, looking for a future. A future so different from all they’ve known and left behind. Grief, loss and hope entwined. Laughter and tears, uncertainty and determination. And oh so much resilience.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

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Landscape – the rolling hills of England. Not very dramatic, maybe – but oh so beautiful!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

 

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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky

The challenge this week was to “Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric.” Slightly ironic, since I had posted a poem only last week and I’m not really into poems very much. At all. However, I do love “I must go down to the seas again” by John Masefield. Maybe it’s growing up in Hamburg and constantly seeing ships coming and going, traversing the seas. Whatever it might be, I love the sea and am always drawn to it.  I chose this particular photo because it was taken at dusk and fits with the “half-light” theme as well.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

 

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I WANDERED lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

(William Wordsworth)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

 

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