Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

If you’ve been to my blog before, you probably know that one of our joys is being able to travel the world and see it through our own eyes rather than just the filter of the daily news.  I went back to our India/Nepal trip of last year and picked out just a few of my photos that I haven’t shared that say Joy to me.  I say “a few’ because there are so many more that I could have used….hope some of these bring some joy to you.

The Joy of youth....

The Joy of youth….

This photo was taken as we walked around a small Indian village to see how the locals lived and worked.  This little girl was one of numerous children who followed us around and seemed greatly amused at their own pictures that I showed them.

Joy of learning.....

Joy of learning…..

This is from that same village where we visited a local school and were blown away by the enthusiasm and joy that the students took in their studies.

Joy of worship...

Joy of worship…

I captured this solemn moment at Buddhist temple in Nepal.  Obviously a visitor like us (by the camera strap in the photo), she was enJOYing a moment in meditation while spinning the prayer wheels at the shrine.

Joy in giving...

Joy in giving…

Our Indian guide was gracious to let us join in his celebration of his wife’s birthday.  In her honor, he decided to pass out small food packages to the poorest of the poor in the city of Varanasi.  This man was expressing his appreciation to my wife as she handed out some of the packages.

Joy of being seen....

Joy of being seen….

Couldn’t think of another way to express this.  These young men saw me taking pictures along the banks of the Ganges River and wouldn’t stop waving and greeting us until I snapped their smiling faces.  I can imagine the disney tune “its a small world after all” playing every time I see this photo.

Joy of meeting new people

Joy of meeting new people

I’m not sure who enjoyed this impromptu meeting more – my wife (on the left) or these young female college students that we met at a university outside of Varanasi.  They were as interested in who we were and where we were from as we were in their studies and lives and as students.


Joy of fatherhood and of workmanship

Joy of fatherhood and of workmanship

This man was very involved in his son’s progress in learning his father’s trade.  Their expressions and manner showed pride in what they did and also in their relationship.

Joy in living....

Joy in living….

I thought this little girls smile was amazing and it made me think of how different her life as a gypsy was from ours in the US.  They were in an ox drawn cart on a major highway -obviously carrying all their possessions – but enjoying life in a very different way.

Spiritual Joy...

Spiritual Joy…

Our trip was an amazing experience and we were exposed to many different cultures and religions.  One of the things that struck us was the joy and serenity that most of the people in that part of the world take from their beliefs.  I thought this photo captured the individual focus of those beliefs – a stark contrast to our more communal system in the west.  A quiet joy to close my post….



18 responses


  2. Great shots… Pure joy…

    December 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • SS – Thanks! There is so much about that country that is joyous….and some that is not.

      January 1, 2014 at 3:13 am

  3. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. May you find more joy in travel in 2014.


    December 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    • Thanks Janet! Enjoying rainy London right now…on to Africa in the morning!

      January 1, 2014 at 3:14 am

      • Safe and enjoyable travels, Scott. I’m sure you’ll have some wonderful photos to share.

        January 1, 2014 at 6:18 am

      • Janet – Thank you and I hope so!

        January 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

  4. love it!
    full of joy

    December 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • Thanks jampang! It was a joy to capture it.

      January 1, 2014 at 3:15 am


  6. Terri Bennett

    Scott, I enjoy your photos and posts greatly. Thank you for capturing so skillfully and sharing so consistently these beautiful and poignant and sometimes humorous glimpses of life. Happy new year to you and Dee.

    Terri Bennett

    December 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

    • Thanks Terri – and thanks for the thoughtful comment! It is a privilege to be able to share our experiences with everyone! Its new years day in rainy London and we’re off to Africa in the morning.

      January 1, 2014 at 3:22 am

  7. Claire Mills

    This is definitely beautiful. What a wonderful way to label his experiences. I’ll definitely subscribe now. How positive! So glad your travel partners sound so lovely 🙂 Claire

    Sent from my iPhone


    December 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • Claire,
      Welcome to the blog! We’re off on our next adventure now – hope you enjoy our upcoming African stories and photos!

      January 1, 2014 at 3:25 am

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  9. Seriously amazing photos. Wow. Love them.

    December 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

    • Thanks Sam – Hope you’ll come back – much more to come…..soon!

      January 1, 2014 at 3:30 am

      • Looking forward to it.

        January 5, 2014 at 6:21 am

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