It has been a year


My silence lasted too long. I have been writing this and that though… And taking pictures too. For the future. I still cannot upload them successfully to the Media folder of my dashboard most of the time, and I probably never will. But I cannot just leave a blog I was working on a whole year.

It is a year, yes. I feel so humbled thinking of all the friendship and support you have given me, dear blogger friends. It has been a wonderful year with you. I admire and love you.

I don’t feel well today, to be honest. I forget to smile.  I worry about everything that has been happening in the world lately. It breaks my heart that the  evil seems to be taking over.  Is it taking over?


We live in a murky world of half-truth. How to navigate so that we never leave the safe half? How to beacon the others ?

I hope you all stay safe.

inesemjphotographyHave a peaceful weekend!






  1. What a wonderful place you have created here! I see why your readers and admirers miss you!

    You are a natural at creating images that speak, and your creative approach to everything you do overflows into such lovely results!

    I found myself wandering around your blog today for some time. There is much to admire here, and you clearly have the soul of an artist, with a formidable talent for your endeavors.

    It’s very easy to look out into the world in which we all live and to observe the troubles we see in it. If you do not see what is wrong with the world you are simply not paying attention. We must not turn away from what is wrong, and whenever we can, in whatever way we can, we must attempt to mitigate what is wrong with what we know to be right.

    No single one of us can save the entire world, but every one of us can lend a hand to assist those whose paths we cross and whose paths cross with ours, and when we see an opportunity to join with others who are also trying to mitigate what is wrong, if we are able, contributing our efforts to that cause can make a huge difference in the outcome of any circumstance.

    You are bringing light and beauty into this world with your photography, and from reading the comments of your visitors here, there can be no doubt that you are making a positive difference in this world.

    Keep it going! Thank you for your kind attention to my blog.

    With much admiration…..John H.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, John. You and all my blogger friends are the force that makes a difference. Each of us does their part. I know that my part is very small, but it is offered with love and compassion, and a smile 🙂 Thank you again! Your blog makes a difference!
      My best and warmest wishes – Inese

  2. Good to read your newest post dear Inese… And congratulations on the blog anniversary… You have done so remarkably well… I hope that you keep it up! 😀 You are right, awful things are happening… And one after the other… The last global incident in Kenya was so sad… I do believe though that God will lead us through the correct pathway… And anyone can identify Him with his/her own God… I have hope in Mankind, regardless of anything…
    Sending love and I hope you have a beautiful Easter Day! Aquileana ⭐

    1. Thank you dear friend! You are right – Africa of all the places… My heart goes out to the innocent victims. Just a couple of month ago I had a conversation with an African friend and she just opened my eyes to the depth of problems, particularly the racism between the African nations. I was stunned.
      Hugs and best wishes to you!

  3. Welcome back Inese. I too had a break recently – an unexpected one – and it can be difficult to get back into it, but I’ve so enjoyed your words and photos you would sincerely be missed if you gave up, so please don’t 🙂

    1. Andrea – thank you so much for your kind words! Hope the reason for the unexpected break wasn’t anything serious. For me, it was just some sort of technical issues I am having in my account. I have been a year in blogging so far, and don’t want to give up as easy :). Thank you again! Love and hugs!

  4. I am sure we could list so much that is wrong with our world and yet, I remind myself there is much more that is good. It’s difficult to be positive at all times, for sure. Those huge corporations seem to be problematic, so I try to spend my time and money elsewhere. Remember how the boycott of S. Africa worked, it started as individuals not buying and became international. No one could defend apartheid once it was held up to the light. There is some reason for hope.

    1. Sure there is hope. I know so many awesome people – young people, very talented and hard working. I agree with you that if people are united for good, they succeed. The problem lies in alienation.

  5. Welcome back. Maybe you can try to save your picture in JPEG format ? If you don’t have any image software, don’t worry. You can easily do it with power point. You copy/paste your picture on a slide of power point, once it’s done, right click on it and “save as an image”. You can chose the format you want 🙂 If you already have an image software, maybe you can reduce the size of the image before uploading it (not more than 1 mb). Have you also checked the storage avalaible on your account ? Maybe you’ve reached the limit ?

    They are still good things, but they are always shadowed by bad ones. Because bad ones are commercial, it makes people want to buy newspapers.

    1. Thank you! I agree with you that the bad things are commercial. It is exactly the matter…
      The problems are temporary, and I am in touch with the WP team. Everything is going to be all right 🙂

  6. Glad to see you are back. Your blogs are always so thought-provoking and creative. Just to let you know, I upload to Flickr and just copy the image link into the add media field. I have not had any problems with sizing in the text tab then. I use You Tube to link my videos in. Do not know if that is relevant to your issues, but it might help.

    1. Thank you Syd! The thing is that the images I use are not exactly a flickr material… I just have to try some 5-6 times, and I upload them eventually. No problem with the videos.

  7. Happy blog-anniversary Inese! Finally I saw your post, I miss your post and wonderful photographs! I don’t have problem in uploading my photos though. I used a medium size 800×600 mostly. Could that be because of the size issue?

    I agree that lately there were so many news about greed and evil out here. Too much information perhaps or people are getting worse in handling personal issue that lead them to certain negative attitudes 😦 It’s sad and depressing..

    I hope you will feel better soon, my thoughts are with you, for better health and peace of mind. Hugs from Rotterdam, Indah xoxo

    1. Thank you Indah! A year, yeah! 🙂
      I too use from 800 to 1000, and resolution 72-100. It was fine until a week before they revamped the site. Some glitch.
      I agree with you Indah that all the negativity could be related to overflow of information. People learn to handle technology way before they learn to handle their relationships with the other humans and with Nature. Some never learn.
      And on top of everything, I have a flight, and I am sort of scared.
      Hugs! Inese xx

  8. True, there is much darkness that lurks throughout the world but as long as there are points of light, points of hope, hearts willing to love, then the darkness can never take over. As long as we do not give up and allow it to overtake us then it cannot win. Hence, keep fighting against the darkness that some would like to convince you is winning. its not, It will never win even though it does see a victory here and there. As long as you do not let it conquer your heart, it cannot win so keep on lighting the way. We artists need to see the world in a better way than others bent on materialistic gain. We see beauty within the darkness and then reveal it to those who cannot see. Hang tough and keep shining!

    1. Thank you Tina! You are so right, and thank you again for your warm support. Sometimes I get so tired of half-truth! I hear it every day, hundred times a day, and I start being afraid that the world is twisted beyond return. Thank you friend, and you are right – there is beauty within the darkness.

  9. Just remember that news usually just “sell” the bad ones. So many good news that remain anonymous.
    If it’s useful for you I upload my photos in Flickr and after that use the share button to publish them in WordPress, that way I don’t use the storage limit of my blog.
    Take care so much and hoping you find a reason to smile, and if not then actually there are stages when we don’t smile because we can appreciate the moments when we used to do it.

    1. Thank you for your advice about Flickr. I can do it with some images for sure.
      I am always upset before a long flight, especially after a tragedy strikes.

  10. Lovely to see you back, although I can’t believe it’s a year.

    I agree with you that the way individuals respond to antidepressants is very unpredictable. My husband, when he was a lawyer, represented a party action against a pharmaceutical company to do with adverse reactions from one of these drugs that led to suicides in a large number of patients.

    What exactly is your issue with uploading pictures to media folder? Perhaps send me a message via my blog’s contact page and I’ll see if I can help you … if you like.

    1. Thank you so much, Sara! No, it is not a year, only 1.5 months. I am a year in blogging this march 🙂 Time is flying. My problem is that the images just don’t load. It is only an empty frame in the media folder, and when I am trying to post this empty frame onto the page, it only shows as a tiny icon. My files are all very light, I resize them to 72px resolution. I don’t see a reason why they are so hard to upload. So, I have to repeat uploading a good few times before I see a real image in the Media folder. It is annoying, and I don’t have time for it. Since I am not the only one with the problem, I know it will be sorted out one day.
      How did the lawsuit go? I think there is a need for some changes. Mental health is not a personal issue. Government has to cover some expenses for the mental patients. I know that these strong drugs help many sufferers, but it is unacceptable that a patient can go to the chemist, buy drugs, and take them without any control. This kind of drugs should be administered by a professional in some day care or in the hospital. If it is not possible, these drugs shouldn’t be prescribed at all. It is what I think. Government should take care of that and subsidise.

      1. What format are you uploading the pictures in? I think there are some that WordPress don’t support, or others that take much longer to load, such as png files. I don’t know how fast your internet connection is, but I should imagine that if it is on the slowish side sometimes, or apt to be flaky, then this might interfere with the upload. Have you tried asking about the issue in the WordPress forum, as usually on of their techies will join the discussion and help resolve an issue for you?
        The lawsuit got chucked out by the judge – a case of stifling by the establishment. As an ex-psychiatric nurse, I quite agree with everything you say about drugs! I also think that there should be some tightening up over the sales of vitamins and minerals in dosages way above the RDA that are recommended. There’s also some most unwise self-medicating with herbs, some of which can be as toxic as drugs in the wrong dosages or in cases of dangerous interactions. I’m not against herbal medication, but ‘more’ is not necessarily ‘best’.

        1. Sarah – I think that after the revamping of the WP site, everything became heavier and it is why uploading is more difficult. It will get sorted out. It was worse in the beginning when I was locked out of my page.
          I upload only 72-100px resolution jpegs.
          Agree with you – some herbs can be lethal. One cannot use them in the kitchen.
          Mental health is neglected, both by Government and community.

  11. Hi Inese — it is so good to see you again! ❤
    I've heard other photographers complain about difficulties lately. So you're not alone.
    Lovely as your photos are, I enjoy your thoughts just as much. Mega-hugs! 😀

    1. Thank you Teagan! Something went wrong since they introduced this new interface. Uploading images became a real pain. Couldn’t give up though. I have been away a month … May be I needed this break…
      Thank you again, hugs!!!

  12. I hope you feel better soon. We’ll keep trying because life is made of little moments. Thanks for your photos and congratulations on your year here…♥

    1. Thank you so much Olga! I almost gave up when I encountered the problems with the page. Then I got embarrassed with me going down so easy 🙂 Hugs!

  13. I was wondering about you. I was thinking of giving you a nudge but then I thought you you will post when you’re ready. I’m so, so, lucky to work with handicapped adults, specifically in a group home, and they have the most spectacular lives. This population is so loved and so well taken care of, they have the very best of everything. And working in this environment I see every day how woderful, decent, kind, and evolved society is. I’m sorry to hear you’re a little glum and, yikes, flying right now would make me nervous too. It’s nice to have you back. I missed those gorgeous photos.

    1. John, thank you! I am a believer in humanity the same as you 🙂 I am so happy for the group of people you are working with. I have a handicapped friend and know that these people have a lot of potential.
      You are right, it is all about the flights… Three times a year I am travelling from one hemisphere to the other, and the world doesn’t seem a huge and strange place to me. Everything that is happening in the world affects me one way or another. The last tragedy struck me. When I learned that the guy was all right in the beginning and then his speech became “curt”, I knew that some drugs he took before the flight kicked in. Antidepressants have this side effect – violence and suicidal thoughts. I have been always an advocate for using these drugs only under close monitoring by professionals, and administered by professionals. I don’t blame the guy. I blame the careless system.
      John, the thing is that I have difficulties uploading my photographs – it is why I almost gave up on my 1-year old blog. Hope I have enough patience to carry on. Thank you for your friendship. It means a lot.

  14. It’s good to hear from you. Don’t foucs too much on the world…It just feels broken sometimes. Focus instead on things a bit closer, things that work. Put your energies there. Cheers.

    1. Thank you! I will tell you why I always think so globally 🙂 There are thousands of miles between me and my family. It takes me about 20 hours to get to see them. The world feels like a very small place to me…

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