Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Favorites & Giveaway



if i could fly
i would soar over the sunset
the sky painted in blue and orange

i would spread my wings
toward the mystery of the horizon
floating on the clarity of clouds

listen to my heart beat
to the rhythm of celestial music
breathe in breathe out

exhaling
exploring
exhilarating

would i be free?
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As the year draws to a close, I would love to share with you some of my favorite poems and photos from 2013. This year, I have really enjoyed taking pictures of nature, especially landscapes and sunsets. Birds in flight migrating to a warmer climate in the winter are such an inspiration to me, conveying freedom and peacefulness.



the last rose of summer
gently fades away in a starlit dream
and when i awake,
pink petals fall like tears from heaven-
i scatter them on my pillow
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One of my other passions is taking photos of flowers, and roses are my favorite. I so miss the colors of Spring and, in the meantime, I will dream on. Dream along with me.



She remembered
the last time they kissed
under a street lamp,
the city became blurred
crowds disappeared

She was no longer
standing on the sidewalk
as if he had lifted her up,
and in that frozen moment
it all became clear, final

When she opened her eyes
his face was lost again
amidst the crowds,
the scent of his cologne
lingered on her silk scarf

She left it in the taxi
and never looked back
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This year, I started a City Streets series of fictional urban poems taking place in New York City, and this is one of my favorites. The series tells a story about starting over and searching for true love. I have had so much fun taking photographs of New York City and look forward to continuing the series next year.
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It's been a wonderful year of blogging. I have become friends with so many talented writers, photographers, and artists who enrich my world with your words and images. I appreciate your great support and your thoughtful comments. Thank you!
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And now it's your turn to choose your favorite. Please pick your favorite photograph from any of my posts this year, and let me know in a comment. There will be a random drawing, and the winner will receive a print of the favorite photograph, matted and framed in a 5 x 7 size. I will ship it anywhere in the world. This giveaway is on until next Sunday, January 5, when I will reveal the winner. Enjoy and have fun!
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Much love and Happy New Year to all! xx
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44 comments:

  1. Ciao Loredana,
    scatti e melodie che si fondono intimamente. Difficile scegliere un post perchè ognuno indica un'emozione viva di un particolare momento di vita....ho riguardato e riletto i tuoi vecchi post ....sarà per "questo momento difficile" in cui mi trovo a combattere, sarà che la mia sensibilità mi pone dinnanzi tanti interrogativi a cui cerco di dare risposte positive ma quello che mi ha colpito maggiormente è FIRE & ICE (post del 12 dic 2013). Parole che toccano l'anima nel profondo e la avvolgono facendola vibrare; foto in b/n che rispecchia la vita e dona quella speranza che non dobbiamo mai far naufragare perchè la vita è un girotondo a cui dobbiamo sempre dare un colore per renderla degna e viverla!!! Un abbraccio e buon divenire.Simona - valzer di emozioni

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  2. LD, city streets is a beautiful poem. Each pone is should be blessed with one such memory in each lifetime. Happy new year.

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  3. I meant.. Each one of us should.... :) stupid swipe keyboards.

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  4. I enjoyed all three.. especially the series on New York which I will have to explore...

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  5. ah! would love to fly in the sky with my wings spread wide....

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  6. Beautiful pics they're lovely! And the poems are great too. Love them all Loredana!

    Hank

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  7. What a lovely flight at sunset ~ Your pictures are stunning ~ If I have to choose it would be garden mosaic (June 30), though your Dream Buds of lilies (July 31) comes a close second ~ I have enjoyed NY through your eyes ~

    Happy New Year ~ Cheers ~

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  8. amazing pictures and poems.....love the flight specially..a happy new year to you :)

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  9. i can see why "City Streets Part 3" is one of your favoutites. :)
    i really like all your photos of new york city. i lived in a city too, but i have seldom seen my city in so many colours. maybe i need to open my eyes more in the new year. :)

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  10. Some great picks indeed, strolling around ny without even having to stroll, works for me haha

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  11. Think my favorite out of the last few months is SKY REFLECTION. I love seeing all the squiggly reflections in these beautiful buildings, and think your photo is a great capture of this. Hope that your new year is filled with good things, and look forward to more of your posts in this coming year!

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  12. Very nice poems and good pictures..... compliments.

    Wish you a great 2014.

    greetings from Holland, Joop

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  13. Your poems are lovely.. I especially love the Flight at sunset!! Wishing you all the best in 2014..Happy New Year!!

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  14. The one thing this time of year makes me inclined to do (probably also due to the inclimate weather) is look back and reflect on what the last year has brought to my life and taken from my life. This was beautiful, Loredana. Wishing you a glorious and magical 2014!

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  15. Fabulous photos, and I so love your Flight at Sunset, especially. Very beautiful!

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  16. well snapped and well composed, Loredana ~

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  17. I really enjoyed City Streets: Part 3 again. I would be hard find a favorite photo, as you take so many good ones, but when I am done commenting I will scan through your blog and have a look. Thanks for sharing your photography with Poets United this year.

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  18. I like the first photo of 'Sky and Reflection'.
    It's it must be great to see some places from high above, especially if one can fly.
    Bonne année, Loredana!

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  19. Love the thought of flying on the clouds.. and some of the older poems.. the City Streets are wonderful... I love myself to fantasise stories of things I see ,,,, have a wonderful new year.

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  20. Hi Loredana. I love Flight at Sunset especially. The idea of migration is indeed inspiring. Happy New Year when it comes. David.

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  21. Beautiful poems and photographs. Happy New Year!

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  22. What a way to end a year. Happy new year.

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  23. Loved your flight at sunset. The celestial music would be intoxicating. Lovely pics too.

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  24. A wish that is in everyone's heart, beautiful write! :)

    Best wishes
    Ankita

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  25. You know you won't be free, but you can do it anyway. Go for it and write about the experience.

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  26. Loredona so many years I lived next door to you without knowing. . . only to discover you after I moved away. Your photos and verse are inspiring and thought provoking to me and I am glad to have read you this year. I look forward to another year of blogging with all my new found friends . . . Stormcat

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  27. flying has always been a dream of mine...not like superman, but as a bird...i would love it...it would be the great mystery like that horizon and i am sure i would wing over a few of them...smiles...

    happy new year to you as well...

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  28. Che meraviglia di foto, tutti belli , ma il mio preferito è 'Flight at Sunset' . Ti faccio tantissimi auguri di Buon Anno pieno di felicità . Abbraccio.

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  29. its a joy... the flight at sunset... happy new year

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  30. I've really enjoyed your photos and poems this year. I love nature, so anything related to nature inspires me! I hope you have a wonderful new year!

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  31. I like the "Fire & Ice" one (1st photo in the post). I wish you a wonderful 2014!

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  32. These are my favorites of this year, too, Loredana! The City Streets series is wonderful and I am so glad you are continuing that. My favorite photo of this year is on the beautiful post, 'The Color of Hope' - Nov. 2nd. It is magical to me.
    Wishing you and your family many sweet blessings this coming New Year!
    Hugs
    xoxo
    Karen

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  33. This was a beautiful recount of the year that went by Loredana! Loved all the verses esp the City Streets one...an interesting initiative! I love sunsets and sunrises equally...and your shot is terrific... The colors look spectacular! It would be cool to get that ;) Wishing you a bright and beautiful 2014!

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  34. Auguri,cara Loredana! Auguri di ogni bene a te ed a tutti i tuoi cari...Auguri per le tue attività creative e perchè tu possa realizzare tutto ciò che desideri nel nuovo Anno.. . Le tue immagini riflettono la grazia ed il sentimento che le tue parole esprimono con eleganza di metrica e di ritmo. Abbraccio,Rita.

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  35. A wonderful year of bloggin indeed! Great shots, great words...it's all good! I love the 2nd shot in your October 22 Friendship post of the doorway...it leads to some place wonderful!!! Aloha and HAPPY HAPPY JOY to you and yous for the New Year!

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  36. Metti la mano sinistra sulla spalla destra e la mano destra sulla spalla sinistra.
    Hai appena ricevuto un abbraccio a distanza. Buon 2014.

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  37. I love your City Streets series, Loredana, and what a generous giveaway!
    I wish you all wonderful things in the New Year, my friend.

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  38. You are being VERY generous to your readers...blessings to you. I couldn't pick just one of your pictures...love them all. Happy 2014.

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  39. Lovely writings and photos ~ Happy New Year to you ~ xxx

    ps. Storm is just about over ~ now the shoveling and plowing ~ Tis Winter on Cape Ann MA

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  40. Un saluto Lory e un augurio portatore di buone novelle

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  41. I am in awe of your photography and poetry, Loredana. Your City Streets part 3 is exceptional. I love the rose photograph -- it has to be my favorite. P. x

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  42. Hope the new year is glowing bright for you

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