weekly photo challenge: renewal

Friday, November 9: The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Renewal.

Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.  ~ Pope Paul VI

This priest in a church in Lalibela, Ethiopia is engrossed in spiritual renewal…

Education involves a continual renewal of the mind.  These three Ethiopian girls are on their way to school.

renewal of the mind: going to school

Renewal can also be just relaxing with friends and playing a game, even if the game involves using bottle caps for checkers.

checkers with bottle caps. Games can renew the soul….. Lake Langano, Ethiopia.

Renewal. This word conjures a variety of images, from bright blossoms to meditating monks. When I think of “renewal,” I think of starting a new job, arriving in a new city that’s ripe for exploration, walking through a new apartment with white walls, and taking a hot shower after a challenging day.  I think of beginnings. Life. Opportunity. What images does Renewal conjure for you? Get creative. Think beyond the usual images (a sunrise, a birth). We want to see what else you can come up with.

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  1. Beautiful choices for this challenge – I am still mulling it over. Your photos are wonderful – I love the bright colors.

    • Thanks so much, Carol. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to photograph bright colors. I guess that’s why sometimes the Oman landscape is so frustrating to me. You’ll see that soon in my upcoming post about the Balcony Walk at Jebel Shams. Dull, dull colors…. :-(

  2. Love your pics for this theme, Cathy. Your photos are really lovely, especially those children. :)

  3. Cathy these are all great but man I really love the checkerboard and what it represents on a whole bunch of levels

    • Thanks so much Jo! I know what you mean about the checkerboard. I found myself really drawn to it and to the boys who were playing the game.

  4. Excellent pictures. All three. I especially like the first one as the colors of the painting contrast quite nicely with the room’s mud(?) walls and the priest’s white robe and turban. Nice work.

    • Thank you so much, Richert. I was really captured by the colors of paintings in these old rock-hewn churches. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. :-)

  5. The makeshift checkers reminds me of my youth. All lovely pictures.

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  7. Amazing shots! Love the vibrant colors in the first image – beautiful!

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