Lens-Artists Challenge – Alone Time

If I look back at the number of things I try to squeeze in a day, I’d always conclude I have no free time so no point in even thinking about alone time… But it’s not entirely true. I’ve realised my alone time is spent with my camera, going to places I know so well and that always manage to surprise me.

You can click on the galleries for a better look

There isn’t a place I love more to spend those precious moments alone than Pollok Park. And the love is so profound that some of my family time is also spent there. Its constant presence is reassuring, the place I use to track the seasons coming and going, where I’ve learnt so much about Nature and how different it can be here. And, the wonderful Burrell Collection and Pollok House to lose myself in beautiful works of art.

Lately, I’ve taken into Sunday morning walks in the city centre before I go to work. It gives me a chance to unwind a bit before going in and it keeps me fit. I’ve discovered so many new murals, enjoyed looking up at the unique architecture of this city, mourned buildings I loved that are no longer there, exasperated at the lack of care for the history of some places. I’m recording these places before they disappear, in the quiet of the morning, by myself.

Finally, my small garden, where I’ve developed a green thumb I never knew I had. Where I enjoy talking to my plants, the bees and myself. Where I leave twigs for the birds to build their nests. Where I find inspiration in the smells of my herbs and flowers. Where I tire myself out but feel so much to be happy and proud of.

And after this alone time, the time is to be spent with my family, even if it’s just by sharing the same space but still doing our own thing. There’s never enough time, we need to be wise about what we do with it.

Please visit this week’s host, Ann-Christine, for the beautiful and thoughtful prompt for this challenge. Truly inspirational. Remember to link to her original post and tag Lens-Artists so we can easily find you.

Many thanks to Bren for hosting last week, the challenge really opened my eyes to possibilities I usually wouldn’t consider and the wonderful responses to it just confirmed it. Next week is Tina’s turn to lead us with Finding Peace so please have a look at her beautiful site. Until then, take care.

If you want to know more about the Lens-Artists Challenge, click here.

Posted for Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Challenge


35 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Alone Time

  1. I recognise myself in you. Watching for the seasons in the same places every year, spending time with camera or garden tools in hand. You wrote about your early morning time in the city before, and I just love that idea. I didn’t know you documented some buildings or places before they disappear, but that must be very satisfying.
    “There’s never enough time, we need to be wise about what we do with it.” Yes, we do. But it is so difficult…isn’t it? Even if we have all this time and know how precious it is – it is still difficult not to get carried away by all the “must do” things. We try.

    Beautiful images as always, and your thoughtful and elegant writing is a delight. Love especially the forest and flowers – longing for spring!

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    1. Thank you, Ann-Christine. Kindred spirits 🙂
      Interestingly, yesterday I came across an article online exactly about the disappearing Glasgow. Good to know it’s not just me noticing…
      We’re in for a cold March but spring will still be here and I can’t wait 😀


      1. 🙂 Yes, and I am glad you have captured so much of your city. In my posts on Tblisi and Aleksandr, I was very impressed by his capturing the old town and the old ways for the future.

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  2. I love that you are documenting the buildings in the city you love, Sofia. What a positive way to share your photography. Someday, someone in the city’s archives department will be glad you took those morning walks.

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  3. I know you have a very busy life Sofia so your creative ways to find alone time are very inspirational. I agree photography can give us a very positive way to enjoy alone time, and equally rewarding to do with with a friend.. Loved your forest and flower images (guess I really AM a nature girl at heart!)

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  4. Beautiful pictures Sofia! I need walks in the middle of my day, when it gets too much sitting at my desk! Can’t go too far but some fresh air is better than no fresh air 😀. As for the garden, I am really lousy at that. So I find it doable when there is someone else with me – like a very dear friend of me who helped me quite a few times. Completely opposite to most people who enjoy it alone 😂. But now since a long time, we didn’t get the chance to do it together and I miss that 🙁.

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  5. Amazing how a simple walk added to your day gives you that time that belongs to you. I have enjoyed Pollok Park with you. And gardening offers such a balance to busy lives, since we can do it at home. Always beautiful photos, Sofia

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      1. hahaha – that wetness sure does help
        and I just dug up about 50 clusters of wild onions (took less than an hour and was actually pretty easy because it just rained for four days)
        anyhow – my question is why can’t tulip bulbs and daffodil bulbs spread like these invasive wild opnions??? not fair
        and I would have left the wild onions but they are terrible to look at where they were

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      2. I would not mind Alliums in the garden, they would fit nicely. I’m surprised about the daffodils, tho, I always thought they spread like mad, they’re everywhere around here 🙂

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      3. I have seen areas where daffodils have spread – so you are right on that – but mine have never spread – and it might have to do with the hard clay soil here?

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      4. Yes / I don’t know either but I do know that some animals eat tulip bulbs and figured that is why mine never lasted
        In contrast – daffodil bulbs are toxic and less edible

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