Sunbathers by Bodhi Smith

"sunbathers" a new impression from bodhi smith
"always remember, you are the sunshine to those who look up to you, and they are your glow brightly, be that positive enlightenment that radiates joy into their hearts and fills them with warmth and positivity. so that they may do the same one day, unto all those sunbathers who look up to them"  bodhinku, sunbathers
“live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air” ―  ralph waldo emerson
“always try to live in a wonderful world where the sun is always shining, flowers are always blooming, birds are always singing, and you are always busy with a joyful life― siddhartha gautama buddha, hakyamuni  
this is my newest photographic impression, captured last summer in naples, florida while i was visiting a good friend impression i feel, and felt on this late afternoon when i took this can only help but imagine, what if these old pylons were real people? true daily denizens of the beach and eternal sunbathers playing in the water and basking in the sunshine's glowing warmth...think of all the people, visitors and residents, all those people they would have seen each day, all through the years...and, what would they have related to each of their new guests? memories old, and new ones shared of the joyful, lazy, relaxing, peaceful days spent on these sugary white sands, listening to the giggles of the children and the dances of the pelicans with the waves playfully lapping at the shore, feeling the warm sea breeze on their bodies as the ocean wrapped them in soft blankets of salt strongly they would positively touch the lives of others, forever, which in turn those guests could take back home with them, and become the joy and sun for others, and illuminate happiness and wonderment into their lives as well...spreading namaste and heaven back through and into their corners of the world...and...well, you know the beatles' song, "here come's the sun"....sigh...

here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
here comes the sun, and i say
it's all right...

little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
here comes the sun
here comes the sun, and i say
it's all right...

little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
here comes the sun
here comes the sun, and i say
it's all right...

sun, sun, sun, here it comes
sun, sun, sun, here it comes
sun, sun, sun, here it comes
sun, sun, sun, here it comes
sun, sun, sun, here it comes

little darling, i feel that ice is slowly melting
little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
here comes the sun
here comes the sun, and i say
it's all right...

here comes the sun
here comes the sun, and i say
it's all right
it's all right." 
― george harrison, the beatles, cloud nine
as always, i used filters for this image...and in the case of this impression, both gnd and nd filters to balance the light and slow down the exposure in this composition (a single frame shot at 24mm)...nd filter was needed to soften the water flow and slow down time, and to also help oversaturate the colors and enhance the blues and greens in the image, plus i used gnd filters to help balance the composition in-camera...and truly this impression would not be possible without the use of my trusty dolica tripod in combination with the progreyusa filters which i use...for this image i chose the new 10-stop 3.0nd progrey antarctica filter (if you have not tried this filter, you must put it on your list!) and the .9gnd and .6gnd (inverted position) progrey genesis filters to help balance down the brighter top sky and bottom glowing sands of the image and create a natural vignette...
"yeah, sure, the sun will age my skin, and all these giggles and smiles with you will, over time, will crack up my face and give me wrinkles...sunshine, giggles, smiles, you? that's happiness, baby i'm living!"  bodhinku, sunshine and giggles
“those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" ― j.m. barrie, peter pan
“you have breathed new life into me. i have become your sunshine and also your shadow. my soul is screaming in ecstasy. every fiber of my being is in love with you” ― jalaluddin rumi, in the arms of the beloved
“far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. i may not reach them, but i can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead” ― louisa may alcott, little women
“keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you” ― walt whitman, song of myself 
“i've found that there is always some beauty nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you” ― anne frank, the diary of a young girl
“as long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as i can enjoy it, how can i be sad?” ― anne frank, the diary of a young girl
“all despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine" ― jalaluddin rumi, bridge to the soul
“be an encourager. scatter sunshine. who knows whose life you might touch with something as simple as a kind word” ― debbie macomber, mrs. miracle
“the way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. live simply, expect little, give much. scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. try this for a week and you will be surprised.” ― norman vincent peale, the power of positive thinking
“not only did
i love her,
but i could tell
the universe loved
her, too.
more than others.
she was different.
after all; i would
be a fool not to
notice the way the
sunshine played with
her hair.” ― christopher poindexter
"around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. if you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere” ― thich nhat hahn
“my beloved
is pure radiance. 
she is the sun
i can touch
and kiss
and hold
getting burnt” ― sanober khana thousand flamingos
"here comes the sun, and i say, it's all right, it's all right" ― george harrison  
"hear the joy? beautiful blue skies, puffy cotton clouds, waves softly kissing the wavy sandy beach, the warm sea breeze brushing across your face and through your hair, birds floating about with their day, giggles of kids splashing in the ocean...taken all as one, that's the sound of sunshine"  bodhinku, sound of sunshine

"contemplate without thinking. stop the world. slow down everything. shut off the noise. feel the sunshine on your skin, relax. seize this moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colors of light that envelope you. see the melody and harmony that floats about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence within your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith. this is my world. awaken."  bodhinku, my world  
above all else as always, i hope this message and image find you well.


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