"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 8 December 2013


I've had just enough time to...   ponder about a moment.

The moment I viewed the painting "Moment"

I stood before the large painting titled “Moment” in the empty dining hall of this unique company I visited trying to take it all in and feel what a moment meant. There was not enough time. Ironic, isn’t it? Not enough time to feel what a moment is like or what the artist was trying to convey. When a few years ago, I was given the opportunity to start and manage a company, all I had was a vague idea to mold it into “a successful and compassionate company”. In the short span of time, we would be considered “successful” by most standards and now I found a company by which I can model true success after. One that strikes a good balance between profitability and workers’ welfare. That by the way is also true compassion. There is much to learn and execute, but I’m running out of moments…

The last leaf on the tree - a moment in time

If you have just a moment
To preserve your world
Before it disappears forever.
Like the last quivering leaf
In the depth of autumn
Just before its fall to Earth.
What will you capture?

Your first tentative kiss
The walk down the aisle
Praying by your father’s death bed
Safety in your mother’s embrace
The day your child was born
The pressure of his little finger

A Lifetime in a Moment - What is Yours?

The glorious birth of a bright new day
The awesome silence of a starry night
The golden goal or the perfect save!
The view from the top of the mountain
The cool caress of Spring breeze
A slow departing Summer sun…

Each of us will preserve
A special moment
Of beauty, joy or love
But whether it is beauty or joy,
It is still love…


  1. Onasill ~ New Lay Out/Huge Mistake, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    Onasill ~
    A marvellous capture and superb colours Thou...always a good read.

    Rebecca Ang
    Thanks for this, much to reflect on... for me, esp the part when you said "There was not enough time. Ironic, isn’t it? ". Here, I share a quote with you from Hesse's "Steppenwolf" that comes to mind. And with this quote, I laugh at myself since I theorize quite a bit in my mind - such bitter irony indeed. "Fine views of life, you have. You have always done the difficult and complicated things and the simple ones you haven't even learned. No time, of course".

    Wonderful and thought provoking...


  2. dumbdrumus, sethph88, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons (Busy, busy, busy)
    I’ve so much sympathy for the last leaf. Hanging there, just before the fall. Maybe, I always feel like Life is just on the brink. Or maybe, I just empathize with those whose Lives are.

    great lagniappe..... excellent shot................

    Onasill ~
    A marvellous capture and superb colours thou. Kudos

    Rebecca Ang
    That bit of yellow in the midst of the gray and the rain represents for me both pain and hope. Timely reminder. I've lost many a "present" moment because I've been stuck either in the past or in the future.

  3. Really a marvelous post again Thou San ;-)

    Do have a good week! ;-)


  4. Prometheus-BD (Back & Catching UP)
    Splendid capture my friend!!

    Interesting painting, well captured! have a great week ahead my friend.

    henrhyde (gill) catching up
    Beautiful presentation of this image /painting

    october blue
    Very nice capture of the painting ....and excellent text as always ! Very well done , my friend . Samantha says the sunshine and flowers of your homeland sound delightful ...and she is saving her pennies to visit you ...and enjoy some wonderful Moments :-) We are taking a break from flickr for the rest of the year to catch up with some long-neglected obligations . Wishing a very Happy and Healthy end of the year for you and your family :-)

    Kim's Pics :)
    There's some wonderful symmetry going on here and just an overall great looking image.....that painting is definitely worth taking a "moment" to look at! :)

    Looks exactly like this outside today, great shot Thou!

    october blue
    Excellent capture of the poignant and unique mood of late autumn . The last leaf is evocative indeed . Well seen and taken !
    "I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content."
    - Lin Yutang

    Kim's Pics :)
    That one single leaf really makes this image......very thought provoking!


  5. Geo_grafics
    We do enjoy some beautiful art and you present it so beautifully it is such a pleasure !!

    Lovely composition and words, beautiful work Thou!!

    oola n
    you stop me in my tracks... oh, Thou San... you are right...there are so many.. so many... where to begin?

    Patricia Speck
    Very beautiful indeed.....you have a wonderful outlook on life.
    Excellent work my friend

    Carl's Captures
    Thank you for your carefully paired photo and thoughts. You've communicated a timeless truth, regarding the passage of time, in a most impressionable and memorable way!

    Absolutely beautiful sentiment and mighty touching work !!

    oola n
    that perfect spot of yellow... on that perfectly textured plane... great composition... love it

    Andrew 62
    my respect for that solitary leaf ....
    totally resilient and unafraid to stand alone

    Jeff S. PhotoArt 6 hours ago
    Such nice work, well done!!! Enjoy your day! :-))


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