I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least, and it is commonly more that that, sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. – Henry Thoreau.
Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life. – Paulo Coelho
Solitude is aloneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude, out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart. -Jeanne Marie Laskas
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. – John Muir
Solitude in the summer forest, full of leafy trees, urges us to breathe. To enjoy beingness, just like them. – Tiny K.
It is time now, I said, for the deepening and quieting of the spirit among the flux of happenings. – Mary Oliver
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. – Desmond Tutu
Solitude feels like a refreshing shower of light snow. It’s brightening my soul. – Tiny K.
Solitude is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. -Deepak Chopra
83 thoughts on “Solitude. A Photographic Journey.”
what a stunning set of pictures
Thank you Beth.
Oh Helen, I so enjoyed this salute to solitude–breathtaking photos and meaningful quotes. This was a wonderful gift, thank you.
I am delighted you enjoyed this post, Jet. Thank you for your kind words.
Such beautiful photos and quotes to match. I feel a sense of peace for having visited. Thank you!
Thank you Sue! All these pictures are from the area of my childhood in Southern Finland. When I think of solitude…that’s where my mind goes. Very peaceful.
Beautiful photos and beautiful quotes on solitude, Helen!
Thanks Kathy! I am happy you enjoyed this post.
These are all gorgeous!
Glad you liked my place of solitude in northern Europe, Cindy.
Each capture is gorgeous, Helen! Love the quotes as well!
No birds this time…happy you liked it 🙂
Beautiful, simply beautiful. Both the messages and stunning photographs 🙂
Thank you kindly, Takami. Happy you enjoyed this post.
Gorgeous photos and soothing words. Thank you for the respite Helen. Solitude is a balm for my soul, feeding my inner being and returning to love.
I am happy you found the peaceful solitude in this post, Brad. I am an extrovert, but absolutely need my time in solitude.
I think we all do.
Thanks for this very special and soul resting set of beautiful images, Tiny. Yes, enjoying ‘beingness’ the mindful spirit rejoices in being and not in doing. The world looses its self and its identity by to much doing. Identity is not found in doing but in being. Solitude allows us to breathe freely and be. Yes, it allows us to reconnect as we walk in The Garden alone with God as Adam once did, in solitude, as we appreciate the beautiful surrounding Creation and with it cry out in joyous thanksgiving. Enjoy you week my friend.
Thank you, Ashley. I am happy this post resonated with you. And you put it beautifully – that’s how I feel too, gratefully reconnecting when I am surrounded by the beauty of Creation.
Water, water everywhere . . . helps to refill the well!
Aah . . . that’s better!
Thanks for your kind words Nancy….and the last sentence is an honor 🙂
This is a gorgeous series, Tiny. Beautifully shot.
Thank you, Jane. Happy you liked it.
What beautiful quotes you found for each of your photos – simply glorious!
Thanks Joanne and Dina. I made up two quotes of my own too 🙂
Fantastic shots Tiny! Awe inspiring compositions! Thank you. 🙂
Thank you for your kind words, my friend 🙂
What a perfect selection of words with companion images!
Thank you kindly, Kat!
Your post is a like peaceful meditation Helen. Thankyou 🙏🏻💕
So happy you say that, Karen ❤
Full of beauty and inspiring thoughts, thank you for putting them together so aptly.
Glad you liked it, Susan.
Epic post, Helen. ❤
Happy you enjoyed it, Dina ❤
Beautiful photos. And I can so relate – my soul shrivels without solitude and stillness!
The same here, Kathy. Thank you!
Beautiful photos and quotes, thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂
Tiny, you spoil us with this celebration of solitude post – such stunning photographs interspersed with thoughtful quotations – many of which I will be saving. This one stands out for me and one of yours I believe: ‘Solitude feels like a refreshing shower of light snow. It’s brightening my soul.’ – Tiny K. A gem of a post, Tiny.
Oh, I am so happy you liked it, Annika. Yes, I ‘slinked in’ a couple of my own thoughts. All the pics are from the area of my childhood in northern Europe – that’s where my thoughts go when I think of solitude.
Now I’m intrigued, Tiny. You grew up in Northern Europe? The pictures do have a Scandinavian feel with the lakes, the tall birches…Have you been a long time in the States?
Yes, I was born in Finland, but our family is about 50/50 Finnish and Swedish, and I am Swedish citizen…then lived all over the world (for work) and ended up here in the US (Washington DC, Maryland, Florida) about 20 years ago.
Hejsan! Lovely to come across a fellow Swede (and Finn) who has moved around a bit. Or rather a lot with your international travel…I’ve also kept my Swedish citizenship even though I’ve lived most of my life in the UK. It’s hard to give up and I have a big family over there.Vi hörs!
How I wish I could take walks as you do, my friend. I have always found peace in nature and it’s almost impossible to do here. I lose myself for a few moments in your wonderful pictures, drawing what peace and pleasure I can from them. ❤
I, too, hope that you could take replenishing walks in nature, my friend. At least in the summer time. And even better, that we could take walks together some day ❤
Now that is something to work towards, to take walks together one day. ❤
I’m grateful for having been born a lover of solitude, Helen, as it seems to give rise to an uncomplicated existence. I think it’s a healthy trait as long as one isn’t a sociophobe along with it — balance, as ever, being key to contentedness.
I am an extrovert, but have always, as long as I can remember, needed solitude. Periodically. I agree with you that balance – whatever it means in our individual context, is key to contentedness.
Thoreau may have liked solitude but he made sure that his mother was on hand to do his laundry. A man can only take so much of real life. Your pictures were an inspiration.
That’s right 🙂 Thank you Tom.
YES!! Now I feel better! 😉
Happy you enjoyed the post, Lorrie. I hope you’ll feel real good soon ❤
Four hours a day sauntering through the woods! When I read that, I realized what has been wrong with me lately: it’s been too long since I’ve been in the woods, or the marsh, or on the beach, because four hours a day sounds like heaven. I’m so glad you found me. I love your blog. Your photos are beautiful beyond words.
Thank you for your kind words, JoAnna. I hope you’ll get a chance to spend some time in the woods soon! Love your blog too.
What a wonderful collection of images and words Helen. Thank you for bringing these moments not being 💛
Thanks Val! When I hear the word solitude, this is where my mind goes to. Although I am an extrovert, I need solitude in large doses 🙂
Knowing what nourishes us is powerful. I love my own quiet company too💛
Wonderful quotes, beautifully presented. I treasure solitude, although Thoreau’s four hours might be a stretch for me. But then again…
I know, four hours sounds in attainable. An hour or two a day in nature would be wonderful. Thanks Skip.
When I go out for a walk along the trail, I usually discover an hour isn’t enough time. I end up taking much longer and enjoying it.
Your photographs and words are graced with beauty, and a sense of peace.
Thank you kindly!
Love every one of your wonderful photos, Helen. The quotes are really great too. 🙂 xx
Thank you, Sylvia 🙂 XX
I would love to spend time breathing and being in a summer forest… not too far away now, the days are getting longer again. Thanks for the little moment of peace. 🙂
Happy you enjoyed this little moment of peace, Meg. Happy Sunday!
Very lovely images, and a great nod to solitude.
Happy you enjoyed my places of solitude, Donna.
Thank you for sharing these inspirational words and stunning photos, Tiny. So many of these quotes resonate with me – I cherish my walks in nature most when I am alone with the birds and other small creatures.
Like you, I like my solitary walks in the birds’ world. Thank you for your kind comment, BJ.
Beautiful post – The pictures and quotes work together perfectly. It was fun to see what various famous people said about solitude.
Famous and not famous, like Tiny 🙂 Happy you enjoyed the post, Sheryl.
Extraordinary shots, Tiny. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t wander through the woods regularly. I do love my moments of solitude.
I know exactly what you mean. Nothing feels as healing as being out in Mother Nature in solitude. And then you get a chance to capture some beautiful photos, like you did with this series.
That is my medicine for almost every ailment 😁. Thank you Otto.
Overheerlijke foto’s.ik zoek tijdens mijn wandelingen plkjes op waar weinig mensen komen.
Dank u, Marylou. Ik ben blij dat je ze leuk vond.