So I seem to be stuck on a theme. Last week the challenge focused on endings. This week it is nostalgia. Memories are powerful things. And the way our brains store and retrieve memories means that they aren’t always exactly accurate. Since the invention and wide-spread use of photography, we are able to capture moments and memories in a way that could never have been dreamed of just 200 years ago. This photo is my mom’s lilacs. The house I grew up in had several lilac bushes. Light lavender, deep purple, white. So many colors lining the back wall of our home. When my parent’s moved, the new house didn’t have lilacs, and my mom missed them very much. When it came time for my folks to leave large houses and move into a condo, my mom insisted on a lilac bush. The community my parents moved to allows the residents a bit of autonomy when it comes to plants around their unit, so she got her wish. Every time I walk by lilacs, my mind is flooded with memories of my childhood home.
These words from a song the children at my church love to sing pretty much sums it up for me:
Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heavenly Father created for me.
(My Heavenly Father Loves Me, words and music by Clara W. McMaster)
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHOW ENDINGS OF ANY KIND.
Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.
Here’s how it works:
- Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
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51 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia”
Lilacs, and especially the lavender ones, which were not only her favorite scent but her favorite color, make me think of my mother also.
I love the smell of spring flowers, lilacs, wisteria and honeysuckle, all made me think of my gardens when we had a house.
Beautiful photos. I have recently created my own page devoted to photography and blogs. Please follow my website. https://thebblinkingstars.wordpress.com/
I have memories involving lilacs and my mum, too. But food is closer to my mind 😀
What a great memory to have 🙂
And fun theme – I’m off to think
The sense of smell is the last to go:)
This is what my nostalgia is about too!
We had lots of peonies when I was growing up. In our first house after I got married, we had three lilac bushes: one white, one lavender, one purple. It was a lovely combination.
For me the smell of lilacs are firmly connected to the end of another school year and the beginning of the summer holiday. 🙂
I went with some events that involve a degree of nostalgia.
Beautiful photo and I like this week’s theme.
Here is my take on it:
Nadia, I don’t know what happened at my blog. Yesterday I linked, thinking that my nostalgia photo was on there, (the inside of the specialty store of coffees and Teas in San Diego) and today that image was not there – so I don’t know if you saw that photo or not…. I put it back on there, and made sure I saved it – have a great weekend!
Life is all about memories! Here’s mine – https://myheart2heart.blog/2019/06/01/seems-exam-hall-scenes-havent-changed-much/
Such good memories. Here’s mine https://travel-with-tech.blog/2019/06/01/those-good-old-days/
Lilacs are nostalgic for me, too. My son was born the week the lilacs bloomed and my room was full of lilacs.
Beautiful theme. Today, my nostalgia is not on flowers but on food.https://littleborneogirl.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/russian-cabbage-pie/
Thank you for the challenge. 🙂
Your story reminded me of how my mother regretted having to leave her garden behind when she found that she’d grown too frail to live by herself any more.
Different piece of nostalgia for this week: https://blackbodyblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/athenas-poppy/
My mother planted the lilac bush are her new condo, but the grounds crew take care of it for her. 🙂
One of my favorite topics….https://dailymusing57.com/2019/06/03/a-photo-a-week-challenge-nostalgia/