Journal – Photos and thoughts on gratitude

in gardening •  7 months ago

I’ve been rather busy and frankly a bit more melancholy than usual recently, but no worries, I’m feeling so much better now. I have a tendency to be a bit of hermit and keep to myself in general, so this is nothing unusual. Please pardon me for not posting as much recently.

This morning I had an enormous sense of gratitude for all the things in my life. There are so many things to be thankful of. I sent my thanks specifically to the food that I had eaten the night before that was within me. It seemed as if I received and answer from the food as if it was a great pleasure for it to be within me as well, the gratitude felt wonderful.

There is a saying in Zen that, “The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both by nature empty.” It is very hard to explain but deep gratitude and thankfulness seems to travel both ways and perhaps our food experiences life through our experiences.

After eating food recently at our favorite Indian restaurant I noticed a new art object nearby. I had to take this picture of it:

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Art pole near the river – click for viewing full screen

I like the design but I’ve never seen an eagle looking anything like that perched on a pole. Sometimes around here you see cormorants spreading their wings on top of poles to dry them out, but the wings are bent a little and droopy. I haven’t observed eagles that much though, so who knows…

Maybe, just maybe, the eagle is supposed to be in flight, swooping straight upwards at high velocity. Or maybe this is a depiction of the bird in flight that is somehow oriented vertically using artistic license. (One would think the birds head should be oriented in the direction of travel then.) Or perhaps the birds wings have stiffened from rigor mortis or the corn starch used in taxidermy… LOL, just kidding, I’m really not trying to be an art critic and mean no disrespect towards any symbols where the pose originated.

The fish on the pole are really well done. The way the patterns are on them make me think the fish has eggs inside:

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Art pole base showing salmon – click for viewing full screen

I’m not sure who did the art and was kind of in a hurry and didn’t look for details, but I think it is really wonderful that the city had it done and put it in the pubic area for viewing.

This morning I enjoyed looking out at the rock roses growing outside the window. This time of year they open up when the sun hits them and stay blooming a really long time. There are so many flowers it looks very nice:

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Rock roses – click for viewing full screen

Another view of the petunias with the rock roses in the background:

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Petunias in hanging basket – click for viewing full screen

Here’s and update on the potatoes. I need to keep adding more soil until I get these bags filled up. The plants are growing out the top and seem to be doing better this year.

I have another five bags of potatoes like these started in the backyard too. I think it is going be really easy to harvest them in the fall. I might even get some new potatoes soon.

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Potatoes growing in bags – click for viewing full screen

Additionally, the corn, carrots and beans are coming along nicely. The lettuce is not growing as well as it did last year, maybe it needs some better soil or something. The raspberries are green but may soon turn red for a first crop, the blackberries and in full bloom and looking really good. Asparagus is doing fine and might be ready for a first harvest next year.


Thanks for reading! I always value your support and comments. The pictures were taken by me with my Galaxy S9+ with some modifications done in the digital darkroom using GIMP and Google Photos.

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Welcome back mr @lightsplasher, i wait for your new post about 10 days, i understand you are very busy, very comfortable clean and beautiful park with awesome flowers, thank you very much for your sharing to us, success always for you, i have resteem your post to more than 2600 my follower, thank you very much for your attention and support to me

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Success always for you as well, thank you for resteeming to all your followers. The park is wonderful to see, there is a farmers market there too during part of the year. The wall you see in the back of the picture is for flood control when the river runs high.

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Thank you very much for your explain, as a minnow i hope you always support me, thank for your kind

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hi my brother @lightsplasher how are you now i always hope you are healthy and more successful, oh yeah now you do not like my phothography anymore or brother busy finishing his work. but I've tried doing the best phothography so you're happy to see it, but if you do not see it I'll feel sad, I've made

wow, what message do they want to convey to us?htfvgpqi3k.jpg

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I don't know but perhaps a gratitude for the salmon and eagle which have been such a part of the history of this area. The last few years there have been very few salmon in the river here. There used to be so many that it supported a cannery employing a thousand workers. Perhaps the modern totem pole should have the domesticated cow and chicken on it as they have become the dominate life forms. :D

sorry my brother is a bit late honestly I feel happy if my brother is okay to like that my hope, and I believe that brother is a bit busy akir-end of this, but very beautiful the photo with a pretty good design, whether the picture is all composed in front of the restaurant which you eat,all the phothography looks beautiful brothers and very clear pictures of it, hope you stay healthy and the spirit of gardening and hopefully be the big rich

the white flower also looks very nice my brother @lightsplasher, the plants in the garden it also looks very fresh, maybe his harvest will surely menyenag right,with five bags of potato plants that how the results would be satisfactory, with five bags of potato crops how the results would be satisfactory, and soon get a new seed

I hope my brothers day in a few days are very happy and smile oh yes brother @lightsplasher, i feel happy brother likes my phothography and i in post will make phothography as good as possible so brother @lightsplasher not disappointed , best wishes from brother may be a worldwide person in cryptocuriencyy and in the garden.

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I'm very happy, thank you. Best wishes for you as well, your photography is very nice.

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Yes brother @lightsplasher thank you, I will always to make my photography with Good, so brother @lightsplasher not disappointed when see it, and I hope you are more successful, this is my little photography brother now, if there is less just give me my brother's response @lightsplasher thank you.

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I am happy to see you post.

The first impression I get from the eagle is a cross between native American and ancient Egyptian like of the time of the Pharaohs. Of course what I think I know about art would not fill up a thimble!

I will say Michigan has turned on the oven. 93 yesterday! I kid that I need to move South to escape the heat LOL

Everyone gets a touch of melancholy from time to time. I take Vitamin D to help because we dont get much sun usually. Also with the price of Steem in the toilet, that is enough to depress anyone!

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It has been very pleasant temperature wise around here and cloudy in the morning with some sunshine in the afternoon. It was really hot on the other side of the Cascade mountains though where we went camping.

Thanks for the advice, vitamin D might be helpful - I take some but I think I get deficient on it around here too.

Steem is more of a long term hold for me, but it does make you depressed and worried when the market takes a downturn.

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yes my @lightsplasher friend is very depressed and worried when the market decreased in price.

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you are present like a light of life
You hide behind the beautiful fingers,
with swiftly grasping is inseparable

Awesome photography @lightslasher.
that white flower looks so beautiful . i like them a lot . so thanks for sharing to us.

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Thanks! Yes they are very nice to look at, the neighbors were just commenting today about them.

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Haha . great

@lightsplasher how are you, always in good company, i always wait every post you @lightsplasher because i am very impressed with you, if you do not feel lonely in stemian, this is my comment tonight do not forget to come to my blog

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I'm doing very nice tonight, thank you. It looks like it is going to be a very fun weekend.

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thank you @lightsplasher you have posted again.
thanks also for your support to me and other steemians,
certainly become a pride for me.
title of your article is "Journal - Photos and thoughts on gratitude." very beyond can, touch and contain high spiritual meaning.
on the other hand I feel miss returning to the village by looking at photos of vegetables that you post very stunning.

in my opinion, the eagle represents courage, therefore many countries use it as a symbol.
this artist may imagine that the eagle is always at its peak.
the fish may have something to do with their culture.

once again thanks for your high quality articles.
regards @longberry.

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Thank you for your support as well. There are so many wonderful people here on Steemit, I find it very fun to interact and hear all the different points of view.

That is an amazing piece of art, a very modern take on the totem pole. I love to see art evolve. A story is told in its progression. Let me try ... the salmon returns to home to spawn, provides the scaffolding for the earth and retires to become one with the sky. How did I do ...

Loved your garden pics and very glad you are feeling better. I find when the lows hit, it is good to get outside and interact with the intention of lifting the spirits of others. Your spirit will lift by default:):):)

Sending you light and love, Lightsplasher:)

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Very good advice and wonderful interpretation of the modern totem pole. The salmon gives life to the eagle. Kind of freely after the eggs have been laid and it is time to go. (I've often thought it would be nice to have a Tibetan sky-burial when it is my time to go - becoming condor food down in CA maybe.)

Best wishes, sending you light and love too. :)

Welcome back, @lightsplasher. I'm a bit of a hermit, too, with tendencies towards melancholy... so I understand. This is compounded by a kind of mid-life existential crisis that has me questioning if being on Steemit is the best use of my time as a writer (due to diminishing returns, spammy comments and the sense one is speaking into the void, at times).

All the more reason, that I appreciate your reminder to be grateful, for the small and big things, alike (because, in a sense, they are one...)

Since, I've been fasting the month of Ramadan, I feel a heightened awareness towards food; I really savor the taste after breaking my fast.

Also, the gifts we take for granted, like good health, the love we have in our lives, the natural world.

Looking forward to Washington DC, within the next week or so, to tend to our summer garden, there.

Namaste, Yahia

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. - Meister Eckhart

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Well hopefully time spent on Steemit will be productive in the long run, although there are more lucrative ways of generating a passive income. I have no complaints really with everything that has happened for me. I've found that just trying to make a living with writing, graphics or any client service work can be tough though. Even independent software development has its drawbacks. I feel like I have been very blessed and have found a way that fits with my personality and provides me the time I like for introspection and contemplation.

Thank you feels like a wonderful prayer in your body. Namaste.

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Yes, I realize it's unbecoming to complain... As you say, making a living as a freelance writer, alone, is not exactly easy, either. One might be paid hundreds for an article or one might be paid nothing, in the case of literary magazines, other than exposure.

'Time for introspection and contemplation' is, ultimately, invaluable and that is why we are, in fact, lucky to by here.

Stay blessed and I wish you a pleasant and restorative weekend _/|\_

I always support your post. You don't need to apologize to us, because we understand your busy life. Of course we know you always give the best for us. We live should always be grateful. Like me and the others are always grateful that you are very kind to us. Thank you my brother @lightsplasher. We are always support you under any circumstances.

And one more thing. Your post is very good. I agree with your opinion about the eagle and flowers.

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Good post @lightsphlasher 👍👍

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Thanks again my brother @lightsplasher. I also hope you always succeed and always spread goodness. You are the best for us..

hi brothers how are you gonna stay in there health, success and siblings remain triumphant in the garden and in cryptocurriency thanks a lot of brothers have seen some of my phothography and i am so glad you saw it. And I will always make phothography as good as possible as it is now thanks once again brother @lightsplasher best wishes from me.

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Best wishes from me too, it is always nice to see people having fun taking pictures and sharing their photography.

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thank you very much for your sincere greetings @lightsplasher, and i always try to make my pgothography the better the day it is my own results i am happy if you see my phothogrphy, and i will continue to fight thank you once again hopefully we keep the spirit

Wow amazing photography @lightspasher I so like it. Peace be upon you from @alfajri78.

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Welcome. I always wait every your post. Cause it too nice photography.

The pictures are like taken from a dslr camera. But its from Samsung s9+

That’s really beautiful all of these.
Brother you have forgot me maybe. How areyou now. Is everything alright... hope you gone be okay.
Please follow me and visit me regularly. If you see my wall , it will refresh your mind I promise....
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hi my friend, it's been three days my friend is not active in steemit, to be honest, i really hate you mate, what is my friend in to healthy, healthy? , I really hope my friend in to healthy health, hopefully my hope is true my friend healthy healthy, please reply in my comments thank you.

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I am fine, I just was out camping where there was no way to access Steemit. Sometimes I just need to take a break from things. I hope you understand.

wow excellent park if i can go for 2/4 days!

Beautiful shots , the place look really amazing and i enjoy the flowers.
Have a nice day !

So awesome you've got a food garden. Nothing beats food grown in our own gardens! No taxes, no middle man, just nature and patience. That does look like a pretty neat totem pole, different style from most of the ones I've seen. I was just in B.C. not long ago so I saw quite a few in Stanley park and a few other places.

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The Pacific Northwest really has a lot of wonderful totem poles and other native and native inspired art. I like looking at all the museum around here too, I think there was a nice one up in BC I looked at years ago. Home grown food definitely has a different taste and feel to it. I like being able to grow things to eat and the birds and other wildlife seems to like the yard as well.

The Park is clean and beautiful, I enjoy the Rock Roses that you capture, in my place the roses nothing like that, I also have the same tastes to enjoy the beauty of the flower petals. Enjoy your day. Regards dedy rendra

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It is a fun park with farmers markets and restaurants nearby. Sometimes bands play outside there as well. Best regards.

That is wonderful photography and great article sir. thanks for sharing
Such a best experience .
@lightsplasher
Have a great day

today my friend went to my friend's house I suddenly found a butterfly on my flower using this picture by using galaxy J7 + how do you think comrade

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I'm so glad if you like me I'll find a variety of butterflies again friends

Your life is more meaningful when you want to be grateful for what you earn.

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This is a beautiful rose. Just now I see a unique rose like this. You always give me new knowledge and knowledge. Thank you friend

hello friend how are you a healthy friend. today my friend finds mushrooms grow very regularly how do you think friends

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Best wishes my friend @lightsplasher I wait for your post friends, thank you for you who have taken the time for me a few days ago, what should I do for you so I can reply. Here is a flower for my gratitude for you, I hope you can accept it
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.hi i am sorry i am my friend, today i am late to follow you buddy, because i habi come home from optics to check my eyes sabbath, so its my late know that my friend, sedah ​​show new post, oh ya buddy after i see my post I am very inspired to know more about my friend's residence, I really like the photo photo that is in this post especially more that there is a picture of his eagle hawk it feels very beautiful if we see his thanks buddy, because it has seen something beautiful

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very nice flowers that are blooming when the sunlight emits its light. very good work for today's friend @lightsplasher. I salute and be proud of your photos.

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this is good journal news, thank you for this excellent article and thank you for sharing it @lightsplasher 😄

.hi my friend @lightsplasher today i send. it's something for you, my friend may you like his gratitude

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I have long been my friend waiting for your nice post I finally can see also a good post and classy this friend

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how can my post my friend use galaxy J7 + how do you think friends

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I am very happy for the opinion of my friend very well indeed. my friends want galaxy S9 + but I have not been able to get friends

This is the starfruit flower. which can be made friends rice.

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**Very good post @lightsplasher For me you are a very good person, if you do not post I really miss your post. this is a very nice artwork @lightsplasher ** image

The scenery is very beautiful dazzling, creativity tower blanketed by art, I like it very much, I've been waiting for your friend post. image

hi, my friend, @lightsplasher how are you there, i hope hopefully in good health always, i am very happy to see, this little flower plant friend, although it looks mediocre flowers but, this flower has a very extraordinary color.
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The little yellow buttercup flowers next to the potatoes are pretty but not good to eat. They are blooming all over my yard now. I like the daisies that bloom earlier too, and you can eat those if you want.

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Hahaha.. if you want to eat it.

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nice also this flower buddy, @lightsplasher i love with this daisies, this daisies if we eat there side effects friend @lightsplasher

very beautiful and beautiful flowers, and the tower is very much the art that is filled in the tower and above it my first time to see this tower is very beautiful is my dearest friend @lightsplasher and fitting I see I really like once I will share it yes thank you

.hi my friend my post today is very interesting, I really menik death, thank you buddy for showing something very interesting

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.view of a pole. with a tail of a hawk perched on top of it that was so incredible

Very good job @lightsplasher I think why @lightsplasher no posts yet, and I'll be waiting for your post @lightsplasher

wow my best friend @lightsplasher sunggu posting very out this can be my best friend and surely everyone is proud of this kind of artwork. my best friend @lightsplasher

Nice flowers @lightsplasher I like this flower and I missed your post, you are rarely present in the steem I hope you present in my post @lightsplasher I am hard and have started hungry now give help
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really very interesting post my friend @lightsplasher is really very beautiful and continue to work that is very mengfir inspiration all community #steemit

Very nice good luck brother

You were missssssed! And it isn't just for the upvotes, you'll be surprised that people really care. You know I always typed @laughtersplasher in the browser before I got your username right! Now, it comes up automatically so I don't have to type. Glad you pulled through the melancholy. Endeavor to concentrate on uplifting activities please.

Interesting observations about the artwork! I did notice you commend the city for putting it in the 'pubic' area for viewing though. Ha ha, it wouldn't be for viewing if they put it there!

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Good advice, thanks! LOL, I'm wondering if I should fix that typo now that you have pointed it out. Hmm, thinking, thinking... Well, I really got a laugh out of that one, so maybe I should leave it. :D

I like that @laughtersplasher name. Heehee.

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Hehehe... good name suggestions (laughtersplasher), @lightsplasher.

I am your first new supporter @lightsplasher I hope you appreciate my support for the first time and you are present in my post, and I want to support you anytime while I can @lightsplasher please, if you are not present in my post, I will retreat because you have not been present in stimeet for a long time
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I always try to post a fun brother @lightsplasher

welcome back @lightsplasher
thank's for your great article . i am so much happy to see this.
some extraordinary photography you showed us.

that's great journal...

great to share

resteem done

.hi i am sorry I'm my friend, today I'm late to follow you buddy, because I finished home from optics to check my eyes Sabbath, so its too late I know that my friend, sad to post new posts, oh yes buddy after I see the post my friend I am very inspired to know more tetang residence my friend, I really like the photo photo that is in this post more more photos that appear to be his eagle hawk it feels very beautiful if we see his thanks buddy, because it has seen something beautiful

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Very good job @lightsplasher I will always see your postigan and always support during this post you do not me kepikir why @lightsplasher is rarely no posts

Good post @lightsplasher I have long missed your postigan but it does not look nice

Good job brother help me be succes with steem

You were missssssed! And it isn't just for the upvotes, you'll be surprised that people really care. You know I always typed @laughtersplasher in the browser before I got your username right! Now, it comes up automatically so I don't have to type. Glad you pulled through the melancholy. Endeavor to concentrate on uplifting activities please.

Interesting observations about the artwork! I did notice you commend the city for putting it in the 'pubic' area for viewing though. Ha ha, it wouldn't be for viewing if they put it there!

.I'm late to follow you buddy, because I'm gone home from optics to check my eyes Sabbath, so its my late know that my friend, sedah ​​show new posts, oh yes buddy after I see my post I am very inspired to know more about my friend's residence, I really like the photo photo that is in this post especially more that there is a picture of his eagle hawk it feels very beautiful if we see his thanks buddy, because it has seen something beautiful

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The picture is very beautiful and full of creativity, I really like it. image
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The flowers are pretty all i really love it .thanks..

really a very good pole, with the picture of the king of his guardian king who is very well-built on a pole decorated on various kinds of walls, really looks a very nice viewers especially the poles are fi fi near the river, I can not imagine how nice river the lake , karna state of India is famous for the river yes. especially over the river. thank you for wanting to make a very good post @lightsplasher and i really like it .. thanks.,
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hi my buddy, have a day last night my friend did not present to my post, it seems my post is very quiet my friend, my hope is just the same you my friend if you do not attend i can not expect what, what my friend, i just hope for your mate friend, your kindness buddy.

Nice post friend @lightsplasher

really unique pillar with bird king of guardian above it, and the scenery is very good, India is a country famous for its river ..! especially the river nil .., thanks @lightsplasher has allot nice sights to all of us distemely, success greetings from me @dolles7

today I found fruit in the forest by using galaxy j7 + how do you think friends

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thank you for coming back with us @lightsplasher, so we can enjoy your great postings again that we have long dreamed of.

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I am very impressed reading your post and the words of this adage is very wise ... and I love to read it.

There is a saying in Zen that, “The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both by nature empty.” It is very hard to explain but deep gratitude and thankfulness seems to travel both ways and perhaps our food experiences life through our experiences.

yes friends, I have not read your post for a long time ... I hope you are okay friends ... I honestly miss your visit to my post ... I have long been unable to visit from my senior @lightsplasher.

I love my friend's @Lightsplasher.

Good post ... I've been waiting for your post ... you are a great steemian and I learned a lot by reading your great post.
if I may ask ,,, have you forgotten me ??? my post has not been a visit from my senior @lightsplasher ... do not forget my friends ... my posting is meaningless without a visit from my great senior.

It's so nice your post and the roses have the beauty of flowers my senior 😙. I have been reblog your post and upvote. Please visit my blog and upvote my post 😢 hopefully my senior @lightspasher.

Awesome pic and nice writen

.hi my friend tonight I want, show something the same pal a photografy, hopefully my friend liked his thanks

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Very nice flower @lightsplasher like her I have a flower like gini in my house @lightsplasher
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**Hallo @lightsplasher I want to be friends with you, this gift from me a beautiful flower please welcome. **

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Very beautiful artwork image

This is the starfruit flower. which can be made friends rice.

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very amazing photography, dear friends, @lightsplasher I love it

beautiful flowers of this friend, @lightsplasher

I'm here just look your post. I so like its and interesting. Good job mr. @lightspasher. I'm @alfajri78 from indonesia very glad to see you.

hai friend how are you today so want to ask your friends how about this flower my friend use galaxy J7 +

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Thank you brother @lightsplasher, I am very glad you always visit us who need your help. For us you are a hero. image

hi @lightsplaser how are you, always in good condition always, we always wait every post you because we have been very impressed with you, if you do not feel lonely in stemian, this is my comment tonight do not forget to come to my blog

good night @lightsplaser how are you, always in good condition always, we always wait every post you because we have been very impressed with you, if you do not feel lonely in stemian, this is my comment tonight do not forget to come to my blog @ramb

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.hi my friend @lightsplasher today i send. it's something for you, my friend may you like his gratitude

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Good job