Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Serenity

River Scenes | Viking Cruise


There’s nothing so serene as gliding through calm water in the late afternoon and overnight into the early morning. Especially when you know you’re on time. D took the photo above when we got to the Amsterdam harbor on time in early afternoon. He took the two photos below as we left on time in late afternoon. Getting out of the harbor for a two-week cruise is one thing. Then there are more than 60 locks to navigate before completing the cruise. The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers aren’t very wide, and reservations for lock passage are set in concrete two years out. Be in line on time or be sorry! And no butting in.





Rounding a corner; campground and village in the distance.


Sunset, taken from the top deck.
Do you see the small campground in the third photo below?



Early the next morning —
Notice the  water level and houses with the river dike between.
Also note the walking/biking path along the dike.
Imagine living below the river line
and looking up over the dike from an attic window or rooftop.


Breakfast time!
Note the rising sun reflected in the river.





Until we left Amsterdam, I can’t say I felt very serene. Just exhausted, hungry and in need of downtime for body, soul, mind and emotions. The cruise was a priceless gift. I’ve always been drawn to rivers, oceans, ponds, lakes, creeks and waterfalls. It felt like coming home, even though it wasn’t. Hoping you find some serenity this weekend.

To be continued….

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 10 February 2017
Photo credit: DAFraser, July 2016

composed patchwork


composed patchwork
softens granite boulders
delights my eyes


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deep blue tapestry


deep blue tapestry

white flecks of bobbing seagulls

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watercolor clouds


 watercolor clouds

grace windswept cobalt ripples–

trees reach for blue sky

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 10 January 2015
Photo credit:  DAFraser, September 2014, Crater Lake, Oregon

brilliant cardinal

brilliant cardinal

bare brown laurel branches

breathless winter morn

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gnarled scarred misshapen



gnarled scarred misshapen

trunk stands tall serene exposed

mirror of a soul

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 November 2014
Photo credit:  DAFraser, November 2014
Longwood Meadow Garden, Forest Edge

opalescent clouds


Sunset Portland 2014

opalescent clouds

kissed by early fall sunset

flood my thirsting eyes

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 13 Oct 2014
Photo credit:  DAFraser 2014

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