Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Under Watch





























©Robyn Lee


 feature image originally published 6/24/2012: Stillness

85 responses

  1. Like the soul of the author, beautiful.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    • Thank you dear Stan. You are very kind. So glad you enjoyed ~ Love to you, RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  2. Always such a perfect marriage of words and vision.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    • Warm thanks Benjamin… your words always mean a lot to me. This was a favorite photo I took in earlier days here. I’d never paid tribute to the lonesome brave lifeguard till now though :).
      So much Love ~ RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

  3. Robyn, this was beautiful

    May 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest nightlake. So happy to know you enjoyed it! ~ 🙂 RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

  4. Beautiful words Robyn, and what a picture

    May 18, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    • Aww – thank you lovely friend. I am so happy you enjoyed. It’s a favorite shot of mine too – and I’d never written anything to honor it till now.
      Thought this “guard” deserved some kudos – it was some treacherous storm he was manning – and there were children on the beach still. 🙂 Love to you~ RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  5. Awesome

    May 18, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    • Thank you so much Alastair. Thrilled you enjoyed this!!! 🙂 ~ Love to you x RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      • 🙂

        May 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

  6. So peaceful and inspiring! Loved it

    May 18, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    • Very happy you enjoyed Dann! It was a peaceful setting in a way – calm before a pretty mean storm. I admired this lifeguard who was watching out for a few children who remained (and me) ! 🙂 Love to you ~ RL

      May 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

  7. my sweet friend, as always, i am touched, moved and find your words so provocative. they make me think… a good thing, for the most part. i hope your weekend is joyous, you are feeling light-hearted like my little baby bluebirds that flit from here to there. if not, rest well, find a warm spot in the sun. and be… your photography is stunning. thank you for this gift today i have yet to end the last but some nights are like that… xox

    May 18, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    • Thank you beautiful Linda. I went back to this photo I shot nearly a year ago… before I was writing. Always remembered this scene, as the imminent storm was incredible and there only a few on the beach as the winds took hold. He kept watch over the few children (and me) in such a dutiful manner. I guess I really wanted to honor him with some words ~ silly as it may seem?! I think each of us is a hero in some small way and that should be appreciated. You too have a joyful weekend — spend time with your gardens and nature – and yes – sunshine. It is bright today and although I got only 2 hours sleep I will attempt to celebrate the day. You too ~ Much Love , Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

  8. Amazing post from your beautiful heart.
    Have a wonderful weekend Robyn.


    May 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    • Oh Mei – that means so much to me. Thank you for your kind words, and very happy you enjoyed it.
      Blessings and Love to you my friend
      ~ Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

  9. Ever watchful…hopefully….

    May 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    • It is so true Scott. How often do we make the fearless lifeguard the object of our attention and appreciation? This shot, which I took last year (was a wicked storm and all the other lifeguards left… this poor guy had to watch out for the children a few grownups like me). It just called to me ~ the lifeguard seemed to symbolize the noble hero/heroine in each of us 🙂 ~ Have a lovely weekend friend, and thank you!!!! ~ x RL

      May 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  10. Loved it RL… Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    May 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    • So glad you enjoyed sm22! Thank you friend~ You too…. enjoy the weekend ~ rest and restore!! 🙂
      x RL

      May 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

  11. Yeah! Love this one Robyn 😉

    May 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    • So glad Roxi! Thank you dear friend! 🌞 XRL

      May 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

  12. Dear Robyn,
    It’s always such a treat to imagine where your poetry is taking me, only to end up somewhere else when the picture is revealed! I just love it. You really have a beautiful talent. Well, that’s obviously because you are beautiful.
    Your photo is stunning, gorgeous. Thank you again for a another great post! F-G-S – Resa xo

    May 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    • Thank you dearest Resa… yes this “mystery” style of writing somehow took on a life of its own. Not sure how? It is fun (and cathartic) form me too ~ so I’m so happy it has evolved into a ‘brand’ of sorts that many seem to enjoy! This photo was one I took about a year back – but wanted to honor it with these words. So much Love ~ and Huge Hugs to my F-G-S 🙂 ~ x RL

      May 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      • Yes!!! It is like a “Brand”And I love it! Such a fab shot, and you did it justice with your poetry!
        I’m experimenting with paint, fabric medium & Sharpies on white cotton, and seeing how they launder. The poetry shirt is a hot idea, and I’d love to feature it on “AG” 🙂
        I feel so creative when I visit you. Hugs and kisses F-G-S Resa

        May 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

  13. Movingly beautiful. Robyn you are the only one I know that can take a still photograph (that is amazingly beautiful) and by adding the magic of your words, turn a creative still life into living and flowing art! Yes, you do have the soul of an artist – through and through! Much love to you, Penny xo

    May 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    • Oh Penny – thank you for such generous praise. I truly appreciate, and value your thoughts and feelings about my work. I was just saying to Resa that I’m not really sure how my writing evolved into this pattern – but seems it works for everyone — and so much fun (and cathartic) for me too! Maybe one day I’ll switch it up some though 🙂 ~ Hope you are making big progress with your loving muse – and the book! Sending hugs and wonderful wishes for a lovely weekend for you and yours dearest friend! ~ Love, Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      • Hi Robyn, wonderful when its Cathartic for all, win-win is always the very best! I think you will some switiching up, Your muse will so instruct you (tee hee). As for mine, still a work in progress, much thanks for your support dearest friend of mine! xo

        May 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

  14. What a magnificent photograph. It speaks a thousand words.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    • Tersia – I so do appreciate your kind and flattering words. This image did have an impact on me as well!
      Thank you lovely lady.
      Sending Love and Blessings
      to you this day ~ x Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

  15. Not only are the words powerful but that picture… WOW!!! So amazing Robyn 😀

    May 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    • Amanda – that means a lot coming from an awesome photographer like you! Thank you so much! 🙂 ~ xRL

      May 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

  16. What an amazing image.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    • Oh Joseph – so glad you liked it 🙂 ! Thank you dear friend — It is one I took last year and always go back to it for strength. The ambiance that day on the beach, right before a crazy storm was otherworldly. ~ Thank you x Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

  17. O, Robyn, I love this. I leave in two days for the shore and this made my longing that much more. I count the moments until I find such sweet beautiful stillness (and amazing blue wildness) awaiting me……….. I close my eyes, and hear the waves even now, the salty perfume of eternity……… Thank you for sharing this (and your love) with me (us)………….. Always, your heart speaks a language I know. ~ Love, Bobbie

    May 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    • Bobbie … I am so excited for your upcoming journey. There is no more wondrous place to be then the beautiful shore. I am hoping I can take advantage of living in a beach community this summer, and spend lots of time with the music of waves and wind here. Truly magical. Very happy to offer you this “preview” here – and so thrilled you enjoyed and can hear the language my heart speaks ~ that is beautiful! Love and Blessings dearest beautiful friend — and Have a fabulous trip! ~
      x Love – Robyn

      May 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

  18. I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Award. I hope you will accept. http://tersiaburger.com/2013/05/18/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

    May 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    • Thank you so much for this wonderful honor Tersia. I am very grateful and, and most flattered.
      Blessings and Love to you dear friend. ~ Robyn

      May 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

  19. Love it Robyn. So mysterious leading up to the photograph. You certainly have a gift for words. Beautiful poem and the image so dramatic with the dark storm clouds. Have a wonderful weekend and much love to you. Robyn

    May 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    • Thank you so much Robyn. Yes, I took this shot a year back and always did find it captivating. Decided to re-run it with some words this time to honor the lifeguard in a small way. So glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day! Much Love, Robyn

      May 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

  20. This photo was such a great surprise. It is so exciting to read down your words and wonder about the image and then see ‘the reveal.’ Wonderful photo too. Sending love to you across that beautiful blue sea!! 🙂

    May 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    • So happy you enjoyed this Ruth! Something made me go back to this photo which was published without a poem last year. Perhaps on some level I am tapping into the “inner hero” within us all. I remember this day vividly – the oncoming storm was extremely impressive and came out of nowhere. Was fortunate to capture a shot of the sky this way. Lots of love and hope you are well! ~ Much Love, Robyn 🙂

      May 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

  21. Wow what a magnificent photo.. expected a life guard chair.. but not with such a back ground… wonderful photo and words as usual…

    May 19, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    • Thank you so much my dear friend. Yes – was a very magical storm that arrived out of nowhere on the beach. This shot was last year (re-run) — Everyone except me and a few other daring souls – and of course the lone lifeguard, cleared the beach immediately — was quite a beautiful sight.
      So glad you enjoyed 🙂 ~ Much Love, Robyn

      May 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

  22. tremendously beautiful rl xx wow wow wow xo C

    May 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    • Oh Cat- thank you so much ~ it was a sight to behold. I was lucky to be witness, and have my camera. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed and hope all is flowing and glowing for you! Much Love and Hugs – Robyn

      May 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      • yes yes yes and YES ————————————- xoxoxoxoxoxoo c

        May 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

  23. amazing shot Robyn! and words around this picture – perfect match! love and light to you xx

    May 20, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    • Aww- thank you Poojy. Very pleased to know you enjoyed! Sending you love and hugs ~ Robyn

      May 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

  24. Wonderful combination of words and photo – amazing… 🙂

    May 20, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    • Oh Drake – you are most kind! Very thrilled you enjoyed!! ~ Love to you, Robyn

      May 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

  25. I really do love the serene beauty of your lovely thoughts, Robyn! *Hugs* 🙂


    May 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    • Very honored Rahul, and it means a lot to know you have found peace and beauty here. Much Love – and Hugs – 🙂 RL

      May 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      • You are most welcome, Bravo Lady! Keep smiling always.\m/ 🙂


        May 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

  26. Marvellous photography, emerging drenched heart lyrics.
    Muy bueno Robyn mi amiga…

    May 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    • Estimado Carlso, Muchas gracias a mi amigo wonderfu. Significa mucho para saber que haya disfrutado tanto el photgraph y el poema.
      El amor a ti,

      May 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

  27. The blending of your words and stunning images never ceases to amaze me Robyn…delightful! 🙂

    May 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    • Thank you so much Luann! I am so honored you enjoy my work. Sending much Love and Hugs ~ Robyn 🙂

      May 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

  28. Kev

    lol I love it, but the ending eluded me until I saw the picture. Beautiful Robyn.

    May 21, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    • Ahhh – so a little bit of surprise there Kev?! Thank you so much – I am glad you enjoyed, and always grateful for your comment! ~ Sending Love, RL 🙂

      May 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

  29. “Guard of sea” ruling his throne — a whole kingdom in one picture. Beautiful work Robyn!

    May 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    • Thank you so much Silentfingers. You surely felt the essence of this piece. I’m delighted. Thank you dear friend! ~ xRobyn

      May 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

  30. Well HELLO Miss Robyn.

    (Just checking in)

    May 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    • And warm greetings to you Mr. Jeb! 🙂

      May 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

  31. t h i n g s + f l e s h

    dear Robyn … first, I MISSED you … i’m so touched by your profoundly mysterious and magnetic poem. i love waking each day and encountering your pure, moving verse. tony

    May 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    • Hi dear Tony ~ thank you, and I’m so touched to know you missed me. 🙂 I hope the tour was wonderful. Your encouragement and praise means a great deal, and as always, so appreciate your thoughtful comments! ~ x Robyn

      May 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

  32. You made every lifeguard’s day I would think with that poem. Your photos continue to impress me. Those clouds, how you captured that, wow… Any inspiration in particular that made you want to write about the lifeguard? Or was it just a moment that caught your attention and you gave it your creative twist? I hope you’re doing well dear. Sending you lots of love -AB

    May 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    • 🙂 Thank you Arash – I guess they do deserve a little praise every now and then too! So here is the deal. I usually just shoot photos without having done any pre-mediation about what I want to write about. Then when it comes time to do a post, I pour through my photos and see if any of them have anything to say to me. Sometimes they tell me silly stuff, and other times deeper more philosophical teachings come up. In this case I was just on the beach, unknowing a huge storm was coming and before I took off – looked back and saw this sight and clicked. The photo was taken last year actually, before I was writing poetry. I posted it then with a quote about Stillness. Then last week, I came across it again, and this feeling of admiration came up – the lifeguard yes, but also a collective lifeguard – those who truly care and protect and care for others in various ways…. and then the poem was born. 🙂 So now you know the method to my madness. Almost every single poem here has worked this way – the photos are really “my muse”. I have no idea how I started this play – but it has been fun, and keeps me out of trouble sometimes!! lol ~ Love and Hugs – Robyn

      May 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM


    Love the poem and the photograph is enchancting!

    May 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    • Oh thank you so much AM~!! I truly appreciate this lovely comment ~ 🙂 RL

      June 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

  34. Nice….Nature is not my thing but read people’s heart is….Love seeing words express an emotion that captures the honey sweet of ones passion. So many fold and pack away, when there is so much joy in unfolding and unpacking….Continue on Continuing!!!! AB

    May 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    • That is so lovely AB – thank you ~ and sorry for this tardy reply – I just noticed this comment 🙂 Yes – so much to unfold – I agree — Let us continue — and search our hearts for the depth of sweet stuff!! ~ Love and Blessings, Robyn

      June 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      • You don’t have to apologies for relying late because I embrace the fact that you take the time to reply….Dream a Dream that can be a reality!!!!

        June 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

  35. You bring divinity in every word and scene! an intense thought!

    May 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    • Dear Soumayav, thank you so kindly. I am so pleased you could feel the essence of my words and enjoyed this. So much Love, Robyn

      May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    • Thank you so much dear soumyav. I truly appreciate your warm and wonderful comment. So happy to know you enjoyed! ~ x RL

      June 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

  36. Beautiful 🙂

    June 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    • Thank you so kindly dear Naresh! Appreciate! 🙂 ~ Robyn

      June 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

  37. Robyn, you have a beautiful blog! Pictures and words that soothe the soul…really happiness forming.
    Thank-you for visiting today..coming from a mutual friend, you must be wonderful.. like your words that share so nicely.
    Your very inspiring… I love the ocean, like a cup we are all from… and a lifeguard symbolizing protection.
    Have a wonderful night/day,
    Tara 🙂

    June 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    • Aww – thank you so much Tara ~ yes it’s so nice to discover wonderful people through other wonderful people here – like a chain of love in many ways. I notice your thoughtful words over on T’s blog and had to click onto yours… of course that brought me even more smiles and joy. I love your analogy above “like a cup we are all from” — I feel the same about the sea! It embodies something magnificent that nurtures us all.
      I will see you soon for sure dear one ~ much love to you, Robyn x

      June 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      • “Hearts alike unite”

        Please visit anytime.
        Love, Tara

        June 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

  38. Simply beautiful!

    July 31, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    • Thank you most kindly! 🙂 RL

      July 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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