Weekly photo challenge – Relax


Thinking about the word Relax left me pondering the differences between Rest, Relax and Recover.

Rest and Recover are what we do when we’ve run out of energy. We plonk down on the couch and vegetate.

Relax, on the other hand, is what we do when we still have some energy, when there’s room for stimulation, when we think creatively, when life smiles.

I think relaxing from time to time results in a greater level of restoration than the couch can ever give us.


My selection for today’s Daily Press photo challenge did not see me very relaxed that day. I’d just parked the car and was preparing the camera for my walk.  I saw the paddle boarder out on the lake and rushed and ran and snapped and snapped, the sun in my eyes, hoping that I’d get something.

In spite of the flurry getting the image, the image itself is one I treasure because I do relax when viewing it – a stimulated relaxation that is somehow restorative.







6 responses to “Weekly photo challenge – Relax”

  1. Steph Hart Avatar
    Steph Hart

    Wonderful pic and story of getting it. I like how the swan and paddle boarder both seemingly appreciate being part of the same serene world with each other.


    1. Cherrie Zell Avatar

      Wow. I hadn’t thought about the level of comfort between the boarder and swam. I believe he’s a regular, so they could be great friends! That’s a beautiful interpretation, Steph. Thank you .


  2. Irene Avatar

    So peaceful and beautiful.


    1. Cherrie Zell Avatar

      Thank you, Irene. I had a print of this at work for those times when I needed something to counter the hustle and bustle.

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  3. Tara R. Avatar

    This is a very serene image. Nice capture.


    1. Cherrie Zell Avatar

      Thank you, Tara. Thankfully, I had a number of shots on the day from which to select.

      Liked by 1 person

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