Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light

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The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light

“Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same, Year after year, through all the silent night Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame, Shine on that inextinguishable light!” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Lighthouse”   I have always loved lighthouses. I’ve photographed lighthouses lining Lake Michigan and Erie, the coast of Maine and the Eastern seaboard, the...

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On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

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On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross   I haven’t always loved flowers, or maybe I have … but I remember vividly the day I fell in love with having a garden. Flowers and Gardens When my husband and I...

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seem to be a lifeline when I’m stuck with a busy...

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Art is a mystery. From my first memories, I’ve always loved to draw, to write, to create. I still do, and write and paint regularly, daily. But as I’ve grown older, I wonder about art — the why and how behind it, and often, the meaning. Creating is hard. Art is important. To be an artist is to dig deep to find what it is that must be created, and to do the hard work of...

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–a normal place, whether it’s a windowless office or a place...

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams   There is something about an image that is rooted in change, hopeful toward the future, demonstrative of the past, and defines a period in time somehow better than any number or combination of words. 2013 has been a year of change for me and...

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8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

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8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James 8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal Summer is my favorite season For its golden sunshine and sherbet sunrises For sundresses and walking barefoot in the garden For stacks of books and reading in the shade For hummingbirds with their rubies And magical...

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7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

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7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world: I love that statement about the artist. Nature, especially at the peak of summer, is the best artist of all. I relish the riot of color at this time of year. Blue skies, brilliant colors in every hue and shade imaginable — they’re all outside the...

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle I have 3 things to share this week: 1) Happy news: Capitol Prague, a new restaurant and cafe in Washington D. C. / Georgetown, has bought use of of one of my photographs of Charles Bridge in Prague for use as a mural inside their cafe. Isn’t it gorgeous? And, illy is my very favorite...

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3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds

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3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds

“Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning...

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5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs

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5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844 After such a dark week last week, I need a colorful fix of beauty and light, one of my favorite kind, of flowers, flowers, flowers. My hands are in the dirt more often now, as my family and I are settling into our new home. The backyard is a complete blank slate, with not even...

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” -Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996) Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”...

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The Lost Wife: a Book Recommendation

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The Lost Wife: a Book Recommendation

Over the past several weeks, my family and I have been wrapped up in the process of moving across the Atlantic. The details have been tremendous, but all have worked out so smoothly they’ve unfolded like stepping stones, one tiny step at a time. And while I’m wrapped up in transition and helping my kids to get settled and engaged in their new school in Ohio, I am taking time to think...

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Venice, Italy: the Color and Charm, a Photojournal

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Venice, Italy: the Color and Charm, a Photojournal

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. -Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice “To not see Europe during our years in Prague would be like sitting at arm’s-length from a dessert table and not ever taking a bite. All of Europe is so accessible from the...

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Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

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Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets The first time I saw Prague’s Charles Bridge, the weather was hot and the bridge was crowded. It had been the height of summer tourist season (August) and construction crews worked on replacing the cobblestones on over half of the width of the legendary bridge...

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The Language of Flowers: A Book I Love

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The Language of Flowers: A Book I Love

I love reading books based on the recommendation of a friend, which is how I happened to find one of my favorite books of 2012, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I slipped the book into my bag one day thinking I could simply read a few pages and put it down. But The Language of Flowers turned out to be a book of the best and most addicting kind: one with a world so vivid, a...

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Christmas: Joy

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Christmas: Joy

Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary. -W.C.Dix v1 What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. v3 So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant,...

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My Favorite Books of 2012 and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

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My Favorite Books of 2012 and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.  -Thomas Helm I remember way back to the first week of 2012 and being so absorbed in a great book that I read it in two days. In my opinion, there is nothing greater than being lost in a great book. Since this time of year is a wonderful time to buy books for friends and family, I’m continuing my tradition of writing about my...

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

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Reflections of Prague Castle at Night

 “History teaches everything including the future.” -Lamartine When I stand in Prague along the Vltava River and see this view, I can hardly imagine the hundreds of years of stories and history tucked into the walls and crevices of the buildings: Prague Castle (the long, horizontal building that stretches across much of this photograph) was founded around the year 880 and is made up...

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Charles Bridge, Prague, and Sunrise in Fog

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Charles Bridge, Prague, and Sunrise in Fog

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.” – Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep If there would be one scene that defines Prague for me, it is the serpentine Vltava River winding through the city. Bridges cross the river at regular intervals, artistic in their arches, their Gothic...

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