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About Serendipity

 

“I once read a silly fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of: for instance, one of them discovered that a mule blind of the right eye had travelled the same road lately, because the grass was eaten only on the left side, where it was worse than on the right – now do you understand serendipity?  ….accidental sagacity (for you must observe that no discovery of a thing you are looking for comes under this description)…”

~Richard Boyle, quoting a letter from Horace Walpole in 1754,
referring to an ancient fairytale

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Serendipity:  the faculty of making hApPy and unexpected discoveries by accident; serendipitous finds are necessarily valuable and made while looking for something else.

Sagacity:  the quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom.

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Know how you wander around blogs, hopping from one place to another until you find that you can’t trace back how you got to where you are? And on occasion, you happen upon a space that you just love? You find it, even though you are not looking for it. That’s serendipity.

It is my hope to create a space here, that when someone stumbles upon it, they consider it a happy and unexpected discovery.  I want it to be comfortable, soothing, inspirational.

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Louis Pasteur : “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” {Photography is a field of observation, wouldn’t you say?} Or, more commonly, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” And, as William Shakespeare expressed it about 250 years earlier in act 4 of his play Henry V:  “All things are ready if our minds be so.”

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I fell in love with Paris. 

Somewhere in my early teens, I became completely enamored with the idea of Paris, and really, all of France. I don’t remember what ignited this passion, but something surely did, and I carried my dream of going to Paris with me all the way through college. I come from a humble family, and traveling anywhere, much less abroad, was challenging, if available at all. But I figured a way.

My trip to Europe exposed in me a full-fledged hunger for travel. I loved everything about it… new sights, new sounds, different languages, different food, different cultures… I even began to think differently. And I dreamed of an epic trip around the world.

The year after I returned, I went to work and started crafting travel plans. I figured it would take me three years to raise the money. Three years was too long to wait, though. So I planned an inbetween trip to Australia.

  • January 5, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Kathleen - “Know how you wander around blogs, hopping from one place to another until you find that you can’t trace back how you got to where you are? And on occasion, you happen upon a space that you just love? You find it, even though you are not looking for it. That’s serendipity.”

    It worked for me!!! I had to see how I landed here. Your words are amazing; your photos, spectacular!

    “It is my hope to create a space here, that when someone stumbles upon it, they consider it a happy and unexpected discovery. I want it to be comfortable, soothing, inspirational.”

    Thank you!!!!! You most certainly have made me very inspired! In more ways than one!

  • January 28, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Lizzi S. - I love your blog! And definitely friends IRL.

  • August 31, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    Cathy - Wandering and hopping, I have happened upon a place I LOVE…and what a blessing I have found. Awww, serendipity.”

  • December 11, 2012 - 11:02 am

    phototartbyanna - Love your attitude. I always think of my photography as serendipitous – the more prepared I am, the better the shots, but the true discoveries are always kind of accidental…

    I look forward to hanging out here! 🙂

  • February 27, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    cathy chamberlain - like your blog. had a little trouble figuring out how to subscribe without linking to facebook acct.

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