Body Language - Does a Picture Paint a Thousand Words?

What, you want to go to the little room again?
What, you want to go to the little room again?

Photo Challenge for the Month – Body Language. That was the title of the article on a website that I follow.

Hmm...that sounds easy enough I said to myself, but then I did a second take as the explanation that followed said that – “show body language or communication in a picture without showing the face”. Now, that’s something else! That’s a real challenge!

How can you show communication in a still picture without showing the face?

How indeed, when Kinesics or the study of body language, reveals that more than 70% of non-verbal communication is expressed through the eyes and facial expressions.

Oh no! What photo will I submit for the challenge?

Does A Picture Paint a Thousand Words?

Can you really show communication in a picture without showing the face? You can, - that's great! Because for a while, I thought it was too hard to do.

I was really stumped on how to proceed with the challenge. Then I remembered the saying, “a picture paints a thousand words” as well as the song that starts “If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you”.

So I embarked on looking for pictures in my files that communicate without showing the face.

Finding Pictures that Paint a Thousand Words

Look what I found - the following pictures! They have been sleeping in my computer.

Do they say something or anything at all? You be the judge. See if you agree with the messages I wrote for each picture or you can tell us what you think the message is.

Are you game? Let’s start then...

Picture 1
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 2

Body Language - Write Your Own Message

I have written some possible messages beside the pictures but you are welcome to write your own. Let’s do this together, shall we?

Picture 1

a) sharing

b) caring

c) I love walking under the rain with you

d) _______________________write your own message


Picture 2

a) if we hold on together

b) my, what big hands you have

c) we are one in the spirit

d) _______________________write your own message


Picture 3
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 4

Picture 3

a) we can’t go on meeting like this

b) My feet are killing me

c) is it the left or the right foot first?

d) ____________________write your own message


Picture 4

a) don’t leave me Dad

b) I can’t move my neck

c) how is the weather up there?

d) __________________write your own message

Picture 5
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 6

Picture 5

a) mother’s love

b) she is mine

c) oh no, you don’t touch her

d) _____________________write your own message


Picture 6

a) come on, I need light

b) Hosannah

c) hey, over here please

d) ____________________write your own message

Picture 7
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 8

Picture 7

a) how much longer?

b) I love the view from down here

c) Psst, check your zipper

d) ___________________write your own message


Picture 8

a) it’s cold out here

b) you and me against the world

c) I wish this will go on forever

d) __________________ write your own message

Picture 9
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 10

Picture 9

a) heaven, I’m in heaven

b) I trust you

c) my, what long nails you have

d) _____________________write your own message


Picture 10

a) gimme, gimme, gimme

b) this one’s for you

c) more, I want some more

d) _____________________write your own message

The Study of Body Language

There is actually a field that is involved in the study of body language. It is called kinesics .

This study includes all forms of non-verbal communication that uses all kinds of body movement including those of the eyes.

According to kinesics , 70% of our communication is usually non-verbal. So we get cues about what somebody is saying through facial expressions, gestures, body movements, and the like.

Some body messages can indicate aggression , like a threatening look; forgiveness , like a tap on the shoulder; love , like a kiss on the brow; flirtation , like a certain look in the eye; and other such non-verbal messages.

During the Victorian era (or the Spanish era in the Philippines), males and females who are a-courting, have even developed a language of communication through the flick of the fan, or the wave of a handkerchief.

Check out this website.

http://www.handfanpro.com/Allaboutfans/Lang/language.htm

Body Language - Without the Face

So, can you communicate in pictures without the face?

Yes you can! And I discovered that after the face, the hands are the most expressive part of our body.


Question - can you guess which photo I submitted for the challenge about body language?

Answer – none of the above! Why? Because I forgot about the deadline, that’s why! Ugh!!!


Oh, well, I had fun looking for pictures anyway. And I even had more fun putting the pictures together for this hub.

I hope you had fun looking at the photos and thinking of their messages too! Shall we talk?

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Comments 79 comments

coffeesnob 6 years ago

Jill, indeed your pictures are more valuable than a thousand words. Sorry you missed the deadline -I amsure you would have been at the top! I like the banner :-)

So here is my attempt at descriptors.

1. Two stepping in the Rain

2. United

3. Discipleship

4. I've got this one, big guy

5. Contentment in her care

6. Hey! I'm back here

7. Settling in for a long wait

8. Wish we could stay here forever

9. Puppy love

10.Freely you receive, freely give


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Thought of another one for number 6...Hey. Is this the line for the bathroom?


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi coffeesnob my friend,

Thanks for being the first one here! What imaginative descriptions! I love them!

It's looks like you had fun!

Yah, sorry I missed the deadline too. I suppose it wasn't meant to be.

Thanks again for the wonderful opening salvo!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

I am disappointed for you! I'm positive your pictures would have won! Great hub - loved your descriptions :D


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great hub! I was definitely thinking "my what long nails you have," for number 9..lol So cute!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Enelle - thanks for dropping by and for leaving a heart warming comment! Did you have the same descriptions too?


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello herbivorehippi - Hahaha, we think along the same lines!

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello friends,

I will be out of town for a few days. So I might not be able to answer your comments right away.

Anyway, enjoy and have fun in this hub! Let your creative juices flow.

I'll see you soon!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Picture # 9 is to cute. I am tryin to think up some kinda cute slogan !


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I loved it, jill! I am bookmarking this! GREAT JOB!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My kaibigan...

quite an interesting hub you`ve got here. I liked the approach and originality of it! I enjoyed it because I am a very kinesthetic person! I thrive on communication by touch! Very nice job, Jill!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, thanks for the fun hub. I checked your hub out right after I came home. Love the pictures--as for guessing the body language--well, I'm __________ can you see? Anyway, I had fun trying to figure it out. Thank you so much.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Very good and interesting hub. Picture N°9 is marvelous. Rated up, well done jill.:)


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

A great hub Jill! Working out body language without facial expressions isn't easy but taking away movement as well!!

Amber:)


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MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

I like the tsinelas (slippers) dividers...


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Friends,

It's good to be back! I'm happy that you posted comments while I was away.

I had fun reading all of them.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tony,

Were you able to think of a message or label about picture #9?

Thanks for dropping by friend!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Ann,

Great to see you here. Thank you very much for your heart-warming comment!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Mystique my kaibigan,

Thanks for the upbeat comment!

I'm happy that you could relate with this hub. Being kinesthetic makes it easier for you to communicate without words. That's really great!

Salamat kaibigan!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi anglnwu,

It's nice to see you my friend! I'm happy that you had fun with this hub.

I think I can see _____ what you are trying to say. Ha ha ha. We understand each other, right?

Thanks again my friend.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello hypnodude,

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment! I love picture 9 too.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Amber,

It's nice to see you again!

I really appreciate your heart-warming comment. Thank you very much!

Yes, I discovered it's rather hard to show some communication without the face and body movement, but it certainly is possible.

Thanks again!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi MM - that's nice to know! Thank you very much!


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

I liked #8!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi FCEtier - nice to see you here!

Great, what message did #8 tell you?


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miztahcool 6 years ago

Miztahcool would like to give you 5 icicles for creating really cool hubs. That's just his way of saying thank you for dropping by.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good ones!

Here is my attempt:

1. Together again

2. Believe!

3. Nice meeting you here!

4. Will I ever grow up?

5. That sun is so bright!

6. Raucous crowd scene

7. I'm tired!

8. I love you.

9. Oh boy! Oh boy! A treat!!!

10. Please...over here!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello miztahcool - Thanks for the icicles! They are exactly what I need because it's hot in our part of the world right now. Temperatures have been in the mid 30s degree C for the past few days!

Thanks for dropping by and the upbeat comment!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Peggy - it's nice to see you again!

Thank you very much for joining in the fun. Your messages are great!

Body language really say a lot, right?


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

1 - don't step on my foot

2 - enough clapping already

3 - I don't know if we can do this dance in flip-flops

4 - daddy, what a big chin you have

5 - size of this kid's head, she ought to carry me

6 - I'll trade you these 3 candles for one of those hats

7 - I remember being this little

8 - I bet we look even better than this scenery

9 - is that a chicken leg? the vet said I should not eat chicken, but...

10 - thank you thank you thank you


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dolores - it's nice to see you here!

Thank you very much for joining in the fun! Isn't it amazing how many different messages we can think of just by looking at one picture?


moda 6 years ago

I like the tsinelas (slippers) dividers..


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi moda - Thank you very much!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love this hub Jill and as always your photos are fantastic! I hope I didn't miss the deadline being one of the last to respond. Here are my captions:

1- Devon and April, last year's champions, practice for the upcoming national potato sack race, despite the inclement weather.

2 - Don't forget to carry Aspercreme. You never know when or where arthritis will strike.

3- You know, Gladys when I was young Hula Hoops came in lots of pretty colors. What gives these days?

4- Hey, I think there's a giant spider on the ceiling.

5- The damn Paparazzi have no respect for children.

6- There's always a heckler during the lecture at the garden gnome convention.

7- Thanks Dad, you always help me to stay balanced. Just don't remove your knee.

8- He was a good friend, but now that he's recovered the forest is his true home.

9- OK Esmeralda, I'm ready to have my palm read.

10- Let me see if you all washed your hands before lunch.

Oh, on a side note, mystery author Jeffrey Deaver has a terrific character, Katherine Dance who's a detective specializing in kenesics. You would enjoy his novels.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Green Lotus,

I don't think there is any deadline to writing comments. Nothing is ever too late especially if it's coming from you.

I am very happy that you dropped by and joined in the fun. I love your messages, they made me smile. Some even made me laugh. I can see that you still have a hangover from Avatar in your caption for picture #8. This is really fun, don't you think so?

Ok, I'll check out Jeffrey Deaver's novels. I love mystery novels and now that you recommend it, I'll definitely look for them.

Thanks very much for everything!


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

#8 -- Together, we can do anything!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi FCEtier - thanks for coming back and posting your caption for picture #8.

How inspiring!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Very interesting exercise. Great selection of photos. You are right, non-verbal is a huge part of communication but little understood. Thanks for making me think.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi James - it's good to see you here!

I'm happy that you found this exercise interesting. Did you come up with your own caption of the photos?

It's really amazing how a picture can elicit different interpretations. Right?

You are most welcome. My pleasure really.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

A picture truly does paint 1,000 words! Enjoyed!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello habee - Thanks for the visit and upbeat comment!

I'm happy you enjoyed this. Pictures do paint a thousand words, don't they?


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

It's the puppy dog one that I love, it says it all.

" I only have eyes for you"

Brilliant hub, Jill


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

katyzzz - thanks very much for dropping by. It's so nice to see you! Thanks too for your heart-warming comment.

"I only have eyes for you" is perfect for #9!

Thanks again! See you around.

All the best!


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Stuff Jill thanks for sharing!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello GeneralH - thanks for the visit and wonderful comment! See you around!

God bless!


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Picture 4 - Wow! You have a lot of nose hairs.

Great hub thanks for the giggles.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello samboiam - Nice to see you!

Thanks for participating in this hub. Your message for picture #4 is funny!

I'm happy that you found something to giggle about.

Thank you very much for the visit and comment.

See you around!


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compu-smart 6 years ago from London UK

Cool hub!!

A picture sure can paint thousands of words and then some!;)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi compu-smart - Thank you very much for the visit and nice words.

How true, how true!

See you around!


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Liked your hub.Pictures are fantastic. Looking forward for more of your writings. Joining your fan club and would like to invite you too.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello FashionFame - Thanks for the visit and upbeat comment.I really appreciate them.

I'll go over to your page after I post this.

See you around!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Body language does speak for itself. Great topic:)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello heart4theword - It's good to see you again!

Thanks for visiting and leaving an upbeat comment.

All the best!


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I just love this hub!1. Joy of walking. 2. The hands have it.3. These are so comfortable.Don't you think?4. Some day I am going to be as tall as you. 5. I am tired too. 6.Light my way. 7.I am out of the wind down here. 8. Look at the view. 9. I am so happy to be your friend. 10. Look we all washed our hands. I had so much fun.


poetlorraine 6 years ago

great hub i will think about this another time, just stalking Dream On, that cat gets to all the best places.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Dream On - Nice to see you here!

I'm happy that you had fun with this hub! Thank you for participating and sharing with us the messages you got from the photos. I love them.

Pictures really speak a 1,000 words, don't they?


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Brenda - great to see you again!

Hahaha, so you are a stalker now?

Thanks very much for the visit. I'm sure you can write a verse or two about some of the photos.

All the best!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

1- left right lift left right

2-hands up crossover

3-shuffle off to buffalo

4-is it raining or are you spitting on me Dad

5-keep them closed, dont look we are almost out of here

6-over here , ,take these they will work

7-no way im not going

8- awww dont they look cute down there, someday we will watch our own kids.

9-please dont leave me.. come lay down next to me. . and please put my paw down

10-please pass the purell

great pics Jill .. ur pics are always so brilliant!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello wavegirl - it's nice of your to drop by and join in in the fun!

Thank you very much for adding your own messages! Did you have fun thinking about them?

Thank you too for your appreciation and support!

God bless!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Sorry, I'm late. What fun you must have had with these silent photos speaking out loud! Congratulations!

You inspire me to come up with a photo hub- but not this time please. I'm having trouble without my eyeglasses. I left them in Manila when I visited my daughters there. This typing exercise is effort to me. Thanks for sharing this.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Lita - it's nice to see you again!

I don't think we are ever late in visiting hubs. I welcome them anytime, all the time, and I'm happy that you decided to drop by.

Yes, do share your photos with us. I'm looking forward to seeing them!

Hope to see you again soon!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

A very nice topic, especially when read by writers who cannot rely on body language to convey their messages. It is an interesting challenge to be understood without facial expressions or even movement in the case of the pictures you've shown here, but you managed to prove that meaning can be conveyed. (Voted up and useful.)

Mike


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Mike - what a wonderful thing to say! Thank you very much! You have made me very happy.

Thank you very much for voting up. I really appreciate it.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

To bad you missed the dead line this is fantastic and oh well we will all get a massive amount of insight out of it. I enjoyed the finish the sentences, fun and thought provoking. Love It! thanks and peace :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi katie,

It's nice to see you!

Yes, too bad, but that's life, sometimes we just miss deadlines.

Anyway, I as I said, I enjoyed the whole process and especially putting this hub together. I'm happy you enjoyed this too.

God bless!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

This would be a great exercise for school I think also and for many bonding typing exercises. Great pictures.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Billy,

Thanks very much for your visit and upbeat comment!

Yes, why don't you try it?

See you around!

God bless!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Body language is, indeed, a fascinating topic :)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Trish,

Thanks very much for your visit and upbeat comment.

God bless!


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States

I loved looking at each picture and coming up with my own.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Angela,

Nice to see you again!

Yeah, it's great coming up with your own captions. Would you like to share them here?

Thanks for visiting!

God bless!


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azure_sky 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Another interesting hub from you Jill! Thanks...I am enjoying the "thinking"....


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi azure_sky,

Nice to see you again!

I'm happy that you enjoyed this. That's great!

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a positive comment!

God bless!


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Awesome article. It was definetly was fun putting my own version. Pictures definetly do speak alot of words. Vote you up


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment GlstngRosePetals!

God bless!


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

1.) I am with you every step of the way, come rain or come shine.

2.) don't let go of me

3.) moving and walking in the same direction

4.) hey, you're supposed to lead me and not the other way around

5.) you're safe here with me

6.) I exalt thee

7.) I prefer to peek a view down-under

8.) together they watch in awe nature's splendor

9.) I am mesmerized by your beauty

10.)take and receive


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello glorgeousmom,

Thanks very much for joining the fun here! I hope you enjoyed coming up with what the pictures say!

God bless!


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Hi jill of alltrades,

^_^ I should be the one thanking you. I had a great time looking at the gorgeously fantabulous pics while giving my brain some exercise. Your article has given me some aha! moments and at the same time given me inspiration on my next photography adventure. Thank you and God bless.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi glorgeousmom,

Thanks very much for coming back! You are so inspiring!

God bless!

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