Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit


To capture this idea of the free spirit, I would suggest breaking some rules. Sometimes it is necessary to overexpose a frame slightly and point the lens to the sun for a bit of glare to capture that sense of a different, free, moving reality – Strauss Louw.

On top of Mt Kilimanjaro I sat and watched the world around me as the sun rose out of the darkness and the cold. And this is what I saw.

To really see Mt Kilimanjaro as I did click on her.

I didn’t do this on purpose…or perhaps I did. I just didn’t know it at the time. For of all the photos I took sitting on that frozen mountain top…none depict it better than this.

As proof that I really did make it to Gillman’s Point…one more shot…this time of another sort of free spirit.

Click on the ‘free spirit’ for a better look.

So how do others interpret Free Spirit – Check out the Weekly Photo Challenge and find out.

Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

64 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit”

    1. Not yet. In the last year I have just started scanning and putting all these old films on the computer. When I get done I hope to go through and pick out a few and get them up and hanging around the place. I am so glad you liked this one. I do too…πŸ˜‰


        1. Just barely. It was so cold up there that one of the guy who had a water bottle hanging against a t-shirt and under all his other clothes…when he pulled it out on top for a drink, it was frozen solid. I’m not sure anymore how I even thought about photos. Can’t you see me shivering on the other one. Just looking at that photo reminds me how cold it was.


    1. It took 50 years to finally find my voice so I figure it is time to use it a little. And it is great to see someone stick up for the athiests for a change instead of denigrating their beliefs.πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks. It is both awesome and challenging. One of the most difficult things I have ever attempted and done. They say that more people die climbing Kili than Everest because people underestimate just how demanding it really is. But the exhilaration when you make it and look over to see the sun greet you – it is a feeling I shall never forget.


      1. Yes, my dad did it about 15 years ago. He is a mountain climber or was I shall say. Nepal for me was the hardest trek I’ve done and the highest. Kili is a bit higher than I’ve been. Have you any posts on your blog that I can look at and dream about?


  1. That is truly spectacular! Can imagine how you must have felt when you looked out at that breathtaking view! thanks for sharing Jo, this is so perfect for the challenge!


    1. Thanks Madhu…truthfully the thought that really took over: “OMG It is soooooooo cold.” But it was a pretty amazing feeling. Even with the altitude sickness. I remember feeling – peace.


  2. Brilliant Jo, well done to climbing and the photo shots.. Those views must have been something else.. Have a Great Day and rest of the Week… Love and Light sent your way, and hope your daughter having a great time… Hugs.. Sue


    1. I thought so at the time (quite the accomplishment). The altitude sickness was awful. And I ruined a toenail, which had to be removed a few days later (wow was that a tale and a half) and sprained my ankle. Good Lord – how did I ever make it down ??? But it will always be one of the things I am most proud of.


          1. πŸ™‚ Isn’t that what your writing and your photography is all about? Cleaning house of all the clutter and reconnecting with the deeper You in you? (which isnt always deep and heavy but light and fun, too!) Ohhh, Jo…how happily I sense your beauty. Your soul/free spirit has always shined thru to me, my friend.


  3. As a kindred free spirit who has looked out upon the world from mountain tops (though none so high as yours), I say HUGE kudos to you for this achievement! You have done what not many in this world have done and lived to not only tell the tale, but share the awesome view with pictures!


    1. You know I forget sometimes what I have done…then I pull out a photo like this and remember that I have climbed mountains, stood on the edge of a still slightly bubbling volcano, been stroked by a gorilla, seen a chocolate sunset and heard Freddie sing. Life has been good to me.πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks Cap’n…but I can’t take all the credit. Mother Nature supplies the canvas – I just try to capture it. Sometimes I get really lucky. πŸ˜‰
      A natural wonder ??

      I can do that !

      Yep…I can do that…hehe


    1. Thank you so much Isadora. I love that first image because of all the memories it brings up. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚
      As for my sense of adventure. I lost it around the time I bungy jumped and it has been missing ever since.


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