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Listen To The Silence

Photo taken by contributor Johanna, a 36-year-old guidance counselor from Finland. She has family members and friends who have suffered or continue to suffer from mental health challenges, such as severe depression and bipolar disorder. Many of her students also have different kinds of mental health issues and as a guidance counselor it is her job to try to help them, for example by creating personalized study plans to support their recovery to full health. She also hopes to one day start using the method of Empowering Photography (developed in Finland by Miina Savolainen) in her work. Johanna enjoys photographing nature and her everyday surroundings, as well as music photography.

About this photo: “This photo was taken just moments after sunrise, when the birds were only just awakening and I was the only human around, probably for miles. The image does no justice to the actual feeling of being in that moment, just listening to the silence, drinking in the beauty. My soul was at ease, my energy levels recharging.”

Find more from Johanna at her Flickr.

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15 comments on “Listen To The Silence

  1. Crooked Tracks
    May 1, 2014

    Nice composition.

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  2. mnussbaumer
    May 1, 2014

    Beautiful capture.

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  3. suej
    May 1, 2014

    Lovely light, great moment…

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  4. travelscapism
    May 1, 2014

    Wonderful photo – my favorite time of day when the mist is still hanging on the hills of the early morning. Great mood.

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  5. mithriluna
    May 1, 2014

    Oh wow, just gorgeous.

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  6. Ninna
    May 2, 2014

    How absolutely wonderful! I can easily imagine the feeling, the scent, the sound of silence, and how the air feels against the skin

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  7. imaginarytree
    May 2, 2014

    A lovely photograph. Thank you for your description of being in that moment.

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  8. bird
    May 2, 2014

    Beautiful!

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  9. Johanna Ahonen
    May 2, 2014

    Thank you all for your comments! 🙂 I’m glad I’ve been able to capture some of the feeling of the moment into the image and share it with you all.

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  10. Dalo 2013
    May 3, 2014

    Wonderful shot, the lighting/mist/glow of the beginning of the day…just beautiful.

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  11. Dreams and Zeros
    May 3, 2014

    incredibly atmospheric

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  12. photographywardrobe
    May 4, 2014

    WOW, that is a wonderful photograph, I absolutely love how peaceful it looks. The nature looks all… “sleepy”! 🙂

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  13. bluebrightly
    May 8, 2014

    A beautiful photo, and I love your Flickr page. I bet you do great work with the students.

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  14. luro97
    May 8, 2014

    Thank you for the wonderful photo. Love the stillness. So peaceful.

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  15. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 16, 2014

    absolutely stunning!

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