Only The Good – Flag

Over at The Eclectic Life, Shelly has a post called Only The Good – An Aloof Visitor as part of the Only The Good project. As I had never heard of the project, and was intrigued, I followed up the link to the project and discovered that it’s all about posting a seemingly ordinary photograph on your blog and asking people to comment on what they can see that is good about it. The Only The Good blog states that:

“It’s an idea that could make a difference in our world–or at least the way we see it–if only enough people adopted this simple philosophy into all aspects of their lives. If it doesn’t change your world, it can certainly change your day.”

So taking up this idea, I’ve gone back through some of my old photos to see if I could find one that would do. I came up with this one:

Only The Good 1

This photo wasn’t actually taken by me, but by someone in my family. My husband took the kids to Inchcolm Abbey which is on an island in the Firth of Forth, and this was one of the photos downloaded from the camera when they got home. To be honest I think I kind of skipped over it when I first saw it; distracted by the heads in the foreground, perhaps! But as I started to zoom in on parts of it using iPhoto I started to find all sorts of great things about it. Here’s one of the photos which has resulted from my playing around:

Only The Good 2

I love this photo of the Scottish flag, it’s frayed edge against the cloudy sky. I find it quite stirring, in fact!

What do you like about it?


August 27, 2007. Environment.


  1. This Eclectic Life replied:

    Both photos are intriguing. The island in the distance calls “adventure” to me. I like the shadings of the clouds. Who knew there were that many shades of gray? Calm water is something I enjoy (I can almost hear it lapping against the boat. The Scottish flag? Though I hate to see it frayed, it’s lovely. Though frayed, the flag endures.
    Thanks for playing along! I’ll go link you!

  2. Nancy Bond replied:

    This is a beautiful photo! And you’re right that the frayed edges of the flag, fluttering against the sky, paints a stirring picture. There’s lots that is good in this photo…the pristine water, a summer sky, the excitement of approaching an island! A family outing on a summer afternoon? It’s all good!

    Thanks for joining in…I’ve added a link to your site on the OTG home page. šŸ™‚

  3. This Eclectic Life » Only The Good. An Aloof Visitor. replied:

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  4. amypalko replied:

    Thank you both, Shelly and Nancy, for your lovely comments. I certainly enjoyed joining in, and I’ll make a point of doing so from now on! I think one of the things that I like about the frayed edging of the flag is that it emphasises that it’s a working flag. In all weathers (and believe me, Scotland gets a lot of weather!) that flag will be flying, and that thought fills me with a certain amount of pride. I like to think it’s symbolic of the stoicism and the determination of the Scottish people. I may be romanticising it a bit, but if you can’t romanticise on your own blog, where can you!?

  5. Rosemarie replied:

    There’s heaps of goodness here!

    ~ I could feel the excitement of the passengers approaching the island.
    ~ The tattered flag says pride of country.
    ~ There are other passengers on the boat so if there’s trouble you can grab a buddy quick!

  6. amypalko replied:

    Thanks, Rosemarie. I think the boat was pretty full! Of course there was my tribe (husband, 3 kids and my twin cousins) helping the numbers stack up…

  7. Marcia (MeeAugraphie) replied:

    So much good here,people enjoying a day on the water, the promise of a beautiful day in the only slightly gray clouds and sunshine. The perseverance of the flag, still flying beautifully in the wind, its tattered edges making it more beautiful, more well-loved than it would if it were in perfect condition; it is a reflection of life as it is actually lived..a bit ragged at times, but still beautiful.

  8. amypalko replied:

    You have such a beautiful way of phrasing things, Marcia! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  9. Sugar Mouse In The Rain replied:

    Such a good idea, I might do it on my blog too.

  10. amypalko replied:

    Oh do, Sugar Mouse! It’s such a lovely project, I think.

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