No Such Thing As An Odd Couple

Couples come in all shapes and sizes.  They always have, since the beginning of time.


Life is short, and often cruel.  Finding true love, or even a true friend is not just a comfort.

It’s a miracle.

But I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. True love happens.

It is easy to recognize when you see it.

Love… all its many forms… a gift to us all.   It fills the world with light.

Let it shine!

All words and images copyright Naomi Baltuck 2012

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  1. luggagelady says:

    Loved the pictures…What a perfect accompaniment to a great blog!! xo

    1. Thank you. I appreciate your follow, and look forward to following your blog as well. It looks like lots of fun!

  2. I just interviewed a 91 year old Pearl Harbor survivor who had been married 64 1/2 years. He cried speaking of his wife.

    1. That sounds so sweet. I’d like to hear more about that project.

      Thanks for stopping by, and sharing your story.

  3. TheOthers1 says:

    Beautiful words and pictures. 🙂

  4. Georgia says:

    Great photos Naomi

  5. Lisaman says:

    Stunning shots and thoughts on couples!!

    1. I appreciate your visit, Lisa.

  6. adinparadise says:

    Love your take on the theme, Naomi. Beautiful pics and words. 🙂

    1. Thanks, ad. This was a fun one to put together. I appreciate your stopping by.

  7. Loved it, Naomi – a perfectly paced dedication to love and companionship.

    1. I love each paring 🙂

  8. This is wonderful and warm, Naomi 🙂

  9. elisaruland says:

    You weave a wonderful tale from your journeys and experiences. Lovely!

    1. That is good to hear! Thank you for visiting, Elisa.

  10. Naomi says:

    So beautiful, Naomi. My husband and I got engaged four months after meeting each other because we just knew this was it.

    1. Hi Naomi,
      Thank you for sharing your own love story, Naomi. In one stroke of the brush, you can paint the picture of a true love story. I am so happy for you both.

      1. Naomi says:

        Thanks! It looks like you’re living a wonderful love story of your own.

      2. Dear Naomi,
        I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t count my lucky stars!

  11. kathy says:

    Lovely post, Naomi. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for the visit, Kathy. It is always nice to hear from you. And I’ll be seeing you soon!

  12. pattisj says:

    Great photo choices!

    1. Thanks, Patti. I appreciate your visit.

  13. nutsfortreasure says:

    I found my way back to my other half after 30+years apart! I am LOVED 🙂 for certain

    Love the photos and words you have placed together


    1. Dear Eunice,
      That is so so so wonderful! It makes me smile to read this. I hope you will tell us more of that story. I love a happy ending!

      1. nutsfortreasure says:

        Oh I shall

        Thanks for taking the time to read it and of course for commenting 🙂

  14. That is an absolutely wonderful set of photos:-) And I want those ducks for my collection of strange wood-carved birds!

    1. OH, my! You should do a post sometime on your collection of birds! The bird in the photo was carved, I believe, by the Hittites, which means it’s probably well over two thousand years old. I just loved it too!

  15. silverlining09 says:

    Love is really magical – everywhere we gaze our eyes, there’s love! 🙂

    1. Isn’t that true? You could look about and see only the harsh and sad side of life, but the magic is always there too!

  16. dogear6 says:

    Our local botanical garden has a stone sculpture that is similar in emotion to the one in your first shot.

    I loved all the shots – you did a great job with selection. I think I like the one of your hubby (boyfriend?) putting his head on your shoulder the best. Can’t beat chipmunks for cute though.


    1. HI Nancy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your comments. That photo is of our friends Beth and Wayne. They are such a great couple, so fun and friendly and sweet together, after near thirty years.

  17. Carol says:

    Wonderful! You are so incredibly talented!

    1. You are too kind, Carol! I just kind of start out with a vague idea, and see where it takes me. It is intriguing to me, the integration of photos and words, a new form of storytelling for me.

  18. I loved them all and you’re right love does come in many many forms and whenever and wherever it comes from; it is always a blessing

    1. Thank you for stopping by, and for your lovely comment. You have said it so well!

  19. Francis says:

    Reblogged this on Niltsi's Spirit and commented:
    Nice pictures on a theme. Very interesting posts by a very talented lady

  20. niasunset says:

    wonderful post and beautiful photographs. Thank you dear Naomi, love, nia

    1. Dear Nia,
      Thank you so much! It is always good to hear from you!
      With love,

  21. Very moving words and photos thank you for sharing

  22. Beautiful!
    This is really inspiring Naomi!!
    Great shots!

  23. eof737 says:

    You have definitely captured the spirit of the exercise… Impressive selection of couples. 😉

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth.

  24. Madhu says:

    Aaw! That is the best ‘couple’ story I have read so far! Beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Madhu, that is so kind of you!

  25. ….The greatest gift of all….LOVE. Feeling a whole lot of this myself lately 🙂

    1. That’s a good feeling, Len. I’m glad you are feeling better.

  26. “Finding true love, or even a true friend is not just a comfort. It’s a miracle” Love your post. Makes me smile knowing love does brings out the best in people and it does bring them together regardless of age and time.

    1. Dear Island Traveler,
      Thank so much. I think we are often of the same mind! I appreciate your visit, and I always enjoy hearing what you have to say.

  27. Bumba says:

    Very very nice – except for the squirrels.
    But seriously folks, enjoying your blog.

    1. Well, you sure made me smile! Thanks so much for your visit, and your very nice comment!

  28. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Aw so sweet. Love the couples you highlighted here. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kourtney. This was a fun one to put together.

  29. This is such a beautiful post! Thank You! I love the pictures and how each one can relate to someone differently. I loved the last one with the lamp post and the moon. I recently just read about how light is everything and is in everyone from Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, The Autobiography of a Yogi. It’s nice to relate your photography with the things I am reading. Thanks again! I look forward to reading more on your blog!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I was on a storytelling tour in Eastern Washington, and we were going to dinner in a little town on the night of the full moon. I noticed that the globed streetlights were a perfect pairing for the rising moon. My wonderful family patiently waited while I found the perfect frame for that beautiful coupling of images! Light and shadow have always caught my attention, and been very important to me in my life, and my art, whether I am taking a picture or telling a story.

      Thank you for following my blog. I checked out yours, and was impressed. I look forward to following your writings as well.

  30. I found you through Rawrasaur, and I would not have read this as about equal marriage without that introduction. Perhaps I am not subtle enough, or perhaps it is that I am in favour of all kinds of Love- I liked the lamp and moon best, but I have found squirrels so difficult to photograph, they do not like you paying them too much attention, so that is impressive too. Do carry on influencing subtly.

    1. Hi Clare,
      This post was really meant to be all-inclusive, and about love in all of its forms, including friendship, and not excluding same sex couples. The lamp and moon shot is probably my favorite too. I was saving that photo for a special spot, although I wasn’t sure where that might be. As soon as I began a post on couples, I knew it would be my grand finale.
      I am very glad that you found your way to this blog, and I really appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  31. I LOVE your themed photo posts like this. Great choices, and always with your lovely, concise captions to tie them all together.

    1. That is such a kind and generous comment, and about the nicest thing you could say! Thank you so much!

  32. rfljenksy says:

    Love the take on this.. very awesome…

  33. Kate says:

    Just beautiful. You always link everything so eloquently. I love how you’ve shown ‘love’ through relationships between two people or objects, not through symbolism like a heart.

    You show something normal for the extraordinary that it is.

    1. Thank you so much, Kate. You are so perceptive, and I really appreciate your sharing your thoughts and your insight.

  34. frizztext says:

    Naomi, you’ve created a wonderful gallery describing love! I was amused by the kangaroo!

  35. Thank you, Frizz. That was just a lucky capture. We took the kids to Australia, and turned them loose in a petting zoo. It was sweet the way Bea and this little kangaroo took to each other right away.

  36. Amy says:

    Love, love this post! Thank you, Naomi!

    1. Thank you, Amy! I think that’s one of my favorites too. I sure appreciate your visit, and your generous comment!

  37. Rosa says:

    What an unique interpretation. Love it!

  38. I remember this post, but it was a delight to see it again. 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you, Sylvia!

  39. galeweithers says:

    Beautiful photos and a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing these partners with us 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gale. I appreciate your visit, and taking the time to share kind words.

  40. Such adorable photos! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your visit, and taking the time to share your response!

      1. You’re very welcome, Naomi.

  41. litadoolan says:

    I love your words. Today they hit the spot more than ever with the drama we have in UK ! A true friend yes is such a gift. I love the journey your images take the viewer on. There is insight and sense of a worthy destination reached. This post lifts me up today ! (Love the night light next to the moon – like man’s world and the wider cosmos in synch !) Thank you for sharing .. and the ‘through the key hole’ moment looks so joyful and care free. Whoop that!!!!! 🙂 😉

    1. Dear Lita,
      Thank you so much for your very kind response to this piece. Your words lift me up as well. We have been following news of the surprising happenings in Britain–don’t know what will come next, but hoping for the best.

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