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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Keeper of Sacred Memory

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Frost and sun mingled on the edges of autumn’s jewels, luring my attention briefly until an open heart fluttered toward earth disguised as a golden leaf.


Mine released the fist it had become through ongoing days of worry, finger-petals unfolding to reveal the blossoming inner smile of soul recognizing sister as though greeting a beloved not seen in many years. Gently I lifted her up from her perch on frail, dying weeds where she’d fallen, heaven sent.




Like a doll I posed her in several settings, searching for perfect light. My hands raw from the icy air, I continued photographing this blessed visitor, admiring her beauty, adoring her mysterious, impeccably timed appearance, on a morning I’d been feeling heavy and tight.

She reclined on the first crystallized grass of the season, still emerald, laced through a patch of early snow. Though her life was fading, as one would expect given the chill and date, I could not bear to leave her freezing, decaying in the wild world, forgotten. 

Coming in from the cold, I laid her lovingly between the pages of time in a Tanach, keeper of sacred memory.
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*A Tanach is a book containing the wisdom of Torah (the Five Books of Moses), the writings of the Prophets, and other sacred Jewish texts. In mystical terms, it maps the collective consciousness of our ancestors and progeny throughout time. 

These photos were taken after the first taste of snow in October, a few days before the huge storm that left us without electricity for five days. There is much going on at home so I will be online only intermittently. It warms my heart immeasurably when you leave comments. I feel so deeply loved in this world, I hope that my photos and writings remind you that you too are loved, and surrounded by blessings.



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34 comments:

  1. i've been thinking about you - so glad you received this gift to lighten your heavy heart.

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  2. Such a lovely story of this small gift to you. Thank you for sharing it with us. Glad to hear your storm experience wasn't worse. Hope you'e doing well. Sending you love and light as always.

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  3. Gorgeous photos - wonderful words - Have a nice week ahead, Inge

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  4. Great and amazing pictures! I love the one with the small green leaves in the background!

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  5. The frosted autumn leaves, amazing beauty.

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  6. These are such lovely words and photos Laura, I will be praying for you and your family and hope that things get easier for you all soon.

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  7. Like a doll I posed her in several settings, searching for perfect light......love this line. Great post!

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  8. Such wonderful photographs with a loving touch.
    Katelen

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  9. I love your macro's and your nature hearts!
    Nature is so beautiful...
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-)

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  10. Great post and photographs Laura, thank you so much for sharing your heart.

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  11. This is a lovely selection of pictures. Frost is good for something eh!!!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment - it's appreciated. :))
    Take care!

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  12. Beautiful and so inspiring, Laura. How is it that you always find hearts? Perhaps it is because your heart and so opening and receptive to all that is - especially the suffering. May today bring blossoms of peace to you.... xo

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  13. I love how you captured the texture on the leaves. Very nicely done!

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  14. Beautifully done!!! Great shots and wonderful words.

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  15. A stunning series of shots Laura! The 5th one is my fave with that perfect little drop dangling from the heart!

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  16. God gives us hearts to lift us up... Indeed a wonderful gift. Sending love. xo teri

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  17. Of course I miss you, but you are busy healing, and that and family comes first. I love when you are able to post and visit.

    Happy week.

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  18. What an incredible leaf... And I would press it as well. We have not had a hard frost yet, although I live further north than you.

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  19. I love how you find beauty even in decay. The photos are beautiful Laura.

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  20. So pretty...love the frosty details!

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  21. Fabulous series of this lovely leaf. How wonderful to find the heart in the leaf.

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  22. Laura, this is a beautiful series of photographs! I love all of the detail you have captured in the frost. Beautifully done!

    Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!

    lisa.

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  23. Hi Laura, Five days is a long time to go without electricity. I'm glad you're back online. Your leaf photos are gorgeous, the last one is my favorite. :)

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  24. I love what you've done with the last image Laura. It is so beautiful.

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  25. leaves covered in frost.. must be cold.. I like the ones with the heart shape.. love in a leaf..

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  26. Open heart gift, to you she did drift... thank you for sharing and allowing me to see through your eyes, to share your gratitude and awareness. blessings...

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  27. What a beautiful, inspiring post!

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  28. Laura,

    Amazing photos as always! I'm sorry to hear you lost power for 5 days. That leaf is just beautiful. It looks as if it has a heart! It must have known whose yard it landed in. ;)

    Jeanne

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  29. Laura, Amazing photos--I am always mystified that there are so many "hearts" to be found in nature. Your writing is, as always, moving and beautiful. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  30. superb eye i must say...rare and interesting find. its like a weathered heart :)

    My Third Eye

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  31. Oh Laura ... I've been sitting here trying to come up with words to say how this post affected me ... how your warmth, spirit, and inner beauty have once again touched my heart ... I guess I'll just leave it at that - and wipe away the tears. You inspire me, dear friend. So much.

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  32. Nature knew that you needed this heart. Thanks for sharing yourself with us in this post.

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  33. "an open heart disguised as a leaf..."

    this is so beautiful laura. it reminds me of God's angels (like you), disguised as people...

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