Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 8





untended garden
grows delights unimagined
glad i missed this “weed”




Welcome to our eighth week of I Heart Macro

"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World


It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with your 
I Heart Macro offerings!

Shine the Divine


Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that attracted your heart and woke up delight.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. Visit each other...S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks:-)

We're driving home from the beach, where we have celebrated "kids  week" in Ocean City, MD, since our kids, now teens and young adults were babies. It is a nine hour drive north and my daughters and I will break it into two days starting Sunday. If I don't visit you right away, I will when I get home.

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32 comments:

  1. It looks like spiderwort that you're sharing this week Laura and I've never paid that close attention to the centres before. The fibrous purple strands are pretty neat looking.
    Judith

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  2. I'd call it a wildflower instead of a weed, that's my own grouping of plants I like! wonderful macro!

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  3. Exquisite macro shots of nature's divine flower! Happy Weekend, carol ^_^

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  5. Hi Laura.... nice flowers !! So colorful ... :)

    Greetings

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  6. What a lovely little purple flower. Isn't it amazing how much detail we find in macro shots like the center of this bloom.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Although I love them all,I often think I prefer wild to cultivated flowers. "Weeds" are wild and free!

    Ruby

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  8. Hi! Nice captures. There are many beautiful flowers where people would not notice. I like your saying very much. Thank you for hosting. Happy Sunday to you.

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  9. they are beautiful freebies! nicely done

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  10. they are beautiful freebies! nicely done

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  11. That is a beautiful post and your photos are wonderful.

    Jorunn Norway

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  12. It's a lovely weed. Such rich color.

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  13. Weeds too make a beautiful picture!! Glad you found this one to share!! Looks so pretty!!

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  14. What a beautiful little bloom Laura. Wonderful detail! Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Joining I Heart Macro for the first time. Thanks for the invite. Your flowers are pretty and i love the color.

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  16. Sometimes weeds make the loveliest bouquets. Beautiful photographs and haiku...

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  17. so pleased to see your posting.
    3 weeks no home computer
    was bad and good in some ways.
    Love you, One Woman from the edge of the woods
    in Northern, Tennessee

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  18. lovely flowers, beautiful color!

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  19. Beautiful! I love your way of coping with loneliness!

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  20. My husband planted some wildflower seeds by our mailbox. We teased him forever as it looked like a patch of green weeds for the longest time. But with sun and rain... well, you should see them now! Perhaps I'll write a poem about them.. :) Sorry to miss another I Love Macro.... summer has me very busy this year (in a good way). Love the violet and yellow of your "weed" flower. :)

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  21. a welcome relief...in your sweet discover and your willingness to let it be!

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  22. Speaking as a woman whose favorite flowers are dandelions and wild violets, I truly believe in weeds. Your photo was gorgeous - has the blue luminescence of lobelia in the sunset. Thanks, Laura. Amy

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  23. I love your philosophy, which is also mine. As a Quaker, I do believe in the divine spark in each and every one of us, and I try always to look at the world with child-like eyes, open to the marvels of nature. In my case, I particularly love - and wonder at - insects. I'm not that great at photographing them, but I hope I can do as you say: introduce the wonders to other eyes and perhaps open a few minds to the beauty.

    Love the purple flower - I don't know what it is, but that's not necessary!

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  24. Oh Laura, if that's an example of your weeds, never ever pull anything up that grows in your yard! So beautiful...thank you for sharing and for hosting.

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  25. Your macro photos are lovely, as are the thoughts that accompany them. Wish I had a good camera so I could play along, but have enjoyed your beautiful photos!

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  26. Beautiful photos! I saw this same flower at a public garden not long ago and don't know what it is, but it's quite pretty! Love wildflowers.

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  27. Hello there, sorry I was too late linking up. I just came to do that but I have been trying to catch up all week and haven't been very successful :( Love the flowers you have here, such a beautiful color and sharp detail. Denise xx

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