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.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 27

Just two weeks past bright maple was a noble throne for gilded acorn cap;

Remaining foliage fades into muted russets, tarnished pennies covering grasses dying back;
frosted crisp each morning.

Oak leaves cling sparsely to heavenward branches, prepared to set sail, curled cups easing wind's sacred vocation;
return to earth for rest & renewal. 

Welcome to our Twenty-Seventh 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 drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

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: 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. 

I apologize for posting this a little late last night and not visiting you all right away. I have a lot of work to focus on, but will absolutely be by to see you before this meme closes on Wednesday evening!!! In the mean time please visit each other...

S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

linking to:

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's:

5th Annual 
(Instructions for how to participate at the top of this blog.)
There is no actual quilting involved and EVERYONE is invited. So far 106 kind souls are participating from all around the world. I tear up at the beauty of your words as I read through each message. Keep them coming. Thank YOU!


  1. What a beautiful macro photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  2. Lovely! I especially like the acorn image, so vibrant! :)

  3. I really like that first photo! Thanks for hosting.

  4. Beautiful Makro shots!
    Nice Sunday

  5. Beautiful post and photography ~ so enlightened ~ wishing you a gift in each day ~ carol, xxx

  6. again, brilliant photographs, and the words accompanying.

  7. Beautiful images Laura,the colours in the first one are's amazing how much colour can still be found out there as we approach Winter.

    Thank you - Happy Sunday!

  8. Beautiful photos and messages. At this time of year we do watch so many things of nature return to earth for rest and renewal. Even humans will do this at some point!

  9. It always lifts my spirits, to come in here, Laura. Thank you.

  10. You have painted a beautiful scene, Laura! I particularly like what you wrote about the acorn leaves. Great photos too!

  11. LOVE that acorn cap... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #109!

  12. return to the earth for rest & renewal for sure...and to fertilize next years new growth...happy sunday!

  13. I love the nature in autumn. The first pic is sooo beautiful ♥
    Many greetings
    Sabine Gimm - Photo

  14. I loved your photos Laura. I am a little late but I entered by macro today.

  15. such beautiful and exquisite macros, Laura!
    thank you for hosting.
    - chris

  16. Laura...
    You have a heart as big as The Universe,
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent.
    Loved your Autumnal 55
    I'll try and get my patch in on time
    Thanks for visiting, and have a Kick Ass Week.....G

  17. Gorgeous macros...and your words always bring peace

  18. Beautiful photos! I love the acorn cap in the first shot.

  19. Your lovely poetry is thought-provoking. I like your acorn cap photo.

  20. Some great imagery in your words. Beautiful. :-)

  21. Love the acorn cap. Beautiful words.

  22. Wonderfully resonant images of the Fall.

  23. Some very great shots!! I just love the texture of acorns.

  24. Dear Laura,
    I love the colors and the light in the first picture very much!!!
    Have a blessed week!
    Wishing you all the best,

  25. Laura your posts always make me want to run outdoors and twirl and embrace all the glory, except now it is dark ;D! I love your images and your poetry further enhances the experience!

  26. Great picture! Have a nice day!

  27. Wonderful colors to dream, wonderful macro!

  28. Your words dance here just like the leaves of fall, and the pictures are a beautiful bonus!

  29. Beautiful as always, dear Laura.

  30. The squirrels should be happy with all the acorns. Lovely images and photos. Have a happy week, Laura!

  31. I was going to link my tortoise face but I missed the linky. We had a nice visit with Grandparents at a small zoo close to our home.

    Rest and renewal - that is a wonderful way to view Autumn - and I adore acorn "caps" - except my little dog likes to sneak them in in his mouth :)

  32. Oh this is a lovely fall post dear Laura..... Michelle

  33. Beautiful words and pictures. I love the lighting on that first shot!


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