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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, January 4, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 34


silver frosted windowpanes spread their magic
slightest hint of blue reflects the heavens above





It is hard to believe that it was twenty years ago today, following an ice storm that this beautiful being woke up in my earthly arms.

Happy Birthday Belin!


Welcome to Week Thirty-Four 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: 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. 

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87 comments:

  1. How amazingly lovely .
    Happy Birthday Belin .

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  2. Dear Laura,
    your ice flowers are so wonderful!!!
    My first macro you can find here
    http://www.reflexionblog.de/nur-eine-amaryllis/
    Wish you a nice weekend,
    moni

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  3. such a lovely and inspiring post
    your daughter shines so beautifully

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  4. Happy New Year...AND happiest of birthday wishes to your beautiful daughter.
    x..x.

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  5. What a spectacular daughter you have! Twenty years ago, your life changed forever, because your heart was walking around in somebody else's body....I so know the feeling - times four!

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  6. Beautiful ice compositions for this happy and loving birthday greeting !

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  7. That is just beautiful! And Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!! Love, Silke

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  8. Beautiful young lady and magnificent frost panes photos ~ truly all divine and creative ~ Happy 2014 ~ carol, xxx

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  9. Frost on the window - one of my favorite things and you showed it magically! And there is no way you are old enough to have a 20 year old! :) She is beautiful.

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  10. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter.
    The ice flowers are gorgeous, they look like very delicate ferns.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend Laura.

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  11. I really love the frost patterns. I have never had a window do this, which I guess is lucky, but it is so beautiful! As is the radiant face below it.

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  12. What pretty frost patterns! Nice photos.

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  13. The frosted panes are gorgeous and so is your lovely daughter...what a blessing

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  14. Your daughter is very beautiful and so is her smile. :-)

    Happy Birthday to her.

    And I loved the beautiful ice composition. Don't get to see here in my part of the world.

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  15. I love your frost flowers. Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  16. The frosted windows are so lovely so is the girl in the picture

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  17. Happy birthday to beautiful Belin!
    Your frost patterns are awesome! :-)

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  18. Happy birthday to beautiful Belin!
    Your frost patterns are awesome! :-)

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  19. Happy birthday to your daughter, Laura.
    The ice ferns are very beautiful. I have a summery fern frond to share.
    Happy 2014!

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  20. Such lovely ice ferns to compliment the beauty of your gorgeous 20 year old! What a lucky mummy you are.

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  21. Happy birthday to your daughter. Happy New Year ,Laura. The frost window photos are very beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

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  22. ah, happy birthday to your little one...and i love the frost and ice structures on the window...they are so cool....

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  23. A very happy birthday to your daughter. May you and your family have a wonderful new year :-)

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  24. Wow, fantastic iceflowers! And so wonderful portrait!
    Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  25. I like coming here because beauty abounds. Always.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2014/01/03/evidence-of/

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  26. Your daughter has a lovely smile. Your icy macro shots are pretty cool!

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  27. Hope your daughter had a joyous birthday. They grow up too fast...much too fast. Happy New Year, Laura. May it be blessed with beauty and light for you and your family.

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  28. How beautiful! Happy birthday Laura's daughter.

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  29. The frost is so pretty, and your daughter is beautiful!

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  30. Heisann!

    Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

    You deliver also a beautiful artwork this week ;:OD)

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  31. Everything here seems kind of magic. I was always fascinated by window frost patterns too. Happy B-Day Belin you are truly gorgeous!

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  32. Your macro's are fantastic! and a very happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

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  33. I love the idea of looking at the silver frosted window panes as you do. So often we just glance at these things...when we need to really LOOK, with or without camera in hand! Happy New Year, Laura.

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  34. Like many others, I love the frost on windows. You have a lovely daughter.

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  35. What a lovely girl! Happy Birthday, Belin!

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  36. Happy Birthday, Berlin! You have done an amazing job capturing nature's patterns.

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  37. Many kinds of beauty here - lovely photos.

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  38. what a stunning pattern on your window! your daughter is quite lovely, wish her a happy birthday from me.

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  39. How lovely daughter! Congrats!
    I see you are very creative - must take a good look around here :)

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  40. You have a lovely daughter...and those windows are wonderful too!!! Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!

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  41. I like this smile, exquisite!

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  42. Great post and photos. Thanks for the opportunity to share my macro images from Queensland Australia. I look forward to participating again.

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  43. What beautiful lacey ferny patterns the frost has made on your window. My youngest daughter just turned 28, aren't they a delight!

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  44. Congratulations, as well to mother and daughter. Happy Birthday!

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  45. Great pictures - ice and smiles.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  46. Amazing images Laura, and belated happy birthday to Belin.

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  47. Beautiful!!! Nature's lace!!! One day I'll return to Macro. For now I'll just relax and enjoy!!! Have a grand week! Cathy

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  48. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter ~ Beautiful pictures laura ~

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  49. A belated Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!!!
    What a wonderful post again!

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  50. Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday.

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  51. Superbe blog. Beaucoup de travail mais aussi, beaucoup de talent. Meilleurs vœux et belle année nouvelle. Amicalement.

    Roger

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  52. Laura your daughter is truly beautiful -- what a lovely birthday card for her!!

    Happy New Year (and I will be back to Macro as soon as I get organized ;>)!

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  53. Beautiful ice crystals and your daughter is a beauty too.

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  54. My daughter is also 20 - it's quite a milestone. The child she was shining in her eyes, the woman she will be already in her smile. Precious moments captured here, Laura.

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  55. She is gorgeously framed by winter!

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  56. Happy Birthday to Belin! I love your frosty image, lovely capture. Have a happy week!

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  57. Just beautiful!! I've never been able to capture frost, but you did it perfectly and I love the coloring.

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  58. Yummy! I love those macro shots of snowflakes.

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  59. The ice on the window pane is cool and dramatic!! The Polar Blast we are having sure is appropriate for this one.
    Ann

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  60. your daughter is gorgeous!!! the miracle of our children ~ the greatest creativity nature possesses.

    Happy New Year!

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  61. It's such a joy to see a bubbly young lady now and it seemed only yesterday that it happened. Happy Birthday Belin. Wonderful take and great pics, Laura!

    Hank

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  62. Lovely macro shots!
    A very happy birthday to Belin! God bless!

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  63. Lovely frosty shots and happy wishes to your beautiful daughter!

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  64. Dear Laura,
    I wish you and your wonderful daughter subsequently Happy Birthday!!!
    Your macros are fascinating for me! I hope, that we get a little bit frost and snow here, too. I'm born in the winter months and I love snow flakes so much!
    Have a wonderful week and all the best for you!
    Katrin

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  65. Happy, happy birthday to beautiful Belin!!! And your macro images of the ice crystals are phenomenal.

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  66. Fantastic images, Laura! and Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  67. Gorgeous macro shots ! and your winter gift is a very pretty girl !

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  68. Fantastic images! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter :)

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  69. Happy New Year Laura, they are wonderful shots, and Belin is very pretty!

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  70. She is a s beautiful and unique as those images. Stunning, breathtaking! A face that glows with life. (I hope to be back in the swing of things and participate in the Macro soon :)

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  71. She is so pretty! The ice has a unique beauty

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  72. ~bright belated birthday wishes and blessings to your winter baby...amazing how quickly the time goes by...stunning and precise are these pictures you shared...much love light and blessings be with you~

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  73. I must send happy belated birthday wishes. That frost is beautiful!

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  74. Beautiful frost flowers (and your daughter too).
    Awesome photos!

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