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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We are having a snowstorm; our power keeps flickering on and off. I may not be able to post the Gratitude Quilt until the day after Thanksgiving. This is just life, storms and calm, and after all EVERY DAY is a good day to say thank you.

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Want to share the love up-close? Click I HEART MACRO and you can add your link for week 80, the linky is open all week:-)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 35




Warm air and ice collide. Through mist and unseasonable rain, unreasonable thoughts worlds, words whirl. A raw thaw, naked as the trees, you stand shivering too. Where is the sun to separate the shadows from the light? Plow passes on a distant road, thunderous whoosh of sand sullied slush, clearing a safe path for travelers.



Tomorrow the gloom is supposed to lift, sunny with balmy temps in the mid 40's… such odd winter weather. It will be good to get outside and take a walk, after the arctic blast and now the rain. This body needs to move to release tense muscles and clear the fog in my head.

Welcome to Week Thirty-Five 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. 

Visit each other...

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


linking to:

macro monday 2
friday flash fiction 55
the weekend in black and white 
weekend reflections
real toads 
d'verse 
our world tuesday
makro-bilder-rätsel
weekly topshot
nature notes
ruby tuesday
blue monday



80 comments:

  1. Always elegant and spiritual photos here ~ Happy Sunday to you ~ carol, xxx (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Lovely macro shot of the water droplet.

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  3. A walk does miracles for me after I've been cooped up for awhile. Your macros are beautiful, there are whole worlds in those drops of water. Thank you for hosting this meme and for all your lovely posts.

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  4. What an exquisite droplet, with a superb reflection, just beautiful! I'm not joining in this week, but my granddaughter (Beep) is.

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  5. We are experiencing similar weather.. lovely warm break. Gotta love January thaws. Beautiful droplets with their upside down trees.

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  6. Beautiful capture of the water drop, looks as if you have captured the whole world in it.

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  7. Beautiful shots of the raindrop. Enjoy your 'balmy' weather!?

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  8. The reflection in a small drop of water is incredible... Fabulous macro shot. Happy Sunday...

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  9. Great shot - I love the way the water droplet acts as a lens.

    Will link up my post soon!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. I love the reflection in the water drop!

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  11. Pure and beautiful! I love raindrop!
    H!ave a nice sunday!

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  12. Très joli post ! très belles photos!!
    Bon dimanche- Cath

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  13. Brilliant photo! Great the reflections of the trees in this droplet!

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  14. Those macro are absolutely divine... I will try to participate in your meme if I find a little time to do so this sunday.

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  15. Laura, we are both prisoners of the weather, you with your odd winter weather and we with our extreme heat, this week we expect temps over 100F for five days straight. To put your nose outside the door is not an option.

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  16. Exquisite is the word for these! Absolutely marvellous and so poetic!

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  17. Wow how did you find such a perfectly round water drop and i love the macro shot of it lovely #weeklytopshot

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  18. What a beautiful scene! A perfect world viewed through a drop of water.

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  19. Amazing reflection in the droplets, Laura! Lovely captures..Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.

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  20. macro is my favorite thing in photography. this droplet is beautiful as is your header leaf... makes me feel good to see buds blooming.

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  21. Hello Laura. Fine series of shots today.
    We are preparing ourselves for a heatwave this week, with temperatures hovering around the 40-45˚C mark.

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  22. I like your description of the plow passing on a distant road. You got the sounds exactly right. The deep chill had an awesome silver lining. It's been very beneficial to the environment, especially the upper midwest and the Great Lakes. When it gets to minus twenty, 50% of the ash borer larva are killed off, along with other invasive species, plus this will help the lake levels. I know....only 50%? That's what I thought. Cheers!

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  23. What a stunningly beautiful image Laura.......it makes me smile with joy......thank you!

    Have a lovely week,
    Ruby

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  24. I like your macros of the water droplet!. I'm hoping I will find some later on today!

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  25. Beautiful images and words. I hope and pray the sun shines for you tomorrow.

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  26. Hello Laura:)
    Tanks for your comment:)
    And i love too look in too your blog and too shere foto here:)
    Very nice the wather drops!

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  27. Gorgeous reflection in the water drop!

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  28. A "raw thaw" and "sand sullied slush"…I love the song of these...

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  29. Delightfully atmospheric photos, the way you get the reflection in the raindrop is incredible. I have linked up today. Sorry I'm a bit late. Have a great week Laura :)

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  30. The reflection of the tree in the water drop is a jewel !

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  31. i Laura, orchids love drafts, they need good air circulation to thrive. So, no excuses, go for it!

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  32. oh that water drop with the reflection is just breathtaking

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  33. Nice job of the water drops with the tiny trees!

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  34. Those are great inverted reflections in the dewdrops. - Margy

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  35. I've always wanted to achieve the upside down mini-scene in a water drop. How beautiful.

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  36. the water drop images are amazing! I love the reflection in them - very innovative and creative what nature can do and so well captured. Thankyou for the opportunity to be a part of the I heart macro project this week.

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  37. Wonderful water drop. Really spectacular!

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  38. I love the droplet pictures...so beautiful...balmy weather turned to a bit of a chill again...looks like the rollercoaster continues

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  39. Hi Laura,

    Pale blue is pretty.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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  40. Lovely B&W photos, great macros!

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  41. Thats really great macros.
    Beautiful reflections in the raindrops.
    Thank you for sharing this impression and hosting the project.
    Have a great week, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

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  42. ~you preserved a moment in time...captured the essence of stillness ever so beautifully...happy to hear your weather is making way for a bit of warmth...much love light and blessings~

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  43. Gorgeous water drop and reflection.

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  44. ...and Happy Blue Monday to you!

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  45. Hi Laura, sorry I'm late!!
    It's always a pleasure to have you share your brilliant insights and creativity with our little writing community.
    Loved your breathtaking 55
    You are the most careing and positive person on the Web
    It's an honor to have you play.
    Thanks a million, and have a Kick Ass Week.....G

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  46. Great Macros.
    All the best.
    Mormor

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  47. So great you are getting a break in the weather to get outside and take in some sun! It is warm here since it is rainy. I love your water drop with the image in the tree inverted, such a great shot!

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  48. The tree reflection in the perfectly formed drop is spectacular! Yes, it certainly has been nice to get outside and not freeze :)
    I've been Xcountry skiing the last four days - love it.

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  49. I hope you enjoyed the balmy weather and your walk Laura. This is my first comment for you in 2014 so allow me to wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014!

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  50. All are in anticipation of bright sunshine. Great to step out! As usual wonderful pics Laura!

    Hank

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  51. Dear Laura,
    love raindrops and yours are amazing!
    Great work!
    Wish you a nice week
    moni

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  52. Really, wonderful capture of drop and nice set of photos!
    http://travelagencyindia.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/trip-of-royal-monuments-of-rajasthan/

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  53. Amazing waterdrop! I just love it!

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  54. I love that first shot, Laura. The colour version is especially gorgeous!

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  55. You've captured trees in your beautiful drops - marvellous!

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  56. nice verse...my fav is that first pic though...i could sit and look at it for a while, the reversed reflection...so very cool...

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  57. the highs and lows of the weather mimic the highs and lows of life!!

    the droplets are just beautiful, many thanks for the invite!!

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  58. We've had the same odd weather. MUCH below zero, then 40-some degrees. Makes a person a bit crazy when the jump is that great within a few days. This winter has lasted way too long!

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  59. Your water drop shot is simply gorgeous! It's one that is on my photo bucket list but I think I need a better camera for that.

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  60. We had a bit of sun & rain after the ice storm ~ Strange but weather is always unpredictable ~ Lovely pictures Laura ~

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  61. Beautiful... Love the drops...... I hope you can get out to walk... Michelle

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  62. The drops are magnificent and I adore the "sounds" of your poem. I'm working on a poem and an image, but not sure if I will get it done in time for this week …

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  63. Such beautiful images...as always your words are beautiful...

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  64. Your raindrop with this reflection is gorgeous ! Great capture !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  65. Awesome water droplets.
    Thanks for dropping by, Laura.

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  66. The weather certainly has been challenging lately! Loved the macros and your beautiful writing!

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  67. Hello there.
    Beautifully written. We are all a fog down here--white air, a few ducks slicing what little I can see of water, sunlight trying hard.

    Blessings and health and love to you

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  68. Wonderful capture of the droplet images, Laura. But the accompanying words netted everything the senses could about that moment in time beautifully, as well.

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  69. Beautiful photos. Love how you captured them, looks dramatic!

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