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, February 15, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 40




deep river rushes beneath an ice bridge we stand upon
the dense snow cannot absorb nor hush the sound of life force
 crystalline fibers spun by the skilled hand of arctic winds
entice me to peer over the edge into darkness
mesmerized I marvel at this single moment
offering fragile ephemeral beauty

white on black
a thimble of space
between the place where
a kiss means sudden
death
in these cold birthing waters
swelling belly awaiting
spring


Photos from our recent snowshoeing adventure. 
You can see others here and there will be more to follow.
Welcome to Week 40 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:

nature notes
our world tuesday
weekend in black and white
macro monday two
poetry pantry
real toads
d'verse


64 comments:

  1. The crystals are gorgeous!!
    While other may complain, I'm enjoying this weather, although I could *really* use a nice, long motorcycle ride.

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  2. really it shows that no matter what the adversities are, life still goes on............

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  3. Beautiful! I'm so ready for spring to arrive. I've had enough of the wet and grey weather we've had.

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  4. I love the curves and sparkles of the third photo. Stunning!

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  5. Beautiful sparkles - and many thanks for hosting!

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  6. Great shot of a solid part of the water cycle!!

    My image this week is just a wee bit different - hope it's OK.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  7. Beautiful blog post, Laura. Thanks for hosting.

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  8. the swollen belly awaiting spring...there is so much life just under the surface already preparing...waiting to burst forth...it will be here soon...love the structures of the frost....

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  9. Your poem really expresses the 'fragile ephemeral beauty' of this time of year. You do well finding it with both words AND photos.

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  10. As always the images and the verse are simply other-worldy - Mystical, magical, beautiful

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  11. Beautiful photo!
    Great sunday too you:)

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  12. What a poem. I can see myself crossing that bridge, full of life beneath the frost and pregnant with spring! ANd the photography is gorgeous too.

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  13. Isn't it lovely that a river can go on flowing under deep layers of frost. The vitality of life force came gushing through your poetry.

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  14. wonderful images
    and your words
    are beautifully rich

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  15. I loved this Laura--especially the ending--just gorgeous writing

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  16. Love the close up shots of the ice and snow.
    "crystalline fibers spun by the skilled hand of arctic winds" beautiful!

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  17. Oh I just love the way your poem flows in the moment! Beautiful!

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  18. Wonderful serie of photos! Very artistic!

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  19. ... a place where a kiss means sudden death... that line took me by surprise! Nice work... and those ice images amaze!

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  20. gorgeous ice blings...nature of God.

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  21. Uppsss.... Sorry, i have too much pictures :-)
    Have a nice day!

    @ll: Wonderfull serie of photos!
    Hugs Riv

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  22. Great closeup pictures of the snow!

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  23. Great closeup pictures of the snow!

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  24. The winter is permanent; great photos!

    Greetings from Germany
    Traudi

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  25. Wonderful photos, nature creates beautiful works of art and exquisitely catches you!

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  26. won't it be wonderful when we finally find spring.

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  27. Lovely image of ice and snow...fascinating how snow and ice change in different conditions.

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  28. Wundervoll, diese Eiskristalle, man spürt die Kälte direkt und hört das feine Knistern.
    LG
    Jutta

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  29. I am waiting for that spring ~ Wonderful words & photos Laura ~

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  30. Snow and ice seems an unending source of poetry and subject of photography - perhaps because one is always aware how easily it will vanish.

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  31. What amazing images and wonderful words.

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  32. Beautiful, the patterns ice crystals make above the river.........we have a few spots under ice around here too and they are breathtaking!

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  33. Your shots are stunning! And like always so wonderful words!

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  34. Stunning shots of the snow. Lovely poem.

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  35. Swelling belly - oh that is magnificent. I do so look forward to the birthing of spring

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  36. absolutely love your writing and am so happy to find your blog.

    i am a beginner at meditating and your wonderful blog and resources will be most helpful!

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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  37. Beautiful pics as always. The talents behind the shutters are too apparent to ignore.Well done Laura!

    Hank

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  38. These are fantastic macro shots, Laura!

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  39. Lovely crystals to see Laura..I hope you are doing OK..hugs..Michelle

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  40. I can definitely see how your photos inspire poetry. Beautiful pictures!

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  41. Lovely... especially:

    white on black
    a thimble of space
    between the place where
    a kiss means sudden
    death

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  42. "Swelling belly awaiting Spring." I like that. The pictures are stunning. So dramatic. Nature can certainly fill our need for the spectacular.
    Take care Laura.

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  43. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the lovely imagery in photos and words. There is something so delicate and fragile of ice forming over rushing water. And I really loved the allusion of "birthing" into spring. Beautiful. (Came back to share a comment. It would have been here earlier, but could not find where to post, learned did not scroll down far enough! Oops!)

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  44. I need to take a class on macro photography. - Margy

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  45. Dear Laura,
    wonderful pictures, thank you for show us♥
    Wish you a nice day
    moni

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  46. Dear Laura,
    How much I love the way you write!!! So, so beautiful!
    I also like your pictures of these fragile ice structures!
    I hope you enjoy a good time :)
    Lots of love,
    Katrin

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