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, March 8, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 43


         If you think 
winter has leached the last lick of color 
        from everything:
look for rust blossoming in a field on
sprockets and chains
flat metal strips
connections and openings
textured hors d'oeuvre temptations
a prelude to spring.










Welcome to Week Forty-Three 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!


spring?

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

  1. These images are so unique, Laura, like abstract art! :)

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  2. I never knew rust could be so beautiful. Great shots Laura.

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  3. What a wonderful take on spring and a perfect ending shot!
    I LOVE rusty subjects. :)
    The blue color here is grabs me.

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  4. Wow, those are really beautiful! It's amazing how much beauty can be found if you look closely enough :)

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  5. Hi<Laura. Very interestingphotos! Thank you very much for your hosting.

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  6. So strikingly abstract - lovely!

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  7. Heisann ! I have an old "tram" in my garden. I will add photos of this later today!
    Wobderfull details, Lalura, lovely colors!
    Have a nice Sunday ;:OD)

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  8. It seems to be an abstract point of view ... Details "in a rust note"... for the last days of winter. But the "rust of winter" will fall, once we'll be stepped on with our hearts and souls in the spring.... A lovely Spring!

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  9. so cool....rust is like nature art to me...i like finding old gears and stuff that have been lost in the woods and seeing what the elements have done to it....

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  10. i just love the colors - i love rust - would love to try to capture that in a painting... beautiful... spring has started over here with a bang just yesterday.... it is just breathtaking... happy sunday...smiles

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  11. Rust and rusting elements are excellent portrayals in the hands of one so talented. Great pics Laura!

    Hank

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  12. Those images are stunning Laura!

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  13. Fascinating series of photos!

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  14. Very interesting, well put argument for the beauty of rust, use, and aging. Nice pics...they look like a crime scene :-)
    ZQ

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  15. A great close-up serie, the B&W photo is splendid!

    My B&W Blog: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/the-weekend-in-bw-the-storyteller/#comments

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  16. Supergreat macros! Looks really good in b&w too!

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  17. great shots....winter rusts into spring...

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  18. A great series! I love the black and white, but I have to admit to a sneaky preference for some of your colour photos - the 7th and 8th in particular. Beautiful shapes and delicate colour.

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  19. Amazing details in the pictures ~ I like the breaking out of spring soon ~Happy Sunday Laura ~

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  20. Rust is so endlessly interesting isn't it.......great photos!

    Have a wonderful week Laura,
    Ruby

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  21. Great photos of former glory :-))

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  22. I love all those images! The colors and textures are wonderful.

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  23. Very interesting and great macro series, Laura!
    :)

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  24. Rusty iron :) !!! Interesting picture!

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  25. Dear Laura,
    There is a little heart in the sixth picture :)
    These are very interesting and beautiful photos! I like the structures and the wonderful colours!
    Thank you for hosting this wonderful meme!!!
    I hope you enjoy a wonderful Sunday and a good new week!
    Katrin, who hopes spring is coming soon in your town:)

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  26. Love your very creative photos ~ Happy Week to you ~ Beauty is everywhere ~ xxx
    artmusedog and carol

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  27. Oh, it is wonderful to see and contemplate these 'preludes to spring.' I can hardly wait. Wonderful photos and words once again.

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  28. Such a lovely use of sound in this poem. You have a wonderful turn of phrase. Your photos are also unique.

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  29. I love the colours and the textures in these photos.

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  30. I love these creative shots.

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  31. I love these shots! Cool!
    ps. I'll be back when at home again...

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  32. I think it's a good job with delicious colors and textures, very creative cropping!

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  33. LOVE your images and the idea of rust blooming...sigh...you bring such beauty always, Laura. ♥

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  34. Wow, what cool images those close-ups make!

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  35. I absolutely love old, rusty mechanical things, it makes me want to see how they worked in their glory days.

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  36. Great patterns, colors and textures in these shots.

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  37. Great colours and textures - I think I may have to find some rust to have a look at!

    I would be mean spirited to resent people taking a stone or two - but people on the tour were collecting them by the handful!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  38. Great serie of photos!! Wonderful job!

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  39. Mint and rust - great colors, love it!

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  40. Liebe Laura,
    das ist eine wundervolle Makro-Serie, die ideal zu meiner Foto-Aktion " Makro-Bilder-Rätsel " passen würde.
    Hast du nicht Lust, sie bei mir zu verlinken ?
    Die " Ganz nah dran "-Foto-Aktion von Sabine Gimm gibt es aj nicht mehr und ich habe eine ähnliche Aktion ins Leben gerufen.
    Bittes schaue hier:

    http://kreativ-im-rentnerdasein.blogspot.de/2014/03/makro-bilder-ratsel-12-es-ist-wieder-so.html

    Ich würde mich sehr freuen, bei dir bin ich heute auch wieder mit dabei
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
    jutta

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  41. Laura, I love all the images. Well presented close-ups! Have a good day!

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  42. I was taking pictures of rusty things just the other morning on the beach. I think rust is a brilliant thing to photograph. There's so much texture in it.

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  43. It's interesting how old rusty things can transcend beauty !

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  44. Some of those photos look like sea creatures...

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  45. Interesting and beautiful shots! Like abstract art!

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  46. I love the aqua color, combined with the orange of the rust, it is like a hat I am knitting, and the words go well with the images. The textures and shadings are intriguing, the effects of time and weathering.

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  47. Wow!!! Thats amazing pictures of rusty subjects.
    hanks for sharing, for hosting this nice project and happy week, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

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  48. Fascinating photos of the rust.

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  49. These are amazing details and beautiful colours!

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  50. So beautiful photos.
    It's so much enjoyable to discover in macro perspective :)
    Have a wonderful week!

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  51. Laura, que beleza vi aqui! ADOREI! beijos, linda semana,chica

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  52. I love the idea of looking for color in places where you wouldn't expect it (and next time we spend a winter in grey Oregon I will think of you...). I laughed at the visual pun ... Spring indeed!

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  53. great captures of the rusty pieces! i like it.

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  54. Great series! That is some very beautiful rust!

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  55. I am fascinated with rust..beautiful images and words

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  56. Dearest Laura;
    Oh My; I LOVE your writing in the first paragraph about rust, how poetic♡♡♡ Great macro pictures!!! I wish I could try someday.
    Thank you very much for visiting and leaving sweet comment.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  57. Wow! Just the one word today....it's worth a huge WOW

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  58. Great macro photos! Wow! And thank for visiting my little blog...

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  59. What a cool poem. I like your perspective!

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  60. what a great image to express a really powerful message. thank you

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  61. I love the textures and colours of rust. and yes, there is beauty everywhere if we look.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

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  62. Dear Laura, wise quote and wonderful pictures, I like that verdigris...Have a nice week! Yours Sarah

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  63. the rust blossoming pictures are wonderful

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  64. Wow - who knew rust could be so beautiful? Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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  65. A world of its own, beautiful colors and textures!

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  66. I like how you find beauties even in the rust..They are fabulous photos, Laura!

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  67. wow! I didn't know sprocket and chain can be so nice in macro.

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