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.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

I Heart Macro 77

This photo was taken only a few days ago, the sun was shining, it was warm, in the mid sixties. How strange it was seeing a cosmo bloom on the cusp of November’s arrival. And when the month turned, icy rain did not deter this flower, in fact a second opened while another bud stood at the ready. Coppered oak leaves strewn upon the ground, a seemingly odd contrast for mid autumn in New Hampshire. It is not unusual to have had snow by now, showy blossoms a memory. And here they are persistently defying what is expected. Although I did see a couple of snowflakes pass by between wildly blowing leaves on this incredibly blustery day. 

I realized a few moments ago that this is my 800th post, Wow! 

Welcome to Week Seventy-Seven
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. 

Visit each other...

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

makro montag

Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)


  1. Beyond beautiful Laura and congratulations on your 800th post.

  2. Lovely flowers and leaves. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

  3. The flowers and leaves are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

  4. I am entranced by the cosmos bud, with its circlet of water gems. So well done, Laura!

  5. Gorgeous blossoms! Have a great week, Laura.

  6. Eine sehr schöne Fotoserie....solch hübsche Blüten und Blätter....
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

  7. Wounderfull close up, Laura!
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs Rivien

  8. What an inspiration, finding a fresh cosmos flower and bud in November! Perhaps you will have a milder winter this year, I hope so. Congratulations on your 800th post!

  9. Cosmos are really pretty blossoms. I think sometimes, God gives us something special to see to let us know that He still cares about us individually. I like your other photos, too. Congratulations on your 800th post! That's a great milestone.

  10. First Laura I want to say congrats on 800 posts. A great accomplishment. And I am also amazed that flowers are still blooming in November...I have roses that are still going.

    I also wanted to say that I will be contributing to your Gratitude Quilt this year....I love the idea and can't wait to be part of it.

  11. so beautiful and I love the color pink

    greetings from Germany

  12. Beautiful macro shots Laura ♥

  13. What a beautiful image, had me shivering though when you mentioned snow!

    Happy 800th Post, well done, keep up the great work!

  14. The cosmos flower is lovely as it defies the changing weather.

  15. Calling by from Macro Monday this time! My photography has taught me gratitude. :)

  16. Cosmos is a fantastic stayer in the garden :-)

  17. such beautiful macro shots! love the cosmos.

  18. Love the rain on the leaves! This is such a beautiful season.


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