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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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Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Heart Macro 88









As ice melts and refreezes patterns unexpected, create beautiful abstract art. Layered earth colors below blend with sky-blue reflections from above. Temperatures hover at freezing, a typical January thaw. Then the landscape transforms after a clean coat of snow that gessoes the canvas over the weekend, just as ordinary, just as extraordinary. 


lingering oak leaf
rests on freshly fallen snow
waits for the next storm



oh morning glory
through icicles and proud trees 
my eyes behold thee


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A winter storm is expected to come up the coast Monday night through early Wednesday morning, dumping up to two feet of snow in our area on top of the six or seven inches that fell Saturday. We are prepared for power outages, and simultaneously (I at least am) excited for our first really big snow of the season. I can’t help it. I’m like a child when it comes to sinking boots into the magic of a bright white blanket that comes up past my knees, or walking on top like an astronaut on the surface of the moon with my snowshoes. And if it is too windy and cold, I’m equally content to stay tucked in doors with a good book and a cup of tea. As much as I enjoy the connections to all of you and others via computer, there is also a sense of freedom and calm in not having Internet access during storms like the one predicted. We'll see what happens.


 
Welcome to Week Eighty-Eight
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!



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.

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58 comments:

  1. I really like the patterns and color in the first two. Your second tree shot is stunning with that sunset and I like the tiny bubbles captured inside your icicle.

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  2. What beautiful designs it created. I saw you have a storm coming. Stay safe! Have a good week.

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  3. Your photos are stunning Laura! Beautiful close ups of the patterns in the ice. Stay safe and warm with your two feet of snow :)

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  4. I got nice ice too. Sorry my link picture shrunk! Maybe delete it.

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  5. Stunning shots of ice and winter beauty. Keep warm in the storm.

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  6. Wonderful, the winter colors in the landscape and all the little patterns - I wish me a big snow too, we had in this season only any little flocks before, that's unusually... Hope for you, storm is not too bad.
    Much love

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  7. Very beautiful ice macros, looks like laces !

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  8. The patterns of the cracked ice are so nice. But I like your photo with the icicles.

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  9. You've taken some fine pictures!
    Have a nice week, Frauke

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  10. Loving these ice crystal images, gorgeous the colours just sparkle. Hope that snow storm comes in for you.

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  11. Stunning photos of the ice and ice chrystal. Gorgeous !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  12. These pattern in the ice are fascinating!
    Have a nice week!

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  13. Hello Laura, beautiful post and images.. I love the photos of the trees, sky and the icicle.. have a happy day and week ahead!

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  14. Beautiful images Laura, hope you are nice and toasty!

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  15. Beautiful images of ice and winter Laura....

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  16. Absolutely beautiful images Laura!!

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  17. Frozen art ... wonderful Laura!

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  18. Those are very beautiful images. Wonderfully captured each of them. Those tress look like in a magical forest. Thank you for hosting I Heart Macro, coz I actually really do. I'm new here. -Lyn

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  19. Always divine photography here ~ !

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  20. You are such an artist with the ice photos, I especially like the ones with blue tones, and the last one is fabulous with the sprinkling of gold dust!

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  21. Amazing, your pictures of the melting snow. Nature is always full of surprises!

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  22. Delicious macros, I love abstractions you've got the ice!

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  23. Hello Laura!
    I don't find words to describe how much I like your photo of the icicle. The colours are... more the wonderful.

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  24. I have to admit to some child-like behavior in snow, too! These photos are just wonderful. Stay warm.

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  25. Wonderful creations in the ice.

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  26. Beautiful icy photos. Hopefully you weren't hit hard by the storm.

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  27. Amazing intricate designs!
    Happy WW!

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  28. The ice pictures are so amazing. Each one is a little meditation about slowing down and seeing beauty in unexpected places. Thank you as always for sharing and for hosting.

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  29. We skipped this one but there is another on its way next week. I share your sentiments..it is exciting, but nice to be warm inside too... Hugs..Michelle

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  30. Hi! These refreezed photos are very unique and very cool. Wishing you nice days.

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  31. Boa tarde, imagens bem conseguidas em macro, as mesmas são suaves e demonstrativas da sua bela arte.
    AG

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  32. You just have a way of drawing the viewer right into your photos with the use of words.

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  33. Patterns are so beautiful! Lovely photographs and loved the haiku.:)

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  34. The next storm always seems to come, doesn't it?

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  35. Hoping you are warm and dry, or at least enjoying the magic of all that snow! Thanks for checking in with me - your heart is so big ❤

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  36. Not sure which one I like best. But living in North Idaho I can relate to snow and ice.
    I took part in sky watch...Coffee is on

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  37. Wonderful ice shots, I love it!

    Happy weekend, Ina

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  38. Awesome!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  39. Dear Laura, your images just thrill me. My favorite is that single icicle, but then I love that single oak leaf as well... truly morning glory shines through them all! Hope this finds you warm and cozy. I loved that image of stepping into the snow...

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  40. Beautiful shots :)

    Checkout my shots @
    https://firaszphotography.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/oval-eyes/

    Pls see and comment :)

    Cheers,
    Firasz

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  41. I'm late in sharing a link....but family loss kept me from blogging this week.

    I LOVE the macro icicle!!!

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  42. So interesting photos with the ice! Very well captured!

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  43. Wonderful pictures. Loved the ice shots.

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  44. Hello from your newest follower. What a pleasure to find your blog. Excellent photography! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for following me and your kind comment. Hope to see you on my blog often. John

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  45. Great shots for the "BW meme". Love the color versions too!

    Irene :)

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  46. Laura , your winter looks nice but cold, too. Stay warm..

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