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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, February 1, 2015

I Heart Macro 89







tree toes in the snow
sap rising towards buds reaching
heavenward with joy

Bitter winds warn come no further. Trees moan and creak leaning into each other, the sound of an old house settling on a frigid day. And the woods are my home, have been since childhood. Though brittle branches snap and crack above and beneath my snow-shoed feet, I am not deterred. The cold cannot stop life force rising from roots toward branches, nor this desire within me to walk forward face to face with swirling snow, for the world is too beautiful to stay inside despite the bite of winter. I need to see for myself the sleepy buds, renewal an endless cycle as Tu B’Shevat, (February 4th this year, the 15th of Shevat every year) the Jewish New Year for Trees, approaches. Yet another day to mark the importance of wonder because wonder leads to awe, connects us to Ayn haChayyim, the Source of Life. And this could be any day, every day, for me this is mostly true. Still it is good to celebrate as a community, to remember the blessing of trees breathing out so that we can breathe in, our interbeingness.
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It is written in Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13  “In the hour when the Holy One created the first human being, God took him and let him pass before all the trees of the garden, and said to him, ‘See my works, how fine and excellent they are! Now all I have created, I created for your benefit. Think about this and do not corrupt and destroy my world. For if you destroy it, there is no one to restore it after you.’"


Trees stand as a symbol for caring for all of the earth. Here is one  if many organizations working hard to plant trees and provide education for sustaining our planet: Eden Projects



Welcome to Week Eighty-Nine
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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65 comments:

  1. Oh waw! The 3the and 4th are awesome !

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  2. Beautiful words and pictures of early spring! (Makes me realize what we miss by not having winter.).

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  3. I wish more people would follow the words you quote from Ecclisiastes .... They are wonderful. Thank you for hosting.

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  4. Luv the 'buds' haiku will link up when the linly opens

    Much love...

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  5. Luv the 'buds' haiku will link up when the linly opens

    Much love...

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  6. I like the buds and the black and white with snow coming down. Lovely shots.

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  7. beautiful images Laura. love 3 & 4.

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  8. Gorgeous photos Laura, I love the tree shoes. Have a great week :)

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  9. It looks as if the twig is bleeding ! I hate winter !

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  10. Beautiful words and so beautiful pictures!

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  11. Love your snowy woods Laura......really beautiful!

    Happy Monday!

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  12. I love your fotos and your words,too!!
    Greetings Marion

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  13. Beautiful images Laura and a very meaningful post as always.

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  14. Thinking of you much lately.
    Love the words from Ecclisitates.
    This cold and damp weather here by the woods
    is not my favorite time
    but Spring is around the corner...

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  15. I've never heard of the Jewish New Year for Trees before. I love this tradition and I could feel myself in your words as you describe your love for trees. My very first best friend was a tree that lived half-way between my bus stop and my house.

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  16. Lovely post, Laura. Thanks for hosting.

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  17. Linked in with both blogs....and I am singing about trees in my poem this week. I adore your poem and images of the trees...stay warm and soon the trees will renew again as they bud, burst and leaf.

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  18. Glorious post and photos as always. I especially love the "tree toes"!

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  19. Glorious post and photos, as always. I especially love the "tree toes"!

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  20. Wonderful photos! We will it celebrate too... it's a good way to mindfulness with the trees.
    Have a blessed time

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  21. Snowy buds hold so much promise.

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  22. Gorgeous and creative nature shots!


    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  23. Beautiful wintery shots! The tree toes are gorgeous!

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  24. A beautiful look at winter and the hope of spring to come.

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  25. This is a beautiful series! Love the snowy woods.

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  26. Great series of images, trees are so very precious...

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  27. Hello Laura, I love all your beautiful tree photos, just gorgeous... Wonderful words, I wish more people loved the trees.. Have a happy week!

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  28. As always...picture post card perfection.

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  29. I LOVE the "tree toes". What a creative image. The tree does look like an ENT, a wisdom tree.

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  30. lovley photos, it's been awhile since I joined your link party, hopefully will get back into being a regular

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  31. Thanks for the lovely tree photos. I thought I was alone loving trees and talking to trees.

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  32. Stunning photos from so many angles of the gorgeous and magical Tree Beings -- thank you and bless you for these. You said: "The cold cannot stop life force rising from roots toward branches, nor this desire within me to walk forward face to face with swirling snow, for the world is too beautiful to stay inside despite the bite of winter." Oh, I relate to this so much, yet it makes my heart ache for missing the Maine woods I adore, and the snowfall I was always called out into as well, the dogs and I trekking through the woods even if not very far. Your photos evoke precious memories. (((BIGHUG)))

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  33. Beautiful sequence of winter shots.

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  34. Delicious macros, love me! Snowy forests also wonderful!

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  35. Waiting for spring. Lovely close-ups.
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor

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  36. i get the shivers looking at your icy photos!

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  37. Your fifth photo really caught my eye, beautiful captures Laura.

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  38. It is wonderful that snowy forest, beautiful photos!

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  39. Beautiful post, I love the idea of a New Year for trees. Excellent passage from Ecclesiastes also

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  40. Beautiful..."Ayn haChayyim, the Source of Life" and your photos capture it beautifully. I took my camera out as the snow stopped for a bit, but it was only 6 degrees and the camera didn't like it nor did I....hugs..Michelle

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  41. Excellent captures!
    Wish you a happy weekend!

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  42. Beautiful winter pictures! Have a nice weekend, dear Laura!

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  43. Those are wonderful winter shots, Laura, and I really love your nineth photo. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

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  44. Dearest Laura, today's post has touched me deeply. I love your haiku. Love the mention of tree toes and the photo. That first macro of the red buds remind me of deer hooves and their placement on the ground, like branches themselves... I love that the woodlands are your backyard and that you know them so deeply, into your bones. Thank you for your words reminding us to care deeply for these sentient beings that breathe us in as we breathe out... so we can breathe in and live...

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  45. I love those tree toes in the snow, and rejoice for the rising sap.

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  46. Always always enjoy your beautiful photographs.

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  47. A great b&w contribution!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  48. Spring is on the way! beautiful buds.

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  49. Great closeups, love the frozen buds!

    Happy weekend to you!

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  50. Its always a surprise to me how early some of the buds start to swell at the hint of spring.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  51. Wonderful series of photos! Especially I like the second one! Beautiful details!

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  52. Wonderful words and shots, Laura. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your weekend :)

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  53. so happy to know you have been outside in the holy company of age old trees. xo

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  54. I like the two soft tree images at the top. They are art and would be nice in my art meme :)

    nfverk.blogspot.com

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  55. Beautiful words to go with the beautiful winter photos.

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