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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.
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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I Heart Macro opens tonight (Sunday) at 8pm EST, the Linky remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!