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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 8, 2015

I Heart Macro 90





momentarily
a brightly robed pilgrim paused
she was her own prayer





Oh the comforting weight of these snow laden days. Often I sit by the window, watch the motion of falling. Falling, falling, it becomes a visual mantra, holding my attention fairly steady for quite a while; perhaps not as long as I imagine, still, a taste of timelessness. And I listen to the wild wind through the trees and the ice crystals strangely dry as desert sands from the arctic air. They skitter and scratch as they cross our roof. A single leaf visits momentarily then vanishes.

Other days I brave the cold venture out layered for warmth, puffed up like those fat robins in our back yard filling their bellies with red berries that hang just over the fence. Well, perhaps I resemble an overstuffed couch more than downy birds. I am certainly not as light on my feet. It is a marvel how they dance delicately branch-to-branch appearing so unwieldy in their winter garb.

I must be an ungainly sight to those passing in cars as I tramp down a main road off our street that adjoins the village to nearby towns. I make my way to the opening of a small wooded sanctuary I enjoy. Plodding down a hill toward the creek, crossing over the icy trickle, flurries cling briefly to my eyelashes.

Slightly thicker limbs, nearly black against the slate sky invite me to investigate. They stretch out above the endless white blanket on the ground, as yet untarnished by my clunky boots. Only the hieroglyphs of small animals have left their temporary marks ahead, disappearing even as I approach, the snow falling, falling, falling.

I stop. Stand still exhaling life vapor, blinking wide-eyed at the magic; this multitude of impossibly beautiful distinctions revealed within the unity of being. A peaceful sigh aligned with the grace of these precious ordinary moments. Grateful for these weeks of winter storms and the soft dreamy spell they’ve cast across the landscape, outside and in, on this seasonal journey.

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Yes another snow storm has begun, feathery flakes so far, they will increase through the night and all day tomorrow at least. Who knows, perhaps another 12"s or so? 


Welcome to Week Ninety
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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73 comments:

  1. Yes, delicious macros with ice crystals! Very good!

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  2. being her own prayer...
    that is an interesting thought burner...sometimes we need to pause along that journey to ponder though...

    lovely pics...

    hope you are well laura...

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  3. Sometimes I get lost in a simple activity or non-activity, like watching the sun set, I will consider myself being my own prayer. I love your thoughts and your pictures Laura. Stay warm.

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  4. A pilgrim being her own prayer...I like that. Perhaps we EACH are a living prayer. I like that thought. And, yes, as Brian said...nice pictures.

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  5. You certainly know how to bring out winter's beauty.

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  6. You have a very beautiful page. I just love your photos and couldn't choose a favourite if you paid me lol :)

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  7. Laura, you have a way of making me appreciate our snowy season a little bit more. Thank you for your lovely words and thoughts.

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  8. Hi,it looks very cold. But you enjoy the beautiful snow crystals. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Such a beautiful post Laura, your images are so lovely. This post makes me wish I was there experiencing the beauty that you see.

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  10. Wonderful crystal captures. This week my favorite is your last one.

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  11. the snowflakes are beautiful.

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  12. Outstanding macros Laura. Winter magic!

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  13. Beautiful photos - you are really gifted.

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  14. I love the beautiful snowflakes. Have a great week, Laura!

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  15. so beautiful and i love that she is her own prayer:)

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  16. Such wonderfull little stars, Laura!
    Loveley Greetings from Germany,
    Kirstin

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  17. Looks like a crystal, beautiful !

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  18. Stunning pictures from the chrystal snow!
    Greetings, Frauke

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  19. Wonderful pictures dear Laura. Hae a good start and thank you for hosting. Tamara

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  20. Dear Laura,
    Your ice crystals are beautiful and I love her to crochet

    Best Regards
    Traudi from Germany

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  21. Beautiful images, Laura! Thanks for hosting.

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  22. Thanks for sharing this beautiful "ice flower" !!

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  23. Beautifully written and beautiful images Laura.

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  24. Beautiful thoughts and pictures Laura. The snow continues to fall over a foot and a half and still falling.

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  25. Hello Laura, beautiful captures of the snowflakes.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  26. Thanks, so for sharing your beautiful snow flakes. I miss seeing them. Also, thanks for your thoughts during the loss of my mother.

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  27. Fantastic captures of the ice crystals.

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  28. enjoyed your lovely words and the cadence of the falling snow

    much love...

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  29. You are doing amazing macro work this winter Laura.. and yes, it is a very snowy cold one... stay warm...hug..Michelle

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  30. Beautifully written post. Love the photos.

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  31. The walk in the snowy woods sounds enchanting indeed, as well as the incredible tiny snowflake creations. Things are just the same old chilly wet days here.

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  32. Beautiful snowflakes captured on film....

    I like your comments about your ungainliness and the bird's ability tio move aruond so quickly and easily

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  33. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images. I just wanted to let you know that your page takes a long time to load because I have a slow connection so I apologize for not always commenting.

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  34. …snow crystals - I grew up with them on my childhood bedroom's window. Used to try and draw them. Haven't used my came lately for close ups … but all these are gorgeous!

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  35. A lovely tribute to the beauty of winter… Blessings!

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  36. I love "she was her own prayer", and how your post about your walk to the woods is so full of the beauty and silence of a winter snowfall. Your photos, as always, are spectacular. So much beauty!

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  37. Not sure if my comment went through or not. I love "she was her own prayer". Beautiful! Loved tramping with you through the snowy woods. And your photos are, as always, spectacular. So much beauty, through your lens!

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  38. Looks like a snow globe filling up. And you have some of the best snowflake shots I've seen.

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  39. I too love the snow, Laura-- lovely writing and pics!

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  40. Your snow pictures are so beautiful! All the best!

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  41. This was a beautiful post. Thanks for taking me along on your spiritual walk in the snow.

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  42. A beautiful b&w serie!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  43. Full of grace..your words, your haiku, your pictures. :)

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  44. A great post.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Mormor

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  45. Thank you very much, I love theses pictures!

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  46. Magnificent ice photography and wonderful post and haiku,

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  47. A great series, Laura,- beautiful snowflakes!
    :)

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  48. There is an art to becoming one's own prayer. Few, I think, master it.

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  49. these are marvelous captures, almost magical! take care around the snow and ice.

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  50. I appreciate snow much more from seeing your photos and reading your reflections about snow. Thank you.

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  51. such pretty crystals. amazing how the huge piles of snow are just each tiny thing piled onto another.

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  52. So beautiful Laura... this haiku moved me deeply. Your photos... always... XO

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  53. My sight does not allow me to appreciate your pictures - I have Macular degeneration. I do appreciate your comment thiough - thank you. Aileni

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  54. Heisann! My post was actually meant for last week, but I was to early posting it ... and then forgot to do so later....
    Here it is! Thanks for nice comments on my blog Laura!
    Are you joining BSW today? Promise to take a close up shot on my walk- and I´m coming back...

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  55. thank you for pulling up a chair in the house of belonging and taking us all in by your side. you extend such beauty, warmth and peace to all. thank you. xo

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