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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, February 15, 2015

I Heart Macro 91: 7th Blogiversary!!!





Seven years ago, on February 20th, 2008 I sat down at my computer typed in a title “Blessings” and began to write:


“It's a brilliant New Hampshire morning. A blanket of snow and patches of sunlight outside my window, my dog is cuddled up on the couch and the two of us are warmed by the ever-humming pellet stove. Somehow, in NH the shortest month of the year (February) seems unending. Beautiful yes, but up here in the north spring is still at least 3 months away...”





I of course had NO idea on that quiet morning how much life as I knew it was about to change when chronic illness barged through the door, didn’t bother to knock) and became a constant companion to our family. The blessings, the blossoming awareness of blessings through every storm, the development of patience, the practice of patience through the waiting, and waiting and waiting taught me to stop waiting, to seize the day no matter how stormy or clear the weather inside or out. And that is easier or harder depending on many factors, and yet somehow like a cat I/we all land on our feet, so to speak, and step by gentle step, here we are seven years later, stronger and more filled with faith than we ever could have imagined.


Back to front,
leafing randomly through the pages of memory,
they are seldom viewed in an orderly fashion.
We arrive here.
All the chaos comes into alignment.
Light emerges from the darkest chapters.
Time visibly shrinks wounds, heals them, while
mysteriously expanding every small blessing
hidden in the midst of the inevitable passing tempests.
Perspective opens the heart.
Gratitude, a spring river rushes ardently to
the nexus of now.
Take a deep satisfying drink,
both hands plunging into these mixed metaphor waters-
This is your life,

back to front.

Another snow storm will begin this Saturday through Sunday. It is possible this one will take out the electricity/internet with the high winds predicted. My husband purchased one of the last milk cartons at the store. That tells you something, we do live in NH where harsh winters are pretty typical after all  I'm setting this up to post automatically, just in case. I will try to visit as soon as I can if that happens.



spring’s song on the tips
of the tongues of each branch--and
it’s snowing again
Welcome to Week Ninety-One
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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113 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed reading this post and sharing your journey, so similar to mine. I loved the poem. Loved the photos. It has taken me a long time to realize I could enter my photos on my blog here as I did not think they were macro. You are a born gifted writer. Your blog has a dream like quality. Hope the weather improves. Be well. cheers Nora

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  2. perspective opens our hearts...
    there are several really cool nuggets throughout your verse...
    esp light coming from the darkest chapters....

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  3. Hello Laura, thanks for sharing your story and your cute pup! A lovely post and beautiful images..I hope you stay warm and safe there, it's cold out there.. Have a happy week ahead and thanks for linking up!

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  4. Love your puppy!!
    Happy blogoversary!!!!!!!

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  5. "Light emerges from the darkest chapters." Oh, how I have found that to be true.

    Your poodle looks to be having a marvelously fun time in the snow!

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  6. I don't congratulate you for your blogiversary, I congratulate myself for having found your blog. Thank you Laura for sharing your talent, your joys and sorrows and your beautiful spirit.

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  7. Congratulations on the 832 posts! This is quite an achievement. We never know where our blogging journeys might take us.

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  8. Ah, there is so much to be grateful for, Laura; and your posts so often point the way.... congratulations on your blogoversary. Blogging is life changing, isn't it?

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  9. Hi Laura! I hope you are well! Congratulations on your Blogaversary!!

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  10. Each visit is such a pleasure. Your macro's are exquisite! I try to take no day for granted, count my blessings every day and you are such an inspiration Dear Laura.

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  11. I love this line - perspective opens the heart ~

    Stunning pictures Laura ~ Hope you are well ~

    Grace

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  12. Your poem speaks so clearly of the process we call living. And, as always, your photos make my heart swell.

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  13. The buds on the end of that branch are just BURSTING to open up..........Laura, I am so happy you began blogging when you did and that our paths crossed. You inspire with your unfaltering gratitude and faith, in all your family goes through. I love the photos of your happy dog in the snow. So lovely.

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  14. I love the idea that when we arrive the chaos lines up back to front!

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  15. Happy blogiversary. your puppy is pretty and so are your images

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  16. congrats on the lengthy blog record! Always enjoy when I stop by to enjoy your words and photos. Thanks for being such a gracious host.

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  17. Indeed, life's memory seldom come back in the orderly way.. Sometimes it feels purely random.

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  18. So beautiful, Laura! Stay safe and warm!

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  19. Congratulation to the blog-anniversary and thanks that you are here and give me so much joy and thinks and mindfullness. Thanks for sharing all.
    Much love and prayers

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  20. Beautiful macros ! I began blogging in 2006 so next year I will celebrate my 10 years of blogging !

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  21. Heisann! Here´s my macro from yesterday´s BSW, guess what it is... You have more winter than us!
    Have a nice week ;:OD)

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  22. I also have some frosty pictures for you! Your's are stunning, Laura.

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  23. Happy blogiversary! I love your icy closeups and your dog gets a lot of fun in the snow.

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  24. Congratulation Laura. I'm happy to be here. Thank you for your kind words and the oppurtunity to share my pics here. Take care.

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  25. Laura,your snow looks beautiful.....and I love the ice crystal images.......lovely poem too! We seldom have snow where I live and it's a rare treat when it arrives..........

    Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  26. Laura,I appear to have made an error on my first entry would you please delete it.........thank you! Ruby

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  27. Happy Blogiversary, Laura! Here's to many more hundreds of beautiful posts!

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  28. Laura I am sending much love and blessings on you and a very wonderful achievement 7 years of blogging. You have opened your heart to so many of us and we are richer for knowing you! I look forward to reading your amazing words, poetry and seeing these incredible pictures...the snowflake captured on the branch took my breath away. Hoping you will be blogging for many more years my friend! Happy Anniversary!

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  29. Happy Happy Blog anniversary, looking forward to so much more of your beautiful loving postings
    ¸✶.•´¸.•*´✶
    ☆´¸.•★´ ¸.✶* ☆★
    much love...

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  30. Congratulations! So happy that I found your blog und looking forward to a lot more of wonderful words, photos, poems ....
    Have a great week!

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  31. What a sweet poodle!! We have a one year old mixed breed dog in our home, plus a cat and several chicken. Congratulations for seven years of blogging.. wow!!

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  32. Reaching your blog is an enriching experience..so full of heart, beauty and faith...Happy Blog Anniversary Laura...

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  33. I love emerging buds on plants! That one is beautiful!

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  34. Wonderful words, Laura and beautiful pictures as well!!

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  35. Happy blog anniversary and thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and for hosting. Here's to many more years of blogging!

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  36. You have touched so many lives through your beautiful posts over the past years. Thank you for touching mine!

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  37. Happy Anniversary, Laura! I feel blessed by your presence in my life.

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  38. Those are again very beautiful macros of snow. Pup's so cute.

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  39. Wow, the macro of the snowflake is perfect! Love it!

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  40. Great photos - I especially like your captures of the snow/ice crystals.

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  41. 'Perspective opens the heart.
    Gratitude, a spring river rushes ardently to
    the nexus of now'.

    I really enjoyed reading this, Laura, and the lines above have nudged me from my own 'now', to walk away from wallowing in whatever may be lingering too long.

    Poppy

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  42. Both spring and winter! Great dog! Marit :-))

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  43. Congratulations for blogging since 2008, Laura!

    Winter has been a cold, harsh one this year. Your husband was smart to get a carton of milk just in case. :)

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  44. Beautiful photos and a lovely dog!

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  45. Wonderful frosty pictures and Congratulations to your blog anniversary!!!
    ..I like your dog, it's just a pretty one!!!
    Kerstin

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  46. Happy Blogiversary! 7 years, that sounds like a significant number. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. The photos of your poodle in the snow are so cute.

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  47. Love your doggie and always gorgeous photos here ~ beautiful wintry shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  48. Yes, delicious compositions, I love ice crystals, these outbreaks full force! Thank you very much!

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  49. Beautiful macros of the ice, and what a cute dog. You've certainly had your share of snow this winter - feel free to send some our way as it's been too dry here (we're a little below 4 feet total at my house so far).

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  50. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful photos ~ love the puppy :)

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  51. You do find some beautiful winter scenes. Tiny and inviting. Almost forget it's so cold (but not quite).

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  52. Happy Blogoversary. That is a long time and I have so enjoyed getting to know you and your kind sweet heart. Thank you for the reminder to seize the day and work with what I have... hugs..Michelle

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  53. Gorgeous photos of the crystals--aren't they magical? And a very happy Blogoversary. I wish you the very best surviving a really tough winter in the NE. Stay well and happy. A Poodle to snuggle with helps a lot-:))

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  54. Happy your blog anniversary Laura! I liked reading your posts, nice photos!

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  55. Wonderful shots as always! Hope the next storm coming in isn't too brutal.

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  56. Congratulations - seven years is quite something!!!! It really touched me reading your words about how you started blogging and about your illness and how you learned to stop waiting and finally landed on your feet again. I wish you that soon you can feel spring coming carefully closer on silent paws!
    But in the meantime you can take these absolutely incredible pictures! This little snowflake is so absolutely perfect and amazing. How many of them are falling in this world - completely unnoticed. And they don`t care. They are just there - even if it is just for a moment. These thoughts came to my mind while I was looking at your photos.
    Kind regards
    Veronika

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  57. The images, the prose, the poem ... all a delight.

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  58. Congrats for the seventh year of blogging!! "Perspective opens the heart.
    Gratitude, a spring river rushes ardently to
    the nexus of now...." I truly appreciate these ways that you have chosen to express the feelings and thoughts related to so many aspects of daily life, with highs and lows, points of views so well shared by and with us, so well, too. Thankful thoughts for all, warm greetings for you and the whole family and a huge thank you for inspiration that comes from your words, poetry, amazing pictures shared by you! Alexa

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  59. Congratulations! Lovely post. Such beautiful photos and thoughts. And such a cute dog. Reminds me of a dog my hubby's Dad used to have.

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  60. Happy Anniversary Laura. Such an inspirational post, thank you for sharing your inner strength.

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  61. "Gratitude, a spring river rushes ardently to
    the nexus of now."

    Love. Thank you.

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  62. Happy dog, happy shooting branches, and happy anniversary!

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  63. I try to link up but in the first step it says to me that ,a valid internetadress required ,when i am linking ???? Nette

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  64. Happy Anniversary! Love your meme - I'll have to join sometime. :)

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  65. Happy 7th blogversary! Admire your tenaciousness in living and having a goal instead of letting life pass you by (which wuld be easy to do when deailing with a disease). L'chaim!

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  66. Don't know if my comment got through...happy blogversary, Laura. I admire your tenaciousness in having a purpose in life instead of letting it go by which woyld be easy to do when living with a disease) Le Chaim!

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  67. So many trials and tribulations you have had to endure and living in a place with such harsh weather conditions. Congrats on your blog versary, and sharing such beautiful images with us.

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  68. "Take a deep satisfying drink,
    both hands plunging into these mixed metaphor waters-
    This is your life,

    back to front." Love those lines. Such beautiful photographs! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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  69. So beautiful winter photos, snow crystals are incredibly beautiful.
    Lovely and sweet dog.
    Good evening to you.

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  70. HAPPY anniversary and love love the added bonus of poodle photos of course! LOL

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  71. You do a great job of capturing the magic of winter. I love the ice crystals and also your dog enjoying the snow and the buds hold promise of things to come.

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  72. We never know what fate will come barging through our door and what it will bring us. I find photography gives me a place of solace. I hope it does for you too.
    Have a blessed week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week. I can't imagine snow like you have!

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  73. The past can show such lovely, lesson-filled images, if we look at it through the lens of experience and patience. ♥

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  74. P.S. Is it terrible that I want to eat the beautiful, wee icy formations you've captured so perfectly on every twig? ;-)

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  75. Congrats on your seven years of beauty.. of inspiration.. of sharing and caring. You're a joy to know.

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  76. Congratulations with your blogging anniversay.
    You are presenting some wonderful wintershots today, I specially like the macros and the shots of the dog in the snow.

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  77. Lindas fotos! Gostei da delicadeza do gelo depositado nos galhos.

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  78. Good luck, Laura--your story and pic are very inspiring. K. (Manicddaily.wordpress.)

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  79. We all have a treasury of the wealth we have acquired. Some of it has value and some does not. But the worth of it is not what is important. It's what we do with it that counts. You have gathered a beautiful trust! Thank you!!!

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  80. Beautiful photos, Laura. Happy Anniversary. You have a great blog!

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  81. dazzling captures of ice! wishing blessings for you, especially during the rest of Februay.

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  82. lovely macro shots! especially the ice...and all the best for this winter...we're struggling with the cold as well here in NYC

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  83. At least the buds say spring is somewhere out there in the distance. - Margy

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  84. It's that word "again" that brings me down to earth--along with the snow!

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  85. Your beautiful chocolate companion LOVES that cold stuff, hmmm?

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  86. Happy Bloganniversary to you Laura! I am very glad you listened to that creative nudge seven years ago! You have touched my life and heart so dearly... thank you for these winter gifts of ice, they look like little woodland beings! And the pics of your dog bouncing in the snow! I hope this weekend is not too harsh and that the days begin to warm more and more. Much love to you!

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  87. Happy anniversary! Thank you for beautiful pictures and hosting the meme! I hope the storm has passed now and everthing is okey with you! Happy weekend!

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  88. your macro shots are always interesting, creative and inspiring.

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  89. Beautiful images, lovely poem. A very happy blog anniversary! Keep shining. :)

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  90. Laura, thanks for sharing all this. The zoom-ins on that little "phallic" bit of ice were incredible! As for winter in NH, I must say, living in Madison, WI as I do, we have it easy this year. I grew up in Binghamton, NY, just above the PA border, and they share some of your woes, though not as bad as the coast. What worries me most is that they may have their FIFTH "hundred-year flood" IN TEN YEARS come the thaw. And people say there is no global climate change? Doesn't it make you want to tell the naysayers in Virginia to come north for a spell? Hope you are safe and warm in the coming maelstrom. Blessings, Amy

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  91. I cannot tell if my comment went through? Happy blogging! I see the awful hard winter on TV and wonder how yall survive it....in Georgia is bad enough for me

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  92. happy anniversary, your blog has always been a delight to visit

    love the photos of spring pushing itself forward despite the weather


    my blog moved to www.pearlmaple.com

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  93. Lovely post ! Your macro shots are gorgeous !
    Greetings

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  94. Happy Anniversary, dear Laura!
    Wonderful series of photos! Especially I like the second one ... it´s fantastic!

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  95. Your images are soothing always :-)

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  96. Great macro photos! Lovely post!

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  97. a blessing, laura, reading everything you type... back to front & front to back again.just beautiful and gentle. ♥♥

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  98. What a lovely collection of pictures!

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  99. thank you for seven years of blessing us straight from your heart!
    xo

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