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Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Heart Macro 95








oh please
the time has come
grant us amnesty winter
we contest not your beauty
nor joy elicited from fresh fallen snow
your abundance has filled us with much delight
rather these ripening rainbow tipped branches
are no longer content confined in tight bud
let rain replace ice sun warm the earth
so that freedom may burst forth
a riotous symphony of color
we have waited patiently
many months to see
the unfurling of
their song











with rapt attention
we wait for swaddled newborns
to open their eyes


Last night it rained steadily, a soothing lullaby as I drifted in and out of sleep. Then snow resumed the next afternoon, appearing more like a popcorn popper than a snow globe, with March winds flinging fat flakes about. This short lasting precipitation didn't amount to much, although the ground is still snow covered. It is thinner, softer, I can tell even from high up in my bedroom as I watch the level sink down relative to its height against the fence now compared to just days ago; the opposite of ticks on a wall marking the growth of a child, yet with similar excitement and expectation, for melting snow means developing plants. And the softness is evident as our dog Ellie ventures across more of the backyard, no longer limited to her high walled snow labyrinth. She prances on top for a few steps then down a leg drops into a slushy patch.  Each morning a new bird adds his or her voice to the chorus. What a joy! 

I've not been out taking pictures for a couple of weeks, as I've been living with some low belly and back pain making it difficult to walk. Like winter's grip, I have faith that this too shall soon pass. Today's photos are actually from a late January thaw before the snow was too high to safely walk along the roads. It is amazing to me how in the middle of winter the trees were already preparing for the next season! I suspect the buds are a bit plumper now. I look forward to going out to investigate as they start to open, or not long after, depending on my mobility. How I do delight in spring’s awakening!

Update on pelvic pain: I had a laparoscopy Monday morning, one tiny organ removed and sent to pathology, otherwise all looks good, bed rest at home for a few days and hoping this will relieve at least some if not all of the pain as the incisions heal. There may be other things going on related to MS spasticity just to make life a little more interesting, we'll see.



Welcome to Week Ninety-Five
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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55 comments:

  1. So lovely sweet spring waiting at the edge.

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  2. Wonderful b&w photo!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  3. Nice to see how spring is coming !
    Great photos !

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  4. Such a beautiful awakening! I like your description, both through words and images.

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  5. How lovely! And these photos were taken all those weeks ago - wonderful! With rain falling, spring will surely arrive soon.

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  6. I hope Spring arrives soon and soothes your aches so you can go outside and enjoy the newness of nature. Feel better Laura.

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  7. Nice to see these lovely spring buds against winter's backdrop.

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  8. I do like those rainbow colored buds. It is summer here now-high humidity, temps in the 80s and it will remain this way until December. Last year we actually had spring and that was nice. This year we did actually have autumn, which was also nice cause generally we have spring and summer for our seasons.

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  9. Your words and images of buds awakening in spring are lovely.

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  10. Hi! Nice captures Spring is just around the corner in your neighbor. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I do love the faith and endurance of buds in the frost - they show us that anything is possible.

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  12. The buds of spring...a winderful beginning. Love it!

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  13. You still have winter - but spring will come soon!

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  14. Finally it is here, the spring.
    All buds jumping on, a glorious time.
    Let us enjoy the beautiful spring days !
    ♥ly greetings from germany

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  15. Spring, a time of rebirth and hope, wonderful. Beautiful images and words Laura. I hope you feel better and manage to get back out with your camera!

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  16. Buds always look so filled with potential and hope,I think.
    Lovely photos Laura!

    Wishing you happiness and good health,
    Ruby

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  17. Lovely post, Laura. I truly hope that Spring comes quickly to your part of the world.

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  18. I like seeing that your buds are beginning to swell. Hopefully trees north of Toronto will try to catch up soon. ;)

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  19. Lovely photos! And your descriptions so perfectly describe the goings-on in my own yard (and mind) at the present time, as I watch winter melt into spring. I was SO late in joining in last week -- just hours away from the deadline -- that I am re-posting the same link here. (Hope you don't mind.)

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  20. Looks like Spring has Sprung! hurray!

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  21. Oh Laura it seems we are both singing a song of snow go and spring please come....not going to be warm here this week and more snow...2 ft left here so no flowers or ground to be seen yet.

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  22. Boa tarde, fotos em macro bem conseguidas a revelar, o nascimento das lindas plantas que a natureza oferece.
    AG

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  23. Lovely plea for amnesty! I believe all of those upturned buds are praying to live as well.

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  24. Yes, these outbreaks are really wonderful! Great photos !!

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  25. It is always a miracle as the buds despite the snow and cold waiting to be opened.
    Great macros.

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  26. Oh the joy to see those buds bursting.. i think soon they are unstoppable the force of rebirth,,

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  27. lovely photos of the buds! Hope spring will come soon.

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  28. Beautiful buds so lovely captured.

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  29. Hi Laura, thank you for your visit at my blog, your pictures are wonderful. I read about your ms and wish you the best. Head up, we said in Germany!

    Sigrun

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  30. Beautiful photos and beautiful words! I wish you fast healing and that you can enjoy sunshine soon!

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  31. Unfurling. What a lively word. We are a bit like those buds as well, aren't we? Beautiful images and I do hope you are out walking in nature soon!

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  32. Hi Laurie, 'GET WELL SOON' are my age old words for you. My wish and my prayer for you, and for more with the MS.

    You sure have been having your share of cold and snow. We hit 80F today here north of Houston and have had the warmest winter since 1860 something. Most of the U.S. has but not the north and northeast.

    The buds are pretty. Our pear trees have bloomed (early) and now are mostly leaved out. The Red Bud tree is all red early also. Who knows? Well, God does, I know that.
    ..

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  33. those buds look to echo your poem ~

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  34. Thank for Viisting my blog . nice natur pictures and best Wishes of North Germany send Frauke
    exuse my english

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  35. Nice. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  36. Impatient for Spring! Wont be long now !

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  37. How lovely to see some buds as I have not been able to see any yet... I hope your surgery gets rid of your pain. I understand as I had several for endometriosis that was causing me real pain and problems... hugs...Michelle

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  38. Beautiful shots of the buds.

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  39. What a pretty bud and signs of things to come. I hope you feel better soon!

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  40. Great macros. I hope you feel better soon.

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  41. surely the awakening to spring is the most precious time and a gift from God.

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  42. Beautiful macros, and wishing you a very speedy recovery!

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  43. Warm greetings from Germany.
    I hope you will be better soon!
    Can you also see the solar eclipse today? That will be exciting!

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  44. Such a lovely homage to early spring and the (hopeful) end of a long winter. I am sorry that you've been ill and send good thoughts for full recovery from that tiny little (!?!?) surgery. (You must know that most of us are not as valiant and stoic as you are ... To accept any surgery that cheerfully and calmly!

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  45. Lovely pictures. Wishing you a speedy recovery. :)

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  46. Magnificent poetry and macro shots! Yes, more snow but won't last but we still have a lot on the ground ~ Ah Spring come!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  47. Sometimes that "swaddling" seems so tight that it will never come loose!

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  48. It looks just lovely.

    I am sorry to read that you have had pelvic pain and needed surgery. I wish you speedy healing and no further discomfort.

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  49. laura your haiku is tender and full of promise. i hope this finds you feeling well enough to walk under the open sky and breathe in the splendor of spring. xo

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  50. I love your work and your writings so much! So glad I discovered this! I'd love for you to check out my own art and inspiration at allspiceandacrylics.blogspot.com or the artist section of my website at amyoes.com - Thank you so much for sharing! Best, Amy

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