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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, March 29, 2015

I Heart Macro 97

 



Surrounded by love
A young man exhaled his last breath
With the birth of spring


(In memory of Aryeh z”l, age 22 your memory is a blessing.)










Thank you for all the warm birthday wishes and prayers for healing. Unfortunately as some of you already know, last Sunday, a day shy of a full week post op, I bent over and pulled a muscle in my back. I've been primarily in bed with a heating pad and medications to relieve the pain and inflammation and to relax the spasms. I’ve done little besides sleep and start to watch movies only to fall asleep in the middle. Needless to say, I've been kind of out of it and have not really been visiting many blogs among the other things I've not been doing this week. Just being, that's been enough for me of late.

I did manage to walk downstairs this morning for the first time all week and photographed the rescued branches on the windowsill featured in last week’s post. They have continued to bloom and leaf out beautifully. On Friday we had our first pouring spring rain, followed by a snowstorm yesterday. The snow melted off the trees within hours of falling, evaporating as if it never happened. The sky this afternoon is the clear blue of forever; red buds warming at the tippy top branches. While there is still a covering of snow on the ground, I suspect it won’t last much longer.

My little family and I will be traveling to PA to spend Pesach (Passover) with extended family for the seders and then returning home next Sunday so between healing and holidays there will be no time to prepare a new *I Heart Macro for next week, this link will remain open until we begin again on April 12th 

In the meantime, my wonderful husband has started cleaning some cabinets and the fridge and has done the Passover shopping, things we usually do together. I think as this week goes forward I will be able to assist at least by giving directions from a stool in the kitchen to my daughters and husband about what else needs to be done to prepare the house for the holiday in order to remove the chametz. When I find myself fretting about how much there is to still do, I recall other years when I’ve been rendered far more incapacitated from MS than I am now from recent events. We’ll do our best; that is all anyone can ever do. Remembering this with compassion is certainly a form of freedom.  And ultimately, I believe compassionate thoughts and actions are what will redeem all people around the world.


Wishing everyone a joyful and meaningful
Pesach, Easter,
whatever it is in your heart to celebrate!



Welcome to Week Ninety-Seven
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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and will remain open for you to share your close-up images for the next two weeks.*

80 comments:

  1. I wish you a wonderful Passover. Thank you for your wishes for our anniversary! Your photos of buds are beautiful, I have not seen a hint of any around here, please bring them with you on your trip to PA!

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  2. These little blossoms are so beautiful!
    I hope you are getting better soon!

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  3. A gorgeous series of photos. The flowers captured in the first several photos are particuarly beautiful.

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  4. Spring blossoms and snow pictures - it can't get any better!

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  5. My favorite is the second one down. What remarkable flowers! Hope your health improves soon, and a happy Pesach to you!

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  6. i also hope, that you'll getting better soon! i love the first ones, so beautiful :-)

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  7. Dear Laura,
    we've got the same idea this monday ;D
    Greetings, Kirstin

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  8. Wonderful photos - yeah, seeing the beauty always helps a little...
    (I wasn't online last two weeks and had not read about your surgery) - get well soon, have a blessed Pesach, much love and prayers

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  9. I love the first series of macros, they are really gorgeous !

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  10. As usual your photos are so beautiful, and almost meditative. Thanks. I also love your mention about compassion.

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  11. I think it's already spring, isn't ist?

    Have a nice week, Laura!

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  12. Beautiful series of photos.... so pretty blossoms.

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  13. The cut apple blossoms are pretty, and the living buds promise new spring growth, I'm glad things are warming up for you, and hope your full healing comes soon as well. Chag Pesach Sameach!

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  14. Beautiful Flowers Photography

    Karima

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  15. Lovely offerings of snowy trees and delicate spring buds and blossoms. Wishing you a joyful Passover.

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  16. Life and death are part of life, the soul renews..................

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  17. a loving tribute, and the welcome of Spring a yin yang write.
    Do take care of yourself and heal quickly

    a holy happy week to you and yours

    much love...

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  18. Warm greetings and hope you feel a little better!! Wonderful new buds on branches. All the best for this week and have a sunny Spring ahead!

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    1. Thank you for the greetings, Laura, and I hope, too, that you had an amazing Pesach with family! We're going to celebrate Easter ( Paște), this sunday!
      Many wishes of well for you and family, as well, all the warmth of Spring, for soul and heart, along these days of spiritual renewal! Warm greetings from here, Alexa T
      Happy Holidays, once again!

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  19. Your photos, as always, are as spectacular as spring itself. It is so sad, a young man taking hislast breath as spring begins. But it sounds like his memory will remain a shining light. I am sorry about your back, and glad you are resting and healing, and that your family is so wonderfully supportive and able to do what needs to be done. I know you will enjoy a wonderful Pesach together.

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  20. Dear Laura,

    The beautiful picture with the little green leaf and your tender words touched me very much...
    I love the signs of hope in your words and your wonderful pictures!!!
    Have a wonderful and happy Pesach and enjoy a good and joyful time with your family

    much love and light,
    Katrin, who sends you belated, but very heartfelt Happy Birthday wishes

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  21. thanks for visiting my blogg and have a lovely Pessach, a long and meanfull Seder. Feel well and Refua Shlema.

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  22. Oh I am sorry to hear you pulled something....your body is telling you take it easy...when I listen to my body, I heal...and when I don't -ouch! So I am glad to hear you have rested...get well.

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  23. You have some great shots there! Feel better soon!

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  24. Always divine shots here and sending you distant reiki healing energy to be well and strong soon ~ Happy Seder ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  25. Feel well soon Laura. And enjoy Passover with your family in PA. The budding branch series is so perfect and perfectly beautiful. Spring in its most pure and elemental form.

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  26. Dear Laura, I´m pleased to welcome you on my blog. Enjoy looking around and reading!
    I love your pictures, the first and the second are amazing!
    Happy week to you,
    ELFi

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  27. "exhaled his last breath and gave birth to spring" - that's utterly beautiful!

    Pls be well, spring & summer are awaiting for you to be explored.

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  28. Thanks for your nice comment to me and welcome as reader on my blog. Have a nice time there!
    Your pictures are beautiful. And I hope the spring will come to us soon. Have a nice time,
    Christine

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  29. Hello Laura, lovely images and post. I do hope you are feeling better. And I wish you and your family peace, health and good times..Happy Passover!

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  30. Dear Laura! I hope you feeling better! And welcome to my blog!

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  31. love the beautiful macro flowers! and the bare trees waiting for spring & new buds!! take care, heal & enjoy. :)

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  32. Spring time, Easter time! I leave some bird photos this time, taken with my super macro lens...

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  33. Beautiful tiny flowers Laura!

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  34. Wonderful macro pictures !! Nature is beautiful !!
    Greetings

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  35. Wonderful sequence of beautiful shots.

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  36. Lovely pictures ~ Enjoy your Easter and your time with the family Laura ~ Take care ~

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  37. Lovely images of blossoms and trees. I hope you're feeling better and you have a wonderful holiday!

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  38. lovely images. I think I enjoyed the winter tree images from afar as much as the macros. I hope you are feeling much better very soon and that you have a blessed Easter. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this week.

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  39. Those first few flowers are as wild as an English lady's hat!

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  40. Wonderful, beautiful photo series!

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  41. Great words Laura (and photographs too of course). Compassion, a great and powerful word! Wishing tyou a swift and full recovery and a great trip, happy Pesach!

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  42. Beautiful macro photos today. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  43. Hey sweet Laura, with peaceful images and a beautiful mind...

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  44. wonderful macro shots of spring coming to life

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  45. Take care, Laura. And get well soon.

    The flower macros are so pretty. The leaf photograph is beautiful and it reminds me of 'The last leaf.' And the message to a loved one touched me.

    Lovely tree pictures too.
    Happy Easter to you.

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  46. Neat nature shots! *healing sparkles for your back*

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  47. Georgeous macro photo!!!
    Greetings

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  48. Wow, can't believe this is the quality of work you can produce when injured and mostly bed-ridden! These are stunning! I love the flowers contrasted against the snowy background, and the little leaf bursting out of a winter twig.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to more photos!

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  49. It's perfectly alright to let real life interfere with blogging! I do pray you all have a safe and healthy Passover.

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  50. Have a wonderful Passover! And let your family help you - no guilt:):) The snowy pic is beautiful! And thank you for coming to my blog!

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  51. I am glad that you are feeling a bit better. I love the leaf and flower buds.... I hope you have a wonderful visit with family.... Michelle

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  52. Amazing flowers. I especially like your wintery forest scenes. Happy Easter to you too! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  53. Lovely photos. I'll link up my SWF post. Look for the spider.
    Happy Easter.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2015/04/03/skywatch-friday-easter-edition/

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  54. You're very talented Laura. Warm regards :)

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  55. Es maravilloso!
    Feliz Cumpleaños, un poco de retraso...
    Un abrazo y feliz Semana Santa!

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  56. Dear Laura, your haiku... so poignant. And I hope that this passover weekend brings you much love and healing. I love what you say about being and breathing out compassion. It is a gift. Thank you. XO

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  57. Dear Laura,
    very wonderful pictures!
    Wishing you a happy easter weekend!
    greetings,
    Naddel

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  58. Happy, Holy and Joyful Easter!!! Thanks be to God!

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  59. Those spring flowers area delight in black and white!

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  60. A beautiful serie!
    Happy Easter to you!

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  61. Rest, Laura! Rest and be cared for.

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  62. Wonderful photos, beautiful flowers with delicious colors !!

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  63. thinking of you today… offering prayer and hope for healing mercies and grace in the waiting… and for light, always His light, in the midst of all.

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  64. Sending love and hugs and lots of healing energies dear Laura.

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  65. Hi! Ifeel very sorry that I did not know your disease. I hope you will feel better soon. Your photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Having a great time scrolling down all thes beatuful photos.
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor

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  67. Dear Laura,
    thank you for your kind words on my blog.
    I linked my picture with you!
    Your pictures are beautiful!
    Kind regards, Gabi

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  68. nature, and it's offering are so beautiful, even from afar. but when you get an upclose look like this, magic happens!!! we appreciate that like many others don't!! be well laura...warmth and sunshine is coming and i hope you will be able to enjoy that. as always, hoping for a cure!!!

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  69. your macro photos are divine! Enjoy your time away.

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  70. Such a beautiful post. I've found one thing that illness teaches is that we have to often sometimes just 'be'. It can be hard for those of us who like to 'do'. You seem to manage all with grace. xx

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  71. Hello again dear Laura. Came back to re-read your words and thank you for your visit. I hope your Holy Day visit was a good one, with no travel worries and I hope you are feeling well.

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  72. Delicate spring is bursting with life.

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