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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, May 17, 2015

I Heart Macro 103













Months of watching the courtship, nest building, nurturing, teaching; the cardinals are gone. There was a brief storm, the next day a lot of "cheap-ing" and a young bird  at the top of the bush, mouth open, begging for food. I thought it was one of theirs, although it didn't really make sense, as I had already seen the fledglings darting in and out of the nest for over a week. The next morning they were gone. I couldn't find the baby, that was likely brown headed cowbird, whose mother dropped it in the nest too late. This evening a hawk swooped down into the bush. I suspect it found the baby bird left behind. I miss the cardinals, I feel sad about that little bird, but it couldn't survive on its own, and may have already been dead or close to it. A hawk has to eat too.




there was nurturing
life death now empty nest and
violets remain

Welcome to Week 103
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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80 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice violet and cardinal photos. They are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sad to hear about the little bird, nature's way can be hard to see at times. Your photos, however, are stunningly beautiful Laura. I wish you a very happy week.

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  3. What precious shots of the cardinal and those gorgeous flowers. Wishing you a great week.

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  4. Colours are here!!! lets paint our lives.

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  5. So amazing macros <3
    Dearest, Kirstin

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  6. Great macros of the flowers!

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  7. Such a colorful post, dear Laura!
    Have a nice week ... Frauke

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  8. Your 6th photo is my favorite - so dainty:) Sad about the baby bird:(

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  9. Beautiful photos !! We don`t know these birds in Germany.
    Have a nice week
    Marion

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  10. I love the cardinal photos, such pretty birds, I miss seeing them. How great to watch them raise their young. I like your violets, too, the bee guide patterns are so complex and make me think of ink drawings.

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  11. Beautiful flower pictures, Laura!

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  12. This is a woderful collection of pics. Thank you very much for hosting. Have a good start.

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  13. Laura another stunning post...I adore violets and how wonderful that you had cardinals nesting nearby....our pair has been absent since the nest was build well behind us in the woods. I miss seeing them under the suet, but I hear papa daily singing.

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  14. Lovely images, Laura, as always! Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Oh Laura,
    Your pictures of the violets and the cute cardinals are so beautiful, but
    how sad for you and the little bird family...I know the feelings for such a little being....I also would be very sad if my doves would go away...I hope your cardinals will come back someday...
    All has its own time...
    Nevertheless have a good time and enjoy a wonderful week, full of love and light!
    Katrin

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  16. The bird is my favorite picture.
    Doris

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  17. Hello. Your works is Superb.
    Greetings from Japan. ruma

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  18. A great collection of photos, Laura! Thanks and have a good week.

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  19. Lovely violets and birds. We have 2 pairs of cardinals that hang around here-so much fun to watch them.

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  20. Hello,
    right thanks, I have your photos even admired.
    Kind regards Eva

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  21. Hello Laura, I love your beautiful cardinals and the lovely flowers. Gorgeous images. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  22. Laura-your captures of the cardinals are beautiful and so are the blooms. Thanks for hosting!

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  23. Violets and Cardinals...can't get much better than that!!

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  24. White violet - very pretty. Cardinals - really pop. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. A delightful, vibrant series of shots Laura. Love the Cardinals!

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  26. love the flowers, so unusual :-)

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  27. Beautiful macros of the flowers.

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  28. Hello, Laura! Your photos are wonderful.
    Thank you for inviting me to participate in I Heart Macro. I need to work much on taking macro photos and/or to get a macro lens. Already from the thumbnails one can see there are links to lovely macro photos here.
    See you soon!

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  29. I'm in love with the birds: ♥
    ... and the blue-flowered-heart in the first pic!

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  30. Dear Laura,

    your comment reminded me to take a looke at your site again - thank you! Your photos are so full of sensitivity. I love the little fuzz in the center of the viola blossom and thatyour bird has the same kind of fuzz on it's head :)
    Finding babybirds that fell out of their nest always makes me very sad. When I was a child I often tried to save them and feed them. But most of the time they were hurt or much too small for me to care about them. Maybe a ornitologist could... But you are right - other animals have to eat too. That's the way nature is.
    Kind regards,
    Attila

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  31. Too bad about the little birds, sometimes we see life from the wrong (human) perspective?
    Very beautiful photos!
    LG Heidi

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  32. Exquisite composition! Wonderful colors, I love these beautiful flowers macros !!

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  33. The pictures are wonderful Laura. Your story is a sad reality of nature, which your haiku captures perfectly. Hope you are well.

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  34. Wonderful images Laura, and nature is nature, beautiful but beautifully sad at times. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Beautiful blooms and birds... I don't see as many cardinals as I would like and they are frequent targets of cowbirds. but the cowbird eggs usually hatch faster than the other birds and get a head-start on the food many times causing the other nestlings to starve....but to watch and then know disaster is difficult..Michelle

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  36. Lovely pictures and the story about the bird makes me sad too. I have had very few birds in my backyard this spring because of a pair of red shouldered hawks nesting nearby. I know it is the circle of life.

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  37. I just love the violets, and then I get to the cardinals! Beautiful photos.

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  38. Nature is amazing, for sure and the blooms are fragile and delicate, the sky with clouds is stunning!! A very perfect way to see nature in perfect light and colors! All the best for you and warm greetings, as well!

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  39. Violets were my grandmother's favorite flower. "who bends a knee where violets grow, a hundred secret things shall know"

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  40. yes, the hawk has to eat as well, and perhaps it was a better end to the too-small cowbird rather than starving to death. love the violets! miss those blooms! and the cardinals made me smile.

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  41. Your cardinal photos are so pretty and I love to see them in their natural setting. Hawks are crazy... they catch birds in mid flight all around the house here and it snows feathers. Your macro photos are really pretty. I'll think of your link up if I ever get some great ones.

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  42. So beautiful photos, Laura!
    I like all! :o)
    Have a lucky week!
    Britta

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  43. Beautiful pictures of flowers and the birds.
    Perfect photographed, my compliments.

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  44. Beautiful photos of the violets!

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  45. Such a sad story about the baby cowbird! I hate that it didn't make it. You have some beautiful macro shots of the cardinals and also the violets. Just stunning!

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  46. Beautiful flowers and skies and terrific captures, Laura!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

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  47. Magnificent sky shots and love the shots of the cardinal!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  48. The violets are gorgeous close up! I like to eat them in the spring along with some of the new green leaves in salads. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  49. Wonderful post and shots, Laura.
    Thanks for dropping by, happy weekend.

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  50. Spring arrives with so much wonderful color and activity. As usual, your photos are amazing!

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  51. Beautiful macro shots! And the B&W one is giving a different perception.

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  52. What a wonderful collection of flowers, and really love that charming bird. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

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  53. So sad for the baby, but the circle of life goes on. Your photos are beautiful.

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  54. Your photographs are stunning.

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  55. Such a bouquet of flowers here today, and the photos of your birds... are lovely. It is hard to understand the cycles of nature sometimes... I have been dealing with crows and racoons and feeling like I live in the wild instead of the downtown of my city... I love the touch of wild that you share with us Laura.

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  56. Violet remains is very touching for me. Makes me think of my mother.

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  57. Those are beautiful flowers and birds. I wish I could send you some of our rain this spring!

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  58. Such lovely captures of the cardinals. Don't you just adore their spring songs? (I hate to see young things snatched up by hawks, too.) Just popping by to say hello and to wish you, as always, grace for the journey. And grace is quite evident in your words and photos.❤

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  59. Brilliant series of macros! Wonderful details!

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  60. The violets are so sweet and bring back such wonderful memories. They are the perfect example of a flower that calls for slowing down to see and appreciate.

    Cowbirds are not my favorite bird .. I have trouble forgiving their bad habits. They are like the evil spirit of the bird world.

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  61. Awesome cardinal shots. I had a nest too. Season before last. When I trim, I leave it. The nest is breaking apart slowly but I like to watch the progress. It's nature.

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  62. Lovely, Laura.
    Thanks for hosting.

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  63. The cardinals are gorgeous. So sad to hear about the poor little bird. Nature can be tough to watch. Your flowers are beautiful too.

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  64. your flowers are lovely-your heart even more so. how we wish to nurture and protect when sometimes we are required to silently witness. oh the contours of a mothers heart.

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