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Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Heart Macro 104















I am still going to physical therapy dutifully twice a week. No clear diagnosis, maybe fibromyalgia (something never dx’d before, but it is on the table as a possibility) exacerbated by minor surgery in March, maybe not. MS slows down recovery no matter what is going on. I have continued wandering through the woods on soft ground alone most mornings when I am able, although it is becoming increasingly difficult as the foliage fills in; informing me it is nearly time to “keep out” and allow the flora and fauna to occupy this space without my intrusion.

Occasionally, when he has time to escort me, my husband and I take short strolls in the neighborhood until my back spasms and we turn around. I do not venture far on pavement by myself for fear of cramping up and not being able to make it home without assistance.

I am weary from this physical setback as summer rapidly approaches. I want to be outside, walking for hours and miles in solitude, wildflowers on the side of the road, birdsong and butterflies, sun kissed shoulders, an occasional breeze, water bottle, camera and hat. I long to go hiking in the mountains with my beloved. The frustration is rising, and yet, there have been many years when these activities seemed an impossible dream. In all honesty it is emotionally challenging to have regained abilities for three years and then lose them again at present, a good reminder that everything is temporary. I had a flare last June that turned around quickly, although not completely. Who knows, perhaps the pain will abate soon, the dizziness will subside, strength and balance will return. It will be what it will be, and it is what it is. There is plenty of beauty to be found through the windows and in the yard. In between small tasks, reclining in bed, resting, as I must many hours each day I listen to the song of the earth, this is great comfort.







Fire danger is high, we’ve not watered our gardens out of respect for the drought, and there is visible withering, leaves of bulbs have pushed through, with very few achieving blossoms. 





It is a marvel how much still grows despite the lack of rain this spring, primarily wild flowers that do not depend on rich soil, or are well shaded, plants, shrubs and trees with well established deep roots.



deep snow now long gone
spring rain and floods never came
precious morning dew

sustaining life drop by drop

tears for a thirsty planet


Welcome to Week 104
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.    


Shine the Divine


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The I Heart Macro Linky opens tonight, 
Sunday evening at 8pm EST
and remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!

Patience please, there appears to be a "hide and seek" glitch in linkytools. I am hoping it will start functioning properly again soon; the 57 links already shared are beautiful, but at the moment not visible. Oy! Please do come back later to day or during the week to check and see if the linky starts working so you can share your photos and see the offerings of other people. I feel terrible because I barely had a chance to visit anyone and this happened.  


66 comments:

  1. The blue in those flowers is perfection. "For I will restore your health to you, and heal your wounds, says the Lord." Jeremiah 30:17 I hope your health improves and may your walks lengthen.

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  2. Your macro photos are excellent !!
    Greetings

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  3. This too shall pass, dear Laura! We are determined with you to beat this thing (whatever it's called)!

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  4. wonderful macro shots! gorgeous colors.

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  5. oh yes those hardy ones, wildflowers still showing promise

    have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  6. Beautiful shots, I especially like the Dove! Hope you feel better soon and I'll work on sending you some of our rain, we are way above our average!

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  7. Beautiful photos. My favorite is the purple tulip-cause it is purple. And the dove is a great shot also. Hope you feel better soon.

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  8. I'm sorry you are not getting better as fast as you would like. sure hope you soon recover and enjoy the warmer weather.

    beautiful images.

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  9. Hello, Laura! I hope you feel better soon. Great post. Your photos are excellent! Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Photos of little wonders...
    Love and prayer for you

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  11. So many beautiful photos and especially a love those with the drops!

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  12. Wonderful macros, Laura!
    I hope that your health will improve and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature... and that the rain will come.

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  13. Your pictures are all very beautiful ! MS is a terrible disease, keep on going and fight ! Even little walks are nice !

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  14. Hello,
    as I do today sometimes with my macros.
    Many Thanks. I admire your beautiful flowers again and again.

    Kind regards Eva

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  15. Hi Laura!
    Beautiful pics. Like always :o)
    Love. Mrs Patch

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  16. Your photos are exquisite and they are so soothing to look at. I hope your pain goes away soon.

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  17. Amazing pictures. I hope there will be rain soon.

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  18. Wonderful shots! Just love the droplets photos.

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  19. Dear Laura, we both got the same idea ;-)
    I had a giggle when I came to link my photo. :-D However, I didn't know that there are also white ones out there!
    Great photos you are showing.
    ... I keep my fingers crossed for you feeling better soon, my dear!

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  20. beautiful spring photos. I love the last.... a perfekt drop on top. Great shot!

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  21. Great shots - especially the rain drop !!
    Greetings
    Marion

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  22. Laura I am sorry to hear about your continued pain....I will keep you in my prayers and am sending lots of healing hugs.....this weeks shots are breathtaking again and I am in awe of how you capture a drop on foliage and make branches sing...also your poem is wonderful....here we have had rain and the short drought in early May ended...lots of rain predicted this week so I hope you get some.

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  23. The photos with the waterdrops are very amazing.

    Many grettings

    Annette

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  24. I am so sorry that you are suffering a setback, and do hope it is transient. Your flowers are gorgeous!

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  25. Marvelous macro shots as always ~ love the dove and the water drop especially!

    Happy Week to you!
    artmusedog and carol

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  26. Hi Laura, I am back again to thank you for linking up with Today's Flowers, appreciate it so much :)

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  27. Hello Laura, your flowers are simply beautiful. I love the sweet dove and the droplets are just amazing. I hope you feel well are able to take those walks if you can. Have a happy week ahead!

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  28. "Tears for a thirsty planet"....your photos are always spectacular, I think this week more so than ever. Yes, much beauty to be found everywhere. I am sorry to hear of the possibility of fibro on top of everything else. Internal specialists can diagnose that beyond doubt - they test fourteen pressure points on the body for pain. I tested positive in almost all of them. Plus have chronic fatigue as well. So I know some of your challenges, though MS as well boggles the mind. I hope that this episode, whatever it is, will ease off so you can enjoy a return to some of the activities you miss. What I found is, in flare-ups, the only thing that helps is total rest, as you are doing......I hope it lifts off soon.

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  29. Hope your health and strength return soon! Lovely lovely shots.

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  30. Great pics of flowers. You've always have them for us Laura!

    Hank

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  31. Beautiful spring colours and that little guy is so cute:)

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  32. Your photos are so gorgeous!!! This does sound like the best medicine:

    "I have continued wandering through the woods on soft ground alone most mornings"

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  33. I didn't find the link,will try again! Your pics are wonderful!

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  34. Beautiful blooms, and I love the water drops!

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  35. You capture the beauty of those flowers.. love the beauty of those precious drops.

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  36. This is absolutely gorgeous :D loved the stunning pictures! Specially the one with the water drops :D
    xoxo

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  37. I was the child who always read the words in books before looking at the pictures - and although your images are beautiful and I do enjoy them, I am still the same, so your words grabbed my attention right away. Had not realised the physical difficulties you deal with; thank you for explaining so clearly and honestly. My loving thoughts to you!

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  38. Had trouble trying to link up earlier in the week, but finally made it! Love your photos, as always!

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  39. Your macro shots are always amazing! Thanks for hosting each week.

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  40. The first few of your photo have something wild, jungle-like about them! In the other ones I love the fresh softness, the light an the sparkling. All of them are beautiful!
    Kind regards, Attila

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  41. Hope your health improves swiftly and I love all your marvellous macro images.

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  42. Beautiful photos and especially the water droplet.. I was diagnosed with FM before the MS diagnosis. I know I have issues with pain but I haven't really looked into it recently. I hope you get some relief..I understand the frustration... Michelle

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  43. Lovely macros and a beautiful little dove.

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  44. Such amazing, stunning photos! Beautiful macros! I am so sorry you are having a flare-up of your MS and other problems that is not easily going away. I will remember you in my prayers..

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  45. My heart goes out to you Laura and I do hope you return to better health now. Even with the health restrictions you are still freer than some because you have a free soul!

    I just love the colors and the images, wonderful shots.

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  46. Lovely intricate macros. Your flowers and trees are definitely blooming and growing. I'm sorry to hear about your physical pain and limitations at present. I hope the PT works for you.

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  47. I liked the blue sky in the background.

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  48. The dew drop and the poem under it almost brought me to tears. And there is a rainbow in that drop ... A perfect example of what you ask us to do here! I hope your flare does not last long... Good thoughts winging your way.

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  49. I'm so sorry for your setbacks, but happy you still find such beauty everywhere. The colours you found this week are superb, and so are the monochromes. I love the worlds of beauty in the water droplets.

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  50. Beautiful macro shots of flowers.

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  51. Great series of photos! Especially I like the fabulous photos with the droplets!

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  52. Dear Laura, those dew drops... are magic. I am so grateful for all your gifts here, your words and photos. Thank you for sharing them, for sharing you with us. Sending prayers and blessings your way.

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  53. As always your photos are rich and beautiful! Great job!

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  54. Hope you feel better soon Laura. <3

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  55. You've certainly found lots of beauty for this post. I hope you're able to do some walking this summer.

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  56. Hi, Laura,

    You do amazing photo work. I'm in awe with the reflections your capture in the single beads of water. I wish you the best as you ride through this temporary setback. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  57. Always so lovely.

    https://annieelf2012.wordpress.com/

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  58. Keep listening to the song of the earth, as you already do, for it is what carries us all forward and gives us daily pleasures. My prayers are always with you.

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  59. Delightful haiku ~ so rich with life! and Gorgeous macro photography again!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  60. Wonderful captures .... wish you a happy weekend!

    Irene

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