Shine the Divine:

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, May 31, 2015

I Heart Macro 105


A few days ago during a brief shower, a tiny heart formed on the window, a good sign as I witnessed the gift of rain. I eagerly stepped out into the backyard to photograph the rain-splashed flowers below after the shower passed.







Several days of brilliant sunny skies followed.



The ground remained dry and dusty, yet many flowers continued blooming, the dew enough to keep them growing.









Today, Sunday, I listened to music percussive and sweet returning, harmony to the thirsty land. I gazed out the window once more through silver ribbons streaming off the roof, eyes feasting on the emerald carpet emerging below. A splendid start for a week of celebration, my beloved and I will joyfully mark 27 years of marriage on June 4th and our youngest daughter will graduate from High School the following evening. I think the love we share and have cultivated over these many years is akin to the nourishing rain and the dew that sustains when life is inevitably difficult. Indeed we are blessed.


Parched for far too long
Rain pours down welcomed by all
Gratefully received


Welcome to Week 105
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!



Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement as my body continues to heal

65 comments:

  1. Dew on flowers is one of my favorite things. I'm really impressed with the close up of the center of the daisy. So clear and vibrant.

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  2. These flowers are so beautiful ... and even a little more with the water droplets...
    Have a great week!

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  3. Hi! Nice beautiful photos! I like the violet ones very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. beautiful rainy images Laura

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  5. Beautiful devoted words and photos!
    Have a blessed time

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  6. Beautiful pictures ! Only I have an overdose of raindrops, it's raining since a week her, lol !

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  7. I love the little heart raindrop. Congratulations on so many happy years, and on the graduation of your daughter.....lovely celebrations this next while for your family. That warms my heart.

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  8. You catched the drops so delightful, dear Laura!

    Have a great week, Frauke

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  9. Yes rain! so needed where I live, beautiful and refreshing captures of the water drops!

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  10. Happy 27th Anniversary, and graduation of your daughter. Have a wonderful week! Your flowers are so pretty and full of life in the rain, and I like the big round raindrops making a glow of light on the leaf.

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  11. Nature is so amazing how it can grow when we don't see how it could! Love your photos.

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  12. Happy Anniversary Laura....and what a wonderful post in words and pictures....so much life especially when we are renewed with rain....love the heart shape in the rain.

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  13. All the best, lots of joys and good health, a super aniversary for you and daughter, as well! Congrats! And many beautiful moments to share with us like all these gorgeous blooms of Spring! A Happy Spring for hearts and souls! Happy Aniversary!

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  14. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, and congratulations to your daughter. Wishing you all a week full of happiness.

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  15. Great photos both in color and b&w!

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  16. Great photos, Laura, love the ones with the rain / dew drops :-)

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  17. So wonderful Laura!!! I enjoy your beautiful pictures and your deligthful words! It's a blessing indeed to love one another for so long time :)
    Congrats to you, your husband and also to your daughter!!!

    Have an enchanting week, full of love, joy and light!!!
    Katrin :)

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  18. Stunning imagery Laura, I wish you and your hubby a very happy anniversary and all the best to your graduating daughter as she moves on to the next stage of her life.

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  19. Thanks for the crisp photos of raindrops and your inspiring words.

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  20. Congratulations all round for a happy anniversary and for a happy graduation. A sweet comparison. Your photos are so very beautiful.

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  21. Thank you for the beautiful pictures Laura. I'm glad it rained and I like your idea about the dew that sustains. Congratulations on a long and loving marriage. Blessings to your daughter as she turns this page in her life. May she be happy!

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  22. I love those pictures, especially those of raindrops!

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  23. Hello Laura, lovely captures of the droplets and the beautiful flowers. Enjoy your day and have a happy week!

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  24. Lovely macro images. I haven't posted anything "macro" this week, but you're welcome to share at my linkup here:
    http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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  25. Fantastic macro shots and flowers are beautiful.

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  26. gorgeous Laura! all of them! happy anniversary and hope you get more rain!

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  27. Flowers in the rain are as beautiful as those in the sun.

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  28. Fabulous photy Laura. Inspirational words and thoughts too. Thank you.

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  29. Great photos!
    We also celebrate our anniversary this week - 43 years tomorrow (June 3). Where DOES the time go?!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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  30. Beautiful blooms Laura, and I do love the water droplets!
    Happy Anniversary!

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  31. Happy anniversary!
    Great shots!

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  32. Beautiful blossoms, especially with the rain!

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  33. I love all your macro pictures.
    Congratulation to you and your hubby for 27 years og marriage!

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  34. Your photos of the raindrops and of the opening daisy blossom are truly wonderful! I wish you a joyful anniversary and all the best for your granddaughter!

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  35. Beautiful captures of the raindrops!

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  36. beautiful macro world you share :)

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  37. Interesting captures, and lovely as well too.

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  38. Gorgeous macro shots of nature's beauty ~ hard to pick a favorite ~

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  39. Your macro shots are always so beautiful! That shot of the drop on the grass is amazing.

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  40. so so beautiful - happy weekend :-)

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  41. incredible macro shots! I like the thumbnail shot which has been posted on skywatch page!

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  42. lovely photos, specially of the water droplets on the flowers

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  43. Lovely captures! Especially with the raindrops!

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  44. beautiful selection of photographs and I love the raindrops on the plants

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  45. Yes, I see the heart in the raindrops, and another, and birds flying with spread wings, and the love coming from your heart in appreciation of those gifts of Mother Nature. And...Happy Anniversary.

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  46. Your drops... are incredible... we are so parched here in California. I take in your welcome and photos and drink deeply of their imagery. They say that when it rains during a special occasion it is a blessing. Many blessings for this right of passage for your daughter and the celebration of love with your beloved!

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  47. Happy Anniversary and best wishes to your daughter and family on her graduation ~ Much to celebrate and lovely and very fitting haiku ~ Gorgeous photography!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  48. stunning, teeny reflection on the rain drop!

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  49. Happy anniversary! I love the heart in the rain on your window, and those wonderful fragments of spirals in the heart of the daisy.

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  50. Beautiful photos!!
    I like the change of rain and sun, of colour and black and white. Also the raindrops are amazing!!!
    Congratulation to you and also for your daughter.
    Kerstin

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  51. So glad for your rain...but somewhat envious too!

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  52. Receiving anything gratefully opens the door to blessings!

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  53. Wonderful photos, Laura! I often try to take pictures of raindrops (they are enchanting), but the results are far from yours.
    Belated Happy Anniversary! :)

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  54. Again an enjoyment to see your wonderful photo series!

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  55. It's zen reading your words and viewing your photos, thank you. Congratulations to you and your husband, as well as to your daughter!
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  56. Beautiful flowers... very nice collection of pictures...

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  57. dear haiku my heart- (which you always do so deeply!) please forgive me as i have been quite ill. i am hopeful that finally i am resurfacing from what has been a very difficult month to navigate. you brighten my heart with your haiku and your loyalty. thank you. looking forward to returning friday!

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