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.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

I Heart Macro 107

A couple weeks ago, my beloved by my side, I was determined to make it a little way up the hill a few streets from our home, further than I had been able to walk for months, to the place where the lady slippers grow each spring, hoping they were still in bloom. How marvelous to find them exactly where I remembered they would be, and to have forged ahead. This Friday I was able to make it all over the crest of the hill (which is fairly steep) and to the end of that road. I was tired, but the pain was minimal compared to how it had been. Perhaps one day I will hike and climb again, for now this is the mountain where I must practice, step by gentle step, discovering joy and always gratitude on this journey.  

Thank you everyone for you kind comments on last week's post about our daughters. I for one am still delighting in the magic of spring, the excitement of change and growth, even as we wind down and ease into summer's rhythm.

Each morning and evening my heart is enchanted by the ethereal music of a wood thrush, who moved into the woods behind our home this spring (perhaps a pair with nestlings?) On a walk yesterday, we saw one foraging on the ground not far from the place where the lady slippers grow. They have lived in that area for a long time and we have enjoyed their song walking by on strolls for many years, but this was the first time we saw one, I was too slow to take a photo. But it is etched in my mind and heart. It sang for us on the way back and then at our new neighbors at home serenaded us too. 

You can listen to the vocalizations of a wood thrush here and from the link above on the right hand side of that page. Enjoy!

feminine blossoms
growing wild on the road side
pink lady slippers

most people drive or walk past
unaware of what is here

Welcome to Week 107
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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  1. Such a lovely treasure awaited you Laura!

  2. so beautiful!
    i wish you a happy week :-)

  3. At the first picture the flower looks like a woman in a ball dress, the head is little cut off.
    Never seen this bird before, thanks for sharing the song.
    There are almost the little things, for them we are most grateful.
    Have a blessed week

  4. such a beauty. They are very rare in my region.

  5. Amazing macros, Laura!
    Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

  6. Wonderful pictures. Well spotted.

  7. Lovely shots, Laura. I am glad you are feeling better.

  8. Great shot, very detailed and clear.

  9. I am so happy that you are able to climb that mountain, literally as well as figuratively, and I love the lady slippers. Thank you.

  10. What a joy to hear you walked that far and that you shared the photos of those lovely blooms!

  11. Wonderful photos, Laura, and great to read you are feeling better. "Lady slipper" what a nice name (in German they are called "Frauenschuh"), sometimes those botanical names are really funny and to-the-point ;-)
    Have a good week!

  12. Hello Laura, I know you must be very proud of your daughter! I love the pink lady slippers and the beautiful sound of the wood thrush. We have both here in our woods, I am happy to see both too. Lovely post and images! Enjoy your day and have a happy week ahead!

  13. So happy to hear you are making some climbs and especially to find these hidden treasures....

  14. I'm SO glad you enjoyed the feminine blossoms. They're beautiful. Thanks for sharing them and hope your walks get longer each time.

  15. So glad you were able to walk about without too much pain, My favorite shots are the last two-wonderful details captured there.

  16. Excellent macro image!
    Thank you for sharing at

  17. Nice pictures, exquisite texture and color, wonderful flowers! Happiness Is!

  18. Great photos. I especially love the one of that looks like an actual heart!

  19. such a lovely orchid! love the color and your photos.

  20. Good morning Laura,
    what a beautiful post and nice photo!
    I think to a heart! Great!!
    Have a lucky week!

  21. Great and interesting photos!

  22. What an astonishing plant. Thanks for showing.

  23. How wonderfully you captured the Lady Slippers! I love the fine hair on them. Your hill sounds truely nice! I wish you a lot of walks up there! Attila

  24. Glad to hear you are getting about again Laura, great images and thanks for sharing your journey!

  25. what a beautiful reward for your efforts! I hope you will be pain-free soon. and birdsong is such a wonderful gift... if we remember to listen...

  26. You can be proud of your determination:) Have to admit that my living in the country side greatly improved my observation skills...

  27. I am hoping you will be able to hike.. I am not up to that, but maybe some day. I have only heard a wood thrush here once and it was just amazing. I know they are threatened as so much habitat is being lost... Michelle

  28. I think I have never seen a lady slipper. Now I have, thanks.
    What an odd looking flower. I went to listen to the thrush (of course I had to) and to read about what and how he sings. Awesome!

  29. Only the observant will see what is truly important in nature.

  30. glad to hear of your walk, and what a lovely reward

    much love...

  31. Marvelous post --- sounds and sights to amaze and delight!

  32. yes yes...this feminine flower. Trying to make time for more blog visits, Rebecca has lured me back :)

  33. Delightful 'feminine haiku' and the beautiful lady slippers ~ gorgeous macro shots and glad you are doing better ~ lots of healing distant reiki healing hugs to you!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  34. i love lady slippers- and the thrill of finding them in the grasslands and woods. i am so happy to know you returned to enjoy them once more! blessings multiply when shared, thank you for the gift of yours. xo

  35. These are gorgeous dear Laura! Can't you imagine little faeries slipping in and out of them? I am so glad to hear that they waited for you and that your strength is returning to allow you to see and share the magic that is around you and in your heart! XO

  36. I'm so glad you feel rather better, and that you're able to walk to a favourite place again. I love your macros of the Lady Slippers - so beautiful. Even in black and white the detail is lovely, though I have to confess I love the glorious colour. May you continue to improve, step by step.

  37. The results were worth the effort of you walk.

  38. Inspiring -- both photos and words...

  39. Lovely post and shots.
    Have a great week ahead, Laura.
    Thanks for dropping by :)

  40. Hallo,
    ich reihe mich mal hier ein. So viele Kommentare, wundervoll.
    Herzlichen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar bei mir.
    Du siehst was für schöne Fotos du gemacht hast, anhand der
    vielen Kommentare.

    Mit lieben Grüßen Eva


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