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, June 21, 2015

I Heart Macro 108








Down by the beaver pond, dragonflies frenetically dive-bombed each other, battling for attention, or perhaps the right stick, or stump to claim and land upon briefly.

Such motion, commotion, buzzing and clicking, while you and I sat still, amicable witnesses, enjoying the warmth and sparkle of sun on our backs.

Silent as water lilies tethered below the surface, all of us breathing together as one.


Soaking up the sun
Silent as water lilies
Breathing together





Welcome to Week 108
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

Please link back to my blog either by copying and pasting the button provided above on your post, or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link:


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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!

78 comments:

  1. My favorites are the black and white lily pads, The last shot of the frog is stupendous.

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  2. Hi! Your water lily photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. How funny, we both have pictures of frogs this week :D

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  4. Wonderful series! Oh yeah, sitting by a pond in sunshine for a long time - that's a great and quiet thing.
    Have a blessed new week

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  5. I enjoy the various processing treatments for the water lilies. A very pertinent message about how we are all connected in this web of life.

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  6. How wonderful, a pond full of life, frogs, dragonflies, and water lilies. I don't have such a dreamy place to hang out with the frogs.

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  7. Laura, that first lily really made me smile. The beneficent light! Hope you enjoyed your healing afternoon.

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  8. It´s a wondeful and impressiv series of the sea-rose.
    Greetings from Germany

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  9. Love the frog - that must have made your day! Waterlilies are always beautiful - we see them a lot here in California! Have a great week. Laura:)

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  10. Brilliant pics! The wings of the dragonfly - amazing in black/white.
    Love.

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  11. Wonderful pictures, especially the little frog looking out of the water!

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! Your photos are like from a fairytale - the water lilies dancing on the pond and the sweet frog diving up from the swampy bottom of the water and up in the air some dargonflies are glittering in the sun.
    Have a nice week,
    Attila

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  13. Hello
    Oh wow a frog
    I've never got a chance to photograph a frog.
    They're just always too quickly gone.

    Kind Regards

    Karima

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  14. Hi Laura,
    fabulous photos of the water lilly and the frog and the dragonfly.
    So pretty !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  15. Wow so schön! Das erste und letzte Bild ♥
    Liebe Grüße zu dir liebe Laura :)

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  16. Your photos are amazing! I love the last shot!!!

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  17. What fabulous images and I adore your poem...we are one big organism like the waterlilies blooming together and part of one plant...wonderful thoughts and images my friend!

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  18. Hello Laura, I love your beautiful waterlilies. The frog is cute and and the dragonfly is amazing. Lovely images and captures. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy new week!

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  19. GLORIOUS!!!!! I love that big old frog.

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  20. Hi Laura, lovely water lilies and I love the frog :-D
    Have a good week, Moni

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  21. Your pictures made me smile, daer Laura!

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  22. Images like from a fairy tale... water lilies, frogs and dragonflies!!! I can imagine the sound... beautiful!!! ♥
    It's always such a pleasure to see and observe your amazing pictures, to read about good news and about feelings, emotions... Congrats to you and to the whole family! Warm greetings and a sunny summer vacation!

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  23. the blooms are gorgeous, but the frogs made me grin. :)

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  24. This is outstanding. Great pics.

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  25. Yes, pretty pictures, I love, beautiful flowers in macro !! Happy week!

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  26. Beautifully said with wonderful images and imagery.

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  27. Oh these photographs are spectacular. The frog is gorgeous and your words elevate everything to the level of spirit. Hope you're having a good week.

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  28. Such lovely waterlilies you showed !

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  29. Dear Laura -

    Somehow I'm in love with the last pic: The frog seems to be aware of everything ... and doesn't bother about his shadow.
    A very relaxed 'prince charming' floating in deep waters with lots of trust: ♥

    Sunny greetings,
    Petra

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  30. I love the frogs and lily pads!

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  31. I like your water lilies. They are so beautiful! :-)

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  32. Lovely lilies, Laura. I have purples and corals in my pond.

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  33. Great pics of water-lily and frogs. They are mostly together in a pond. And you brought them together again! Nicely Laura!

    Hank

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  34. Spent Father's Day at our daughter's place on the shores of one of the Great Lakes. Shared a photo at my blog of the beautiful Lake Huron but the major drawing card of the day was a little backyard pond with water lilies, goldfish and, yes, a frog or two. So glad that you shared your beautiful photos and that particular haiku. Wonderful!

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  35. You know how I feel about frogs.... Beautiful photos. Happy you were feeling well enough to to be out taking photos.... Michelle

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  36. Water lilies and dragonflies.. Wonderful pictures and words.

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  37. Always a joy to visit Laura. Thank you so much for visiting my blog while I was away. Have a great week.

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  38. Love the white blooms and dragonflies ~ Hope you are well Laura ~

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  39. Thanks for the lotus macros Laura!

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  40. Nice dragonfly shots. Cute little frog buddy you have there.

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  41. Your photos are stunning Laura!

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  42. These images are briliant! I could feel the suspense... It felt like I was there watching!

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  43. The lighting on some of those water lilies is super.
    And the one frog image, ........ it almost looks like an iron statue.

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  44. Love the contrast of the bright lillypad flowers against the dark.

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  45. These pictures are like magic, love them!

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  46. Very creative and wonderful sky shot for SWF!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  47. What can I say? But beautiful shots. They really are.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  48. So beautiful, so peaceful. This is a wonderful post to visit just before I put away my ipad for the night. Beautiful images and words to stay in my head!

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  49. Wonderful water lilies! I picked one of them to feature tomorrow for Flower Friday.

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  50. Fascinating macros. And the one of the frog is extraordinary.

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  51. I may have commented before ... I know I read this lovely post before, but sometimes my PC is so slow my comments disappear. Anyway, this is worth revisiting ... Often! Love the words about being silent, breathing together ... Beautiful Yoga mantra. And the contemplative frog makes an amazing picture. Namaste!

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  52. Breathing together as one... such vibrant life in all your photos Laura with such heart.

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  53. How very beautiful! I love the light through the water lilies.

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  54. Awesome haiku and photo to go with it. "breathing together" Yes.
    Nature and us...as one.

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  55. Great serie of beautiful photos!
    The waterlilies are wonderful, also in b&w, they are a nice contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.
    Visiting from The Weekend in b&w, greetings from Hilde :-D

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  56. Laura, What a magical series of shots! I'm so glad I stopped by!

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  57. Beautiful frog reflection. Have a lovely weekend.

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  58. I really like your shots of the water lilies. Beautiful captures!!

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  59. My goodness, that's a huge frog. He looks to be enjoying his surroundings. I look at the white flowers and I think of French Vanilla ice cream. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  60. love both the waterlily and the dragonfly.

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  61. have a wonderful weekend Laura

    much love...

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  62. Lovely images! The water lilies look ethereal.

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  63. The waterlilies are just gorgeous!!

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