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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, August 16, 2015

I Heart Macro 113









eyes closed or open
heart awakes to sounds and sights
on the mountain side



gentle wings soaring
pause to sip and spread the love
flower by flower





This summer has been filled with love and adventures with friends and family. I am finally feeling as though the MS exacerbation that has had a hold on my body since March is coming to an end. I was able to climb two short hikes and walk nearly every day on our trip, only needing the wheelchair one very hot afternoon and in the evenings. I had no Internet access at all, which was really a blessing. I had no distractions from the people, wildlife and fascinating history as our parents shared stories of our family while going through many, many photos from six generations (including my great, great grandparents and our children), as well as American history through the places we visited in the Shenandoah area.  


Thank you all for your patience and for sharing your macro photos, I look forward to looking at the ones you posted over the past two weeks and the new ones you will share this week.



                       
Welcome to Week 113
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 minuscule 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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51 comments:

  1. Glad you had a good time. Lovely shots-so many I like I am ahrd pressed to pick a favorite.

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  2. What a wonderful vacation with your family, and renewed health. I like your extreme close-up of the deer, and the butterflies and bee. The two swallowtails with the color differences of the black vs blue on the wings are really special.

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  3. Marvellous series, it breaths the beauty and spirit of summer.
    Have a blessed new week

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  4. Wow!! you live in heaven!! Which place is this? and I have always loved mountains, I feel as if they beckon me.

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  5. Beautifuol butterfly ! They become so seldom in my area !

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  6. beautiful pics!! wish you a happy week :-)

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  7. Hi! Nice captures. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. So stunning pics!
    Have a nice week, Laura.

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  9. Beautiful pictures of the butterflies and bumbelbee!

    Judith

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  10. That is a lovely part of the country. I have been thinking of you and how much you enjoy time with your family. The news about your health and strength is wonderful. As we know, each day is a blessing ~

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  11. These are wonderful poems, pictures of you and the nature you saw....I am so happy to hear you are feeling better too!

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  12. Wonderful collection of butterflies. Thank for sharing.

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  13. Your photography is beautiful and I am in awe over the butterfly and deer photos. This looks like such a wonderful place. Thank you for hosting and sharing!

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  14. The pictures are spectacular Laura. Thank you for them. So glad you're finally feeling better. You look great!

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  15. Wonderfull photos Laura, from you!
    I like bumble bees ;-D
    Have a lucky week,
    xxx Britta

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  16. I'm so happy you are feeling some lessening of the exacerbation. That is wonderful news. Glorious photos as always. Also wonderful that you shared family history - as we older ones shuffle along, we worry about who will carry on the family stories....it is always good when the writer in the family has the info!!!!

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  17. Hello Laura, so happy you had a wonderful trip and are feeling well! The hikes sounds nice. I love the beautiful butterflies and flowers. Lovely images and post. Enjoy your new week ahead!

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  18. Great photos, I love the ones with the butterflies.
    Happy to hear you had a good time and are feeling well.
    Have a good week! Moni

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  19. Great that you are starting to feel better Laura, and it is great to see you back with such a great post and such wonderful images!

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  20. Thank you for sharing the beautiful images and thoughts, and it is encouraging to hear that your condition has improved.

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  21. Stunning photographs, Laura! I'm so glad that you're feeling better.

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  22. Oh, Laura that photo of the deer is so precious! Done well too along with all your beautiful photography!

    Happy week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  23. Great photos, all.
    I don't have anything to share with a macro linkup today, but I'm so glad you joined up with us at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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  24. Oh I loved seeing you and to know you are feeling better.... Michelle

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  25. Superb photos and write-up!
    Namaste!!
    Have a Happy Week!
    Peace :)

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  26. Your butterflies are so gorgeous. Ours are rather plain in comparison.

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  27. What a beautiful arrangements of photos. Gorgeous! Have a good week and thank you for hosting! Tamara

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  28. Great to read you feel better.... I Understand very well. Some of our friends has MS too.
    I enjoyed your Post, there are so fantastic captures of the nature. I love this so much.

    Wish you a very good time.

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  29. Gorgeous photos! Hope you continue to feel better and better.

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  30. Wow, Laura...
    What indescribable magnificence to witness. And, my heart is soaring with gratitude that you are experiencing relief. You, your spirit...defy words of description -- and so, I will simply be in all the beauty, glory and magnificence of you and all you share -- and all that everyone shares here...in the macro view. I love it all. Thank you Laura! Thank you everyone for sharing...

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  31. I have no macros to share this week, but I hope to see you linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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  32. Great sky shot for SWF ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  33. Sounds like you've turned a corner, Laura! Beautiful post; thanks for sharing!

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  34. Sure is a beautiful redheaded butterfly perched upon that rock...or is that a lovely flower? Blessings.

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  35. Incredible images! I love your sky shot, and all the wonderful macros! So sorry to hear about your PT's husband's diagnosis.

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  36. The heart often knows things that the eyes can never see.

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  37. We had a number of the black and yellow butterflies this year. They came in a pack.

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  38. I love the photos of you on the mountain Laura! And the rest are a flurry of fluttering wings and vibrant flowers that touch me so. Sending prayers for your dear Alicia's husband and family. Thank you for all the love you share... like the butterfly wings...

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  39. Welcome home Laura (belatedly). I am so happy that you had a good break and visit. Your photos and words are lovely, each one a small meditation in joy!

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  40. rejoicing in your return to vibrancy and your generous beauty, thank you!

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  41. Fantastic shots !!! I love your butterflies !!
    Greetings

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  42. Beautiful photos! I particularly like the textures of the black and white tree.

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  43. Your B&W picture of the tree, with his special form, is just amazing!
    Have a nice evening, Hilde
    Visiting from THE WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE.
    http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/08/salt-lake.html

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