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, September 6, 2015

I Heart Macro 116

our littlest chick
has grown and flown from our nest
soar sweet daughter soar

from bud to blossom
our beautiful RoseWillow
you are a blessing

I miss her already AND I know she is in exactly the place she should be. That first time you leave your child/young adult at college is always a mixture of nostalgia and joy.

Welcome to Week 116
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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Sunday evening at 8pm EST
and remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!


  1. Beautiful Laura ... Lovely floral and poetry in honor of your daughter! What an exciting time for all! Thank you for hosting!

  2. Thank you for hosting Laura ! Your post is a beautiful floral and poetic tribute to your daughter! An exciting time for all of you.

  3. It is bittersweet to see a child grow wings and fly away from home. Blessings to you both Laura, and those visits home will be even sweeter now. Beautiful images here.

  4. I sympathize with you on the departure of your last daughter, I experienced that long ago, but do have the joy of spending time with my grandkids. Your little chick is cute, soon to fly the nest too.

  5. Greetings from Dubai!!! Awesome macro captures!!Will be back soon have a great week ahead!


  6. It's hard to adjust to an empty home - you have my sympathy!

  7. Hello Laura, lovely post from the baby bird to the beautiful rose images. I am sure you will miss your daughter away at college but I guess this is her time to grow. Have a happy day and new week ahead.

  8. Beautiful images Laura. And of course that feeling of change....................

  9. Just exquisite photos! I especially love the beautiful rose buds, reminders that we are all buds waiting bloom to our fullest potential. Thank you!

  10. The stages of the rose are very pretty and the birdy so sweet, although the "nest" is empty now... Have a good week!

  11. Beautiful macros, the little bird is so cute!

  12. Yes, it is a very big passage she is making, and a huge adjustment to not have her in the house. I adore the glorious photos of the baby bird. Phenomenal.

  13. Love the little chick shot ~ so loving and your floral macros are divine ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  14. The little chick is fantastic!! Great shots

  15. A lovely series of shots!!! Love the birds...and the B&W rose!!!

  16. Superschöne Aufnahmen.

    LG Eva

  17. Oh your bird has fledged. I remember when mine did.... Bittersweet .... Hug... Michelle

  18. Sweet birds and lovely shots of the flowers!

  19. Those little birds! Lucky you for seeing this and getting a photo.

  20. I join you in wishing high soaring for your daughter!


  22. Such beautiful photos! Families are a blessing.

  23. Lovely photographs. Wishing your daughter all the best. :)

  24. Lovely post! Love the baby bird!

  25. i feel your mothering heart. fret not my dear friend. you have raised a beautiful soul who will shine brightly as she finds her way.
    and you too will shine as you revisit yours.

  26. Beautiful roses in B&W!
    Visiting from The weekend in B&W, Hilde

  27. Gorgeous post and fantastic shots !

  28. Such beautiful photos! The rose buds are just, well, I'm speechless
    Thank you!

  29. How are you, Laura? Miss your posts...


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