Spirit of Dragonflies

Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self – Begin Your Creative Journey Today


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WPC – Lines

This week, share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. We look forward to seeing your interpretations!

At the Saratoga National Cemetery the tomb stones are lined up right to left and front to back. Depending on the angle they will appear in a straight row or sometimes line up in a V. In the photo on the left, can you find the V shape of the stones and trees in the background. How many V shapes do you see?


Boardwalks, piers, store fronts, picket fences, grocery shelves, and clothes lines – if you disregard the object and just notice the lines you will find interesting models to draw. In my youth drawing lines of houses, hallways, and arrows were some of my favorites. I would practice drawing straight lines without using a ruler until perfected. It has been many years since and, although no longer perfected, lately arrows are once again finding their way into my notebooks.


There are many shapes found in nature which are also interesting to draw. The shadows of trees and all the shapes they create on the ground are always interesting. While walking on the beach in Santa Barbara we found a structure someone had made of sticks they found on the beach. It was an interesting structure and as we were leaving I wondered how long it would stay on the beach before the ocean waves came to claim it.

As a child I loved drawing trees. Our Art Teacher, Mr. Notke, taught me how to draw trees when I was in grade school. I began drawing them daily in my notebooks rather than taking notes on Math, Science, and English. The photo above would have been one I would have loved to add to the notebook because there are so many different shapes captured in the branches.

Pulling all of these photos together reminded me how much I loved drawing in the past. So this weekend I will gather my drawing pencils and sketchbook once again. You may see my drawings in a future post. Maybe you will be inspired to create this weekend as well. Whether you have ten minutes, an hour or an entire day take some time for a little creativity – drawing, photography, writing, knitting, crocheting, wood working, painting, dancing, or whatever your pleasure. Finding a little creativity time is a healthy way to live and relight that spark within.

Do you enjoy finding shapes in ordinary objects? What about in tree canopies or shadows on the ground?

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Love and Light!


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I’d rather be . . . – WPC

Although I am quite content to be doing exactly what I am doing in the moment, whether that be washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow . . . Each daily task brings a sense of being in the moment, enjoying life. This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing, which is a bit hard when I sit here doing exactly what pleases me, so I will think about a nice sunny day and what I would rather do given the choice on such a day.

I’d rather be . . . sitting on my front porch with a glass of iced mint tea reading a book or, if the grandchildren were here, playing with the toys on the other end of the porch. There is nothing better than sun, sheer curtains dancing in the breeze on a nice warm, sunny day.

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If I were not home, I’d rather be . . .

Exploring woods and nature with my children and grandchildren . . . Hugging trees . . . meditating at the ocean, lake or stream while listening to the water . . . walking barefoot . . . Earthing . . . anything outside in nature . . .

I’d rather be . . . creating – taking photos, making jewelry, preparing blends of essential oil roller bottles, facilitating Vision Board classes . . .

I’d rather be . . . Sledding with my family at the golf course . . .

I’d rather be . . . Always with camera, book, and notebook maybe enjoying a latte and treat . . .

I’d rather be . . . Anywhere on the water enjoying my kayak, nature, birds singing, quiet of the evening . . .

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Enjoying simple pleasures – feeling very blessed. LIFE IS GOOD!

Now, it’s your turn. What would you rather be doing? If you’ve got more than one hobby, don’t be shy — you’re welcome to share the myriad ways in which you’d prefer to be spending time.

If you would like to view other photos submitted for this week’s photo challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rather/

Love and Light!


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Bring Your Own Sunshine

How will you interpret weathered? Will you capture a lined, smiling face as you practice street photography? A piece of beach glass worn smooth by the waves? A snow-covered path carved by the wind? Have fun with your interpretation!

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

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“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” ~ Dolly Parton ~

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Tree huggers

Weathered items have their own beauty to share with the world.

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Broken Rosette on fence

We all weather many storms in life. It is what we do during and after those storms that make a difference.

If you would like to view other photos for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own photos, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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Experimental Photograph

This theme is as wide open as the prairie sky. How will you portray “Experimental”? Will it be the fresh lemon-cranberry scones you whipped up, tired of the usual blueberry muffins? Will it be a close-up of the piano where you just composed an original in a key new to you? Will it be capturing a subject using varying compositions or photographic techniques? Regardless of how you choose to show us “Experimental,” I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

This early painting of my son’s was leaning against the wall in my spare room. When I walked into the room the sunshine was decorating the painting. I loved the way it blended into the scene so I snapped several photos. I experimented with the changing sunlight until I captured this image which I think plays into the concern on the young woman’s face. It causes the viewer to wonder what does this young women see. Is it a UFO, tornado, animal/bird, Angel, Spirit?

It’s fun creating stories from average events/things in our environment.

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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~ Frank Herbert, Dune ~

Do you have a quote or story to go along with this sunlit painting?

Love and Light!

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Experimental Photography

Let’s see how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax in our wings. ~ Edward O. Wilson ~

This theme is as wide open as the prairie sky. How will you portray “Experimental”? Will it be the fresh lemon-cranberry scones you whipped up, tired of the usual blueberry muffins? Will it be a close-up of the piano where you just composed an original in a key new to you? Will it be capturing a subject using varying compositions or photographic techniques? Regardless of how you choose to show us “Experimental,” I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

Sometimes I like to experiment with my camera settings while capturing moments in time. These two photos are from a night sitting by the fire in my back yard. It took a very steady hand and many shots to capture the flames as I wished. I wanted to capture the movement of the dancing flames.

I’ve had this idea playing in my mind of something fun and creative. Sometimes I play with the camera settings a to see if the ordinary can be captured in an extraordinary way and my camera surprises me with fun photos.

“There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.” ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller ~

While at the beach it was fun experimenting to see what could be captured using different settings. If you have a camera, just have some fun with it. Be a little playful like a child playing on the beach. Some photos will be released and others saved. The whole point is to experiment and enjoy the experience.

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” ~ Ernst Haas ~

I hope you have enjoyed my experimental photos and I look forward to viewing yours.

Love and Light!

If you would like to view photos from this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

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WPC – Windows

Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot. Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.

To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo. And if you feel like being metaphorical, go for it! Share an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul, dont’cha know), or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.


The view from the home windows change with the weather, each with its own unique experience. Sharing the experiences with grand babies make it even more special.

The sun porch is a special place to read, write or play with the little ones in the summer. In the winter the windows freeze over until spring visits once again. In the fall, the tree in the back of the house turns a fiery red inspiring my creative side. I love to sit at my desk to journal or write on my laptop. No matter the season, the windows of my home always look out to beauty – birds bathing in the bird bath, squirrels gathering nuts, snow or red leaves blanketing the ground, or green grass blanketing the earth after the snow melts – it is all amazing to me.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius ~

What do you see out your windows?

Love and Light!

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WPC – Waiting

For this challenge, show us what waiting looks like to you. There are so many angles and interpretations — we look forward to seeing yours!

For this week’s challenge I decided on Mark Twain, sitting on the bench, book in hand, waiting in the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo for someone to arrive.

Is it you he waits for?

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“Don’t wait, the time will never be just right.” Mark Twain

Listen to Mark Twain. Don’t wait, start today. What have you been putting off? Where would you rather be? Isn’t it time to discover what hidden treasures lie within? If you are ready to discover what lies within and need a little guidance along your journey, leave me a message below.

If you would like to see photos for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/waiting-2017/

Love and Light!