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WPC – Ooh, Shiny

This week’s challenge is sharing something shiny that catches your attention. For my second post this week, I will share a drop of sap hanging from a tree in my son’s yard.

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As you can see it was very shiny and I loved the reflection of the tree and the garage in the distance captured within.

“Time-honored, beautiful, solemn and wise.
Noble, sacred and ancient
Trees reach the highest heavens and penetrate the deepest secrets of the earth.
Trees are the largest living beings on this planet.
Trees are in communion with the spiritual and the material.
Trees guard the forests and the sanctified places that must not be spoiled.
Trees watch over us and provide us with what we need to live on this planet.
Trees provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance and inspiration.
Trees have a soul and a spirit.”
–   Tree Magick by Lavenderwater

What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Ooh, Shiny!

What shiny objects catch your eye? Is it jewelry or the sun shining on water? Each of us are so unique in our own amazing way. What will capture the attention of one may be missed by another. This world is filled with so many glorious moments and eye-catching beauties so there is always something for everyone.

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.” ― Robyn Nola

Dragonflies and damselflies always capture my attention. The photos below are from several different outings this year.

 

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.” – Unknown

Lately I have been feeling quite blesses by the presence of dragonflies and damselflies. Their wings reflecting the sunlight like jewels always catches my attention. They appear as jewels shining in the air.

On Sunday while walking in the stream with my grandson we were cautiously walking on rocks making our way upstream when the shining wings caught my eye. It was amazing to watch three black winged damselflies flittering from leaf to leaf, dancing back and forth in the air as they chased one another. I didn’t have my camera at the time so I guided my little grandson to the path leading to his mother. My daughter, knowing I had to return, handed me the camera and went on with the baby. I returned to capture the moment. Two of the damselflies were playing with me just a little outside of my range or too close to focus. Then they began flying around my head, back to the leaf, around my head, and then one landed right on my shoulder. It was an amazing experience for this dragonfly lover.

Today, the passenger window in the backseat was shattered. I went out to take a look and we determined it was caused by a rock from the lawnmower on the hill. The shattered window was shining in the sunlight and actually looked quite pretty. I decided to continue with my training and worry about the window later. After the training I looked out at my car and, lo and behold, dragonflies were flying all around my car. After calling the insurance company I went out to load up my car and the dragonflies came to say hello. It was such a great sign – no worries, everything will be fine and it was. The insurance company paid 100% and I had an appointment for a new window installation this afternoon. They are always around no matter where I go, even in the parking lot at work.

 

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Another amazing shiny bug is the Japanese beetle. Although not my favorite this little shiny group of them caught my eye while visiting my friends mother-in-law’s house. They are quite beautiful with their shining hard shells glimmering in the sun make them quite colorful.

 

What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Elemental

For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air, or the movement of water? Or, more personally, is there a place you go to feel connected to the earth? Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually, as you pick up your camera this week.

“Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron.”                        ~ Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha ~


“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” ~ Mahatma Gandi ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Textures

Photography is a primarily visual medium, but we can experience it with more than one sense. This week, focus on the tactile element of the objects you shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality — softness, smoothness, graininess, or any other texture you find interesting — or a combination of several within one frame.

“I long for the woods, to feel the songs of my skin, and the textures of on my lips as I kneel to kiss Mother Gaia.” ~ Dakota Earth Cloud Walker ~

Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form . . . Certainly a calming, meditative, and appealing world for both eye and mind. ~ Lynda Lehmann ~

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns,
so that each small piece of her fabric reveals
the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard P. Feynman

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Love and Light!


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Satisfaction – A Day in Nature!

This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

“The dragonfly spiritually embodies the stripping away of negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Dragonflies are the keepers of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonflies inspire spirituality and creativity, they help us on the path of discovery and enlightenment. They reminder us that anything is possible.” ~ Beauty and the Green ~

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I had the pleasure of watching butterflies, dragonflies and bees enjoying a nice sunny day in the Saratoga National Historical Park. The butterflies teased with this fluttering wings coming and going too quickly to capture with my camera yet this little lady stopped to pose for my camera. Possibly she received as much satisfaction as me.

Please take your time to feel the satisfaction I felt while enjoying a long walk through the park. This is one of the places near my childhood home that still touches my heart and reminds me of wonderful times spent with family. A place to slow down, enjoy nature and all her many blessings.

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A sweet little deer was walking out of the woods as I stepped on a twig and we were both startled. A quick peek and gone not to be seen again on this walk.

“To be able to look back upon on one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” ~ Khalil Gibran ~

Do you have a place that you visit that brings you satisfaction? A place that reminds you to slow down and notice your surroundings?

Hope you enjoyed my stroll through the Park. If you are ever in the area stop in and take a walk on the trails or the road. If you don’t feel like a walk take a leisurely drive and stop to see the sights along the way. You can read more about Saratoga National Historical Park here: https://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm

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Love and Light!

If you would like to learn how to slow down and live mindfully, please leave a message below or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com


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WPC – Collage

This week, share a collage with us. It can be a collage you find out in the world — a grouping of flyers on a telephone pole, patches of plants in a bed of flowers, a parking lot checkered with colorful cars — or a collage made of multiple photos. (What a great use of a tiled gallery! Nudge nudge.) If you want to indulge your inner arts-and-crafts nerd, make a paper collage and share a photo of that.

Every picture has a story to tell and sometimes a photo, like life, can appear as a collage as it takes on many layers.

When viewing this photo I felt like the man’s photo was cut out and placed in the right side of this collage. I loved how the city before him looks out-of- focus as if he is a pillar of stength and security witnessing others disappearing into the crowded city. The other two photos appear as a layered collage of people and signs.

Sometimes our photos resemble a collage. Store display windows, shelves inside of novelty stores, decorated Christmas trees, piles of books, layered mirrors, and vision boards nicely display a collage of combinations or collections of various things – one piece layered upon the next.

Nature creates its own collages with colorful rocks, moss, trees, leaves, insects, and reflections in water.

A fern and paint come together to reflect nature – Can you see a forest and beach reflected on water? Does it remind you of the natural collages above?

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Bring nothing but silence
Show nothing but grace
Seek nothing but shelter
From the great human race
Take nothing but pictures
Kill nothing but time
Leave nothing but footprints
To show you came by

~ John Kay ~

Sometimes we need to slow down and inspect our lives a little closer especially when our world seems out of sync with reality. This is a perfect time to look closely at the world around you and get back in touch with nature. Remember to breathe, meditate, remain grounded in nature and connected to your true innerself.

If you are interested in viewing additional photos or would like to submit your own photos for this week’s challenge, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Bridges

For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. ~ Bruce Jackson ~

All I have to do is walk out behind my house to find a bridge connecting one side of a trail with the other allowing the hiker to easily walk across the stream. There are a couple of bridges along the way which I hope are still there after they finish clearcutting for the Pine Bush. Sadly this is not bringing much happiness to our neighborhood. With great hope we wish this area to remain somewhat the same after they’ve completed their project. This is a great place to hike no matter the season.

Some bridges we pass daily without ever paying attention to their beauty. The train trestle crossing the Hudson River between Stillwater and Mechanicville is not one of those bridges. Since my earliest memory of this bridge I have witnessed people from near and far setting up tripods to capture this bridge during all seasons, with or without trains crossing.

When the water is calm the mirror image of the train is amazing. In the summer under the early evening sun the bridge seems to glow in brilliant orange while in the fall and winter it looks brown.

Wherever I traveled, this bridge reminded me I was almost home.

There are so many bridges connecting us to different locations throughout our travels. Without them we would never be able to explore new adventures.

Now I will share some bridges that I have walked or drove over in my travels. Enjoy!

The bridge below is found along a trail at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY. You don’t have to be a guest at the Inn to enjoy the trails over the covered bridge and into the woods. Walking along the path there are many hidden treasures.

Some bridges are small wooden structures to assist us across small stream while others are elaborate structures built to last for generation to carry travelers across the divide. At Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY there is a mix of bridges along the way to enjoy in all seasons. If you go in the spring bring your rubber boots and in the winter your snowshoes.


If you visit Thatcher Park in Berne, NY you will find wooden bridges connecting pathways to and from the waterfalls. In the Spring the waterfalls are in their glory, they may trickle in summer and fall and freeze in the winter.

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If you drive down the steep dirt road to the right when heading south along Cascade Lake you will discover a small wood bridge connecting the parking area to a hiking trail. Although I have never taking a journey along this path it is on my list of hiking trails to explore.

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As you enter Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, NY you will be greeted by the welcome sign and the bridge. The trail is only open on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day and President’s Day in the winter. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy the trails. At the end of the snowy trail you will be greeted with hot cocoa and a snack. You can enjoy the trails throughout the summer as well with a nice refreshing dive in the lake at the end.

Along the Saint Lawrence River lie the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. If you visit this area stop for a tour of Boldt Castle. The entry arch in the photo below is a bridge for visitors to and from the boat launch to castle walkways. It’s a great way to spend the day, wandering the grounds, touring buildings and gardens.

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While visiting my nephew in New Hampshire, we did some sightseeing and stopped at a popular swimming area. If you look up there is a very old bridge, which I can’t remember the name, but as you can see from the photo below is connecting two mountain roads above the river. When standing on the bridge you have a spectacular view of the waterfalls along the river’s journey.

My daughter captured the shots below of the red covered bridge in Arlington, Vermont. We lived near this bridge when she was in fifth grade and enjoyed taking walks to explore the stream bed. Only one car at a time please. No racing, as this structure is quite old. If you would like to see covered bridges, Vermont is the state to visit. The other bridge is located in East Arlington.

If you have ever been to Mystic Seaport in CT you will recognize this bridge. If ever passing through Mystic, stop for a slice of pizza at Mystic Pizza.

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When visiting my granddaughter near Santa Fe, New Mexico she tried to find a path along the Rio Grande River to explore. We didn’t actually find the path however we did discover this bridge across the Rio Grande which was a foot bridge now. Not sure if it ever held vehicles but there was a nice view from both sides.

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When visiting San Diego, CA you will see the San Diego – Coronado Bridge. This bridge is 2.1 miles across with fantastic views. Coronado is a beautiful location to visit with parks and small shops.

As you can see, many of the bridges along my travels are either in the woods or along treed areas. Cities are nice for a quick visit however they are not my preferred locations to visit. In my stacks of photos there are snapshots of bridges in Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and many other states including the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AR.

What are some of the bridges that have drawn your attention? Do you have any local bridges that make you feel like home when you see them? Are there any bridges that you will not cross? For those living in the United States, possibly the Chesapeake Bay Bridge? This can be a bit scary to travel over when it is windy or there is a traffic jam.

Now I’m ready for another road trip. Maybe We will bump into each other along the roadway with cameras in hand. Be sure to say hello. Safe travels!

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Love and Light!