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Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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WPC – Reflections 2

You can find similar reflections and changes in perspective just about anywhere. From water and glass to metallic surfaces, share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.

Reflections is another of my favorite subject matters as you will see from my photos. Hope you enjoy!

“Without deep reflections one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

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Lake Placid, NY

“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflected the real people.” ~ Psalm 27:19 ~

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Lake Placid, NY

“Life is truly a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see & be.” ~ Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky ~

“Time spent in self-expression is never wasted – it is an intimate date with yourself.”  ~ Paul TP Wong ~

“The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you.” ~ Rumi ~

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

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/reflecting/

Love and Light!


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WPC – Against the Odds 2

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.” Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” ~ Arnold Palmer ~

In September 2016 I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to capture photos of the blood moon. There was some light pollution affecting the shot until I found the perfect place. The tripod didn’t want to cooperate and holding the camera still long enough to capture a shot was almost impossible. Yet, as you can see I was able to capture several decent photos of the blood moon along with some stars.

Sometimes we are in the right place at the right time under the right conditions to capture shots that would normally be impossible for an amateur photographer to capture. When the chip was placed in the laptop, the moon shots surprised me.

Along with the moon shots, capturing a dragonfly in flight was another impossible shot. Sitting on the beach with camera in hand, after an hour or so of patiently waiting and watching I was able to capture the dragonfly in flight. Meditating on that warm summer day with dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, and beaver before me was worth the wait.

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When the memory card was placed in the laptop I was quite pleased with the result. It looks like the world is rotating around the dragonfly. It was against the odds to actually for this amateur photographer to capture. Feeling grateful for the results.

Another dragonfly photo was truly against the odds because over the decades of enjoying dragonflies, I had never witnessed a dragonfly on a leaf or anywhere else eating. Check out this damselfly eating an insect. This was capture while visiting a friend and walking the trails on her property near the pond.

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Have you captured any photos that you felt were against the odds of capturing?

If you would like to submit your own photos or would like to view other entries, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/against-the-odds/

Love and Light!


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For this week’s challenge I decided to review some photos to see what popped out at me. The photos that I am sharing felt like sunshine or gave a feeling of vibrance so I included them all. Flowers, Pacific sunsets, flags snapping in the crisp air, fallen leaves in autumn sunshine, the wing of an airplane, jelly fish at the aquarium all had a vivid quality and brought back vivid memories of the days they were captured.

Living mindfully in the moment allows us to remember the day, time, location that events occur in our lives. They do not have to be vacations or special occasions because everyday can feel like a vacation or special occasion just because you are alive. Enjoy every moment and make this a life worth living.

Love and Light!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”


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Holiday Lights Through the Innocent Eyes of a Baby

My grandson, Tanner, is 13 months old and lives in sunny San Diego. When they came to visit for the holiday he had to be introduced to the cold upstate New York temperatures and heavy clothing. What a trooper he was!

While they were here we went to visit the Albany Festival of Lights. Although I live in the Capital Region I have never visited the park to see the lights. This was a treat for all.

As we made our way through the park we decided Tanner would have a better view if he sat in the front seat unrestrained by his cars. To all those concerned about his safety we went slower than a walk so he was safe. I sat in the back seat where I had a perfect view of his little face peeking out the window. Below is a photo is of Tanner becoming a little braver and his Mom realizing he is no longer in the car seat and needs to be bundled up. Still a bit blurry as I become familiar with my new camera.

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

He gets a bit braver and realizes he can lean out a bit to see lights behind him

The pic below says it all. My photography skills improved and Tanner’s face shows his pure, unfiltered enjoyment.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

Look at this little face. He is totally mesmerized by all of the lights.

The display was beautiful with moving lights and even a sliver of the moon glowing in the sky above the Washington Park Lake House.

Star above Washington Park Lake House

Sliver of the moon shining above Washington Park Lake House

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park, Albany, NY

It was a wonderful experience to witness the lights for the first time through my grandson’s eyes. I am forever grateful that I shared that experience with my daughter and son-in-law.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

My daughter and her family enjoying the holiday lights.

The holidays are over and my daughter and her family are back in San Diego where it is warm. I remain in upstate New York where the temperature was 1 degree at 10 am and is now a whopping 9 degrees but I have the photos and memories to keep me warm.

Love and Light,
Sandy