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


WPC – All-Time Favorites

Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge.  Happy photographic trails!

I shall miss the Weekly Photo Challenge and feel grateful to have met so many photography enthusiasts over the years. Eventually things change and people move on, so it is a sign the time has come to begin a new journey.


Capturing my daughter and her son walking on the boardwalk in San Diego, CA. A precious moment in time.

Capturing my grandson conversing with the neighbors tree. Another precious moment in time.

Exploring New Mexico with my granddaughter and capturing a photo of her hugging a tree. Another precious moment.

And, of course, my favorite insect must be added for the last entry of The Weekly Photo Challenge.

Farewell to all of those who have taken the time to view and leave comments. Many I will continue to follow your blogs and look forward to reading your stories, viewing your photos, and enjoying your new journey. It has truly been a pleasure.

Thank you to all who have shared in the adventure!

Love and Light!



WPC- Frame

“A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation… is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.” ~ George Matthew Adams ~

Try looking at objects from a framed reference point to see the world a little differently. IMG_5594

Try looking through something to see objects through a new frame of reference. I discovered looking through an opening in a cross on a cemetery stone allowed me to focus in on the engravings on the cross. Framing the deer within the trees provided a nice photo of the deer peering back at me.

If we learn to slow down and see the world around us through new eyes we can change our life by enjoying every moment a little bit more.

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Love and Light!


WPC – Morning

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~


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WPC – Narrow 2


Yaddo Garden

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experience is narrowing of the imagination.” ~ David Lynch ~

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WPC – Narrow

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

The paths through Thatcher Park in Berne, NY can be narrow and crooked. In some areas you have to duck under a large boulder in order to continue along the path. One cannot help but feel connected to nature when in the midst of such beauty. If you get tired you can sit on one of the benches along the trail or one of the large boulders. There are two waterfalls along the path. In the spring the waters flow, at the present time the water trickles due to the lack of rain. Autumn is my favorite time to visit.

Walking along the narrow path in nature is like walking along life’s path – each step interesting and beautiful in its own right. Sometimes you are in darkness and other times in light, each providing a learning experience.

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.” ~ Oprah Winfrey ~

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Love and Light!


WPC -Opposites

This week, make two opposite elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside in what you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot.

For my first photo I chose stillness vs. motion. It appears as if the dragonfly was still while the lake was in motion. In reality this was a lucky shot. I sat in wait for quite some time in search of such a shot. Patience and time – meditating was good practice for this as I was able to maintain focus and steady breathing.


Aren’t there times in life that you feel as if the world is spinning around you. This can be true when while raising children. They grow and learn so quickly you begin to wonder where you were when time passed by. You feel the same, yet the infant is now walking, talking, and on the move. Or, you are preparing for their wedding and you wonder where the teen years went. It all becomes a blur.

In this shot below, nature vs man. Nature wins!


Sometimes people become so attached to material objects, to trying to control and manicure their yards, removing weeds, and building bigger homes. In reality, material objects will one day become a part of nature. Whether an old farm-house or old car, it doesn’t matter. They were of importance while they were part of your life.


Natures revenge

This is why it is so important to live mindfully and appreciate everyday that you are blessed with another day of life and not try to control your surroundings. In the end, your possessions will not matter but the life you enjoyed will. Weeds are going to take over the yard no matter how many times you mow. Placing chemicals in the ground will only come back to bite you one day. See the beauty in the dandelions instead. Walk barefoot and step lightly on the world around you. Try not to leave a trace in nature and instead leave a large impact on your family, community, world through the compassion, love and joy that you have for yourself and share with others.

In the next shot fire vs. water or wood vs. stone.


All are important. Water nourishes the body and gives life. Fire keeps us warm and dry. Water has the power to give life and transform the shape of stone. Wood can be burn in the fire.

What opposites can you think of that relate to your own life? Movement vs rest; birth vs. death. . .

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Love and Light!


WPC – Numbers

Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

When I first saw this week’s challenge, numbers, it seemed that I wouldn’t find any photos in my files. Then an amazing thing happened, I had numerous photos with numbers whether on clocks, signs, tickets, and tombstones. If you are mindful and live in the moment you can capture interesting subjects wherever you are.

In the photo below I noticed these very large playing cards in an antique shop with the numbers 5 and 9 hanging above the garage door. The metal drawers jumped out to me and if I wasn’t flying home on the airplane those would have found a place in my home.

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Sometimes I travel to Hogansburg and have to spend the night. The hotel is across the parking lot from the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino so I take a $20 bill and have a night out. The last time I traveled with my supervisor, my lucky charm, the bells started ringing and the coins danced across the screen. As you can see this was the penny machine and a 9 cent bet was a winner. Those are some nice numbers.

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Traveling for work or fun, either nearby or far away, is a main part of where I find joy in my life. Having the camera bag in the car is a must because you never know what you will discover. Part of the fun is snapping photos and the other is to sit and take in the sites. For this week’s challenge I decided to share some number photos from along the way. I have never actually walked the Canalway Trail and was surprised to see that you can walk the trail to Schenectady from Buffalo. That would be a nice long walk and more than a day of travel. http://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/about

The Indian Ladder Trail is located in Thatcher Park near Berne, NY. The stairs leading down to the trail are quite steep, the view is well worth the voyage down the stairs. In previous posts you may remember seeing the beautiful autumn photos of this area. http://nysparks.com/parks/128/details

The trip from Akwesasne to home is quite long, almost 4 hours, yet filled amazing views of mountains and lakes. After working with the staff I head out knowing that I can stop and capture some photos of the lakes along the way, stretch my legs in Keene while stopping for a ‘last coffee’ before reaching I87. SubAlpine Coffee is well worth the stop for some have delicious coffee and treats. http://www.subalpinecoffee.com

I love taking photos of the chalk boards in restaurants and coffee shops. My own handwriting is not what it used to be so I am amazed at the art of writing on the boards. The one in this photo was found at Heritage Deli and Bakery in Chester, VT. The coffee and treats were delicious.

The one thing in New York that can be found in every town, village, city not matter where you travel is cemeteries. When I lived in California the first thing I noticed was a lack of cemeteries. I’m still wondering where they bury their dead. Here in NYS the cemetery is filled with history and plenty of dates from the birth and death of the deceased. These tombstones are from the 1700-1800s. Each cemetery is very unique. The Albany Rural Cemetery is 41 acres with stones ranging over centuries with trails and waterfalls. The Mountain View Cemetery has a wonderful view of the Adirondack Mountains. The stone from Kingston was found in a Church yard. It took me years to overcome my fear of death and cemeteries. Now I find peace and calm while sitting under a tree in a cemetery.

The tombstones reminds me of the importance of time and how it is spent. The dates on the stones tell stories. Several stone in the Albany Rural Cemetery had sculptures of fallen trees with roots clinging to the stone. These men you young and died during the Civil War. The tombstone means cut down before its time which was quite appropriate. Seeing the years between birth and death reinforces my belief in living fully every day. Numbers are calculated and many worry about those numbers as they wonder How much time do I have?


If you want to truly live, add in more ME time to your daily life whether that be meditation, exercise, reading, writing, being creative and add in plenty of fun and laughter. Become more mindful. Slow down and enjoy the food you eat, fluids you drink by noticing the color, textures, tastes. Slow down when preparing your food and send love to your food prior to eating. Slow down and ‘see’ the world around you. Do you take time to enjoy nature, listen to birds, hug a tree or sit under them? Beauty is always around us because the sun shines and the moon glows for everyone. The air is shared and breathed by everyone. Enjoy this gift. Don’t let the numbers of age cause you sadness, rejoice in being alive to enjoy another day. Instead of focusing on the numbers, focus on your life.

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Release the numbers that are holding you back. Live mindfully, adventurously, and joyously!!

Love and Light!

http://albanyruralcemetery.org http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~frgen/franklin/brighton/mountainview.htm


WPS – Spare 2

Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration.

This week I decided to post twice. The first was based on memory of my mother, the second is some spare items I photographed while visiting my daughter, Allison, in San Diego.

‘New stuff doesn’t usually have the character I adore: the rust, the chipped paint, the history … ‘     ~ Tanya Couchman ~

There were many spare items in the antique store we visited. Various items in many colors and sizes. It was such a fun time with Allison. Wish I remembered the name of the location because it was a great place to visit. Had I live closer and owned a home this would not have been just a viewing. My car would have been filled.

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Light and Love!



WPC – Spare

Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration.

Anyone in need of some buttons? As you can see I have some spare white buttons and a few black and brown to share.


My mother and six her sisters grew up during the Depression and learned to save everything. Thankfully she no longer saved the aluminum foil by the time I came along. Although I love recycling and reusing, reusing aluminum foil never interested me. Buttons on the other hand – there is something about them that I just love. Above is a collection of different size white buttons and one sections of black and brown. When Mom died there were several button tins in her cabinets. It was difficult for me to release them to others because there were such loving memories held within each tin and button. Some of the buttons in the photo were from my mother’s tins and others were purchased prior to Mom’s death at second hand or antique stores because I started my own button tin.

As a child I loved rummaging through her button tins. It was a treasure chest of interesting items to a young child. It went beyond the many sizes and colors of buttons – hidden within were bobby pins, clasp from a garter belt, trinkets from the penny bubble gum machine, walnut pick, tie clips, Monopoly pieces, nails, miniature dolls, dice, checkers, and many other interesting items to interest a small child. Some of the items hidden within were left over from my grandmother. Those tins would keep my interest as I remembered which coat or shirt they came from. She had one very large button that fit in my palm. It was from a coat with large pockets. When Mom went grocery shopping she would put items such as Kool Aid packets and other small items in those pockets. Mom didn’t intentionally steal – it was more an innocent overlook. The look on her face when she reached into her pocket a day or two later still makes me laugh. She was embarrassed to think she had stolen the items.

Today I still have one of her button tins The white buttons were sorted and divided by sizes in preparation of an upcoming creative endeavor. They will become part of a painting and/or piece of jewelry. Once created I will share.

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Do you have a collection from one of your parents or family members? What makes you want to hold on – memories, usage, love of the items? Mine is a mix of memories, love and visions of creating.

Love and Light!


WPC -Face

In a new post, show us a face — and feel free to share the story or the person behind it. We look forward to seeing your takes!

“I’m waiting, for what, my kind of people, what kind is that, I can tell my kind of people by their faces, by something in their faces.”  ~ Ayn Rand ~

While viewing photos I wondered if I should select a person’s face, animal face, painted face or faces hidden within other things. As with other week’s I couldn’t select just one.

“Our faces will become works of art that our grandchildren will treasure.” ~ Adriana Trigiani ~

Cassie, Mom and Allison

Faces spanning time.

In the first photo you can see the happiness in my 92 year old Mom’s face as she poses with my two daughters.

“For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face.”  ~ Dejan Stojanovic ~

This was one of the last photos they had taken before her death. She was in pure joy when her grandchildren came to visit.

“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero ~

What did you think of my selection? Did you notice the face in the curtain and in the melting ice? I hadn’t noticed until after I viewed them on the computer. The beautiful deer were in the field and stood watching us for quite a while as if posing for these photos.

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Love and Light!