Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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Out of This World – WPC

This week, share a photo that takes a familiar scene — a place you frequent, a face you know well, an activity you engage in regularly — and makes it look and feel like something out of this world. Feel free to interpret the theme as loosely as you see fit. I look forward to seeing your photos!

Some of the photos I have taken over the years feel out of this world to me when I view them later in the day or even a week or so after snapping the shot. Hopefully you will feel the same way when you view the photos I have selected for this challenge. Of course, there will be more than one submission for this week as this is one of many favorite topics.

Can you see the face in the melting ice or in the curtain? The different worlds within the reflections in the windows and counter?

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman ~

Today, while passing through this beautiful day, pay attention to things that feel ‘out of this world.’ Are you open to ‘seeing’ your world through new eyes?

If you can begin to see and think differently about the world you live in, take time to notice the beauty in the midst of chaos, and find what makes you come alive – even in the ordinary – your world will change. You will change. There will be a shift  that will be noticeable to those around you. As you come ‘alive’ others will want to learn. For the sake of our children, for our society, and for future generations please come alive and participate in this world. We can all have a powerful effect on those around us, our society and our environment – today, tomorrow and in the future.

What can you do today to awaken, observe, and take action?

Love and Light!

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

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/out-of-this-world/


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Tour Guide of My Childhood Home – WPC

Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love. I can’t wait to go on a fantastic virtual tour of the world, courtesy of photo challenge participants. Away we go!

As I am not really attached to where I currently live it seems quite fitting to give you a little tour of the town and village of my childhood. The same place where my mother and her 13 siblings were raised, many remained to raise their own children near the family home in the village. It is also where my sisters and I raised our own children and my granddaughter spent her childhood living there as well. Stillwater is near and dear to my heart and I visit weekly, still participate in a monthly non-fiction book club, and return for walks in the Saratoga National Historical Park and National Cemetery (Both are actually located in the town of Stillwater located in Saratoga County).

Here we go on our tour:

As you pass through Mechanicville on your way to Stillwater the first sight that captures a passerby should be the truss bridge spanning the Hudson River. The colors change with the seasons, time of day, and weather. When I would travel home to visit my mother, the first thing that felt like home was the bridge. Just like an old friend spanning the river waiting to say “hello, welcome home.”

As you drive into the village of Stillwater stop in to visit my niece at the local library. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit in a comfortable chair with a good book. You may find me there on a random Saturday morning facilitating a Vision Board class. There is fun to be had by all ages.

In the summertime there may be a small parade heading down Hudson Ave with children, firetrucks and possibly kids rides and games at the American Legion after the big event.

After the library you could walk over to check out the Stillwater Blockhouse Museum. After learning about the history and viewing photos, take some time to sit on the bench and enjoy the view of the peaceful  Hudson River.

If your interested in learning more about the Stillwater Blockhouse Museum or the Stillwater Library, click on the links below:

On the way to north on Route 4, heading out of the village toward Schuylerville, stop by the Saratoga National Historical Park. It will be well worth your time no matter the season.

If you are interested in learning more about the Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga Battlefield to us, check out their web page here:

After Saratoga National Historical Park, stop by the National Cemetery. There is a quiet, sadly peaceful atmosphere. The grounds have been set up to be beautiful in all seasons. The spring is my favorite. As you drive, or walk, through the trees are all in bloom and it brings the cemetery to life with birds, squirrels, deer and other critters roaming in from the surrounding woods. Last weekend while I was walking someone was firing a rifle – maybe a firing range but not sure. All these brave souls laid to rest with guns being fired nearby makes me think of the waste of lives guns can bring upon families.

If you are interested in learning more about the National Cemetery check out this website:

Population in the 60s was just shy of 1,300. In the 70s and 80s it grew to around 1,500. As of 2000 the population fluctuates between 1,700 and 1,750. There are still some farms that have not been turned into ugly condos and some forest still exist even though Luther’s Forest of my youth is now housing with roads named after the trees they deforested. The aunts and uncles that watched out for us in our youth are now all deceased. Many cousins have moved on to new horizons as have two of my sisters and most of the nieces and nephews. I feel fortunate to have my sister living in our childhood home and my niece living nearby the family home. Stillwater is fortunate to call her their local librarian. It is nice to know that I can still ‘go home.’

If you are looking for excitement and adventure, Stillwater is not really the place to visit. Just as the name states – still waters are what you will find. Mainly rundown now since all the factories closed in the late 70s, early 80s. It is a sleepy town and most of the residents travel a half hour or more to work every morning and afternoon. If you are looking for a little peace and quiet then stop by. People are friendly. You can always stop to Pat’s Sub for a bite to eat or the two/three local pizza shops. Fill up your car at the Stewart’s Shop and your within a short drive to Schuylerville, Schaghticoke, Saratoga Springs or Clifton Park.


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Decisions – Loneliness or Freedom? Choice is Yours

Finding joy and pleasure in your life – no matter your circumstances.

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With thoughts of freedom come choice. If you find yourself alone at the end of the day embrace your freedom – the world is an open book.

  • Turn off the television.
  • Pick up a book or magazine, grab a tea, light a candle and cuddle up in your favorite chair with a cozy blanket.
  • Grab some pens/paint/pencils and a blank page to draw, write, paint, create something new.
  • Take apart some old jewelry and create a new necklace or use the pieces for your painting
  • Open the refrigerator and pull out some vegetables to create a new dish. Pay attention to the colors, textures while creating. Maybe you will decide the carrots, beets, sweet potatoes are a beautiful color and you decide to use the color for a new painting or to die a piece of material.
  • Put on your favorite music and sing at the top of your lungs while you dance around your house
  • Pull out your camera and take photos of your food, shadows, lighting, items you are creating
  • If you have essential oils, create a new blend in a roller ball or a new blend for bath salts
  • Declutter – that is always a great way to release anything holding you back and making space for new experiences

Thinking about the cold nights of winter in New York State, many are not willing to go outside due to freezing temperatures, icy roads, or maybe you want to enjoy winter from within your home. People who live alone, or with others, many times don’t enjoy all seasons and many hibernate when possible during the cold months – why not find a way to enjoy every minute of life.

Find magic and beauty wherever you are.

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It is always present if you open yourself up to the everyday joy in life.

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When brave enough to venture outside, bundle up and get out there and enjoy nature. With enough clothing you will feel so refreshed when you return home. Then you can fill up the bathtub with your new bath salts and enjoy a nice relaxing bath while listening to some soothing music.

What is your choice when alone – Loneliness or freedom? We all need people in our lives yet finding peace in quiet solitude is a great way to explore your inner creative self.

Love and Light!


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Favorite Photos from 2017

This week, we’re proposing something a little different to celebrate the end of the year. Instead of a specific theme or topic, we invite you to share your most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the “best” photo you’ve taken this year — feel free to post your most technically accomplished photo of the year if you’d like, but we equally encourage you to think about other parameters.

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

There were many photos taken this year which I truly loved however, this year, I would have to select this capture of a dragonfly as one of my favorites. I love how the sun light is captured perfectly by the wings and it was a cherished day spent with two of my cousins exploring nature. Great memories were had by all.

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Another capture of a dragonfly is the one below. This little gem seemed to be following along with me in the Saratoga National Historical Park. When the wind gust came up I witnessed this fragile little body’s strength. She held on tight and overcame the struggle. This is a good message for me at this time as I move through my own health issue. This reminds me to hold strong and know that this too will be overcome shortly and health will prevail.

Another nature memory is the mushroom – I was invited to experience Spirit Walk with Mary in New Mexico this summer. During our walk in nature the little specimens below covered the landscape. At first hidden, this one was noticed from quite a distance away. Then it seemed they were providing a path for us to follow. It was a beautiful experience and reminded me that if we remain open and present in the moment our path will unfold before us. As you can see these beauties break free from the soil that comforts them in their beginning stages of life. They rise up in vibrant colors soaking up the sun and enjoying life.

We can do the same. Break through barriers – take chances, meet new people, be open to new ideas, love everyone, and send peace out to everyone in our world – and especially to Mother Earth as she is the true life support for everyone on this planet. Without a healthy Mother Earth there is no life!

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I found this quote in the response section of What does the mushroom symbolize:

Because they (mushrooms) grow in the dark they can represent activity happening behind the scenes and secrets. There is an element of the unexpected and paradox. Out of darkness comes life. Mushrooms can also signify growth during dark times in one’s life. ~ Paul Wilson ~

This could be true for our current times and I really like – out of the darkness comes life. Also, that mushrooms signify growth during dark times in one’s life. There is always a light at then end of every dark tunnel. Sometimes darkness helps us to wake in appreciation of the light. I think when we have too much of one or the other we become stagnant. When in good health we sometimes don’t stop to appreciate our blessing. When taken away we wish it to return. When financially secure, in our quest for more we don’t always stop to enjoy the preciousness of life. Children grow up and act in the same manner we wish we had slowed down to spend more time with them.

During dark times some people become angry and dangerous as they forget (or have never witnessed) what life is like when filled with light and love. We see this with looting, violence, shootings, politicians wanting more and more from the people without giving back, and war as people fight over invisible boundaries and resources. Darkness and Light are always with us, we just need to discover where our dark side is hidden and welcome it into the light to maintain our balance. We are not in competition with others, we are in competition with the person we were yesterday, last year, five years ago. The only person we need to focus on and improve is ourselves. Are you bringing more darkness or light into your own life and those around you? As 2017 comes to a close it is a perfect time to think about what you want to bring into 2018.

May you find peace and joy in the last days of 2017 and prepare for a New Beginning in 2018. Focus on what you want in life, stand tall, and do something daily to improve yourself, the lives of those around you, and our shared Mother Earth. Smile more, laugh more, dance and sing more, get out in nature, pick up trash even if you didn’t drop it, teach your children to appreciate life and nature, meet your neighbors, lend a hand, give food to the person on the street in need, don’t judge yourself or others, be Kind, be Love, BE THE LIGHT for all to see.

Love and Light!

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

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


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Ascend – Flames

Your take on “Ascend” need not be so serious — it could be your partner lifting your son aloft to set the topper on your Christmas tree. It could be that split-second you capture a fish jumping in a lake or pond. Maybe it’s a ground-level shot of new seedlings reaching for the sky in the Southern hemisphere. Enjoy the challenge!

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. ~ William Shakespeare ~

Whether it be a candle light or the flames from a blazing outdoor fire, writing down what you are ready to release and throwing it into the ascending fire will bring a peace to your heart and soul.

Last year on New Year’s Eve we all wrote down something we were ready to release from our lives. Then one by one we stepped up to the fire, gave thanks for the lesson and released our cards into the blazing fire. There was a moment of silence as we watched the ashes ascend above our heads into the smoke and night sky.

What are your plans for this New Year’s Eve? I love to prepare for the New Year by reading my intentions from the previous year and finding out how many of those intentions came to fruition. Then I write down my intentions for the next year and count my blessings before midnight strikes on December 31st. On New Year’s Day I love to box up the Christmas decorations for another year, clean the house and decide what will be placed back out and what shall be donated. This way I start the year with my home decluttered and only bring forward those items that I still feel a love for, releasing all others for the next person to love until it is time for them to release as well.

As I sit in my living room enjoying the glowing white lights on the Christmas Tree and the burning candles in the red globes I wonder how much stuff I can release this year to allow for more flow in my home and life.

Do you have rituals to release some of the items in your home? If you would like to share ideas we would love to hear from you.

Love and Light!

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

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/ascend-cmhr

 


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Evening Glow

This week, share something that glows. Maybe you’d like to experiment with some Golden Hour photography, or perhaps you know someone with a glowing smile. We’re excited to see what you share.

Evening light, whether candle or electric light allows us to slow down and see the world around us with new vision.

Walking in the evening glowing from candle light or house lights always brings a sense of peace within. The environment is still and few others are venturing out in the night so there is an additional calming presence in the air. You can sit in total peace and take in the world around you. It is a great time to review life and make decisions for bringing more peace to your daily life.

Love and Light!

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

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


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Mother and Son – Alone Amongst Many

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

– … and she loved a little boy very, very much―even more than she loved herself.” ~ Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree ~

While skimming through photos I found several of my daughter and grandson walking amongst pedestrians. Although with many they seem alone – one heart and soul – walking in loving connection.

“If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.” ~ Sigmund Freud ~

“Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.” ~Sophocles ~

Re-experiencing life through new eyes – watching my daughter’s and their sons interactions brings me back in time to the joy in sharing time with my son as a little boy. We would sit together every night reading stories, sitting on the floor playing cars, walking along the sidewalk in front of our house. Wonderful memories of a special time.

“Be careful to leave your sons well-instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” ~ Epictetus ~

Love and Light!

If you are interested in viewing additional photos or would like to submit your own, click on the link below

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