Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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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!

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WPC – Through the Window

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.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of the child. There are seven million.  ~ Walt Streightiff ~

Little ones love to look out windows, sometimes they discover new sights such as Holiday Lights when riding through the park or ‘Santa’s village’ out the train window. They wiped off the condensation to see if Santa might be waving from the village.

Tanner never seems to tire of viewing fish swimming on the other side of the large window. The children are in awe as they stand on one side of the window witnessing fish   of various sizes and colors on the other side of the glass.

And, when little ones first notice their reflection in the glass of the window it can appear that another baby is ready to play with them. As I watch them smile, laugh and coo at their own reflection it always makes me smile.

When we slow down and view the world through the eyes of a child we begin to see the world with fresh eyes. Take a moment to look around you and think of what it would be like to view this world through fresh eyes. Would you continue to let little things bother you or would you be able to release and live with a little less stress?

Would you be able to find your creativity? Take a moment and give it a try.

Love and Light!
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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 – 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!


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WPC – Evanescent

This challenge is wide open. Evanescent can be any fleeting moment in time. It could be the moment you drop a seed into your garden, marking that promise of new growth to come. It could be a photo of the Eastern Phoebe that visits your deck each day, wagging her tail as she calls her own name. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it could be that carpet of leaves that fell overnight, before the wind scatters them. It might be the moment you light the first fire of Fall.

“Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.” ~ Samuel Butler ~

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Just as the morning dew vanishes with the sunshine of the day, children grow and move on into adulthood in what seems a blink of an eye. The time passing is caught in little glimpses of memory.

We don’t really realize how evanescent youth really is until we are older. Thankfully our memories hold reflections of the past, never remembering an entire scene or event, just a little glimpse of what once was.

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When I see this photo of the reflection of my son and grandson in the window, I see the evanescent of youth as I wonder when did my own little boy become this man. Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was that little window shopping with me. My grandson lives on the other side of the country so we only seeing each other one or two times a year. I am always amazed at how tall he has grown between visits and all the new ideas, words, and skills he has mastered since our last visit.

This is why living in the moment and being mindful of the people in your life is so important. When together turn off electronics, engage in conversation, activities, fun and play. Build strong memories to bring you peace and joy later in life, and the knowing that you took the time to enjoy every precious moment.

Love and Light!

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WPC – Reflections

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.

While traveling for home from a training I stopped to stretch near a small pond in the Adirondacks. We had just had a rainfall and as I stepped out of the car I noticed the reflection of the red Porsche in the puddle so I snapped this photo.

DSC_0800.jpgIf you can train your senses to perceive the movement of the minute hand of a clock, what is to stop you for training them to ‘slow’ down when you look at the tree or a puddle? ~ Colin Wilson ~

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I love photographing reflections in puddles, windows, lakes, droplets, and wherever they may appear. When looking at the reflections it reminds me how important it is to stop once in a while and reflect on my own life and the direction I am taking, to stop and look at the world with fresh ways.

“Life is Only a Reflection of What We Allow Ourselves to See” ~ Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky ~

Take time to stop and enjoy the moment, open your eyes to the beauty around you. It may be hidden in a window, a puddle, a lake, glass, counter top, or someone’s sunglasses. Learn to see the world with the eyes of a child finding beauty in everything and enjoy living in the moment.

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“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~ Camille Pissarro ~

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Love and Light