Sacred Space

Petals of white satin guard the stairway. As I make my way up, their feathery ends sway in the wind, draping the earth like a wedding gown train. Pillars of amber rise above the entrance to touch the sky. As I enter and take a seat, I see soft silk brushes, painting the clouds with gold. I am in awe, and then suddenly I realize…

I am home.

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Flor de pepino

Garden Art: Flor de pepino

I’m always nagging on myself to go visit exotic places and see new things. In rebellion (I don’t like being nagged), and contrary to my own advice, I decided that what I really need to do is be present and see the beauty that’s in front of me—right here, right now.

I’m going to work on a new series; Garden Art, and this is the first in the collection. It’s a cucumber flower in our backyard garden.

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In the Quiet

Beauty comes to rest

In the quiet of the day

Gently, with no force

I had to share another photo of the butterfly that stopped to visit yesterday. Mainly because I took so many pictures, but also because while standing on the grass to get the shots… my ankles were eaten alive by what I can only assume were mosquitoes.

I guess even beauty has its price!

Peace & Love!!

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Beauty & Quiet

Clear Vision

Something eye opening happened recently.

I had been holding off on writing a life-journal update because it seemed there was nothing exciting to share. Eventually I did—in my No News is Good News post—but by the time I sat down to write I was tired. What I failed to mention is that I had one of those aha moments just prior to writing.

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Wishes Come True

A wish, like a dream

Is only the beginning

The challenge comes next

Prepare for the fight

Fear will say: “Impossible!”

You must not listen

Like “look, but don’t touch,”

Always leaves you wondering,

What did that feel like?

You will never know

What you are capable of

Until you have tried

So take a gamble,

Up the ante, raise the stakes

Make your wish come true

Written for Daily Addictions: Fight, RDP Friday: Prepare, Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Touch & Your Daily Word Prompt: Raise

Sneakers: Family Portrait

It’s been REALLY hot this week. I’ve been spending my time inside, trying to stay cool—and thinking of ways to be creative.

I went through my archives, looking for ways to use old images in new ways. I stumbled on an old family photograph, and I couldn’t help but notice that the whole clan was wearing sneakers.

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The Wallflower

An Ode to Introverts

Solitude,

You are so dear to me.

Sometimes I wonder,

Do I love you more than I should?

My friends are all out gallivanting,

And here I am,

Alone with you.

You give me comfort,

Help me gather my thoughts,

Like a breath of fresh air,

You are my best friend.

I curse at times,

Stare at the mirror and shout,

You are a hermit!

The Judge strikes the gavel,

And the verdict is in,

Guilty as charged!

But I stay anyway.

You have incredible power.

I can’t help but love you.

Signed,

The Wallflower

Weekend Writing Prompt #115: Write a poem or a piece of prose in exactly 95 words using the word “Judge”

No News is Good News

The Journey Continues…

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my journal. On the one hand, it means that nothing exciting (or newsworthy) has been going on. On the other hand—and more importantly—the old idiom rings true: No news is good news.

Today marks 1,229 days of sobriety… so that’s good news!

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One-Way

Kindness lights the fire

Winds of change begin to blow

Compassion ripples

The featured image is another one of my experiments in portraiture. I’ve been looking for ways to use partial faces, to make the portraits more abstract. My goal was to give it an urban feel, kind of like a piece of street art. The subject is my grandson.

The phase I’m going through at the moment is thinking of ways to visually communicate—incorporating my art with some kind of “statement.” I don’t think I made it there (yet) with this portrait, but it was my inspiration for the Haiku, so it all worked out.

My statement: Start a Ripple!

That’s about all for now. Peace & Love to you all!

Haiku Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Ripple & Wind

Yin and Yang

The poetry of earth is never dead.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats

After the vibrant colors in last night’s image, I woke up feeling rested and ready to tackle a black & white project.

—The dark flower image was taken this morning. It’s a bloom from the geranium buds that I shared just days ago on Coming Soon. I tried very hard to keep it original, but the temptation to go dark was too strong. I caved. Honestly, I’m not a huge geranium fan (shame on me!). They’re nice, but the color photograph was boring. Once it gets bigger I’ll try again.

The wind was blowing, so it was tough to get a clear close-up. Just one has bloomed, so I left one of the buds in the frame—at right—to show off it’s little hairs. You can really see the grains of pollen too. No wonder my allergies have gone haywire!

Anyway, this was another shot at macro photography. The actual flower is not much larger than a quarter.

—The light flower image is a morning glory in our yard. These flowers aren’t in our yard by choice. They belong to our neighbors, but they trespass on a regular basis.

I worked on this one some time ago, trying to create an interesting black and white version. The fine line that glimmers off to the right is actually a spider web. Part of my goal was to show that off. I think it’s amazing how tiny and fragile these things are. The flower appears to be floating if you ask me. It reminds me of a clean white sheet, blowing in the wind on a clothes line. Or maybe a magic carpet.

That’s about all for now. I’ve been contemplating writing—doing an update on my journey/journal—but every time I sit down to do it I end up in Photoshop instead. Maybe that’s a form of avoidance. I don’t know. I’ll get to it soon enough.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Life is good, God is great, and all of His creation is beautiful… even specs of pollen, and itty bitty spider webs.

—Janet

RDP Saturday: Wind & Your Daily Word Prompt: Project

Absorbing the News

Some days I end up with the most random things!

I’m still experimenting with strange effects and textures.

I’ve been thinking about doing personalized portraits in the future, like the one featured here. It’s kind of abstract I guess… incorporating the subject’s interests or hobbies. In this case the subject is one of my sons, and he reads a lot. I don’t know. I think it’s a pretty cool idea—need to ponder it more.

Anyway, I hope that everyone who celebrates the 4th had a fabulous time. Enjoy the weekend ahead!!

—Janet