This orchid plant keeps giving and giving. It shows up bold, sprays over ti leaves dancing in the wind and hovers above the moss covered hapu’u bark. A vibrant beauty seen from afar.💜
March 2: Look Down
My 6 year old is looking up at me. This picture was taken from the top of the stairs outside of our front door. Urban and Casey were getting ready for a rubbish dump run and the girls were jumping rope. With camera in the palm of my hands, I stopped her and said, “Hey look up!”
I love looking down at the girls when I get knee hugs and I’m thankful that God chose me to be their mom and that they have someone to look up to. Right now, I look eye to eye with my teenager and my preteen son is getting there. They grow up soooo fast! And I love each and every one of them…
Love and Blessings on this beautiful rainy Sunday,
March 1: Light
Light. I’ve found that light is very important in photos. I need to be mindful of where the sun is, what time of day it is, and how to control the light in the settings of my camera. Still learning~still learning. Sometimes light can be the culprit of a bad photo and sometimes it is the prime essence of it.
It’s interesting that this machine is able to control light settings.
I am always drawn to a sunny morning. I love to sit on a chair in my patio and soak in the warmth while the inside of the house is chilly from the dark and early morning hours. The tiles in the kitchen nip at my toes and I can sun them as the sun rises in front of me. My doggy is chasing the neighbor’s cat and the birds are waking up to the orange circle peeking through the forest trees. It is a peaceful time to gather my thoughts and pray in devotion to the Lord before the day begins.
The shot above is one of my favorite ways of capturing the sun. I love photos with the sun rays branching out of its core. Rather than facing my lens straight into the sun, I found that looking through foliage or trees and through the little square window of my camera was key to achieving this effect. The light is blocked but some light escapes through causing rays of sunlight in front of a natural backdrop.
Light is very strong and powerful. It is persistent and it will find a way to get through even the most smallest crack in a wall. If your curtain is not tacked to the wall, the morning sun still forces its way through the little sliver opening between window and curtain well into into a dark room.
What about light in a human being? Are you able to tell when someone is filled with light? Can you see behind the light in their eyes? Is it just light upon the surface or is it light coming from within? Is the light in a person so powerful that you cannot tell that there is darkness beneath or that there was darkness? Sometimes one needs to let the light control the darkness. The light is powerful enough to smother the darkness. Choose to let light in and the darkness shall flee.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”-John 1:5
There is color all around me. The people around me, the places I’ve been, and the events in my life add color to the darkness within my heart. The laughter, fellowship and warmth of a caring friend or family member adds depth to my loneliness and routine filled days. I see the rich hues of the rainbow polarized boldly through the eyes that God has blessed me with. My eyesight is important to me as is my heart sight as well. What the heart feels is what I see. When my heart is not right then I do not see right. The colors sometimes can be smothered up in pains and sorrow by life’s unexpected events and daily challenges. Reach out from the abyss and take hold of the colors that give me life. The life giving colors: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control with a compliment of gratitude.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”-Proverbs 4:23
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”-Galations 5:22,23
What are your life giving colors? And can you spot my favorite color?
Love and Blessings Always…
Day 30: A Beautiful Mess 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge
Title: Blue Lids
It was an exciting outlet for me and I’m really glad I did it! Of course it was a great opportunity to continue on my journey to be a print ad model but my heart was at my current job at the time as a preschool teacher and mother of two. With both children in extra curricular activities, I was still trying to figure out how even part time modeling was gonna fit in my calendar. Continue reading
Day 14: A Beautiful Mess 30 day Self Portrait Challenge
Title: What Are the Bees Telling You?
I know that this photo challenge is supposed to help me love myself and point out the good things but I just want to say that my mouth is not one of my favorite parts of my body. I mean I like it in ways that my tongue is exposed to many different tastes from eating my favorite foods and I like how funny situations and spontaneous conversations tickle the parts of my heart to bring on a deep and wondrous laughter or how my smile can speak volumes in changing someones day but I despise the fact that it is the most difficult body part to control.
Ever had a ‘wish I could rewind’ experience? Continue reading