Story Telling – Challenges – Purple Glass Chihuly Sculpture

The underlying theme of today’s Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now is “story.” Before expanding on it and the photo on the left (enlarged below) I am asking for your help.

1 – As I continue living in, developing and transforming my own life story, I am in the inquiry of “What problems do I solve? Who are the people I help?

For those of you have been followers for some time, and new ones also: Are there problems with which I have helped you in my writing here or through other contacts? If so, what was/were the problem(s) and how was/were it/they resolved? I would very much appreciate your response. Simply send an email to or leave you comments below in the Reply section.

Also, are you dealing with a challenge now where I might be able to help you gain clarity… in a relationship (with yourself or another) or in an Internet business, (particularly in the areas of technology or marketing)? If so, I would be glad to set up a time for a free 30 minute consultation. Or, perhaps there is a product or service to which I can direct you. Again, please reply to this post with your response. If you’d like a complimentary consultation, put that in the subject line… address

Now on to Today’s Photo… Story and Self-Reflecting Queries 

purple glass in palms at Fairchild GardensThe above photo and story of a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture was featured in an issue of Picture to Ponder in July 2006. It was one of many sculptures installed in the first ever Chihuly Exhibit in Fairchild Gardens in Miami.

In that issue I wrote:

“… a Chihuly purple glass sculpture in the midst of palms at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. As I was looking through photos from the exhibit then [and now] the one above popped out for me, totally capturing my attention and a few of my senses.

I love the movement of the branches, as well as the contrasts and lights and shadows at play in the whole scene. For me the experience would be complete without the sculpture and, I find, the piece does add a great anchor.

While looking at it, observe how the textures in the glass repeat the textures of the natural environment in which it was placed.

As I look at the above Palm Garden photo, I’d love to jump in, skip, play and then simply lie down and be. I am thrilled that I have this photo that allows me that experience, even though it’s one I’d have to continue to visualize and create in my imagination.

Are there places that you have where you experience special energy? Can you physically visit them or are they places in your imagination? How have you captured them to keep them alive for you?

Many of you, whose work I’ve seen, take wonderful photos and others write and create beautiful pictures with your vivid use of words. What about the rest of you?

I have been speaking of physical, visual energy oases, so-to-speak.

Perhaps there are domains of music or other forms of sound that create these experiences for you? Are there some of you who originate and create your own place with sound.

I invite you to pay attention to what it is that brings out both serenity and playfulness for you and to note the ways in which you can hold it to retrieve at any time.”

BACK TO TODAY – As I reflect on the Self-Reflecting Queries myself, here and in other issues when I go back to them, I am in wonderment at what the photos brought up for me and, presumably, for you.

The question for me now becomes… “Were those 8 to 10 years simply part of my life story that is complete or is there more to be done in that arena?

I’d be happy to hear from you if you have thoughts on this based on your past experiences with Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now.  Please post in the Reply Section below.

Being in the Moment – Shining Your Light

gazing ball

The other morning, I stopped short as I started walking through my living room. My eyes unexpectedly caught the dazzling lights I suddenly saw sparkling on the walls, ceiling and floor.

Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now subscribers were the first ones who popped into my thoughts when I thought of sharing. It felt like it was all about “Being in the Moment, Capturing the Present”… that about which I have written so often during the past 10 years. Continue reading

Glistening Sunset Light on Waterfall Energizes and Restores

sunset glistening fallsDecember 9th, a week ago, marked the 10th anniversary of Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now.  In Issue 1, I shared my MISSION, stating: “It is my desire to inspire you to discover and expand your own greatness of seeing, imagining and/or creating.”

I continued: “Each mailing will simply contain a photo – a Picture to Ponder – no words from me about the photo. [Based on reader demand, words ultimately followed.]

Know that there will be something in every photo used that caught my eye and had me ‘capture’ it. It may have been in the color, the patterns, the texture, the mood. Sometimes a hidden image surfaces for me… I invite you to explore each photo for meaning it might or might not have for you.” Continue reading

How do You Get Past Stuckness?

I recently wrote that I would be going through the 650 plus issues of Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now published in the last 10 years and feature some of your and my favorite photos and queries.

Presumably, because I’ve been immersed in Vegetables and Fruit photos for the past month or so, putting together a Stock Photo Package for sale, I was almost immediately drawn to an issue with sliced mushrooms on my cooktop. See Vol 6 – Issue 9.

At the time I wrote the issue, my eye had been caught by the expressive faces I saw when I cut a mushroom in half. I started smiling immediately as two of them instantly showed up. Despite the fact the faces were not particularly happy ones, I couldn’t help laughing at the irony of how quickly, it seems, I see “faces.” Interestingly they might have been expressing my own mood at the time.

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Choices – Comfort, Staying Still or Moving Forward

Right after a long-time subscriber wrote on Facebook asking me what’s been happening with Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now, I came across this tulip photo, one of our favorites. She went on to say she’s missed both the photos and the thoughts.

Looking at the photo now it has the feeling of hibernation, for me, feeling safe and protected. And we have a choice, stay in the “womb,” so-to-speak or allow Nature to take its course and open up, move forward and get out into the world.

How about you? What do you see?

I have been moving out in the world and in the process, perhaps, neglecting those of you who have looked forward to my photographs and the self-reflecting queries they inspired.

I am now setting a goal of to go through issues from the last 10 years, finding images and thoughts that pop out for me and, once again, putting them out for you…. with less words this time.

Quickly, for those who like the background stories on the photos themselves:

If you’re a long time subscriber, you know I’ve always said, “If anything catches your eye, snap a picture.”

The above photo is an image that could have been totally overlooked. It was in the center of a tulip plant I had purchased and put in the trunk of my car.

When I opened the trunk this bud caught my eye and I went for the camera before the flower had a chance to open. I focused in with my macro lens. Thus no background diversions got in the way.

In that issue of Picture to Ponder I wrote:

Are there areas in your life where you can unearth beauty or power, getting straight to the point, unconsciously eliminating the distractions?”

Two years later, I wrote, “I love image for its sensuality as well as for the feeling of gentleness, love and protection that I get from it.”

And I asked: “What do you find most appealing?

For that issue’s

Relationship Tip I wrote:

Sometimes all that’s necessary for expressing and feeling love is to stop whatever you are doing. Then quietly and soundlessly focus in on your loved one. Next gently fully embrace him or her. Create a sense of timelessness.

If you are alone, although it’s not quite the same, I invite you to similar actions. Pause and quietly appreciate and fully embrace yourself.

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And – On Being Alone,

I was actually able to metaphorically embrace myself the other day as I drank tea from the mug below with my hand wrapped comfortably and comfortingly around it.

The mug is available in my Nature Art Gift Shop reminding us of “Love With No Regrets.” Should you be interested in the mug without the text, email me and I’ll upload art without the URL.

pink tulip bud Love With No Regrets mug
pink tulip bud on love with no regrets mug looking at it from the right side

If you like the image, it is also on tiles and prints in the Shop. Click on Pink Tulip products.

As always have fun and please post your experience in the Comments Section below.

How to Preserve Voice Memories, Photos and Notes Using Evernote

Once again it has been an extended time between posts. Ironically, I had planned this on to be around a thought I had the other morning. I asked myself, “Are you allowing confrontation to stop you or are you stepping back and allowing for new openings?

And, as I opened the last issue Confrontation or Peace, I see that this, in fact, was its theme. I wonder if you noticed anything for yourself then, or now?

In the meantime, when I let go of some of my “stuff”, I decided that it’s important for me to share some of my experiences to ensure that I’ve put out everything I know that can help others to Treasure their Lives Now and in the future.

With that being said I’m changing the customary Photo/Self-Reflecting Queries format for this issue to go straight to my story, offer and Treasure Your Life Now Tip. Continue reading

Confrontation or Peace – Boardwalk Reflections in Green Cay Wetlands

With this post, I am going back to the original basics of Picture to Ponder almost 10 years ago. At that point, photographs of images that caught my eye inspired what I termed “Self-Reflecting Queries,” questions for the viewers to “ponder” about themselves and their lives.  When walking in Green Cay Wetlands the other day, I was reminded of one of my early Pictures to Ponder issues, Zig Zag Lines – Confusion and Bombardment, in 2006. Below are three different views of the current scene that provoked similar thoughts for me. Perhaps there is something in the imagery for you also.

Before reading my descriptions below, I invite you to spend a moment or two with each of the photos. Note what’s different for you in each. Then go on to read the descriptions and my responses and finally, the Self-Reflecting Queries.

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How to Use Your Camera to Shift Your Energy and Move Forward to Treasure Your Life Now

Are there there times that you find yourself in a “funk”?
You feel stuck and don’t want to do anything?
You KNOW the answers, how to shift, and aren’t taking action?
You might even counsel others on what to do in similar situations.

I was experiencing such a state last week when I heard my inner voice remind me of the advice I’ve often given AND written about many times here in the past.

“When you’re feeling stuck, take out your camera. Look around and simply snap pictures of whatever catches your eye. By the time you’ve taken 5 pictures your energy will have shifted.”

For me, the element of play oftentimes kicks in which certainly adds to being enlivened.

The photos that follow are illustrative of a recent experience.

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