What is your Way of Being? Hummingbird? With Curiosity or Passion?

In the last post with featured sunflowers, I wrote briefly about my trip to Colorado. I mentioned that I took 40 plus videos of hummingbirds going back and forth to and from the feeder at my friend’s home. I promised to share in this issue.

I was having challenges getting started in the writing of it, so many choices and possible directions. Ultimately I decided to take my own prescription, as covered in my upcoming Kindle Book – Writing for Self-Discovery: Creating Breakthroughs:

“Simply set a timer, grab a pen and paper or go to your keyboard and start free-flow writing on the phrase or phrases running around in your head… no editing while writing. I set the timer for 5 minutes and then another 5 and finished before.” The result:Hummingbirds and Fascination

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What Secrets Do the Sunflowers Have? – From Burden to Blessings

(Important: If you want are looking to comment on the Hummingbird – Curiosity or Passion post coming from the ezine you received in your email, please go to Hummingbird Post.)


Today’s Photos 

Sunflowers, a few of the over 300 photos I took during the 21 days following the purchase of bouquet of five. I invite you to allow the sunflower images to speak to you before reading what I wrote.  Are they holding, or withholding, any secrets, as one person who saw the photos suggested?

Sunflower constrained with netting waiting to be released seen on http://TreasureYourLifeNow.comOne of my activities during these past two months has been working on the completion of my Writing for Self-Discovery: Creating Breakthroughs Kindle book. A friend and mentor who previewed portions of a Preview wrote:”When you do your free-flow writing, it’s like poetry. It’s beautiful writing, clear, elegant, unencumbered.” Her comments moved me to do some timed, free-flow writing to the Sunflowers for this issue instead of explaining. Thus:

Sunflower waiting to burst through
Comfortably protected in elastic netting
What’s possible when released?

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Summer Solstice Full Moon plus Perfectionism and Indecision

Video of almost Full Moon Summer Solstice 2016

Do you ever find yourself stuck in the morass of perfectionism and indecision? This post is the result of taking action, breaking through “stuckness”. Being up-front and transparent, this has been where I’ve been in relation to posting regularly.

I have a wealth of years of past issues of Picture to Ponder filled with photos and content upon which I can draw and an abundance of new photos and videos, many of which currently are a result of playing with my iPhone camera and photos.

And I sit glued in the indecision of 3 W’s – Which photos and What message(s) to share with you along with Why. So, finally I’m finally taking action, staying current, highlighting the Summer Solstice 2016 Full Moon in a video slide show.  Click/tap on the image,  or Moon Play link to take to YouTube to watch it.

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Gratitude on Memorial Day

As Memorial Day winds down this year, I’m reminded that for those of us who choose to Treasure Our Lives Now, honor and gratitude rank high as part of who we be in our daily lives.

This special day has been set aside, marked to honor those in the military whose lives were sacrificed in defense of our freedom.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Ripples and Rhythms
In and out
Furling and Unfurling
Anchored and Strong
Honoring Bravery and Our Veterans
Who sacrificed their lives in our Defense.

Deepest Gratitude to those who died, and their families and all who have supported us and our country so we may live fearlessly… in PEACE.

Made Up Stories – Shifting Perspectives

 

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#1 – A Multitude of Directions – The Fresh and the Aged

The photographs in today’s issue of Treasure Your Life Now are from the bouquet of mixed flowers I was gifted for Mother’s Day by my one of my sons and his family. As you may recall, roses, sent by my other son and family, were featured two weeks go. I also put them into the “Video Thank You” for those who responded to a feedback-request survey.

The roses came two days before Mothers Day; the mixed flowers on Mother’s Day. I spent many hours over a 10-day period photographing the roses and then they were completely finished… totally dried out, those that I still have.

Aside from taking several photos initially of the bouquet of mixed flowers, they were pretty much ignored by my camera and me.

Finally, yesterday, a week after the roses were gone, I decided to pay attention to the “other” flowers that 17 days after I received them still had many that were, and are as I write, alive and continuing to share their beauty.

mixed flowers bouquet - 17 days after being received

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Red Onion Story and iPhone Video

Today’s Story, Photos and Queries
This week the new Apple video ad – iPhone 6S – Onions immediately caught my attention as I skipped past other ads while watching a recorded TV show. For certain, those familiar with Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now ezine and my Photography and Transformation site will understand why when you watch the one- minute video below.

In addition to highlighting some of what’s important to me, the video and all that was expressed in it immediately reminded me of my RED ONION STORY – Peeling Away the Layers of an Onion: Analogous to Peeling Away the Layers of Ourselves done several years ago. The photos and text in the latter PDF documented my observations at the time of what happened with my intention to photograph a layer daily of an onion until it was complete.
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Roses – A Celebration of Life

A random selection from the hundreds of roses photos, I’ve taken in the past week. The growth of new leaves after several days intrigues me. [Photo bottom left]

The leaves were/are…still, as I write…on the stem of a yellow rose that’s still in bud form.

 

Today’s Photos and Story

Do roses have special meaning for you?  I don’t experience them that often, nor do I go out of my way to find them. If asked, I wouldn’t think to list roses first as a favorite. What about you? Continue reading

Transforming Sadness and Loneliness During Holiday Celebrations

As I was shopping in a supermarket, two days before Easter, I glanced over at the flowers section and was reminded of an experience 10 years ago. I lived in New Jersey at the time and, although Easter is not a holiday I celebrate, the artist in me looked forward to it.  The store where I shopped seemed to always import Calla Lilies for the occasion and I loved the flower. That particular year, I had forgotten to look for the plants until the day before Easter.

When I finally did, all that remained in the store was one droopy, wilted plant. The manager was very nice. She told me to take it home, put it in a sink and dowse it with water.  If it did not come alive, she would issue me a refund on Monday.

As soon as I did what she said, I immediately became excited with the one flower that fell out over the sink and I started photographing.

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Challenged by Different Points of View?

It is again the time of year when Wetlands Irises have bloomed in Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands. I’ve yet to see any sign of them this year. As I recall the irises, though, I am moved to share one of my favorite photos from two different perspectives.  As you look at them you may very well see them quite differently from me.

The opportunity for seeing and experiencing different points of view, in an easy and fun environment, is one of the benefits of the upcoming Interactive Through and From The Lens course. Revamped and updated to take advantage of new technology, the four-week program is launching in 3 weeks. [Information below.]

The past few days I’ve experienced seeing some of my previously published photos in totally different ways… sometimes not even seeing the imagery I originally wrote about.

Conversely, what I see in the segment to the left, cropped from the larger photo below, remains consistent… a Pioneer woman sitting in a covered wagon with arms extended, holding her bundled infant. There is a warmth and gentleness, a feeling of deep and loving connection… elements that are possible to capture with your eye and camera.

What do you see and feel as you look at this image?

Today’s Photo –

Above is the full photo backlit with late afternoon sunlight. What do you see as you step into the photo with your eyes?

Self-Reflecting Queries and Relationship Tips –

SRQs – I’ve been speaking of your relationship with your camera and yourself, sometimes to another person. I invite you to start observing yourself as you take photos, or consider taking them. Can you see any patterns on what catches your eye?  Are there particular behaviors that are consistent when you use a camera? In the noticing, is there anything you can transfer to other areas of your life?

Relationship Tip – When you are not clear about an interest or hobby that someone close to you has, welcome it as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more. Be sure you are coming from an open space, not a judgmental one, when you do this.

One of the things you can also do is use your camera as a tool for focusing in on that interest of your loved one, opening up new perspectives for you and new openings for conversation.

As an example, one of my clients could not understand her husband’s passion for cars and the hours he spent underneath their hoods. His seeming to prefer his cars to her at times was posing a challenge for them.

I suggested she take her camera and look for interesting shapes, colors, textures under the hood as he worked; then “snap” whatever caught her eye. Sure enough, this resulted in new conversations and understandings between them, including some sharing in other areas of their life that heretofore had never been expressed.

Not everyone is passionate about cars. You might start noticing, and taking pictures, when one or the other is preparing food in the kitchen, doing any kind of other activity, even fingers on a computer keyboard or musical instrument.

As you are doing this, keep in mind, it is NOT about the picture(s) you are taking, it’s about the focusing, the noticing, the connections. The camera is simply a tool.

Please add to the Comments section below your thoughts and/or experiences in relation to using the camera as a tool for communication.

A Place to Experience and Practice
these relationship tools, with yourself as well as others…

I actually saw the “Covered Wagon” imagery after I’d downloaded the photo into my computer. That’s the time that very often the full experience and impact of the photo comes us, after it’s taken and downloaded into the computer. Seeing and appreciating different perspectives is part of what we look at during our four weeks together in Through and From The Lens.

Click here or on the photo to get to page with a 2-minute video.
Watch for photos introduced about halfway through.

The Interactive Through and From The Lens course starts on Wednesday night, March 23rd for those interested in the night session and Thursday, March 24th, for those who prefer afternoons. Details are on the video page linked above or click/tap on Participatory Course/

During the four weeks participants will be using the cameras… digital or phone… to discover how to broaden their SEEing and connections with self and others. In the video recorded sessions photos, experiences and interpretations will be shared with one another.

Experience Awe and Wonder in your life. Join us in the course.

Amaryllis – Changing Perspectives – Close-up and Stepping Back

As I was considering past posts and what photo or photos to share today, I started thinking of those with the subject “confrontation.” Some interesting ones showed up and I decided to go with “changing perspectives” and more traditionally perceived “beauty,” rather than fully confrontational, so…

Today’s Photos –
Amaryllis in the American Orchid Society greenhouse when the latter was in Delray Beach, FL

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