Nurture Your Spirit

Behind this line of overgrown Christmas trees ….

The large stance of Douglas Fir, Pine, Cedar, Spruce, Hemlock, in the background covers about two blocks in width and about a block in breadth. We call it the Fairy Forest (to my Grands) … and in March is it is where the Leprechauns hang out. It’s quite dense once inside and you really feel like you are in another world. The quiet is deafening, the air is thick with fresh evergreen scents (imagine being inside the Christmas Tree or inside your cedar chest!) Good for your lungs, good for your soul, good for your heart.
Years ago, I took two of my grands there and we spent the good part of an hour each time. They ran, cavorted, used down logs as balance beams, sat inside the hollow tree, found evidence of Leprechauns … yes really, =0). We learned about growth, decay, life, death, age and nourishment. I loved being a part of that with them, I love that this forest is close to me.

This is Walter’s forest … that’s the owners name. He pops by my house now and then to use my driveway to access it so he can go check out what might yield new firewood, damage that might have been caused from the kids, and the like. He brings us homemade cookies (by him) as a thank you … my, are they ever good. He bought the property eons ago to build a house for his wife then she didn’t want to live there so it sits as it was some forty years ago. The area has always been quite forested and still is in some parts. I love that about here. I can get this and be near to the ocean … I’m good forever!
I haven’t been in there for quite some time. Maybe this spring I’ll take my 4 year old granddaughter in. There are fallen logs, hollow trees, trails made by the high school kids nearby, brunt out stumps (vandalism), a trail that leads to the next road over, small wildlife, and the canopy is almost thick enough you cannot see the sky. When the sun shines, it casts rays through the branches and places dapples of light here and there …. it really is magnificent. If I go in late spring then there will be new life sprouting up … sooooo green. I think next time I go, I’ll take a little bucket to bring back some cedar chips for my closet … naturally made =0).

Until then I can dream. I must look back at my archives to find some images from within … I get so busy with everything else I forget I did have my camera with me a couple of times with the kids.

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Painting the Dawn

As a photographer, I seek moments in life that allow me to breathe.

This morning (which was Jan 24th) where the dawn brought an inversion weather phenomenon was worth getting out of my nice warm bed … trek out to the back of our property to watch the mist meander, lift, fall, dance …
Is this not what we should embrace in our life? Is this not what our soul needs to become nourished? … I think so.

Too much unrest, distrust, disillusionment, in our world. Too many people trying to dispose of the beauty.

If each person could rest their eyes on such beauty even for a moment per day, … do you think it would bring us closer to peace?
If each person in the world would rest their eyes on such beauty for a moment each day … all over the world, … Peace could be possible. Peace starts with you.

Now, you see, … I’m not a morning person but this particular morning, my husband woke me to tell me to look out of the window. Well … I’m thinking to myself, I should get my you know what out of this nice warm bed and go shoot this and at that time it was blazing orange thick fog over the the trees in the foreground with the tops of the large firs etc., towering above. Most of which are 100′ plus. It moves so quickly, I knew … it would surely go away by the time I get ready to go … oh yeah, it’s about the equivalent of two blocks to the spot I want to stand.
But … I managed to dress, unload images on my card beforehand, remember to get the battery off the charger and into the camera and off I went.

I took a series of images while it was moving and stood there in awe as I always do in such moments, feeling blessed that I had this opportunity … more so that I got my rear out of the house to shoot the beauty.
Winter always drags me down but soon as we get into January I feel the lift … it just happens. Even though January is basically the beginning of winter, I manage to find something to capture, unplanned, around my birthday which was the 22nd. It sort of marks the change in my mood. The light starts to stay longer …. I feel brighter, clearer, you know?

As I process a few more of this image I’ll add them I think … so you can share in the beauty. We all need moments of beauty …

I’ve always wanted to paint the dawn and today I did.
Quote by David Hockney:
I’ve always wanted to be able to paint the dawn.

Until the next time, be well,
xo Joy

REMEMBER to Smile in 2013 xo

I’m going backwards here … but I did post this on Flickr ON January 1st and just today learned how to connect my blog and Flickr together so forgive … it takes me awhile sometimes to learn and utilize these little tricks that pop up.

Happy New Year Dear Friends!!
May you find Love, Light and Happiness through an abundance of creativity and know your Possibilities are always in reach if you ‘Just Start’ …

Enjoy Your DAY!

Lensdancer Calendar 2013 – Sample Preview

Each year I make a calendar for your desk using my creations, usually including quotes within the image intended to give you a smile or to brighten you day, week, month. This year Lensdancer Studios (that’s me, =0) ) is pleased to present the 2013 edition.
I apologize for the lateness since it is January already. It would have been done had I not had some major computer problems and some life getting in the way.
But it is here now so if you fancy a copy, please drop me a line in the comments. $20 US/CND plus shipping.
It’s a CD Case style, perfect for any small space, desk, counter etc. Pop over to my Flickr pages to see more of my work and watch next year’s edition unfold.
Thank you for your visit … I love having company!!