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Okay Catch Up Time!

Alright, I have been gone too long! This month has been crazy! I’ve got so many upcoming posts about all the projects and fun little trips that happened in May. Here is a sneak peek of these future posts~ ❤ .

McCourtie Park

One post that I’ve been wanting to share is of a park in Michigan called McCourtie Park. All of the bridges are made out of cement, but made to look like wooden bridges. A friend of mine suggested the place so her, my mother and I had to check it out! It felt like we stepped into the “Shire”.

2018 Spring in Bloom

When the flowers started to bloom I made a point to get out and take as many pictures as I could, and I have a lot too! ^_^

Spring into the Arts 2018

I was not as prepared for this artwalk like I thought I would be. I had my doubts about how my display would look this year at the Spring into the Arts, but in the end I had my wonderful family and friends to help me bring everything together! ❤ I couldn’t have done it without all the support.

Sleeping Bear Dunes 2018

After being on edge all last year, my mother and I decided to distress (celebrate her being in remission) and take time out to have ourselves a little vacation up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes national park. In the pinky finger of Michigan 😉 , we went camping, visited Lake Michigan a few times, and took a ton of pictures! It was definitely a trip well worth taking ^_^ ❤ .

Sleeping Bear Dunes Throwback 2012

After taking the trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my mother this year, I was inspired to share my first trip there in 2012. I had gone there to test myself and to see if I could camp and work at the national park by myself. I didn’t end up working there but I had an amazing five days that I will never forget!

There is much more to come! I’m thinking about posting these topics on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. It’s so good to be back ^_^ see ya then!

Star Reflections

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Photo by: Forest Ardennes Fernandez

I’m back! I finally got my new laptop and will be posting regularly every Sunday again! I was working on this post and thought I’d finish it and give due credit to an awesome photographer. A fellow student from Maharishi University of Management, Forest Fernandez, has been taking marvelous pictures of the night’s sky and has inspired me to write about my inner reflections of stars. I enjoy every picture he takes,  each one has a deep universal feel to them. ❤ !

 

Do you ever look up to the stars with wonder? In a previous post, Star Struck, I looked into my allurement to the stars. I’ve tried to define my connection to them, was it hope, wishing or something else? Since my last post about stars, a new thought has bubbled up.

 

Photo by: Forest Ardennes Fernandez

Are We Stars?

I took a class in college called Physics and Cosmology and learned that stars go through processes that create most of the elements in the universe. I got to thinking about the elements I am made of and how they were once created by a star which stemmed the thought “If we are made from the elements of stars, are they our ancestors.” Is this why I feel drawn to them and share my troubles with them? I seem to seek their guidance like I would a Grandmother or Grandfather and yet they are silent. Somehow their silence allows an answer to eventually emerge…  In my reflection with stars, this was as far as I could get for now. More to come as I keep questioning…

 

Photo by: Forest Ardennes Fernandez

Just for Fun

While researching about stars I stumbled upon a few interesting topics:

Thank you again Forest for letting me use your pictures in this post!

 

Nature “I Am Always Here”

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There are days I get absorbed into the anxiety of daily life that I forget the calm and stillness of nature. I question the objects we create for faster travel, either through space or through the web. These feelings brought me back to, Nature is Present Everywhere.  I looked through older photos and found this theme to be present in quite a few pictures, so I decided to expand on the last week’s post. 🙂 

 
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While getting ready for work I noticed a reflection on the suburban outside. This moment of discovery calmed me immediately and I thought “be here, be present, everything is how it should be”.

 
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A few years ago, I waited for my next home health aid client at the arboretum. Nature called, “I am here and all around you, no need to worry”.

 
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While at college, I was having a hard time on a project on my laptop and leaned back in my chair. I looked at my blank screen and then focused on the reflection of my window in the background. I laughed, then took a deep breath as I finished my video.

 
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After a nice long walk in the woods, I thought I wish I could be in this calmness all the time. When I approached my car I got the sense that I can, I just have to see it and take it with me.

 

 I want to expand on the topic of reflections even more and dive deep into the reason why I favor this type of photography. See you next week in Water Reflections!

 

Nature is Present Everywhere

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So, these pictures aren’t the best quality… but they were taken when a moment left me breathless. Thanks to my handy dandy flip phone 😉 I am able to share those moments with you!

 

The picture above was of condensation that had turned solid from the cold.

 

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I am always in awe of the way our sun reflects off water. 
 
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My eyes caught the sunset in the side mirror of my boyfriend’s Jeep. I later noticed the words, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” I laughed and thought “okay nature I here ya, thank you.”

 

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Can you guess where this was taken?

 

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Yep, in the side mirror of my car ;).

 

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These last two were in my car as well, I loved watching the water flow down the window. I also liked how the snow turned the pictures into more of a black and white photo too.

 

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Each day I feel closer to nature, closer to something more real. Is it just being in the presence of nature or a fullness of life? 😀

 

Walk of Wisdom

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As the full moon approaches and the snow begins to melt, so too do my emotions. Another surge of doubts had me running to my grandfather’s woods. I have come to realize that this is my sacred space, my safe place. Every time I set foot to ground there, everything becomes clear.

 

Walking into the Psyche
A terrifying dream the night before, made me feel like going to the house was an unconscious way of facing my fears. As usual the fears lifted once I began my walk.
The wisdom I heard from myself and the forest are as follows:

 

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Today I noticed the many trees and limbs that littered the forest floor. Many previous paths had logs and brush blocking the way. I thought “the woods look dead or like they are dying”. Other thoughts countered “it is not dead, it’s just beginning, you are seeing the aftermath of Winter. Soon Spring will come and the richness of this place will once again be lush with green”.

I stepped over logs and continued down old paths until I came to a bushel of briers. After attempting to walk through it another thought sparked, “Why continue down an old path riddled with pain and possibility of getting stuck, when you can create a new one”.  I found a different route and at one point became confused as to where I was. Looking around, I found the house between the trees and went further into the back of the woods. I came upon one of my favorite stumps and grazed the rings of it’s age. My heart cringed as to why it was cut down.

 

Further along my walk a thought struck me of how important these woods have been to me in the past. “Sacred, this land is sacred”, my grandfather tended these few acres when he was alive and now I may have the opportunity to do so if I choose. At this time I do not have the means to purchase the house and land, but a strong sense overtook me, “I will do everything within my power to protect this land”.

 

I left the woods as if born once again. Was this all really about the house or something more? I wonder…

 

Water Transformations


From vapor forming on windowsills…

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To droplets dripping down glass…

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Solidifying and resting upon rooftops…

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To condensation stretching out as it freezes.

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Frozen in time…


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Only to melt once again…

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And bring life back from hibernation.

 

Water shifts into many forms, so why am I so rough on myself when I go through mine?

 

Finding Balance

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Have you ever tried to recenter yourself by lying in the grass?

 

I made an interesting little discovery about the possible psychological effects of connecting with ground. When I feel out of balance, where thoughts cycle around fears of what to do next, I often find myself literally on the ground. lol. Once I feel the earth and grass beneath me though, I feel a sense of calmness. I think this balancing comes from a psychological knowing that eventually all life returns to the ground. Not in a pessimistic way, but as a sense that everything will be okay and that life will live on again through other organisms.  I’ve also noticed a similar effect from watching the stars. This was just a small thought, but I wanted to share and see if anyone else thought the same.

 

Where do you think that calming sense of lying on the ground or watching the stars comes from?