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Love. Breathe. Eat. Drink. Pray. Sleep. Pay the bills. Run errands.  These are a few of the basics of  day-to-day life.   It is VITAL to take some time to do something you LOVE to do.  At the end of life you want to be celebrating what  you DID, not  lamenting with regret for the things that you wished you had done  You deserve nothing less than that.  Life is a gift and it is meant to be lived to the fullest. It’s no one’s responsiblity but our own to make that happen.

As promised I am posting a photo from my morning out yesterday.   What a fantastic outing!  I went to a few locations to get a taste of the forest and then on the way home I took a detour for a walk  along the riverbank.  It was hard to choose which image to share with you tonight.  I have a couple of beautiful keepers from both locations.  I settled on “Coming In For a Landing” This heron kept me entertained for such a long time.  It was wonderful.   Such a majestic creature!

My sale with homesav and posterjack is coming to an end in a couple of hours.  The week flew by.  It’s been such a GIFT to participate in this.   I cannot believe the number of visits that have come to this blog!  Thank you so much for leaving your comments,  “liking”,  or just coming by to read.  I don’t look at this as an ending but a time of new beginnings.  An exciting time indeed!

Meanwhile I will continue to love, eat, pray, drink, run the errands, and oh,  that other fundamental of my life…I will continue to do what I love. Doing what we love  should be included in the ‘basics list’ of what it is to live this experience called life.  But it is often the one that is most overlooked.

I hope this inspires some of you reading this to include something you are absolutely passionate about into your ‘Basics List’  Life is a gift that is meant to be lived to the fullest.  We all have challenges.  All the more reason to find yourself, your passions,  your goals and aspirations. And just go for it.

I don’t know why, but I can’t stop thinking about  my photo, “Handmade” tonight.   A simple, yet intricate spider’s web. Just doing what needs to be done to get by.  We all have to do what we have to do to live.  I don’t know about Praying, but at least the spider doesn’t have to pay bills!  One can only marvel at  the value and beauty of such hard work to survive.  Talk about the master of web design! Every picture tells a story.  It is such an honour and privilege to be given this gift to enjoy and share with others.

It is my hope that my photography speaks to your truth as it does to mine.  Good night everyone!

Until next time,

Kathy

 
Coming in for a Landing

It is one of those things that comes in and out of my mind as a fleeting thought and then forgotten again.  What if a life circumstance took my ability to get out of bed every morning and head out the door with my camera in tow.  Would I ever be able to give up my world of photography?  My brother was in an accident once and the first thing he did when he woke up  from surgery was test to see if his right index finger could move.  I probably would have had a similar thought if I had an accident that threatened the use of my hands.

But what if there was something else to entice me away from this great passion?  Would you give up doing something you love for a million dollars?  I would!

I would give up eating decadent chocolate in a New York Second.  No doubt that it would be hard. I might need a watch dog of some kind to wrap my fingers with a hammer every time I am tempted to reach for it, but hey, if I had a million dollars I could afford to hire someone to do that for me.  I would give up canned green peas and cooked turnip 🙂  Although a hammer wielding friend would not be needed for these.

Online surveys  ask what one would be willing to do for a million dollars.  They cover everything from eating used gum off the street, to swimming in a tank of live sharks,  to similar  fear inducing  actions that often includes gross stomach turning events. Reality television pulls in a big audience to showcase people doing  some disgusting things for the almighty dollar.

So it would be easy for me to give up peas and turnips. Giving up chocolate would be a challenge.  But man oh man, don’t ask me to stop taking pictures.  My passion is not for sale!  Not in a million years would I even consider it.

If I had to let go of my mornings out in beautiful nature without my camera in hand I would be giving up a piece of  my soul.  It would be like saying goodbye to a part of myself that I am so deeply passionate about.  I couldn’t imagine missing out on the joy of capturing these beautiful moments in time.  It would mean not experiencing my photo; ‘Hovering’   That morning was something I will never forget.  Seeing that mist hovering over the field!  Capturing the light!  Being there in that moment at that time..wow!  The joy of capturing these images is not for sale.

You can’t replace something that is irreplaceable. I am not willing to give up this beautiful gift that feeds my spirituality and shapes me into being more of who I am meant to be.  Can’t even imagine it.  Life is just so precious.  We need to devour every treasured moment of it with our family, our friends and all the things that bond us Take the time for a little self-care.  It goes a long way and it has a snowball effect on everything and everyone else around us.

Hovering

We need to discover what it is that we love to do, and we need  to gift ourselves with the time to do it.   If you don’t know what that is yet then just try something new.  You might be surprised.

You might even love it enough to say;  “not for a million  dollars…….”

Sunray Showers

Actually there is more than one bear poop story. But the first one is the most poignant! 🙂  I am sure a bear story would be a little more captivating but I will share that one when it happens. I see a lot of deer when I am out and about but so far I haven’t come face to face with a bear. Just it’s poop.

In one of the video clips that will be seen probably both on the Homesav site/YouTube,  I am standing on a trail where I captured both Enchanted Forest and Sunray Showers. Standing there with my videographer brought me back to one of my early morning excursions:

It was about 6 in the morning.  I parked my car near the trail and headed down the path with camera around my neck, cell phone in my pocket and a nice loud whistle (just in case!)  Then I heard a rustling sound. The first thing that came to mind was that drill etched into my brain; ‘look as big as you can, flap your hands and make a loud noise’ I repeated this a few times in my head. I resisted temptation to run. Oh but I wanted to! Sometimes that instinct to do so isn’t in our best interests. I heard the rustling again and I momentarily froze as I repeated that drill in my head. Then I thought the whistle!  I will blow the whistle.  God, I am so brilliant in a crisis. Just as I grabbed the whistle a tiny wee little squirrel came out of the woods, froze and momentarily stared at me.  Suddenly he bolted as fast as he could and as far away from me as possible. Sheesh. That was my bear. How humiliating.

As I walked further down the path I started to relax again and remembered my purpose for being out there.   My heartbeat settled and I continued on with my trek.  And there it was.  Bear poop.  I was raised in Northern Ontario. I know what that looks like. That little squirrel did not drop this one!  In that split second I questioned my sanity and considered going back to the car.  But then those darn sunrays!  They pull me in every time.  I simply cannot walk away.  Once my camera was focused on the beautiful light and the rays and the trees…I was utterly lost in that beautiful world again.  The fear completely left me and I was captivated by the incredible beauty of the forest.  The sounds of the birds, the feel of the air on my skin.  Even as I write about this, I am re-living that  inner sense of wonder and well-being.

So now what do I do when I hear a rustle in the woods?  Nothing. I keep going.  It is just one of the beautiful sounds that belong there.  And the poop?  Well, I just walk around it.  It belongs there too.

Whenever I look at Enchanted Forest and Sunray Showers I think about the beauty of not only that day,  but the beauty of overcoming a fear.  A fear that could have stopped me from doing something that I absolutely love.  A beautiful gift indeed!

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How can we not be captivated by the sheer spirit of an Olympian?  My hope is that each and every one of them, whether they come in first or last;  whether they stand at the podium for a medal ceremony or not;  that they realize the true enormity of this great accomplishment;  that getting there is already a dream come true.  It’s not the end result but the journey.  Easier said than done I am sure.  But wow, how can we not marvel at their true grit and determination to get there!

I can’t even begin to fathom what that is like.  Every sprain,  every bead of sweat,  every torn muscle,  all of that and more  is what it took to get them where they are today.  Many many months and years of training to get to a level worthy of the olympics.  It’s all about making it one step at a time. Every competitive win was a stepping stone to the next level.  A series of mini dreams come true to get to this huge one.  The spirit and heart of a determined athlete is truly awe-inspiring.  And to see them realizing the dream of being a part of this globally unifying event is quite remarkable.

When a hope is realized and when something unbelievably good happens; something you have strived for actually comes to fruition;  wow that is a dream come true.  That sought after degree leads to the dream job,  which leads to the purchase of that first house,  one dream building on another.   And so it continues.

Some dreams arise from sheer blood sweat and tears and unbelievable determination (a nod to my son-in-law).  Those are the dreams where the journey really challenges us.  Other dreams are the result of the luck of the draw like a lottery win.

Some of my realized dreams have come easy.  Childbirth?  Ha, not so easy, but honestly exhilarating!  Becoming a grandparent?  Easy Peasy!   We didn’t have to work to attain that dream.  They are a true God-given gift who have enriched our lives in ways that can never be topped.

Some dreams arise from utter passion.  I am living out a dream as we speak.  To think that potentially millions of people will see my work is a true dream come true. Capturing beautiful images doesn’t just happen.  It’s not a matter of running out taking pictures and you magically have something worthy of framing.  When I wake up in the early morning and it is still dark outside, I often want to roll over and go back to sleep.  But then it happens; that feeling bubbling up inside and calling me out the door.  Sometimes I get to the window and think “nah, I am going back to bed”  but then that feeling  kicks in again and before you know it I am out the door waking up with the birds and the rising mist.  It is INCREDIBLE to experience this.

I have to believe that no matter what the outcome is from this win,  I truly know that I am already living my dream.  It is meaningless if I don’t love what I am doing.  We all have an invitation to live life out loud; to be fully engaged in it.   Or watch it from the sidelines.  We make those choices each and everyday.

Thanks for the inspiration from all determined Olympians! The photograph in this blog entry is entitled “Believe”  Another little nod to our family.  When we believe  there is nothing we can’t do!

Kathy

Today is my birthday.   Today is also my husband’s birthday.  I used to want my own day, but now I think it is just kind of fun.  We had a nice dinner celebration last night.  It was held outdoors with family and friends,  just a beautiful day!  As we watched our grandkids running around,  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!  Today  Mike and I are just relaxing and enjoying our garden and hanging out at home.  We very rarely do that thing called “nothing”  but this kind of nothing is one that counts as time well spent.  I love Piers Morgan’s question;   “how many times have you been properly in love”   We are truly Blessed!

We are also celebrating my Capture the Colours Photo contest win.  Every now and then we experience something that is just so surreal at the time.  That is kind of how this is. Since winning, I have been sent on a photo shoot,  have had a few interviews, I am tweeting, blogging and just trying to figure it out as I go along.  So for this blog I am flying solo without a hand to guide me through the mechanics of it.   I hope I am successful!

All of this happened because of one simple thing; my passion for photography.  One of my mantras in life is simply put “Do what you love!”   If I didn’t take the time to gift myself with those precious hours of total immersion into photography,  I just can’t imagine what that would be like.   I would certainly be robbing myself.  Getting out there heightens all human senses!  Even the feel of the air is different.  It’s just incredible. The sights, sounds and smells of a Northern Ontario forest is just about as good as it gets!

DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

Kathy

When we visit an art gallery and look at a beautiful painting we are sometimes so drawn in by it that we don’t want to leave it for a long time. We just want to take it in.  It moves us so deeply.  Imagine what goes on inside the artist that created this work of art.  It is so personal.  It comes from that deep sacred place inside.

So it is with me, my camera and the world outside. Whether it is macro photography in our garden or a photo trip down a back road with streaming sun rays, there is always something bubbling up inside.  My passion for photography is transformative. Worries are virtually non-existent when I am out there.  It is sometimes calming  and sometimes exhilarating.  It can bring healing when healing is needed. It is also very playful when I am out stalking hummingbirds and butterflies!

Just as music and art affect one physically, emotionally and spiritually,  I hope that my images will move people in a similar way.

-Kathy