Basking in the Summer’s Eve

6-1-17

I love early mornings and evenings before dusk. They always have the best lighting to emphasize your focus….

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A Sudden Urge to Expose

I’m Ready…

This morning I happened to see a friend(on Facebook) was applying for the “Fall into the Arts” in our home town. For about 5 years now I have wanted to share my art, but haven’t felt ready or good enough to. Today the timing feels right so I’m putting myself out there. Only thing is now I don’t know where to start!

 

My confusion starts with what medium and theme should I choose? I have tons of Nature, Heart Photography, and Digital Anime to pick from. Could I group these all together? I think I might. If I say “Mixed Digital Photography” as a medium and as a theme I think “Love of Nature” fit well. This would be the first time I have exposed my art at an event and I’m kind of nervous. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips? What do you think?

 

Here are a few types I’d like to enter:

 

Nature Art Hearts

Nature’s Hearts

Nature Photography

Digital Anime

2017 Solar Eclipse Discoveries and Pics

 


Because of a recent creative spark I thought I’d jump in and write again today, its been awhile. I found out last minute the other day that we were going to have an eclipse so I grabbed my camera after work and did the best I could.  In Michigan we didn’t have the total eclipse and we had cloudy skies, but I still thought it was pretty amazing to see.

 


 

When I first got outside my camera fogged up from the humidity. I took a picture anyways and I thought it turned out kind of cool.

 


 

My camera had a hard time balancing the brightness of the sun, but some shots really made the clouds look stunning.

 


 

The only time I could get a good shot was when a certain thickness of clouds passed in front. So I guess I’m grateful to have had clouds where we were, lol. I chose the above picture to share because it had a feeling of yin and yang… with the moon symbolizing yin and the sun symbolizing yang energy, I thought it fit 😉 .

 

 

Out of all the pictures I took the top shot was my favorite and it was completely unexpected, but this last one was a close second because I had discovered something different. While walking back in after what I thought was the end of my adventure with the eclipse, I looked down and saw half moon rays dancing upon the ground. The circle rays that have struck a cord with me in the past were now crescents. I didn’t think this was possible before, but nature continues to reveal and share more parts of itself that I previously did not know 😉 I’m just glad I happened to be aware of it that day.

 

***Just a Note~ I plan on coming back to the blog regularly each week. I’ll share what has been going on and get back to my photography and writing. I think Thursdays work best for me, so I’ll see you all next week!

~Mandi

 

Give Love Project’s Fourth Year

2nd yr. winner Jennifer Bradshaw with her family beach heart “Nature Love”.

Though I am still going to be away from the blog for a bit, I didn’t want to miss posting about “The Give Love Project.” Plus the annual Give Love Project is on it’s fourth year! I couldn’t miss that 😉 .

 

Starting now until the 29th of this July, make a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Take a picture of your creation and leave it where others may find it. You can use chalk, sticks, stones, leaves, flowers, mud, pine cones, or anything else that will not harm or damage the environment. You are welcome to share your pictures to the links near the bottom of this post.

 

Project Details

  • When: From June 23rd until July 23rd.

  • What: For an entire month I challenge everyone to create love for others with a small or large art project expressing some form of love. Remember to snap a pic and write in of your experience. You may send in as many photos as you wish. There are more examples in Heart Art Series. I found another good one on Pinterest.

  • Where: Create your piece anywhere as long as it doesn’t interfere with laws or is harmful for the environment.

 

Send Pictures to one of the following:
Email: unfoldingtheheart.gmail.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnfoldingTheHeartDiscoveringTheSelf
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/613556118730812/

 

If you have any questions about the month long project, you may contact me through one of the contacts above. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your creative expressions of love!

 

 

 

*Because of recent events there won’t be any prizes this year, but I hope that doesn’t stop you from creating your nature heart. ❤ *

 

Temporary Break

Dogwood ❤ !

This week’s post will be the last for awhile, there have been a few things recently that need my full attention. So, here are a bunch of flower pics that I have taken over the last two weeks~ 🙂 My temporary leave from the blog is unknown, but when I have the time I will write in every now and then. I am grateful to all of you that have followed this blog and I hope to hear more from everyone when I return. Thank you!

Daffodils and Golden Ducats

Creeping Charlie and a Dandelion surrounded by I think Purple Deadnettle.

 

Pink Dogwood, the middle one on the right was taken at my mothers house. It has been in the ground for 5yrs. and never had leaves or bloomed, but this year it did and it was spectacular! ❤

Leila Arboretum’s luminous Dogwood trees!

White Lilac, Dogwood leaves, and Dogwood flowers.

I’m pretty sure this is a Weeping Higan Cherry tree.

One Sunset, many layers and filters. See you all later! ~ ❤

Nature Walk: 4/22/17

 

There is nothing like going to the arboretum to calm the senses. This time I took my mother with me ❤ .

 

 

When taking pictures, I made a point to get the name tags of our subjects. 

 

 

My mothers muse was the weeping Higan cherry.

 

 

These delicate pink flowers made me giddy and feel like a girly girl again, lol.

 

 

And mine was the Cucumber Magnolia.

 

 

We had others as well but…

 

 

We both came back to the Higan cherry one last time before we left.

 

 

All I can say from this experience is that when you feel drawn to visit a place in nature, follow your heart and go. And if anyone else comes to mind, they may want to go too 😉 ❤ .