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Summer Shots

Everything is made of light and the space between is not empty. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz.

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I needed a little shot of summer!

Sending lots of love & light your way <3

Sunday is My Favorite Day

The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed; and I can’t begin to explain that, or the craziness inside myself and everybody else, but guess what? Sunday is my favorite day again. ~ Silver Linings Playbook

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especially Sunday

Sowing Seeds

Everytime you fall, pick something up ~ unknown

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Did you know that “whatever you commit and dedicate yourself to between now and November 27 will be permanent,final and irrevocable” according to Hare in the Moon Astrology  !? I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve been sowing new seeds for my biz and will use this universal energy to help me ground and GROW my dreams. I’ll post some links soon to show you the fun I’ve been having. I’ve been tapping deep into my hearts desires and making changes, some of my new ideas feel a bit pie in the sky and bigger than I imagined when I first started to shift and commit to what I really want to do, today I think it will be fun to eat pie in the sky :)

What are you committing to?

Critters & Cats

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.~ Unknown

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Sunny Success

The world is a sunny success. ~Terri Guillemets

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I installed a new slide show gallery that is much faster and sleeker. Building and maintaining a website is more work than I ever imagined but it’s worth it to have a place to express and connect. I’m so grateful for the connection I feel with you! Thank YOU for commenting, emailing, purchasing, and clicking. It makes the hours I spend trying to figure out how to design and configure my little home here so worth it :) I better get back to work on the other photo galleries. 3 done, 4 to go!

What are you working on today?

P.S. If you have time, check out the Flower Gallery and let me know what you think of the speed and new layout?

 

Clean Slate

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done. ~ Tim Kreider

Hi!

I’m back.

I escaped the mid-west mucky cold where the hell is spring weather to the land of eternal warmth and coastal bliss. My sister lives in Encinitas, California, one of the best beach towns I’ve ever been. Each time I visit, it gets better. When I embarked on this two-week trip my head was full of things I wanted to do and see and figure out but something else happened.

I woke up fully refreshed at 6AM my first day there, I decide to go to the beach to take photos. It took a few hours for it to transition from a quiet dark gray fog to the sunny happy bustle that never got too busy (the summers are a different story). For hours I was divinely lost in that place of no time … treasure hunting for shells and rocks and seaweed shapes. I watched the few surfers and runners enjoy their self-imposed morning sermon and decided to commit to one of my own for the whole trip.

I’m not a morning person and on previous trips to the beach I have always slipped into the vacation mode of sleeping in and staying up late. This trip was so different and so replenishing. I actually wanted to get up early and thanks to the limited ‘good light’ to take photos, I was highly motivated to get out the door ASAP.

My old habit after taking a batch of so excited to share shots was to upload photos, edit a bit, share what I found and excitedly wait for you to say things like … “Ohh how beautiful!”  “What is that?”  “More please” etc. And maybe I’ll never get tired of this cyclical encouragement and approval that inspires, motivates and sucks me into to the magical and addictive cyber space world. But something shifted on this trip that was organic and exciting.

I took a digital break, not because I told myself to, not because I wanted to, it just happened.

I love my iPhone and my laptop. Social media has been a savior for me having moved away from friends twice in my forties. I assumed when I first moved that it would be easy to find new friends, it was a piece of cake when I moved a few times in my twenties, little did I realize how different it would be when most of my peers had families, full schedules, and not enough time for their existing friends. The computer became my friend and it still is but thanks to two weeks away from my laptop, I think I’m ready to reshape my relationship with all of my friends including my computer.

I’m not sure how this will play out and I’m not too worried about it. I’ll let things unfold, I’ll take on new habits and revert to some old ones that I know are not good from me but that’s okay too. After two blessed weeks with family and time to roam the beaches and trails without any agenda, I feel like a brand new person. When I got home yesterday and was sitting with my sweetie pie having lunch, he said … “you’re like a blank sheet of paper”.

christinecreate.com - Version 2I’ve never posted only words on my blog, visual expression is so much easier from me than verbal, plus I have 100’s of photos that I’m jonesing to share but this clean slate feels appropriate today. Feel free to fill it in with nothing at all or visions of beauty.

Love,
Christine

P.S. I missed you.

P.S.S. If you’d like to read a great article called The ‘Busy’ Trap where I found the above quote click here. ( Thanks for sharing Amy.)

Red

 …cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~ John Muir

leaves falling
flowers fading
water dropping

RELEASE ~ for more inspiring words check out my friend Sylvia’s newsletter article;  The relief of release.

Playing in the Street

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~ Leo Buscaglia

It was a warm rain last night so I decided to go out and play in the streets with my camera. I don’t know much about street photography or night photography so it was mostly a fun experiment…

I started my journey wandering over a bridge.

The shiny wet guard rails created some nice reflections.

I waited for a big bus to go by to get some cool streaks of light.

Once I crossed the bridge I was excited to see these lovely ladies walking. I’m getting braver about taking photos of strangers.  I’ve read about street photography and was relieved to learn that many of the best street shooters don’t worry about permission. I have mixed feelings about this but have decided to take on a new mantra recommended by Eric Kim… “I am a street photographer here to capture the beauty in the mundane and I mean nobody ill will,” When I’m at ease and full of gratitude shooting something that I find interesting or beautiful… like this matching umbrella with her bold black & white dress, I’ve found that I can kind of disappear.

Here’s a view of the bridge I walked over from the 10th floor glass elevator. It’s such a cool elevator with glass & mirrors, I’ll have to go back and get a better self-portrait… another area of photography that intrigues me…

I got a little wet in the rain but it was worth it.

Yes, I definitely need more practice with self- portrait… this was the only way I could get enough light on my face with out a flash…I’m looking straight up into a big street lamp. It was a fun evening but I sure prefer taking shots of natures tiny treasures in the golden light.

I’ve been taking photography seriously for a little over a year now and my favorite subjects so far are tiny treasures. My style seems to lean towards finding beauty in mundane bits of nature like a lonely decaying leaf. Yet it’s so exciting to try new subjects & styles. Traveling has been one of the best inspirations for me to grow and expand, it’s been a great trip here in Austin so far.

What type of photography do you love to shoot or view?