Mindfulness Challenge Week 8: Simplicity

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This is Simplicity

This photo was taken a number of years ago.  Rather than making a new one, I chose to use this one as it represents simplicity to me on many levels.

I’ve always taken pictures, but this is one of the first photos I took with my DSLR.  Even though the camera became more complicated, my style did not.  Photography for me has always been focusing on a few simple details, cutting out anything that does not add to the subject matter.

A daisy is that most common flower, found growing wild, picked by children who pull the petals off, and gathered by women in wedding bouquets.  They are grown without fertilizer or fanfare.  Daisies represent purity, innocence, cleanliness – perfect for the theme of simplicity.

In art as well as photography, a palette of black and white is also simplicity itself.

This photo is  a reminder to pare down the elements in a composition; a reminder that sometimes, simple is best.

Mindfulness Challenge Week 6: Love

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I decided to switch this week’s theme with one I had planned to do in a few weeks:  Love.

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Love is a Pink Door

We recently redecorated our master bedroom:  new bedding, new lighting, and new paint.  The walls are now a soft grey, the quilt a quiet cream.  I chose a neutral palette for its serene appeal as well as to appeal to my husband, whose style is about as far from flowery as you can get.

The door to the balcony was dark brown, so it needed to be changed as well.  I had the idea to paint it pink, but figured it would end up being white.  When my husband asked me what colour I wanted to paint the door, I threw out the pink idea, expecting it to be shot down instantly.  To my surprise, he said, “Try it.”

To my even greater surprise, he didn’t mind it.

(Although he did suggest the room needed a Metallica poster to put some of him back into it!)

I was so happy with this pink door, this little bit of pretty pastel.

Then, my dear husband surprised me again:  He came home with a pink orchid to go with my pink door.

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Love it generosity and comprises.  Love is romance and little surprises.

Love is a pink door (and an orchid to match).

Happy Valentine’s Day!

#createmindfulness2017

 

Snow on Skylight

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The best place to take pictures on a snow day:  Inside, where the fire’s on and the only layer I need is my pyjamas.

There, I can admire the snowflakes gathering on my skylight and pause now and then from my reading and knitting to appreciate the snowy white scene outside my windows.

Later, it will be cleaning cars and clearing walkways.  It’s harder to appreciate the snow when snow equals hard work.

For now, I’m happy to stay inside and appreciate from a distance.

 

Mindfulness Challenge Week 5: Self

I could have simply posted a picture of myself for this week, but I wanted something that would represent a part of me.

My morning routine (love mornings) is to wake ahead of everyone else and sit in the quiet (love the quiet) early hours with my coffee (love coffee!) in my favourite seashell mug (beach).

I sit in the same retro-style chair (decorating), wearing my cozy pink (favourite colour) house coat, curled up in a  fuzzy blanket that I made myself (occasionally crafty).

Next to me is my rustic  (love this style) bookshelf stacked with books  (voracious reader), vintage cameras  (photographer) and other mementos.  Beyond theshelf, the sunlight  (love the sun!) begins to stream in through the curtains. 

This is my self.

She Sells Seashells…

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In a jewellery box on my dresser, I found this forgotten sand dollar.  It has been tucked away for a number of years now, in a tiny wooden box along with a piece of sea glass given to me by one of my children.

With time, the tiny specks of colour splattered on its surface have intensified.  Like so many other treasures, its beauty has grown with age.

I decided to crop the photo square, to focus in on the floral shape and cut out unnecessary background.  In doing so, I’ve found that it looks like a quilt square.  What a perfect beach blanket this could make!

Finding this hidden sand dollar in the middle of January – while the snow covers our sandy shores – brightened my day.  I’m counting down the weeks until beach weather…

 

Capturing the Light

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A pretty chandelier caught my eye while out shopping with my family.  It was perfect for the master bedroom – glittery glass pendants and shiny, embossed brass.

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The circular patterns caught my eye first; the shadows cast across my ceiling, second.

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A simple addition (a sale item, too!) quickly became an unexpected inspiration to capture with my camera:  light as art.

Mindfulness Challenge Week 2: Gratitude

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Coming Home

There are so many things I am grateful for:  being surrounded by family and friends; having finally settled into a job that I love; a yoga practice that enriches and strengthens me; books that let me slip away; and little things like coffee and chocolate…  But when I started thinking about what I would photograph to show gratitude this week, what I realized is that right now, I am most grateful for being home again.

This is the early morning sunrise through my back window.

 

Mindfulness Challenge Week 1: Focus

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In Stitches

I had no idea how I was going to start.

I’d created this list of themes to help me be more mindful in 2017.  Deliberately abstract, I’d begun to wonder if I’d be able to even come up with a subject for my first photo:  Focus.

It had been on my mind for a few days.

Then, yesterday while shortening curtains for my newly painted master bath, I was focused on stitching a straight seam.  I guided the fabric, and I was literally focused on the moment: listening to the whirr of the machine, watching the tiny stitches draw a row of tiny dashes along the edge.

It occurred to me that this would be a perfect photo the first week of my mindfulness challenge.  It is focus in the moment, focus in photography.

This, then, begins 52 weeks of #createmindfulness2017.