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Wednesday, July 4

self portrait challenge ~ elements


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The self portrait challenge for the month of July is "Elements: Water~Air~Earth~Fire."

This week I choose Earth. So apropos being that I just returned from a week of resting under a canopy of redwood trees. Something alters within me when I lay that close to Mother Earth. My life feels less complicated. What may have seemed confusing before might have more clarity. Talking seems unnecessary at times. My husband and I could sit in silence for hours listening to the sounds of Her heartbeat...rushing waters, whispy trees, birds singing, crickets playing.

Standing beneath the tall, majestic redwood trees was humbling. They reach up high towards the sky in a huge stretch...reminding me to do the same; Look above, move forward, rejoice, open up, let go. All the answers are right there.

More pics of our trip to come soon.

20 Comments:

Anonymous gem said...

me, too! me, too! all of it. thank you for these words today.

thank you, too, for your recent visit to my new blog.

warmly,
gem

July 4, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger daisies said...

beautiful ...

July 4, 2007 at 2:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dreamergirl said...

I can feel the energy through your words. Just the kind I needed. xOx

July 4, 2007 at 2:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger PixieDust said...

So Mesmerizing. You're absolutely right, in the midst of this beauty no words are needed.

July 4, 2007 at 3:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger renovating this heart said...

That's beautiful, D. I saw the redwoods for the first time in May and could have stayed there forever. The sequoias were awesome too, but something about the height of the redwoods really fascinated me. We were only there for a few hours, walking trails... I wished we could have stayed longer.

July 4, 2007 at 4:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ladyv said...

such a beautiful photo! very grounding to look at.

July 4, 2007 at 5:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous acumamakiki said...

it's earth (sign) connecting with earth. being in the woods is like breathing again. and the redwoods...they are home.

happy fourth.

July 4, 2007 at 5:08:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

hey grrl. just wandering over from SPC. i love this photograph. you blend in ... as another tree. this made me breath in deeply!

July 4, 2007 at 8:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

i love the pics of those trees...
wise words too:)

July 5, 2007 at 6:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous char* said...

I too have chosen Earth...she is facinating! Connection this is the beauty, I felt the same way when I went camping for the first time. I was somewhat against it, however when I spent my first night outside under the stars and listening to the ocean I fell in love.

July 5, 2007 at 9:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lucky Candice said...

beautiful...

LC

July 5, 2007 at 10:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Star said...

No need for words in the woods.

July 5, 2007 at 10:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Amelia said...

What a wonderful picture, I love everything about it.

Amelia

July 5, 2007 at 11:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Louise said...

Beautiful picture...beautiful words!!

July 5, 2007 at 12:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous luzie said...

your connection with Mother Earth sounds divine.. and the photo is beautiful.

July 5, 2007 at 3:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mama al said...

your website is freaking amazing....

gorgeous...

i pop in often

you are such a special one...

July 5, 2007 at 3:12:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

I can feel the peacefulness in this gorgeous photo. xoxoxo

July 5, 2007 at 8:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

i'm so looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos...
this one is simply breathtaking...
xo
k

July 5, 2007 at 9:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lara Berch said...

Hi. My name is Lara Berch. I have just launched a new website with step by step art tutorials. I was wondering if it's possible to exchange links with you. http://www.laraberch.com
Thank you very much for your time.
Sincerely
Lara

July 6, 2007 at 2:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...

you look soooo cute
and tiny

smugs
xxx dar

July 6, 2007 at 7:24:00 PM PDT  

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