Monday, May 17, 2010

Journey Jewels photoshoot...check out what we're gushing over today...

I received one of the greatest gifts an artist & creative mind can receive...a cannon dslr camera.  It was a completely unexpected surprise and one that further ignited my love for photography.  Since receiving this gift...I've been looking for and taking advantage of every opportunity to use it.

Today's camera play included my amazing friend Lisa, her dog Baker, a beautiful white crane, and some of the newest Journey Jewels one of my favorite Green Bay parks, Pamprin Park.

I love this has me gushing in so many ways.  It's a really fun combination of blue & green kyanite braided with wood rounds, a brass button clasp, and a funky dangle of green kyanite, amber, and citrine.  It wraps around the wrist at least six times and around the neck 2-3 times.

Lisa is adorable, and this picture makes me giggle.  What else is there to do with dandelion puff balls than to blow the seeds and watch them dance in the air?  Such a fun and playful thing to that makes us giggle like we're 10...loving our inner child.  In this pic, Lisa is wearing another one of my favorite bracelets/necklaces.  Again...a very versatile piece...this one is a combination of freshwater pearls and both green and red's oh so yummy.

This is Baker...always ready to entertain...and make his territory :-)

One of the stones had a perfect little holder for my lens...

What a great day!  Thank you Lisa, Thank you Baker, Thank you to Mother Earth & Father Sky for the beautiful weather, and thank you Dad for this new and awesome camera!  Truly an amazing gift from an incredible man!  I love you, dad!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Visit to Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

I love spring....Mother Earth opens up and all of life blooms into it's fullest.  Last week I visited the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY (near the Hudson River).  It is an absolutely beautiful campus and one of my favorite places to visit.  I spent a week here with a class from the Four Winds...many inspiring individuals embarking on their souls journey.  An amazing community of people dreaming into being a world of beauty and fullness.

This time I not only remembered my camera, but I found time in the mornings to wander through campus and become acquainted with my new camera.   Here are some of my favorite pictures:

The path on the right walks through beautifully hilled gardens planted with's a wonderful quiet spot anchored in the center with a tree and a wonderful arbor entryway at the opposite end. 

The entryway below leads to the sanctuary.  The beautiful stone staircase and decorative pond are a wonderful place to sit & meditate. 
The lake is beautiful and looks so different throughout the day.  These pictures were taken early in the morning as the fog was beginning to lift.  I love the stillness brings my whole spirit to that place of stillness.  It opens my heart both offer and receive the love and blessings of Mother Earth.  The goose in the picture below hung out on the shores and called others swimming nearby.  They were active and I loved how their chatter echoed in the silence.  I often spent time here in the evenings playing my flute as the sun set.
There are so many inspiring environments...and even in the ones that appear least inspiring, when we find the stillness within that we experiences at a still lake we can create a place of inspiration.