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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

deeclarknz.comI have many wonderful friends and family who have contributed to the success of my blog by sharing their artistic flare through photography. A little over a year ago, I met some of my mother’s family living in Mexico. Andrea LeKare is my cousin’s 15 year old daughter who is passionate about photography, modelling and many other common, teenage interests. When Andrea agreed to contribute her photos to my blog, I found these photos and have been waiting for an opportunity to highlight her beautiful work. I think that they fit nicely for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction.

 

I think the photos are stunning. I hope that you enjoy.

D

Reflections and Self Worth

IMG_8745.JPGReflections represent an original. The reflections of our mind recall past events, images and experiences. The reflection of water, mirrors or metallic surfaces project an image through a filter of light and surface. The reflection of character, behaviours and achievements provide insight to the inner person.

IMG_8744.JPGThe quality of the reflection depends strongly on the clarity of the surface being used to produce the reflection.

Looking for a reflection of our self-worth and value from another person is like looking into a cracked mirror in order to access our appearance. Hurting souls can reflect brokenness and pain. Therefore, allowing our self-worth and value to depend on the perception others reflect back to us is unhealthy. When someone we love treats us in an unloving way for prolonged amounts of time, there is a tendency to view ourselves as unlovable. Yet, the reflection is distorted. Their broken heart will not provide an accurate reflection of love.

Nor will young women find their body image correctly reflected through trends, magazines or movie stars. When I view my short legs, thick thighs and curvy structure to the model industry standard, I will always come up wanting. The key is to shape the view of my body on a true reflection.

Our mind sees what it believes, according to the Discovery Channel. I have known many beautiful women who could not see their beautiful uniqueness because of their belief based on external reflections. Those reflections tormented and haunted them to the point of misery.

Reflections are a tool…only a tool. They can help us repair, adjust, fix, or improve the original but they are never intended to be the truest representation of the original.

IMG_8746.JPGThe still water serves as a mirror for the tree, and its reflection is what makes the photograph sing. -unknown

The image sings only because of the stillness of the water.

IMG_8747.JPGSamantha Pearson is a contributing photographer for my blog. Although, I did not take this photo, it demonstrates my point about reflections. The beautiful sculpture is reflecting it’s surroundings yet the snow and the curvature of the piece distort the images it portrays. The truest beauty can be seen by simply turning from the reflection to the original.

In my journey, I have learned the value in turning from distorted reflections to look at the original standard for which I was created. Only then can I be the singing image that portrays that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.

D

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Reflections and Shadows

A Long Walk Off A Short Pier

IMG_2075.JPGI don’t think my dad has ever used a curse word in his 74 years of life. As a kid, I often heard him say, “Take a long walk off a short pier.” He had a dry sense of humor but sometimes I thought that this was his nice way of telling someone to “Take a hike.” Funny how we remember things we hear from childhood.

When I looked at this photo this week, my dad’s quip immediately came to mind. I could just imagine a walk right off the end of this little pier.

My entry this week is more nostalgic than it is anything else. No beautiful path. Just a reminder that hurtful words can not be recaptured and that how we use our words is important.

In the movie, Step Mom, the biological mother often tells her son to “use his words”.

Words are a powerful tool. By adding some thought before use, we accomplish so much more.

I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane today as my entry for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 #16.

Hey, the weekend is not far away. Have you had a good week?
D

Phoneography Challenge: Macro (Learning What My IPhone Can Do)

I was inspired this week by my new blogging friend, Janet, from This, That and The Other Thing. I had no idea that my Iphone would take macro photos…I know, I’m pretty shocking when it comes to technical knowledge. However, learning new things is one of the things that I really enjoy about the blogosphere.

When I saw Janet’s photo, followed by a few helpful tips that she offered (Thanks, Janet!) and a fresh morning rain, I ran outside with my IPhone and snapped a few photos. I was sceptical. Luckily, my IPhone did most of the work and Janet’s tips helped heaps.IMG_2067.JPG
IMG_2068.JPGI have an IPhone 4 but I think it did pretty well. The photos are a little grainy which is the only complaint I have ever had about my phone. So, I decided to grab my husband’s IPhone 5 and shot a few more photos to make a comparison. (Shhh, I was really trying to build a convincing case for an upgrade on my phone!)IMG_2069.JPG
IMG_2070.JPGMy husband is a marine farmer so he has an aqua-safe case that encases the phone which produced the yellow tint. Other than the coloration, the IPhone 5 is slightly clearer.

What do you think? Do I need a new phone? 😉

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro

One Word Photo Challenge: Mint

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My entry for One Word Photo Challenge: Mint is a fern frond taken while on a bush walk.

The koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizes new life, harmony, growth, strength and peace. The koru is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos.

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Cancer Is Not Pink has so kindly nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. It has been quite a while since I have participated with an award blog and I am doing so for a fellow cancer survivor. So, thank you,Swoosie, for this lovely honour.

In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

•Thank the person who nominated you for the award. – Cancer Is Not Pink is one of my newest friends in the blogosphere. Please check out her blog, I am sure you will enjoy your visit.

•Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post.

•Share 7 facts/or things about yourself:

1.  I am a cancer survivor thriver!

2.  I have always loved candy…and even at 54 I, suspect, I always will.

3.  I have always been shy…but lately I have observed I talk too much…so maybe I have outgrown my shyness.

4.  I love photographs. I think they have an amazing way of taking you back to special moments. Recently, I realised I lost some of my photographs from when I was in my teens and twenties…it made me cry.

5.  Oh, and I cry a lot. Not because I’m sad. I haven’t had a sad cry in ages but I cry when I’m happy, when I’m proud, and…well, let’s just say I cry a lot. I recently read that Glennon from Momastery said this about why she cries, “I cry for the same reason I laugh. Because I pay attention.” I totally agree.

6.  I have not always had an open heart. Pain closed me down so tightly that I was miserable. I wasn’t open to God, myself, my family, or my friends. I like the freedom that I have now. An open heart is so important to living fully and abundantly!

7.  I could eat watermelon and fish everyday of my life. Oh, and candy! ;-)

 

Please visit my sample list of blogs I follow below. If you are a new blogger and would like for me to link to your blog through this post, please leave me a comment below and I will be happy to share your blog with my friends. I will adapt Swoosie’s technique and ask that you write “ADD ME” in the comments below and I will add you to the post!

As always, you, my readers, make my day in many ways and I appreciate it so much!

D