An announcement and a photo-heart connection: beauty is God’s handwriting

I am celebrating a private accomplishment today.  As Tracey Clark said on her blog recently, “it’s time we celebrate who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going and all the awesomely brave things we do along the way.” I can hardly believe that my little blog started a year and a half ago hit 100 followers last week. Talk about taking a risk to put myself out there! That people would like to see my photography and read my thoughts baffles me still.  But I am giddily jumping for joy and mentally doing cartwheels in celebration of this accomplishment. I am proud that I began, even though I wasn’t sure where it was going.  I am proud of sharing my photography, dreams, and motherhood struggles.  I am proud that I thought enough of myself to put myself out there… and I am rewarded with so many new friends… YOU!

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t, it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.  ~Barack Obama

It’s time for the June Photo-Heart Connection! When I looked through the photos I took in June, this one stood out for me.  I snapped it for a Picture Black and White class prompt, but desaturating this of color sort of ruined it for me. 

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart and soul connection here for me is that I did not ever notice that this “weed” was so colorful until I visited it with my iPhone macro lens.  In looking at the photo on my computer, I was taken aback at it’s texture, rich color, and delicacy.  Quite a revelation… photography does that for me.  I didn’t see the beauty right before me until I had my lens there to translate it for me.  This happens so often that you’d think I’d be used to it by now, but I still pause in wonder every time.

I am currently participating in Liz Lamoreux’s Inner Excavate-along, and part of one of our prompts recently was to capture the world around us with our cameras, seeking patterns and nuances in how we see things every day.  I was immediately drawn to the words “you already know” in her prompt.  There is so much intuition within me when I’m holding my camera. 

Haven’t done it before? You can learn more about how to find your Photo-Heart Connection here.

See my May photo-heart connection post here.

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18 thoughts on “An announcement and a photo-heart connection: beauty is God’s handwriting

  1. Beautiful!!
    Yepp, I find that quite amazing too, what you can see among little weeds with a macro lens. It makes me humble to little things in nature…..
    Thanks for sharing my friend!
    Marie

  2. congrats naomi!! sending you a virtual ‘high-five’! 🙂 seriously though, you should be proud of your accomplishments. i’ve enjoyed getting to know you through blogging and look forward to lots more of your beautiful photos and insights. love, kelly

  3. Congrats on your accomplishment!! I love visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful photos and you give me plenty to think about!! You expressed so well exactly what I feel about macro photography. Every time it amazes me!! I’m kind of glad, I don’t want to ever get “used to it!”

  4. Congrats on the 100 milestone. You were one of the first bloggers I started following on WordPress when I started blogging again last year and your pictures always inspire me. Of course there are people who want to read your blog — it’s awesome!

    • Paula, YOUR blog is wonderful! I’ve subscribed via Google Reader and look forward to connecting more. I am also very inspired to head to a vacation near North Carolina!

  5. Hi Naomi, Congrats on your 100 followers! I’m not surprised at all. I am really happy that I found your blog in our class. Love, love that photo! A weed?! Amazing. Great quote too by Obama.

  6. There is so much gentle, positive encouragement to yourself in this post I am left feeling encouraged as well! Congratulations on your 100 followers. But even more, congrats for putting yourself out there, overcoming fear and finding your voice. I am so glad to have you sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection. I am honored to have you joining in!

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