Nov 8 2013  4

I belong to a community of photographers on FB who focus (literally) on pictures taken within our little New England state. Each week there is a different theme and we are out and about everywhere capturing the beauty or the visual stories of where we live. Right here. Right now. It is a very special and gifted group, with cameras large and small, tripods or steady hands, fancy lenses or single built- in lenses, and editing programs in our computers. We capture Beauty, shapes, scenes, angles, curves, colors, people, animals, events, costuming, memories and more. We are not competitive, but rather, amazingly enthusiastic, supportive, inspired and inspiring. We learn to see the world through many perspectives, and to see a theme, through many eyes and unique interpretations, celebrating and taking delight in diversity.

Because I am a writer as well, when I see an image that I am compelled to capture, as I am taking the photograph for what it is, I am deep-seeing what it means for me symbolically as well. When I photograph something, I am also writing about it in my mind. What it is beauty enough, but what it means to me as metaphor is even more powerful on a personal level and often becomes the inspiration for my writings on nature, or life, or soul-full living.

Like many creative artists, I often ride a financial roller-coaster supporting myself through work based on the creative, healing, or metaphysical arts. Sometimes up. Sometimes down. The themes of Abundance/Lack are always being worked with and adjusted through meditative practices, visualizations for blessings, reading inspiring books and practicing exercises for manifestation, and just plain prayer..(we try not to beg the Universe to answer..wrong energy 🙂 )

For me, one of the best ways to work with the theme/the prayer/the desire for the manifestation of “Abundance” is to photograph it! And in truth…it is the way of Nature, the way of the Earth, the way of the Universe in its sheer playful and awesome generosity of manifesting bounty. Everywhere we look…the infinite individual needles on a single pine tree, the impossible-to-count grains of sand on a beach, the millions, billions, TRILLIONS of drops of water in the ocean,the un-ending blades of grass in a yard, let alone everywhere, the awesome silk-carried seeds on a dandelion head..everywhere we look, we see wealth, treasure, opulence.

And let us not forget leaves, leaves, leaves…the sheer amount of them covering our lawns and “yardens” when they decide to let go of dancing in the wind and drop upon us, truly revealing the enormity of their numbers under our feet, eventually to be swept up for re-cycling by our rakes, the work and gathering seemingly endless when we are in the middle of that task. There is the other gift of leaves besides their numbers, reminding us of the Earth’s generosity and abundance, and that is their ability to transform themselves from green to unique, flaming brilliance of light and colors in their “old age”. They do not “leave” without letting go of the rules and required uniformity of Community, becoming who they truly were all long as the chlorophyll in their individual bodies drain away, their work in the greater community done for this year. They do not go quietly, insignificantly or shyly into the dark night, but rather, in flaming color, beauty and bounty while saying  goodbye.

May we open our eyes to the Beauty, the Blessings and the Abundance that surround us at every moment. May we choose to notice, capture and savor it.  May we always remember to say Thank You, as well…..