April 15, 2008
Volume 4 - Number 14

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For Mother's Day - Gift the Favorite Woman in Your Life - Include yourself - an Exquiste Keepsake Boxes in our Gift Shop. Inset with a Ceramic Tile of your choice, Lacquered Black or Mahagony, with White Velvet interior, it's the perfect gift.
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orange lily on a blue textured background

orange lily with patio in the background
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Today's Picture to Ponder Photos
Orange Lily - looking into the black-lit flower close up and then stepping back - The center photo has been selected out and mounted on a different background. The greenery on the right is from a bromeliad plant that sits on the table. Though not related to the lily, I kept it in for balance.

Self-Reflecting Queries
Today's flower photos have gone through long stories as I spent a few hours "playing" with Photoshop Elements, experimenting with some of the tools I'm learning about in the online class that's completing.

The ultimate bottom line took me full circle back to almost the beginning in the third photo, the lily with a view of my patio and the outside behind it. What I discovered after finishing working with the flower alone in the middle photo, was that the liveliness of the photo was with the light coming through. It somehow needed to show the source for the energetic feeling to stay with the flower.

In attempting to cover up what I thought was the distracting background, I lost sight of the essence of the imagery. Now, transferring this experience to Self-Reflecting Queries:

Are there places in your life where you may be losing focus and thus depleting the energy in yourself and/or a situation?

Also, might there be places in your life to which you are totally not paying attention, for no other reason that you're not? If so, I invite you to stop and take some moments on a regular basis to really look around at your spaces and possible people or things in them to "be with" them totally.

Today's lilies happened to be on a stalk growing outside in the bed in front of the front window of my home. Given that the plant was full grown with four lilies, it had to have been there for some time, AND I had not noticed them at all until I specifically went out there to see what was available for photographing in nature in my own environment. These are bulbs, I think, that I must have planted last year and I do not even recall that.

If you accept the invitation to look around you with newly opened eyes, have fun discovering some of the things you might be missing in your life.

See TILE KEEPSAKE BOXES in the Gift Shop. Ideal presents for any special occasion, including Mother's Day. See link above, or site, for description. Be sure to open the Tropical Flower and plant link on that page to see 11 additional choices. You can also chose the lacquered black or mahogany for any of the boxes.


The entire month of April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Our South Florida April 5th Walk is over and there is still time to participate. 100% of any money you donate this month will be added to the Walk funds raised. Thus 100% of your money will go to Parkinson's Research. For more information, click on the photo for the DONATION page.

Or simply visit the beautiful TULIPS page and enjoy. (back to top)

tulip for Parkinson's Donation
pink tulip round magnet
Lacquered Keepsake Box with Beautiful White
Velvet Interior
The GIFT SHOP now has one section with folders of different tulip images and products.

I will donate $2.00 from every tulip product purchased in the Nature Art Gift shop through April 30th to the Walk-A-Thon. ($1.00 on single magnets.)

We deeply appreciate those of you who have so thoughtfully and generously contributed this year and in the past and look forward to all of you who still choose to do so this year. See DONATION page.

PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease experienced by man, Alzheimer's disease being the most common. See Patient Information on the APDA site for more detailed information on description and treatment. I've also included a few more facts on the Tulips donation page.

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