May 5, 2010
Volume 6 - issue 18

This week's issue relates to trust - trusting ourselves and our instincts.

The featured image, a photo/drawing has been "beckoning" me from my patio wall for several weeks, requesting being shared with you in Picture to Ponder. (More in the "Today's Photos Story" below.)

Today's Photos -

Echinacea #4 photo/drawing


Echinacea #1 photo/drawing

Photo/Drawings of Echinacea Flowers from a field of flowers in the gardens of Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

I present them for you to simply enjoy with no further aesthetic description or response on my part.

Today's Photos' Story -
As I stated above, the top picture is on my patio. It's at the far end, directly in my line of vision from my kitchen, and gives me a lift every time I look at it. For several weeks I have been thinking about featuring it here in Picture to Ponder. Then, not finding it in my computer immediately, I let it pass.

This Echinacea photo/drawing was done almost 10 years ago, as was the one below it. The latter is actually the first of the series that I did and has always been one of my favorites. When it "showed up" as the cover insert in a binder I found last week, I decided to finally respond to my initial instinct to share the photo/drawing(s) with you.

"Photo/drawings", my term, are something that I discovered/created while "playing" when I first got a color printer and a scanner. They are scanned photos, printed out, and then drawn on directly with permanent ink pens. This art form predated my being on the web and were actually the impetus for setting up my first web site - Nature's - nine years ago. Given their evolution, the photo/drawings fall into the category of what I call, and have written about, my Accidental Art.

I got quite absorbed in the whole process, creating note cards, 8" X 10" prints and then uploaded them for printing on products on Cafe Press. It always pleased me when people told me they would often visit Nature's Playground or my Nature Art sites simply for a 10-minute, reenergizing reprieve during the day.

And, then I moved to Florida, got totally immersed with my digital camera and other responsibilities and I "abandoned" (interesting to "hear" myself use that word as I write) the photo/drawing process.

So, on to today's Self-Reflecting Queries. How does, or may, all of this relate to you?

Note - The other day I got an email from Facebook from someone who purchased two large prints several years ago. He stated that every time he passes them he "smiles with joy."

Should the process appeal to you and you have need for large prints, or know anyone else who does, I do have an overstock inventory of several of the photo/drawing images, in prints approximately 18" X 24", on Nature's Playground Large Prints page

Self-Reflecting Queries -
I surprised myself, above, when I wrote of "abandonment". So much of life is being in action, then moving on; going from one place to another. I have done a lot of this in my lifetime and although I've started lots of things, many of which I've dropped and not completed, I don't recall having "abandoned" anything.

It's an interesting query for me in my life and I invite you to look at areas where you may have incompletions in your life. Is there anything you need to do to be complete with them, either with further action, or simply by declaration? Is anything coming up for you that feels like there was "abondonment" involved?

If so, I invite you to write about it for yourself to see if anything "actionable" comes up for you. I also invite you to futher explore and then take that action or actions.

And, back to what originally I thought today's queries were going to be (referencing its having taken me a month to feature today's first-appearing image):

Is there any place recently you've had the thought or feeling to do something and have yet to take action? Is it a "trust" issue, or something else? Do you usually follow your instincts or do you wait and weigh all your options?

There is no "right" answer. It's simply becoming aware of your mode of operation and perhaps gaining some freedom as a result, if this is something you desire.

As always have fun with this and please post your responses in the COMMENTS section of the blog

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