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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Photo-Heart Connection: January



We’ve had an usually warm and wet winter, so I wasn’t surprised when the dandelions began to sprout up around the yard. First the pretty yellow flower heads and then the fluffy balls of seeds. When I saw this dandelion and the one little seed hanging on, I quickly dropped to the wet ground and took several shots. And, yes I had muddy circles on the knees of my jeans!

Images such as this thrill me! I didn’t plan this one. I didn’t walk around it trying to find the best view. I didn’t adjust anything on my camera. I just quickly took a series of rapid shots. If I had waited even a moment the seed would have blown away in the wind. When I uploaded the pictures to my computer, my heart skipped a beat and I let out a big sigh!! Yes!! This is it!! This is what I love about photography, that I can capture a moment in nature before it blows away in the the breeze!

This reminded me how quickly moments fly by! I wonder how many times I’ve missed a blessing or simple joy because I let a moment slip by. I’m focusing on slowing down this year, enjoying each moment, and capturing these moments. Whether I capture them in a photograph or in my heart, I feel blessed and grateful for the beauty of nature and for the simple moments of everyday.

I'm very excited to be linking this post to the very first Photo-Heart Connection at Kat Eye Studio. I took several classes from Kat and this new link-up will help me continue on my journey of capturing images from the heart!  You really should click on the button below, read about this wonderful photography connection, and then read some of the other wonderful posts that have been linked. It's like inspiration heaven!!!

30 comments:

  1. This is a great photo, & I love your enthusiasm as you captured this moment. So great to be reminde to be in the moment & enjoy & appreciate all around us.

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  2. That is a wonderful photograph, and the idea it shows is one we all need to grasp hold of.

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  3. Cathy, I love this photo so much! That one tiny seed, barely clinging to "Mom," sun glinting on its tiny "feathers" - ready to take flight. I appreciate your thoughts about slowing down to capture such special moments, with or without a camera.

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  4. What a wonderful capture, Cathy! Simply exquisite! Yes, moments do fly by, but when we slow down we can capture something as fleeting as a dandelion seed.

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  5. So beautiful. Love how that one seed is resting on top. nice comp and tones.

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  6. Cathy - I had to smile at the image of you with muddy knees, snapping away! And well-earned since this is an amazing shot. One single moment of great delicacy, captured for the rest of us to marvel at. I can completely understand your feelings of joy when you saw that you had actually succeeded. Such glorious detail.

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  7. oh a lovely shot and i agree the best catches are the ones that aren't there a moment later i really like this

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  8. Fleeting moments of time...you have captured that so nicely here, in your image and your words.

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  9. Thanks for sharing the moment we us. Breath taking when you realize that a breath could send the tiny seed into the air. I understand about the knees, who cares, jeans you can wash but we can't get back the moment.

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  10. This image made me smile. As someone who is drawn to nature I can relate to capturing those precious fleeting moments.

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  11. Such a beautiful moment and captured so beautifully. Loved that about photography, too. How it makes us capture those moments of beauty and appreciate our surroundings.

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  12. Oh I need this reminder every day, to savor each moment. I will now picture your beautiful image and it will bring me to the moment. A visual montra. Thank you, Cathy.

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  13. Love this statement Cathy: "I can capture a moment in nature before it blows away in the the breeze!" Your enthusiasm always comes through so loud and clear in your words, I love visiting here. Photography makes us more mindful, more in the moment all the time, doesn't it? Maybe that's the best heart connection of all. Thanks for linking in to the first ever Photo-Heart Connection!

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  14. Gorgeous image and I love your words. I love that feeling when you a get shot that would have passed if you'd hesitated. I find the same thing with photography - it really makes me slow down and notice the details. It's such a magical thing and your photo really encapsulates that.

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  15. First off-gorgeous capture-especially since it was just a quick snap without settings. Well spotted. Secondly-I love the way you've described how you felt when taking and then viewing this. As for dirty jeans-yup. When I think of it-in cold weather I take my right glove off to manipulate my camera and if I'm smart, I remember to put it on the ground for my knee. It helps. Happy day Cathy.

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  16. I too love that about photography - so many lessons right before us that we would normally pass by. You got a beautiful capture!!

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  17. Really nice photo. Love the story - sometimes we forget that we have an entire world right in our own backyard.

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  18. What a magnificent photograph. What I love about photography is that it makes you look even closer to the wonder of nature. Thank you for stopping by Focusing on Life and leaving a comment. I am so happy that I found your blog.

    Karen

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  19. What a magnificent photograph. What I love about photography is that it makes you look even closer to the wonder of nature. Thank you for stopping by Focusing on Life and leaving a comment. I am so happy that I found your blog.

    Karen

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  20. The photo makes me both happy and sad, especially after reading your connection to the image. We live for those moments and before we know it, their gone, like that little seed. Great capture.

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  21. It's a beautiful capture- they are some of the most enticing things to photograph. Ephemeral- a perfect creation.

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  22. such a perfect capture! i love your post about slowing down and enjoying the little moments...so true

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  23. Such a beautiful picture and story, would love to be more expessive in the English language but thats hard for me, but I love the most of your pictures

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  24. Beautiful shot, Brenda..and what a moment of beauty you have captured. I also love the moment described in you post - the muddy knees moment. That told me everything - commitment, passion and JOY! To muddy knees!

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  25. Wow...the moment captured is stunning. Also, wow, for dandelions in January!! SO hard for me to even imagine :) I, too, am going to try to slow down and be more focused on the 'little things' this year...looking forward to seeing more of your moments throughout the year!

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  26. What a beautiful shot...gorgeously composed and lit. I love it!

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  27. beautiful ~ i love dandelions, also beautiful thought, thanks for sharing...

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  28. The detail, the delicacy, the moment...and those muddy knees! Love it. You nailed it!

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  29. What an uplifting post! It's a beautiful image you captured - if time stood still it's like the seed didn't want to leave home.

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