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I love just about all creatures but if I had to pick a favorite I think it would have to be the hummingbird. I have been fascinated with these amazing little creatures with wings that beat so fast that they are a blur, and with a flight pattern unlike that of any other bird. These amazing little creatures can fly backwards and hover in space!  They are truly amazing! I’m not sure how or why I got the idea…perhaps I was bored as a teenager as many teenagers are.

Growing up on a lake outside of a small coastal Oregon town, there really wasn’t a lot “going on” in the mind of a teenager so I had to find ways to entertain myself.  One summer I decided I was going to make friends with my favorite bird.

We had a hummingbird feeder hanging on our deck where I loved to watch the hummingbirds. One day I stood on a chair near the hummingbird feeder with my face a few inches from the feeder. I stood there & stood there and stood there… for a very very long time. The little hummingbird was cautious but eventually decided it was safe to drink next to the human’s face. I could feel the air from its tiny beating wings on my cheeks, like a little fan. I was delighted!  But why stop there? I decided I was going to get one to perch on my finger. More time…more patience…more holding really really still but eventually the patience paid off and one landed on my finger! It was so tiny I could barely feel the weight of it on my fingers. I felt like this was a major life accomplishment.

Fast forward from a teenager to 20 plus years later and I still love my little hummingbird friends as much as I did all those years ago. The flowers in my yard are not there by accident. Nearly all of them are selected because they are flowers that the hummingbirds like. I’m always sad to see them go in the fall when they return to their wintering grounds to the south but every year I count the days until their arrival in the Spring being sure to mark the first sighting on my calendar so I’ll know when to put their feeders out the next year.

This last spring, not long after they had begun to arrive on a nice warm day, we had left the door open in our living room that leads out onto our deck. All of the sudden there was this loud buzzing in the living room! It was a wayward hummer that had strayed from the outside deck into our living room. He instinctually flew towards the bright windows on the other side of the living room. I ran for my cat and locked him in the bathroom and then quickly returned to the window, cupped my hands around the distressed little hummingbird and caught him like a little moth. He was chattering at me once I had him in my hands but I quickly took him out the door and opened my hands and away he flew.

At the time I thought it was just a simple bird rescue but it has proven to be more than that. It was the beginning of a special friendship. This little guy seems to know that after I rescued him that I won’t harm him and he seems to trust me like no other hummingbird has done before.

We live in the mountains and share the mountain with all kinds of wildlife like bears and raccoons so over the years we have learned after replacing a few crunched feeders that it’s a good idea to bring all our birdfeeders in every night. Part of my morning routine besides making coffee and feeding my kitties is hanging the bird feeders. Every morning like clockwork my new little friend now greets me and before I can even hang the feeder on the hook he has landed on the feeder while it is still in my hand! I patiently wait for him to finish and then I hang the feeder. Often I’ll come out on the deck and greet all the birdies and tell them it’s breakfast time and now he even seems to know my voice!

The other day the honeybees also discovered my hummingbird feeder so I decided to move the feeder to a new location. I told my little friend I was moving it. I couldn’t see him but he must have been watching and listening to me because when I went to the hang the feeder on the tomato cage, he again landed on it before I could even get it hung. Later in the day the bees disappeared so I moved it back  to where it was and again my little friend followed me! Before he flew to the feeder though he flew to me and hovered in front of me for a second as if to say “thanks!” and then flew on to his feeder. We have other hummingbirds too but they are more skittish and none of them seem to have the trust and the friendship that this little guy and I share. Perhaps he remembers the day I rescued him from the confines of our house.

Whatever the reason is that this little guy trusts me, I consider myself very lucky and I’m glad to have friends or rather “a friend” in high places.  🙂

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The Universe is a Mirror

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The Universe/Life is a mirror, reflect unhappiness and that is what you get…reflect joy and joy comes back to you. It sounds simple but it’s easy to forget.

Sometimes when we find ourselves stuck in a rut, maybe the question to ask instead of “why does this keep happening to me?” would be instead “how am I treating others around me?” Or “what are the thoughts  in my brain saying?”.

Have you ever noticed that when you are happy the people around you are happy too? Or have you ever noticed that smiling is contagious? And laughter is especially contagious! I believe contagious laughter is a prime example of the Universe is a mirror effect in action.

But I recently forgot this again and have been feeling rather stuck.

I seem to be learning the lesson that I thought I had learned about 6 months ago again but I will say that I did catch on quicker this time around!

About a year ago I got up the courage to leave a job that was not making me happy anymore. In fact it felt like my job was ruling my life. So I asked the Universe/God to “Please Get Me Out Of This Job!!”  I gave notice a couple days later even though I didn’t have a new job to go to yet. I started applying for jobs and within less than two weeks from when I had given my two weeks notice I got a job offer to work at the local hospital in admissions. I decided to take it.

I worked there for about 6 months and really liked it and felt like I was where I should be…at first. But as time went on things got stranger and stranger. I had apparently pointed something out to the President that I shouldn’t have and for whatever other reason my new boss did not like me and for the first time in my 42 years on this earth I got fired from a job!

All the sudden I was left jobless, floating aimlessly in the void, scared and not knowing what was next. I immediately went into “Oh No what am I going to do now mode!” I then had to file for unemployment (also a first for me). This seemed difficult and scary to me too. I felt like I was accused of a crime (being fired) and had to defend myself and prove why I should get unemployment. I wrote a letter to the unemployment office explaining my circumstances, filed all the paperwork, and participated in the phone hearing and finally one day the ordeal was over and was approved to receive my benefit!

In the midst of the unemployment ordeal though, I had begun to remind myself that the attitude you put out there is what you will get back. I was following a program from an old book that I had called The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price and I was also listening to my Kelly Howell Positive thinking CD . Both were very helpful to get me back on track.  First the unemployment check showed up. Then about a month later I got a response from one of my work searches and they hired me! I couldn’t believe I got a job in this economy! The work I did retrained my brain to see things in a positive light and when I exuded that the Universe/God reflected that back to me.

So fast forward 6 months of bliss working at a job that I really really liked a lot and the company I worked for Callao Coffee sadly was also hit by the economy and the rising prices of coffee beans and they had to lay me off.

So again I found myself floating in the void, jobless and not knowing what was coming next. I found myself drifting into that sad and familiar place of depression where the thoughts you hear in your head are just plain negative. I was somehow thinking that if I could just get a job that would fix everything but I live in an economically depressed rural area with a VERY high unemployment rate and that might not happen for a while. It just might be a better idea to make the most of what I do have rather than worrying about what I don’t. 

Aha! Then the light bulb went on again and I heard “you’ve been here before, you know how to get out of this place!”. And I do, it’s just that I forgot for a bit again.  It’s all in how you look at things.

I’ve started listening to my positive thinking CD again and the Universe/ God has brought me to a couple of wonderful websites where I have made some wonderful friends already. The first one I found myself on was Fine Art America. The people in the forums are so wonderfully encouraging, kind hearted and giving. No wonder I’ve always loved artists. After only two weeks I even sold a print! And the other site I found is A New Gaia, which is also filled with encouraging, giving, kind hearted people. After only two days of  I’ve being a member there, they have already featured my blog and my cardinal photo. Also I reconnected with my friend Victoria Pendragon on A New Gaia who asked if I was still doing the Dream magic work when she saw that I was struggling a bit and indeed I had stopped doing this a while ago. So I will happily be starting that again too.

It seems if you just take one step in the right direction and trust in the Universe/God,  that you will be guided where you need to go. So it’s back to reflecting good vibes into the Universe again for me!  Time to move away from the “life is hard & difficult & I’m feeling sorry for myself mode”!  🙂

How have so many of us humans lost our connection with Mother Earth? Sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like to be a member of one of those last remaining tribes in the Amazon forest, living completely and totally in harmony with nature. A world with no high speed Internet, no cell phones or TV or any of the conveniences that are so ingrained into our lives.

What if we all lived in this way…a way of living with nature as part of nature rather than “conquering & ruling over” nature? If we all lived like this would global warming & pollution be the issue that it is today?

I’m only 41 years old but in my 41 years I’ve witnessed abuses against nature that have broken my heart such as the deforestation of many old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the horrendous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and now the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Many of these tribal cultures including the Native Americans realized that they are a part of nature and that to support & care for nature is to support and care for one’s self. Perhaps these cultures shouldn’t have been “civilized” but rather learned from. But sadly many of these cultures have been squashed due to “civilization”.

How did we get here? I believe it’s a combination of things that have brought us to this point as a planet. We have created societies that are addicted to comfort (myself included typing away on my net book). We need electricity to power our computers, keep our food preserved until we want to eat it, cook our food, heat our water, heat our homes, cool our homes, give us light after dark, power our TV’s & electronic gadgets and even to keep people alive in hospitals. And lets not forget about fuel for our cars… how could we live without our vehicles to take us to the grocery store or anywhere else that we feel the need to go? Unless you are a part of an indigenous tribe living off the land in a forest, you are more than likely part of this power hungry equation.

However, another part of the equation that sometimes makes me feel helpless to do anything about is the attitudes of those who control and dole out the electricity & fuel. Those who control the price of electricity & fuel have a HUGE amount of control over the economy & even the environment. For example, the price of gas goes up, so does the price of just about everything else from food to shipping a package to air travel. I’m sure that most people if they could afford it would go with solar panels or wind power but the key is affordable which they are not to the average person barely scraping by in this economy. Sadly the oil companies even control the price of solar panels as they have bought out many of the patents on solar panels thus keeping solar panels out of reach and keeping us dependent on their  dirty oil and dirty electricity from coal & nuclear and natural gas (muchly derived from Fracking).   Unfortunately the actions of the people in power that control energy seem to show that they have a very shortsighted vision of what is important. They don’t seem to care about what is left of the earth (our home) for their children & grandchildren but rather are more concerned about what seems to be a  drug that is more addictive than crack or heroin to them…money.

But if we continue on this path, perhaps Mother Earth will change even the greedy. When she wipes out their castles with floods & earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricane’s, Mother Earth just may make us all equal again and money won’t mean a thing anymore.  And those tribes who have been living in harmony with her all along will have knowledge for the rest of us that will be indispensable.

A New Forest Friend

Every once in a while nature gives us a gift. Today was such a day. We are in the middle of a heat wave with temps in the 90’s and humidity. Since we do not have AC, my husband & I sought refuge in a favorite little spot of ours in the mountains where there is a cool rushing steam and an nice little rocky pool that is deep enough to get in and cool off in.  Besides being a peaceful beautiful spot, it also is seems to be a butterfly haven.

 Usually shooting butterflies if pretty challenging as they are constantly fluttering about but today an Eastern yellow tiger swallowtail landed near me and held perfectly still for me. It was like it was posing for me. I took picture after picture after picture and it didn’t seem to mind at all. Then it even flew closer to me and I got some more shots.

After I was statisfied with my shots, I decided, just for the goof…I’d try to coax it onto my hand since it was so calm and to my surprise I made a new friend!  It happily moved onto my hand and stayed on my hand for the longest time.  My husband took this shot of my new forest friend & I used in today’s blog post. He finally flew away but I’ll never forget the day I got to be friends with a butterfly and hold  beauty in the palm of my hand!

And Then There Were Two

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This is the result of artistic collaboration! The painting turned out wonderful!  I have no regrets about giving Lyn Deutsch   permission to paint from my original photo.  Thank you Lyn! I learned as child that sharing is good. “Give and ye shall receive” is a good motto to live by. If I never  gave her permission to use my photo for a reference,  there would only be one piece of art inspired by a scene but now there are two!

I saw this beautiful scene on  a wonderful vacation visiting my Dad in Oregon & we shared this special  moment in time together. It brought us joy at the time so why not share the joy with not only the people who view my photo but also all the people who will view Lyn’s painting?

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the “I have to look out for number one” state of mind but when you look out for number two and three and more wonderful things can happen. I think it starts with letting go of fear, fear of “what if this or that happens?”  but sometimes when we really examine our fears we realize that even if the “this” or “that” happens it’s really not that bad and often “this” or “that” doesn’t even happen!

 I’ve found in my life over the years that even when things seem like they are not going the way I want them to be going , that things always turn out in the end. There is a lot of truth to the phrase “Let Go And Let God”. In other words, just live your life with the ups and downs and realize that it will all turn out ok in the end because it always does and remember to stop spending your time worrying and instead spend your time sharing, giving & helping others where you can!  God/ the Universe/ Your higher power will take care of the rest. 🙂

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I recently responded to a forum post in Fine Art America where artist Lyn Deutsch was inquiring if any of the photographers in Fine Art America would be interested in allowing her to use one of their photos for a painting reference. I immediately responded with a YES!  Not long after I d she asked if she could use the above photo.  I’m very honored & flattered that an artist would want to paint one of my images. 

The forum generated a very lively conversation amongst the members ranging from “Sure! Please do!” to “I wouldn’t be comfortable with someone using my work for reference since it is my work & vision and not theirs”.  I find myself on the end of the spectrum of seeing this a compliment from a fellow artist and as long as I am given a photo credit for this it is also a great way to get more exposure for my photography (pun intended Lol).

 I’ve always been envious of people who have the talent & ability to draw and paint what they see  but I am not one of those people who can draw or paint much more than a happy face or a stick figure! So I have found myself in the world of photography, capturing beauty in nature and candid cherished moments of friends & family.  So when an artist wants to paint one of my photos it’s almost like they are saying ” you have created a beautiful piece art & I want to create from your creation” which makes me feel good about my art.

She may be painting  the same scene but it will be a different interpretation. The paint and texture & colors she uses will create a whole new dimension to the same scene. It is kind of  like one piece of music that can have many different arrangements.  Or even a snippet from a song that has been re-mixed into another song.  Or it could be like a flower that goes to seed and creates more flowers. The original flower is a perfect picture of  beauty but why stop there? If you let it go to seed it could one day create a whole field of flowers! 🙂