Gifts of the ordinary

Colorful trees by a pond in the neighborhood

This morning I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my camera. Even though I’ve walked these paths countless times, each time I walk them I experience and see new beauty in ordinary things. “What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation. When we …

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North Shore Fall Photos

Zen Sunrise at Stoney Point

We just returned from a long weekend in Two Harbors, MN, photographing the fall color along the north shore of Lake Superior. I went to a workshop taught by John Gregor from Two Harbors, and my husband Jon came along to enjoy the north shore beauty, and to help me lug my photography gear on our photo hikes. It was such fun and so beautiful! Our days started before dawn and lasted until after sunset. …

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Dancing With Beauty

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I have been dancing with beauty for several years now. When I first fell in love with photography I started noticing beauty wherever I went, sometimes in the most unexpected places. For me noticing beauty, chasing beauty, and being chased by beauty are the things that make my heart dance. When I’m truly in the zone of experiencing beauty everything else drops away—time, pain, other people, even my inner chatter. I find beauty in shapes, …

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Autumn Reverie

Autumn Reverie

A collection of quotes about autumn and recent photos from my neighborhood, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”― John Muir May you walk in beauty. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus “Look at the pretty flower trees, Mommy!” — My youngest daughter at age 4. “I’m so glad I live …

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