Photo Heart Connection for May

Cat bird

Though I always try to remember to post something for Kat’s Photo Heart Connection, I sometimes miss the beat and then time slips by and…you can guess the rest of my story.  It is really a good thing to do, looking back at the images from the previous month and choosing the one that tugs at your heart, that says something to you.

This image is of a cat bird, taken at the same location as the nest of eagles that I wrote about several days ago.  Toward the end of our time at the marsh I saw this bird a few yards away just chattering at the top of her lungs.  Sometimes the light is right, I’m in the right place, and the lens does what I want.  

I love this little bird.  She’s being herself, ruffled feathers and all, telling the world what it needs to hear…her own little song.

The recent death of Dr. Maya Angelo has touched me deeply.  Oprah Winfrey has aired many of her shows on her network (OWN) that include Dr. Angelo recently, as a way to honor the memory of this wise woman.  Her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” came to mind as I looked at this image.  

How grateful I am that Dr. Angelo sang her song.  For in her song I ‘heard’ that all of our stories, all of our songs need to be sung.  No matter your age, your gender, your orientation to life in any form, your education, your beliefs…all of us need to share our stories.   And then, most importantly, we all need to listen.


Photo Heart Connection ~ February

Early in February I was at my desk at work when a woman was escorting her dad out the front door.  I picked up my phone and snapped a quick photo of them walking away from me.  

This touched my heart in so many ways, but mainly because I see not only a part of my own story, but that of so many of my peers. Aging parents who need a helping hand, some needing more help than others, and children stepping in to help, to be there to meet their needs.  

Later on I downloaded an app on my phone called Sketch Guru, and used it to give the photo this water color sketch effect.  Maybe that makes the whole situation look a bit friendlier, and it also gives some anonymity to the people in the photo.  It’s like intentionally blurring an image.

Adjustments.  I adjusted this image.  The daughter in this image has adjusted her life to be able to help out more, to give that hand and that loving escort to her parents in this time of transition.  

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Photo-Heart Connection for January

You would have to be living under a rock to not know that January has been like winter on steroids.  Here in the Midwest we have had more days of bitter cold than I can remember in a long time.  

I typically enjoy the seasons, each one having it’s own natural beauty which draws me outdoors with my camera.  Last month there were few opportunities to do that, get out and take photos in the woods, simply because it was too, too cold.  

My husband and I did get out on a Sunday, January 12th, and enjoyed a bit of trudging through deep snow in the late afternoon sun.  We didn’t stay out long, but I did find some lovely colors and shapes through my lens, which I blogged about here.  The image I have posted here today is from that walk, though I have processed it a bit in Lightroom to give it the look you see here.

The photo-heart connection?  As I wrote in that other post, sometimes we just have to deliberately look for the color, for the beauty, for the thing that resonates in our hearts.  It’s not always obvious.  And when the weather keeps us in and gives us cabin fever I think it’s even more difficult to find.

In an email exchange with a friend today, I wrote that I have been experiencing the winter doldrums, as though the wind that would normally fill my sails and keep me moving, motivated, and feeling alive has died down completely.  The result is I feel stuck.

Stuck like a leaf, frozen on the surface of a pond, waiting for the thaw that will come so the wind can release it and let it move on.  

But I’m not alone.

That’s the beauty of it.  We are not alone.  What one person experiences is often the experience of others.  We just don’t know that until we share our story.

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Photo Heart Connection for December 2013

In late December I was fortunate to get to visit briefly with my niece, her husband, and their two little boys.  I wrote about those cute little smiles here and shared a few more images of them.

When family is far away and you can’t see them often, visits like this feed the soul.  Yes, for a woman of this age it might be a challenge to keep up with them (thank goodness I was much younger when raising my two), but I always come away feeling lifted up.  Maybe it’s because there is so much love among this young family that it is contagious.  

My photo heart connection is all about those little dimples on that hand, and the frog being sat so that he can “see” the story Mommy is reading, too.  It’s about foot pajamas and the smell of toddlers after a bath, and wondering if they will ever get to sleep that night in a strange place.  (And, no, it took quite a while.)

Yup. Pull at my heart strings and don’t let go.  I’m so grateful to be a photographer, to be able to catch little moments like these.