August Break 2018 Day 3 Skin

I didn’t think I would have anything for Day 3 (Skin) but then I saw my friend Tracy and I know she has some beautiful tattoos. She permitted me to share this photo with you and I also had the opportunity to hear the great meaning behind the tattoo (which is really her business to share). I’m not a tattoo type of person (I’m afraid it would hurt too much) – but they do intrigue me when I see some that are so meaningful. Who knows – maybe some day. #augustbreak2018 tattoo

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August Break 2018 Day 1 – Morning Light

Day 1 – Morning Light. I took a moment in between rainfalls to take this photo at Lake Johanna near my house. (The nice thing about living in Minnesota is we have lots of lakes!). I’ve done these photo breaks before and this time I decided I’ll just use my iPhone and “be in the moment” and take a photo each day (well – most days – I never pressure myself to do it perfectly). It was a lovely time this morning to get out of the car and take a few moments of reflection, watch a little group of ducks and was delighted to hear a loon calling in the distance. No one there but me and one fisherman out in his boat. #augustbreak2018IMG_8672

August Break 2018

Time again for Susannah Conway’s inspiring August Break photo challenge.  I always find these to be such an interesting experience and it is fun to see all the posts from all over the world.  I decided this time to only use my iPhone 7 camera and to use the photo I take that day rather than using my Olympus camera and past photos.  This will keep me more mindful and in the moment even if the photo lacks the polish and brilliance I might get with my Olympus camera.  It’s all about mindfulness and reflection and the joy of sharing with others.  I’ll do it most days, but some I might miss – but that’s okay.  It’s all good.  #augustbreak2018 #mindfulness August Break

A sturdy blue flower pot

Of all the beautiful flowers and plants I saw on my Valentines Day visit to the big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, MN it was this charming green plant in a sturdy blue flower pot that appealed to me the most.  The rich color and simplicity spoke to my soul.  I took it home and put it on my desk.  And the fact that it is just a tiny bit lopsided appealed to me even more.  We are beautiful in our imperfections. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My New Valentines Tradition

When it  comes to holidays, I prefer quiet, sweet traditions.  I had the day off on February 14 and woke too early.  Without giving it much thought, I went to the wonderful big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis.  I love winter, but this Minnesota winter has lately been too white and too dreary with some cold weather.  A visit to somewhere relaxing with flowers,

plants and a cute little French cafe was just what I needed.  Because it was Valentines Day, I was delighted to see they opened early at 8:00 am. I spent a lovely morning watching the exotic, colorful fish swim back and forth swishing their feather tails.  I quietly observed the staff getting ready for their big day (“we need more roses!”).  You could see that they took care to wear a bit of red and they were all so helpful and gave their best service for all the folks coming to buy their flowers.  I brought my Olympus PL7 and after months of not really taking any photos, it was wonderful to take photos of the rich colors.  I just might do this every Valentines Day.  Early in the morning.