“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” – C.S. Lewis

Let Yourself Feel

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain.  But you have already borne the pain.  What you have not done is feel all that you are beyond that pain.” – Bartholomew

The Rhododendron Blooms

Don’t be afraid to let yourself feel.

Feel love, give love, and accept love, when you have the opportunity.  Don’t let the special moments pass you by because of a fear of emotional pain.  You will gain much more than you will lose.

Custom Note Cards – Great Gift Idea

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Quickly following will be the end of the school year.  Both are events when gifts are typically purchased for those special people in our lives.  It is often difficult to select a gift when the “mothers” in our lives have everything they need/want or when we don’t know the teachers on a personal level.  Even in the trickiest of gift situations, custom note cards made by Robyn Graham Photography, can fill the void and be the perfect, unique, and personal gift.  Despite the convenience of sending notes through email, we all still have the need to send cards via regular mail.  In fact, I find it to be a very pleasant surprise when I receive a card in my mail box.  Just knowing someone took the time to write it out, address it, and send it.

So, this spring, relieve some shopping stress and order your set(s) of cards today.  Prices vary depending on the number of cards ordered.  To place an order, please send me a note via a comment on the blog and I’ll get back to you with a price, etc.  For those living in Buck’s County, you can find card packages at the Zen Den, located in the heart of Doylestown, while my photography is on exhibit through the beginning of May.  The link for the Zen Den is: http://zendencoffee.com/.

Card packages can be made gender specific, sports specific, theme specific, or a combination. All cards are blank inside for your own personal messages.

Not only are the cards beautiful and unique, they are printed on recycled or organic cotton paper which makes the quality high with no impact on the environment.

Transformation

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti

The quote above fit nicely with the image I selected for tonight’s post.  Butterflies, depending on what you read, and who you speak to, symbolize new life, or transformation.  My family and I have always believed this and have found that butterflies have a way of appearing when someone has passed away, or on special occasions.  If I remember correctly, my maternal grandmother started the tradition, if you will, of believing butterflies were symbolic.  When my father passed away, a butterfly or two flew around us at the burial site.  I don’t think it was chance that butterflies appeared on that April day when my father was being buried.  He believed butterflies did indeed represent new life and felt they were symbolic of the Christian faith and new life found in Christ. I think, as crazy as it may sound, that he sent those butterflies to us so that we would know he was at peace, living a new life, and that we too, should move forward, and celebrate him, not mourn him.

Needless to say, I am fascinated with butterflies and never see one without thinking of my father and/or grandmother.

A Butterfly at the Butterfly Observatory at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

Create a New Ending

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

I saw this quote today and thought of an image I recently took.  The image includes a wall of an old barn.  The barn will never again be in it’s original state – built in the 1800’s, but it can certainly be refurbished and be used to create new endings.  The quote above reminds me to think positive, not to focus on the past, or on mistakes, nor to look back.  It won’t do any good.  I can’t go back and start over.  What I can do is renew my mindset and make a fresh start today, and every day.  It’s never to late to create a new ending!

A New Ending

Daffodils – again…

I hope I am not boring you with all of my daffodils.  I just love them and they grace us with their presence for such a short period of time each year.  I think this will be my last daffodil’s post, but there is no guarantee (In my opinion, that is the hardest word in the English dictionary to spell.).   I hope you enjoy the texture and character of each daffodil posted below.

What Counts?

“Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it.  But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.” – Dean Koontz

Courage, Love, Friendship, Compassion, Empathy

 

Stories

“If stories come to you, care for them.  And learn to give them away where they are needed.  Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” – Barry Lopez

I was experimenting with texture and side lighting a few days ago and took the images posted below.  Shortly after shooting the images I came across the above quote.  I felt an immediate connection between the two – the quote and the images. The books are old, but timeless.  Stories, old or new, can also be timeless.  Have you ever been in a situation, or feeling a certain way when someone tells you a story about an experience that just happens to be exactly, or very similar to, what you are going through?  That story may have put everything into perspective, changed your attitude about a situation, or softened your heart.  If the story had been withheld, it wouldn’t have made a difference.  Share your stories…..

Old Books with Side Lighting

Old Books in Side Light in Black and White

 

 

Spring Forward

As spring approaches, we see the first signs of new life.  Flower buds, buds on trees, even some blooming bulbs.  My Daffodils and Crocus are already adding a pleasantness to our landscaping.  With Spring also comes the time to move the clocks ahead one hour.  Don’t forget tonight is the night.

I loved the way the light was hitting these new leaves.  I hope the image gives you the hope of Spring and all things bright, cheery, and new.

Signs of Spring

Love What You Do

“When you start loving what you are learning, it will no longer look like work.  Everything will fall in place after that.  Just fall in love.” – A. K. Raha

I love learning everything I can about photography and I love using what I’ve learned to capture life one image at a time.  Photography isn’t work to me, it is a passion, it is fun, it is something I love, and I don’t ever want it to become a “job”.

The Swan in the Warmth of the Afternoon Sun