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Happy Frog

 

Story behind foto:  last weekend I volunteered at a garden with several of my co-workers. While harvesting veggies I saw this little guy. Isn’t he (or she) cute!

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~Alfred Austin

Thanks for visiting,

CAT

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“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.”

~Mary Manin Morrissey

Story behind foto (and quote): I happened to stumble upon a post… coincidence or not, I do not know. However, I do want to share it with YOU because it is full of great quotes, check it out here.

Here’s another awesome quotes on the list:

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Enjoy,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: 

I try to be as positive of an individual as possible, normally focusing on the brighter side of life rather than the negative. This does not mean I do not have dark days, and by no means does it mean I live a wonderfully stress free life. With that said, lately I have noticed that the little voice in my head will not go away (no, I am not schizophrenic nor do I have a mental illness). According to Oprah, that noise is our head is our inner voice, which is supposed to lead us to our purpose and be the North Star to life.

I am guilty. I do not always listen to that voice, but I do my best to do the right thing. Anyway, over analyzing is what I do – I am a Virgo; It is part of our nature.

After doing a little self-reflection, I attribute my not listening to the voice to fear. Yup, fear. Fear of rejection, fear of not being good enough, fear of the unknown, fear of failure.

I guess you can say I had an “aha moment,” now that I realize this I want to change. Do things differently. It will take time and it will be difficult to accomplish what my inner voice is guiding me to do, but I do not want to look back at my life and regret not doing something or at least trying.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

What are your fears?

Thanks for visiting,

CAT

Blackberry Adventure 2013

Story Behind Foto: Earlier this summer my boyfriend, Ryan, and I went on a little blackberry pickin’ adventure. I call it adventure because it involved nature, a creek, flowing water, bugs, and getting wet. See, to me, this is an adventure, to him it was something to do. As I mentioned before he has an interesting job, I think it is interesting.

Moving on, he decided we should go blackberry pickin’ in a “secret” spot off some bike trail in the Sacramento area. I agreed to this adventure and so off we went to find blackberries. He made us DIY buckets (an empty gallon of water with a handle) and a berry pickin’ stick with a hook at the end of it this way we could reach out further and get the better larger berries. We trekked down a shallow creek pickin’ berries and ended with a few pounds of the fruit. We had anticipated making some great dessert or smoothie with the fruit of our labor, but in the meantime, they’re waiting in the freezer.

Overall, we had a lot fun doing something out of the ordinary and I was able to take a few cool foto’s. Here’s one of my favorite.

Happy Friday,

CAT

Summer 2013 Butterfly

Story Behind Foto: much like butterflies, life is about becoming something better. It is about transformation, leaving our cocoon behind and reemerging as a beautiful butterfly.

Here’s a quote that inspired today’s post: “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~~ Eckhart Tolle

Good luck on your journey,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: Recently I realized that I tend to focus too much on the future whether it is my career, mom’s health, family or relationship. I am constantly trying to figure out how to make it better, how to improve, or what is in store for me. Long story short, it is a bit exhausting and stressful!

While talking to a friend, I was reminded to “stop and smell the roses,” or in my case, relax a bit and focus on the progress I’ve made. Focus on what I have now! The conversation made me realize that if I continue to focus on what may be I am totally missing out on the NOW. I am thinking this would be a good time in my life to read, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

So, let this be a reminder to us, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

– CAT

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Story Behind Foto: I believe there is beauty all around us; we just need to slow down and look closer to appreciate it.

Recently I had a conversation with my mother about photography and how much I enjoy taking foto’s. During our conversation, she mentioned that one of her friend’s and her had a similar conversation a few days prior. Her friends mentioned one of her hobbies is driving to coast and watching the sunset on the beach. My mother wondered why – why did her friend enjoy watching the sunset, why drive to see that, what was the big deal?

When I heard this come out of my mother’s mouth, I was surprise. My thoughts were, “duh, it’s gorgeous!”

She did not get it and I wondered why.

Now thinking about it, I wonder why it is that mom did not get such a simple concept. Is it that throughout her life she has had to live life without taking the time to slow down and appreciate the little things, or, is that currently there are other life issues running through her mind that are fogging up the ability to “smell the roses?”

Eventually I explained to her that watching the sunset is beautiful because of the multiple colors in the sky, and it is a tranquil setting by the beach. She got the point.

So, let this be a reminder for you to take time to appreciate the beauty around you whether it is a gorgeous sunset, a lonely flower growing in the middle a sidewalk, or the sweet smile of your significant other. Whichever it is, take time to appreciate that moment in time because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

-CAT

 

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a
mosaic of them all.”  ~Stanley Horowitz
 
 

Story behind Foto: Where I live it finally started to feel like fall or autumn, we had rain and leaves are starting to cover the ground. After the rain lifted, earlier this week, something inside of me could not wait to go outside, during a break at work, and take foto’s. Here you have a mosaic of various shades of fall, all within one frame.

The change in season has really inspired me and I hope you check back to see what I create.

Enjoy, CAT

Story behind foto: Lately I have noticed a theme with the fotos I take or is it called my style. Whatever it’s called I like to shoot objects up-close and personal.

Here you have a perfect example – a close-up of a flakey tree bark overlooking a lake. There is something that caught my attention, I ended taking multiple fotos from different angles and then I treated them with varies filter.  Here you have final result.

Thank you for visiting, CAT

 

 

Story behind foto: Let’s get personal here. Something you should know about me is that I really (I mean really) like black and white photos.  At times when I am shooting photos or looking at an object I immediately think “wow, this would look amazing in black and white!” And here you have it, my thought (at the moment) now in actuality – a black and white foto. As I was taking photos from different angles and using multiple settings on my little point-and-shoot camera I thought this tree stump would look amazing in black and white.

What do you think? Are you a fan of black and white photos?

Let me know what you have to say.

Enjoy, CAT

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