Photo Pause: Sublime Sunset on the Saint Lawrence River

Note: Photography is a path to mindfulness for me, a meditative and grounding practice that prompts me to slow down and notice the world around me. May these images offer you a space to pause, a respite in your perhaps busy day, and a reminder to take a moment now & then and notice what's going on in the world around you.

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On Labour Day weekend D. and I drove to my beloved East coast (New-Brunswick) for a quick visit with my parents. On the way back, just before our overnight stopover, we chose to leave the highway for a smaller road that follows the mighty Saint Lawrence River.

It was a good call.

These are a few photos from a quick, cold and windy pause at a road stop along the way. The quality of the light on the Saint Lawrence when the sun is setting is out of this world and goodness, that deep orange lichen... I couldn't get enough of either.

Heron in flight
Orange Lichen on Rock 1
Snow Goose on St Lawrence
Viewer on the St Lawrence
Orange Lichen Purple Flower
Faraway Lighthouse
Orange Lichen on Rock 2

Even More Beauty (A Love Letter to Those Navigating Transition)

Dearest you,

These are not easy times, I get that. Transitions often lead to good things, but while you're in the midst of one it can truly suck.

Surrender to the suckiness and frustration, but don't dwell in it. Feel it, acknowledge it, then let it go.

Practice extreme self-care. Extend an invitation to self-compassion while you're at it.

Surrender to the unfolding, to the element of surprise, to the possibility of what may come.

Surrender to the moment, it's where you'll find peace.

When something makes you happy, soak it in and smile. Really, smile. It makes a difference.

Entertain the possibility that your transition may be sending you messages through your body, via physical symptoms of which you've long grown tired. Explore this and see if anything comes up.

Try to pinpoint your needs and give yourself the gift of meeting them. A day off, a cancelled commitment or an 8pm bedtime on a gorgeous summer night. Don't worry about what others may think, this one's about you.

Create space to sit, be and rest.

Write it out. You don't have to keep it all inside. Don't censor, just unload.

Be curious, discover what blocks you. Savour the feeling that comes when you move through one of your pain points towards insight. Glee, enlightenment, self-empowerment.

Be curious, discover what heals you. Savour the feeling that comes when you find something that works. Relief, joy, gratitude.

Practice patience, patience and more patience.

Re-invite self-compassion. Keep that door open, always.

Nurture.

Accept.

Embrace the gifts being offered by the journey. If you're not ready to embrace them, at least try to recognize them. It'll make things more palatable.

Trust.

Be open and ready to receive because there is even more beauty waiting on the other side.

For all of us, there is even more beauty waiting on the other side.

Photo Pause: Fascinated With Insects

Note: Photography is a path to mindfulness for me, a meditative and grounding practice that prompts me to slow down and notice the world around me. May these images offer you a space to pause, a respite in your perhaps busy day, and a reminder to take a moment now & then and notice what's going on in the world around you.

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I'm not normally a HUGE fan of insects, but some of them are quite beautiful or at the very least, fascinating (note: except if they're in my house, I may not be as enamoured if they're in my house).

It's a world we often overlook due to our daily pace, but if we take the time to slow down there's a lot to be noticed.

All of these were snapped with my point & shoot.

For your enjoyment...

Edit: I've since found out that the photo above is a type of non-stinging wasp. I had no clue!