UP Close and Personal 2.0

Did you really ever look at something? Really look? Get up close and personal? Here is an opportunity to get close – real close and see what can often be missed. Look now at the detail, the expression, the color, the texture – close but not too close so that the “thing” is still recognizable for what it is.

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Looking closely at a thing, at life, at friendship, at one’s past; seeing the many fine details that make the whole, can give a new appreciation, a new understanding, a new perspective, a renewed purpose to move on and live again more fully, being whole again.

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Here are some photos to bring you into contact with the more intimate parts of life. What is spoken here? Spoken to you? Spoken about intimate beauty?

View these photos as “stepping stones” into your life and the details of all you are.

What are the inner parts of you

that make your life more whole?

Enjoy & Reflect

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Be Still – – – and Know

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If you like these photos and want to see more of nature from the private gardens where these photos were taken along the shores of Lake Michigan – check out:   www.gardensatwaterseast.blogspot.com

Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed.

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Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.




Nature & Gardening

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“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more”

George Gordon Byron

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All photos take at The Gardens at Waters East.  If you like to reflect on beauty and nature check out:   http://www.gardensatwaterseast.blogspot.com

Your comments are always welcome.


Quote – Emerson – The Path


“Do not go where the path may lead,

Go instead

Where there is no path,


Leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Here is a photo of Middle Walk from the private gardens of

Gardens at Waters East

to see more photos from this garden click here.

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Stages of Life – Meditation

During the last weekend in September 2015, was a wonderful experience on so many levels. The weather was perfect: sunny, blue skies, temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s, dry with cooler nights. Very nice!

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With all that going on – what else but take a hike along a section of the 1000 mile long Ice Age Trail that passes near to the Gardens at Waters East. The segment taken is known as the Ahnapee Trail – Forestville Ice Age Trail which follows alongside the Ahnapee River.

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It started as a regular walk, enjoying the sights, the smells, the sounds of Autumn. Lots to take in on this 8 mile, (12.87 kilometer) walk at this super time of year. Once again lots of photos to share.

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It didn’t take long before all the senses were attuned to what was right there around this hiker. Imagine the colors of Fall flowers and berries, the soft aroma of the fallen leaves, the song of birds beginning to migrate South, an overload at its best on all that makes us human – mind, body, heart, and spirit.

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Then at times, when the gentle breeze stops, no rustling of the leaves in the trees, it happens – the sound of silence. With smart phones and earphones, conversations as bikers and hikers pass by, it is so difficult to be in the world of silence. Often such a world of total silence is avoided. People are afraid to go “within” to hear that inner voice – the soul of their live. That can be a threat to some. To others that is where they find full life, hope, dreams, and peace. Pause for a moment.

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Seriously pause for a moment. Be still – breathing slowly, ever so slowly. Take some moments to – – Be Still and Know. Hear the voice of silence – within. Listen to its words in your heart.

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Is it any wonder that this hike, on this day, turned into a “living meditation”, on life. The stages of life that every living thing experiences – including you and me.

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Take the time you want, go into this posting as far as you want, travel with me and discover a truth about all of us.

If you decide to stop reading after only a few photos and a few reflections, that is fine. If you decide to read on until the final questions, that is fine too. You are in total control. As in all of life, you are in control of everything that happens to you – if only the control of how you react to what happens moment by moment as time, your life, – – – marches on.

So now here is a reflective, meditative walk in the forest – reflecting on the stages of life my life, your life.




Enjoy the Moment

Some things are producing abundantly.

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Some things are beginning to fall into their winter sleep.


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Some things have passed and now rest in an eternal sleep.

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Some things are the Food of Life for generations to come.

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Some things are out enjoying the warmth and the sun. Enjoying the moments now. It is a lesson for all of us – today is the only today we have.

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There is beauty everywhere – just look, smell, listen.

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Each being – including you – are full of beauty. For some, it may yet not shine – but it is there ready to blossom forth – given the right conditions.

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Look how life can nurture beauty – including you, including me. And let it me noted, including the beauty we can nurture in others. We are called to our better selves encouraging others to walk that path too.

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Life is good.

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The best can express itself – given half a chance – left to be the “gift” it is called to be, no judgment, no force, – – only acceptance of the other as the other chooses to live its beauty, to plant itself deeply rooted and grow with head held high toward the Light in its uniqueness expressing facets of the Sacred of breathtaking – Awe.

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All is good.

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You are good – even if at times flawed – you are “gift”.

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Beauty found in the most unlikely places and times.

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Beauty found at every stage of life.

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Beauty found within and without – You, Me, and everyone we meet.

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What stage of life-to-death are you living now?

What gives you wonder and delight in the moment?

What is in your beauty that makes the world more whole for knowing you?

What is the sound of silence speaking to you – now?


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Your comments are always welcome


One Singular Sensation #10

One Singular Sensation

Special never before seen photo from

Gardens at Waters East

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Wood Violet

Plus – one sunrise photo celebrating a new day.

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February sunrise – at the gardens

If you enjoy looking at garden pictures without many words, you might enjoy any of the many past postings found in the archives of Gardens at Waters East, especially the  – –  Blog Shots.

Lots of photos – few words.

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Worth a Thousand Words #14


It is often said: “a picture is worth a thousand words.

That being the case; what words does this photo say to you?


About you?   About how you live?   About how you spend your time?   About your past hopes & dreams?   About your plans for the future?

About the beauty you have experienced,

and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?

What are you doing to make all of that happen?


Be Still – – – and Know

Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed. Write a few words to share. Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.


Quote – Silence

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“Well-timed silence

                         hath more eloquence than speech.”

English poet:  Martine Farquhar Tupper

Be Still – – – and Know

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If you want more “inspirational” photos of nature and flowers and water, check out any of the past postings from the archive of: Gardens at Waters East    click on:   www.gardensatwaterseast.blogspot.com

 Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed.

Write a few words to share.

Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.