Light

I know, it’s December, and when you think of “light” this time of year, thoughts immediately go to sparkly lovely bokeh of Christmas lights. I’m taking a bit of a different spin, however, because the end-of-autumn/beginning-of-winter light happens to be particularly marvelous in my kitchen. So here’s my take on “kitchen light”. ūüôā

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A little abstract banana bread ūüôā

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the extremely talented Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography.

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Light images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_light.  A new theme will be posted on January 6th.

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Portraits

As my photography has evolved over the past few years I’ve been drawn to more environmental portraits – the images of the faces within the context of our daily lives.

So here are my children (ages 13,11,8,5)…

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And a bonus one of Miriam: currently my most willing subject. ūüôā ‚̧

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I’ve been exploring self-portraiture and find it extremely powerful as a means of expression. So lastly, here I am!

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the extremely talented Kathy of KJ Ledbetter Photography

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Portraits images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_portraits.  A new theme will be posted on December 6th.

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Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness

August brought my 40th birthday and with all of my children in school for the first time, I made my health a priority and scheduled an “annual checkup” (that hadn’t occurred for a few years…). Upon examination, the physician found a lump. So I quickly went from a “routine” to a “diagnostic” mammogram with ultrasound scheduled with a sense of urgency. When the doctor entered the room after my ultrasound I knew that it wasn’t simply a “cyst” as previously mentioned to me. This moveable lump had blood flow which meant it required further diagnostic tests. Less than a week later I found myself back at the women’s center for an ultrasound-guided biopsy. And then I waited with prayer and hope. This process left me vulnerable and a bit embarrassed to ask others for support. Yet, I was shown that authentically sharing my weakness and fear led to a sense of encouragement, love, and God’s presence.

Thankfully, the results indicated that this is a fibroadenoma, a non-cancerous lump. I share this abbreviated portion of my recent experience to encourage each woman to take the time to make your health a priority. And if you have a woman in your life, please encourage her to make the appointment. However seemingly unpleasant and unnerving it may be, your health, your life is so worth it!

My neighbor and friend invited me to join her at this lovely local flower field for a little macro therapy. I couldn’t just choose 6 this month. ‚̧

 

I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the extremely talented Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Pink images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_pink.  A new theme will be posted on November 6th.

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Gold

This month our blog circle is going “gold” for pediatric cancer awareness. Specifically the Gold Hope Project is a non-profit comprised of photographers dedicated to capturing precious lives of children fighting cancer as well as raising funds and awareness.

September is a perfect time for GOLD here in South-Central PA – the sunflower field has bloomed!

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the extremely talented Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Gold images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_gold.  A new theme will be posted on October 6th.

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Summer Days

We just returned from a trip that took us across the country to Hood River, Oregon. I could write a ridiculous amount of words to describe our experience, but I’ll let these images tell a bit of the story of our evenings on the shores of the Columbia River.

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the talent Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Summer Days images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_summerdays.  A new theme will be posted on September 6th.

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This is Me

I missed last month’s blog circle, but am jumping back in for the theme, “This is Me.” This year I took on a self-portrait project to both challenge and express while exploring emotions and thoughts. This series I was focusing on the thought: “Some say, ‘Don‚Äôt look back.’ But there are moments you glance behind you and offer, ‘Come with me. I‚Äôm headed toward the light. Join me there.'”

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I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the talent Janet of Wired to the Moon

Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your This is Me images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_thisisme.  A new theme will be posted on August 6th.

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Green – Lyme Disease Awareness

Pennsylvania (yes, that’s where I live) leads the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease and has seen a dramatic increase over recent years. The fact is, we live in a valley surrounded by gorgeous and accessible mountains where our family spends a good deal of time. It’s not uncommon to come home from a hike picking off a dozen ticks from our dog (who has tested positive for a tick-borne illness) and a few from ourselves as well. I am acquainted with and have close friends with the disease. Unfortunately, it is commonly misdiagnosed and both the accurate tests and treatments are quite costly. My friend tells of the suffering and hopelessness and helplessness in the spiral of symptoms that often mimic other illnesses (such as autoimmune disorders and mental health issues). It took her family sacrifice, sleepless nights, and extreme resources to receive solid diagnoses and effective treatment. So, this month’s blog circle is to bring light to Lyme disease and encourage compassion for those struggling and advocacy for research to move forward with healing and hope.

(Please see below for additional information)

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I am part of¬†a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month¬†with unique monthly themes. ¬†Next up is the talented, Sharleen ¬†of Sharleen Stuart Photography. ¬†Please click HERE¬†for her interpretation of this month‚Äôs theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ‚̧

Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Green images on our Facebook page at Share Six  and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_green.  A new theme will be posted on June 6th.

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Lyme disease is a spirochete bacterium that is transmitted by ticks. It is the fastest growing infectious disease, and is 1-1/2 times more common than breast cancer and 6 times more common than HIV. If treated with antibiotic therapy soon after transmission, the probability of successful treatment is much higher. If it goes untreated, it can infiltrate a person’s body and wreak great havoc. Untreated Lyme disease is known to attack the heart and central nervous symptom. The numerous symptoms mimic other chronic illnesses such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Rheumatoid Arthritis Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as many others. Because of this, many patients with Lyme get misdiagnosed and go years not being properly treated, therefore furthering the progression of Lyme disease. Awareness of this disease is imperative, as there are over 300,000 estimated new cases of Lyme disease each year in the United States alone (according to Johns Hopkins Medicine). It was once believed that you always got a bullseye rash if you contracted the disease from a tick bite, but we now know that is not the case. Not everyone presents with a bullseye rash. Without a bullseye rash (and even with one), many people don’t connect their symptoms to the tick bite. The more awareness we can bring, the better people can understand and know what to look for when searching for answers to their health problems that were unknowingly caused by a fateful tick bite. Please join us this month in spreading awareness.