Monthly Archives: February 2012

{Blissdom} and Gratitude

{Emily’s breakfast tea at the Cascades Restaurant at Opryland Hotel, Blissdom Blogging Conference} One of the guest speakers at Blissdom was a young man from Uganda. He said, When I lived in Africa, I had nothing and appreciated everything. Now that I live here, I feel I have everything, and appreciate nothing. Emily lives in […]

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Southern Gal - February 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I’ll go visit now.

momto8blog - February 29, 2012 - 3:04 pm

love the quote too!

edie - March 1, 2012 - 12:31 am

What a joy to meet Emily and to spend the weekend with you both! xoxo

rachel - March 1, 2012 - 5:04 am

what a beautiful blog you have here. I love it, and your photos too. I so wanted to go to Blissdom, but wasn’t able to. I’m glad you had a great time!

Nancy - March 1, 2012 - 11:43 am

I’m particularly moved by the speaker’s words. It’s quite an observation on his part.

Emily is so pretty! I’m glad you had a good time at the conference. :)

Deanna - March 11, 2012 - 3:39 am

Loved meeting Emily – I can’t wait to get to know her better on her blog.

What a joy seeing you – you blessed my heart more than you know. Thank you!


{Blissdom} Looking for Light

I pretty much attended just the photography sessions during the Blissdom conference, and maybe my favorite presenter was Me Ra Koh. Frankly, she was such a delightful speaker, she could have been speaking about laying bricks and I still would have chosen her as a favorite! When she spoke, her eye brows and her face […]

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Light Trigger - February 28, 2012 - 12:20 pm

OMG what beautiful photos!!! Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she!

Light Trigger

deb duty - February 28, 2012 - 12:44 pm

I would love to hear her speak. Your photos today are so beautiful. The water drops are definitely sparkling in the light. One thing I love about photography is how it has helped me to see the light better. I’m constantly judging the quality of light around me whether I have my camera with me or not!

melody - February 28, 2012 - 1:33 pm

These are beautiful! :)

Jessica @ Balancing the Dream - February 28, 2012 - 1:46 pm

beautiful photos!! I love how sharp the image is and you still have wonderful bokeh!! thanks for sharing!!

hannah - February 28, 2012 - 2:15 pm

What a delight.
Each of these a glorious display of nature’s art.

lisa - February 28, 2012 - 2:39 pm

What beautiful photographs these are, and how fortunate you were to be able to hear Me Ra Koh speak!

Thank you so very much for sharing with us at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a wonderful day!


Stephanie - February 28, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Thanks for remind us of why there must be darkness. Your raindrops are besutiful! Me Ra Koh sounds like mi-ra-cle.

Laura Hegfield - February 28, 2012 - 7:21 pm

so true Patty…these are gorgeous by the way, as always!

Laura Hegfield - February 28, 2012 - 7:22 pm

so true patty…these are gorgeous photos!

Pat - February 28, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Beautiful work. I love those sparkling water drops.

missing moments - February 29, 2012 - 12:02 am

Love your photos and the raindrops!

Adventures In Babywearing - February 29, 2012 - 12:48 am

Beautiful. I missed all of the photography sessions because I needed to be elsewhere, but would love to spend more time on that next time!


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living - February 29, 2012 - 2:42 am

Looking at your photos gave me goosebumps and left me breathless. These are amazingly beautiful.

karen - February 29, 2012 - 2:46 am

your eyes help remind me to look deeper and seek more. your spirit makes me want to be more.

Marie-AZ - February 29, 2012 - 4:17 am

A stunning commentary! And the art of your photography is amazing! I loved every shot! A wonderful post!

Emily - February 29, 2012 - 4:24 am

Beautiful detail and light, simply stunning! Love this – “You need to be in the darkness to see the light.” Thank you for sharing!

Tatjana Parkacheva - February 29, 2012 - 11:55 am

Wonderful photos.

Regards and best wishes

JillsyGirl Studio - February 29, 2012 - 10:49 pm

So true, especially in photography…we are always looking for the light! Beautiful captures of raindrops and the light that captures them on a dreary day.

Me Ra Koh - March 2, 2012 - 12:02 am

These photos are breath taking! Truly. They are so beautiful, rich with wonder. When I read how much that part resonated with you, the part about the darkness illuminating where the light is, my heart was full. For to many years, I’ve tried to get rid of all the darkness. And when I saw this dynamic play into my photography, being solely focused on having “bright” images all the time, I realized I was missing the deep mystery of what makes the human spirit so resilient–so enduring. All my darkness, all my shadows, all your moments of fear and doubt, all our moments of feeling lost, all these things combined, define the light in our lives that much more. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this post with me. Thank you to all the people who have commented. It’s hard to talk about the darkness…since we were children we’ve been working on our fear of the dark…but now, I’m amazed at how much strength we carry. How that childhood fear transforms as we find more healing, more freedom from our shadows in life. And that we get to embrace all those shadows and together, we get to stand in awe of how beautiful and strong the light truly is, what we may have not fully realized before. Does that make sense?
Much, much love. And again, beautiful, enduring photos.
Me Ra

Deanna - March 11, 2012 - 3:42 am

Wasn’t she amazing? You are so right about the time flying by. I never get enough time with her! Or with any of my favorite people (you!).
Not sure bd Canada is in the cards for me, but I am thinking about EVO!

Monday, Monday

I’m so full to the brim with inspiration and soul-nurturing stories from this past weekend at the Blissdom conference in Nashville… The stories, the fellowship, {the food!}, the music, the pictures… *sigh*!! *My Blissdom ’12 roomie and new blogger, Emily, 3rd from right, and me on the far right! But today? Today I am guest […]

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Emily Jenkins - February 27, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Good times and now back to reality(In a good way)!

Becky - February 27, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Heading over there now. So glad you had fun…looked blissful;)

Cate - March 4, 2012 - 12:30 am

Great post at Jess’s blog and you look fab in the photo above!

{Blissful} Signs of Spring

It just happens one day, when you’re driving down the road and a flash of yellow slips by in the corner of your eye. And you know it’s finally begun, spring is breathing freshness into the air, bringing to life that which is dormant. And so it is with things like blogging conferences… and the […]

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Susan - February 24, 2012 - 6:15 am

Beautiful! Especially love the “New Daffodil” shot.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm - February 24, 2012 - 12:31 pm

These are great! I love the daffodils – a sure sign of spring!

Nancy - February 24, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Gorgeous captures of early spring, Patty. So glad you decided to sharing at Rural Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

emily - February 24, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Love these photos! The daffodils are so pretty and the presentation in the last photo is spectacular!

DebC - February 24, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Each of these has marvelous lighting!
Just wonderful photos.

Abi - February 24, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Hey, I just love this post… I can almost smell spring in the air! You angle and lighting are absolutely delicious- good eye!

Linda Makiej Photography - February 24, 2012 - 11:07 pm

Wonderful work….

Have a nice weekend!

Bethany - February 25, 2012 - 2:22 am

These photos are gorgeous! I love all of the bokeh!

Teresa - February 25, 2012 - 2:27 am

Beautiful pictures!

Corey ~living and loving - February 25, 2012 - 5:34 am

oh yes…..these make my heart sing. I’m so very ready for spring. well done. great perspective.

Heather - February 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Your beautiful photos and the sun bursting in my kitchen window this morning have started my day off just right!!

Tatjana Parkacheva - March 1, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Thauna - March 6, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Oh Patty, these are so beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see Spring here. Your photos give me hope.

[…] you been? I’ve been twice, in 2011 and 2012, but couldn’t go this year because of an unfair and {lucky me} obscene amount of travel […]

Wordless Wednesday {Thankfully!}

It’s been a busy few weeks here, and as I prep to leave for Nashville for the Blissdom Conference in less than 24 hours, I am ever so grateful for Wordless Wednesday! 70 miles west of Key West lies the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. It is the most remote and least visited […]

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Desirae R - February 22, 2012 - 7:38 am

Wow, thanks for sharing. This looks like such an interesting and beautiful place.

Linda - February 22, 2012 - 10:20 am

This is now definitely on my list to do when we go to Key West again! Thanks for some very good photos – and the accompanying words 😉

Molly - February 22, 2012 - 10:52 am

Thank you for the little bit of history. I love learning about the wider world.


kim - February 22, 2012 - 12:15 pm

We should build more of these and put some brick layers back to work :). Beautiful water, I want to go.

Southern Gal - February 22, 2012 - 12:37 pm

We love National Parks. I had never seen this one. Gorgeous shots as always.

momto8blog - February 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

wow!! thank you so much for these pictures! I very much enjoyed the tour!

missing moments - February 22, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Always wanted to go there … someday! Great shots!

emily - February 22, 2012 - 3:27 pm

That first photo is gorgeous. I’ve not heard of this park, but it looks like a pretty amazing place to visit!

Susan - February 22, 2012 - 3:49 pm

I love this series. Great images all. I would love to visit this locale-AND go snorkeling.

tess - February 22, 2012 - 3:56 pm

That would make great backgrounds-beautiful!

Kellie M. - February 22, 2012 - 4:01 pm

I went to Fort Jefferson a few years ago…I have the same picture of the arches. 3rd picture down. Great minds must think alike :)

Susan - February 22, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Wow, what beautiful shots. I especially love the first one! What an interesting place!

Teresa - February 22, 2012 - 7:49 pm

These are great shots! I love that you chose the black and white.

Tim Denham - February 23, 2012 - 5:23 am

These photos are simply stunning. great work

Vanessa - February 23, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Amazing place and beautiful shots – thanks for sharing!

Lucia - March 2, 2012 - 4:47 am

Beautiful, Patty! Thanks so much for joining me. :) :)


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