February 01, 2013

Focus on Life 5 - Capture a Heart

This week Sally asked us to capture a heart and we were told to think outside the box.  That made sense to me since I knew I could quickly go capture a beautiful heart shaped bead  made by an artisan.  I have a few on my beading table but no, that is too simple....I definitely wanted a challenge.  I am always inspired by nature so I went for a walk, camera in hand.  Since everything is covered in snow, I really wondered if I would find anything.  Normally I probably wouldn't have seen any hearts because I wouldn't be looking for them.  I believe that nature is the best teacher and this is what I learned today...

 I learned that fungus (or whatever it is) on a tree with a layer of snow makes a heart shape.  At least that is what my imagination saw.

 When my driveway got cleared and the clumps melted a little and then it snowed over top, it creates heart shapes.  I couldn't believe how many there were!  Any other day, they wouldn't have appeared in my mind as hearts!

I looked out my window and saw this huge knot on the side of a tree.  It is likely where a branch was cut off many years ago.  I swear it resembles  a heart...?


When I go for a walk, my little dog Lucy loves to dive into the snow and bury her head and then roll in the snow.  She doesn't like to pose but I suppose you could say her head is shaped a bit like a heart.  

I love this quote:
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”  
― Albert Einstein

If you want to see what everyone else's imagination saw - then head over to Sally's blog and take a look.  Thanks for stopping by.

29 comments:

Laura Twiford said...

Love the quote! You arev right about missing the hearts if we were not looking for them, the ones you found in the snow were great! And I really love the tree one with all the texture. Cute pup too!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Love the way you thought outside the box. This week's prompt really encouraged us to see beyond what we normally do. I can see all these hearts you captured. But the best is your dog's sweet face.

Patty Woodland said...

Your dog is so cute!
Hearts are everywhere - one just has to seek them

Lola said...

I love all the incredible hearts you found! And your dog Lucy? Adorable!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Wonderful photos! Fleeting snow hearts, old weathered and wounded tree hearts (love the moss!), and vivacious "beating" hearts. A kitty nose was one of my "backup" hearts.

Annette said...

LOVE the tree heart and the sweet little Lucy face! Yes, hearts are everywhere if we just take the time to look.

Jenni said...

Love the fungus/snow heart and the tree heart is gorgeous. Very creative and imaginative.
jenni

Patti Van said...

Love the hearts formed in the snow! I tried - and failed - to find hearts anywhere I went...maybe I was not looking close enough! But Lucy - well, she is my favorite picture! And, I love that quote!

Claire said...

what wonderful photos! you certainly found them everywhere - i wasn't so lucky :(
it's amazing what you find once you start to look...
a great post!
no. 26

Tanya said...

Your photos are wonderful. I love the tree bark one .. The colors are amazing. I adore your pomeranian. We have two and they have captured our hearts as well. I never thought about their little faces reminding me of hearts, but I can see it.

Beti Horvath said...

You really used both your power of observation and imagination! Wonderful photos!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

You really did capture some hearts-well done! I think my favorite photo is of your sweet dog Lucy, who I'll bet captures your heart all the time!

AntiquityTravelers said...

beautiful quote, and lovely photography! what a sweet dog you have!!

Designed by Vera said...

Isn't it funny how unless someone points them out as Sally did for us, that we miss so much in life? I know now I will see hearts everywhere. Beautiful pics and what a sweet dog!

LoriF said...

Very creative Katherine, and beautiful photos! My BIG baby Libby loves to do the same thing in the snow :-)

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I love how you found the hearts out in nature - your fur baby is so cute! Love that quote you shared!

Alicia said...

I love today's challenge: hearts everywhere! Your pictures are wonderful - and that quote is simply perfect :)

MaryL said...

Great finds!! And your little dog is adorable!!! :)

Rdegas said...

You have definitely captured terrific hearts from nature, especially from Lucy!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I like how you see so many hearts in nature. Your dog, Lucy, does have a heart shaped head.

Bonnie said...

I carried my camera with me this week too, hoping to find a heart along the way. You did well finding so many!

Islandgirl said...

I think the fur on lucy's chest makes a perfect heart! The snow on the driveway is pretty 'hearty' too!

Marlene Cupo said...

We can find hearts everywhere when our own heart and mind are open to them.

Pearl and Pebble said...

You are right-I see all those hearts too! Love the tree heart-it's even puffy. And that quote is fabulous!

Courtney said...

What a great post!! I agree, if we all look, hearts are everywhere.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Katherine,
I enjoyed seeing the heart shapes you discoveded in your yard. It is amazing what we find when we take the time to look. I think that the heart shape on your puppy is the fur on it's chest.
Therese

Karen Williams said...

What a wonderful treasury of hearts! It really does change how you look at things, doesn't it?

What a celebration of the season, too!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Her chest fur is totally heart shaped!

kimmykats said...

Your little friend is full of heart. What a wonderful story. You made me smile!