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Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the third of my photo essay series featuring images from my newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
This powerful garden pyrotechnic display caught my attention on a trip with my mother to The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. We came a tad too late to catch the vivid purple blooming stage, but I found these natural fireworks to be a stunning visual celebration.
Seeing this flower in its transition from one stage to the next sends the message; “Never let your spirit die.” These amazing alliums bring something new to each phase of their life cycle. I reflected on the impact having this kind of attitude each day would have on my life and those around me.
These seemingly exploding plants symbolize the joy of creating something new. They manifest an expression of the compassionate force within life. Their spirit shines as an example of constant, vibrant growth.
The spectacle encourages me to rise above laziness, fear, doubt, and any other form of darkness. These tall, bold stems of greenery, an epitome of strength and vigor, awaken within me a fresh resolve for taking action in my life. The flowers seem to announce that this attitude toward continual development is the key to feeling real joy.
Sometimes I feel like nature speaks to me, like Snow White’s guilelessness, trusting in the birds and animals around her. When I snapped this photo of pyrotechnic flowers, I felt an explosion of renewed determination in my heart.
This is how creativity revives itself from immersion in nature. The dynamic, colorful, textured canvas of plant life brings medicinal healing and vitality to the mind, body and soul.
That transformative power is enough to change any situation into new progress and development. This spirit to create something new leads to feeling more joy, energy and inspiration. It’s my hope that my photo helps you use nature to reinvigorate your fresh spirit, too.
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