Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the seventh of my photo essay series featuring images from YourCreativeChord’s newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
I love the changing colors of autumn in Kentucky. The colors vary from fading green, burnt orange, bright yellow, to vivid red and gold. The season’s brisk, cool air makes walking or cycling outdoors a refreshing excursion. Dependent on the crisp, changing winds, the sky incessantly morphs between clear blue with sporadic, cottony white clouds to expansive layers of shadowy grayness that intermittently blocks the sun.
Gazing upwards, this particular sky was like a sci-fi effect from a movie. The rich red fall leaves of the trees against a vast, grey force of a sky that seemed to be descending upon earth portrayed an ominous and dramatic scene. Yet, the sun poked its way through a large oval from within the darkest clouds, emitting a brightness that contrasted everything with its light.
This fall image reflected the struggle within my own heart between succumbing to the stress of my challenges or looking for that gleam of light behind it all. The sun, piercing its way through these heavy clouds in the sky brought me a transcendental message.
Rather than giving in to the darkness within my life, this photo reminds me to keep moving forward with hope. Shifting my focus to find light within the picture of my life, and challenging what’s ahead of me with the strength of that cheerful mindset gives me the necessary momentum for achievement. More than this, I gain personal development of my character.
I know how easy it can be to give in to negative self-talk, or be swayed by the suffering of others or the world. The contrast of the sun’s light piercing through grey clouds in this picture represents hope. Hope means believing in my ability to accomplish my goals and manifest my full potential as a creative person.
Having hope also means I believe in my capability to handle any obstacle, including transforming difficult relationships, financial, health, business problems, and psychological tendencies. Hope doesn’t end with belief in the self, but extends to the belief that others have the same positive, vast potential, too.
The light and color of this photo refines my mindset to find the good in myself and others. This good eventually translates into the power to win over all forms of darkness, through revering the inherent dignity within every living being.
This is not a flimsy, fantasy-based optimism, but rather, firmly grasping reality’s challenges with a determined spirit to move things toward the positive with relentless hope. It’s looking for the best in the situation, others and myself no matter how dismal things may seem. Finding that positivity and taking action based on this reality-grounded, spiritual optimism creates the light we need to break through to a new level for creating value.
For me, this photo’s message is simple; Look to the light.
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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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