Spring is a complicated time in my life. I love the pulse of new beginnings, but in the backdrop, loss tends to weave in and out, forcing me to acknowledge its presence. To crawl out of this place, I tend to pay attention to the flickers of beauty that accompany spring.

I’ve always loved sunflowers. The stalks are tough and resistant, while the flowered face welcomes its admirers. I like the idea of a flower possessing grit, but beauty too. 

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This is one of my favorites shots of the season. The interplay between light and dark accentuates all of my feelings right now. I love how the image is only of a tree and its branches, but after an initial glance, there is so much more that is whispering in the spaces in between and around curves and edges. 

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The blue. Water. Sky. Majestic, but comforting, there is a soothing quality to these flowers. Focusing on the blue helps me pay attention to my quiet and remembering that, always, if I want to reach for it, stillness is humming in the background.

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My final shot is a tribute to strength. That at the end of the day, there is heartache sometimes, but also a deep beating of hope. I like the bareness of the branches and the idea that we all are more alike than different. 

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca

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