Project Athena - Day 266 (Hearts)

Nestled Hearts

I have to admit right off that I have no clue how I did this double image. Seriously. After a week of playing with hearts, I am feeling like there is some very profound message trying to come through. What I know right now is that the hearts theme has been effortless, fun, surprising in a good way, spurring creativity, and raising my own vibration.

This particular image is one of the first off of my new camera, which I am so grateful for and obviously have tons to learn about.

Nestled Hearts

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 93.2mm • F/5.6 • 1/15s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 264 (Hearts)

Bloggable "Mistake"

I have felt immensely inspired this week to try some new things with the camera! That almost always produces failures of some sort or unexpected results. This one came when I was standing in a darkened laundry room (the only room in our house without windows) and had the camera on a tripod with me in front of the lens. I was air drawing hearts using our laser light cat toy. Thankfully the cats were not in the room with me. I must have shone the light directly into the digital sensor accidentally. Ooops. I don't actually recommend that "technique" but it happened and here is the result.

Laser Light Heart

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 35mm • F/5 • 3s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 263 (Hearts)

Bubbly Heart

Have you ever felt like this? Your heart bubbling over with happiness and joy and excitement? I love that feeling. I have found that chasing after it is a waste of time and seems to push it further away. It seems to happen as a natural occurrence of living life to its fullest.

Bubbling Heart

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/5.6 • 1/80s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 261 (Hearts)

Connecting with the Heart

"Connecting with the heart" is one of those buzz phrases in the world of awakening consciousness that seems to entice people into new paths of self improvement. But what does it really mean to connect with your heart? How will you know when you are?

I once asked a teacher/guru a similar question during a Sat Sang. Her answer to me has been one that has resonated strongly in my life over the last 10 years. She told me that connecting with the heart, leading with the heart, serving from the heart are more about surrendering to the heart, being tethered to it and letting it do the leading. When I heard the words at first, I couldn't really imagine what that might feel like. But as time has passed, the words have become a part of the fiber of my soul.

I am tethered to my own heart, following its desire, trusting its agenda for my life, open to the emotional experiences make life worth living. It's a life style more than a feeling.

Glass Hearts on Wood

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/5.6 • 1/40s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 260 (Hearts)

Melting Heart

In the land of love, there are literally hundreds of hearts dotting the landscape of this city. From sculptures to signage, the heart is the "logo" of this town. Most of them are covered with a foot of snow today but I am hopeful the week will bring some warm weather and a spring like thaw. If not, it's still gonna be a great week for getting creative and shooting hearts.

This image is made from a photo of cellophane wrapping left over from Valentine's Day flowers. The melting heart is a little bit of PhotoShop/Eye Candy magic, just cause I could.

Melting Heart

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/5.6 • 1/50s • ISO 400