Tag Archives: Friendship

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Superior Silhouettes ~ Courtesy of Lake Superior

On the way to a Sunset,
approaching the steps,
anticipating beauty,
appreciating now.

Silhouette Sisters

Silhouette Sisters ~ Courtesy Denise and Sue

Chance meetings on beaches
silhouette sisters
sharing sunsets shadows
laughter with strangers.

We become sisters and brothers sharing sunsets and laughter in silhouettes.

Namaste ~ Starbear

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Launch ~ NoCZ 2012 ~ Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Launch. Sometimes a launch is tiny. A Baby Step. Baby Steps… putting one foot in front of another, moving forward. Is a launch always upward or can it be simply movement? Sometimes it’s a leap of faith and one foot just shoves off and we leap. How fun to be leaping with others again this year!

About this photo: On a sunrise beach walk, I found two sets of footprints heading toward the water, unclear in dry sand. One set of large footprints, one set of tiny, side by side. I imagined a small child, walking hand in hand with a parent or grand parent, then frolicking on the beach in the early morning light. There was a single tiny footprint, clear, near the edge of the water, untouched as yet by the washing waves. The child allowed to explore, then called back, perhaps, away from the water, kept safe.
The image and words were a gift to my friend Usha, in California, as we launched our dreams together and laid out our plans for the year 2012 – back in 2010. We spoke on the phone and in class, and she had the most beautiful, kind, joyous voice and laugh. We are both creating our dreams, grounded, one step at a time.

The Gift: If you are doing the NoCZ Challenge or not ~ Print it out if you wish. Carry it with you, put it on the fridge. Remember to be patient with and kind to yourself and others as we take Baby Steps or leap into new territory…. and remember to laugh at the water’s edge! Jumping in – the water feels great!

Namaste ~ Star Bear

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Winter ~ More Snow Color + NoCZ 2012

On the Road to Dreams...

On the Road to MyDreams in Frosted Snow Color

Closer to the Dream!

Further Along the Road to My Dreams in Frosted Snow Color

This may not seem like part of the No Comfort Zone 2012 Challenge, yet it is, for me.
I have avoided posting my best work online, for many reasons… and as part of my No Comfort Zone Challenge, I decided to share some of my best and favorite images. After all, if no one sees them, how can they purchase them? LOL!

As I began to think about posting these winter photographs, I realized that I have been afraid to post some of my favorite photos. Some of them are really wonderful. Some are incredibly beautiful! (Some, like “Snow Color” sell like hotcakes, when they are seen. LOL!)

I have been afraid that someone would take them and use them without acknowledgement, credit, paying for them… (F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real)
The Evidence? I have had numerous photos mysteriously appear on other websites without credit or payment, then a friendly neighbor even downloaded a set of 4, framed them, hung them in her home, then invited me to dinner. When I saw the poorly printed lo res prints hanging in her living room, I went ballistic. I felt so betrayed! Then I gave her a signed print for Christmas that year, because I didn’t want badly printed crappy work out in the world… and because she had been a good friend.

I had this THOUGHT: I can’t trust people, especially intelligent friends who disrespect copyrights. If a knowledgeable friend would do this, what about strangers, net surfers, those I don’t even know. So I have been afraid to trust people when it comes to my work. Not trusting one person can mean trusting no one. It can mean I don’t trust myself, either. Turning it around. I am afraid to trust others, including myself. Turning it around, others are afraid to trust me. Turning it around again, I am afraid to trust me. Turning it around again, if I can’t trust the people closest to me, who can I trust? Turning it around again, I am afraid to trust the person closest to me – me. It is kind of like being a little bit pregnant. You either are or are not. I either trust or I don’t. Yes or No.

False Evidence Appearing Real? Yet… many others love my work and want to see it hanging in their homes or offices or give it as gift. They are willing to buy it, wait for the prints or jpegs to arrive, send money, give credits, and when their art arrives with checks they include wonderful love notes like “Your images feed my soul.” “You see things differently than any one else.” “Please, keep sharing beauty with the world.” “Your photographs are so beautiful.” “You have such a gift for seeing.” “I love your images…” “Thank you for bringing such beauty to light.” “My friend will love this gift..” “You don’t charge enough…” “Your work, art work is a service to people…” “No one else photographs, captures that place the way you do…”

Just this week, another blogger Orel, who also has beautiful nature and snow photographs from Scotland, said: “Starbear, I think you just posted the most beautiful picture I’ve seen on wordpress so far. I mean it. This line is pure and perfect. Too bad I can’t enlarge it. I wish you a happy new year!” (Sensuous Snow Curve)

Sometimes I am afraid to let the good stuff in, and dwell on the stuff that is uncomfortable. Sometimes, I’m also afraid to let my good stuff out. This is the good stuff… and I am open to receiving the good stuff.
(Oh how we judge… good, bad, better, worse…)
That’s why posting these is an act of courage, for me. I trust. I trust myself to share my work. I trust others not to take it, and if they do? I can protect it by posting small images, add watermarks, add copyrights. Sometimes I do give it away, just because I want to, with love. Some people will take it without asking, some will buy it, others will say nice things about it, others will criticize it. Those who take it will not get the best. Those who ask, will. We can always work something out. I don’t like being mean. Trust me.

What I want is for people to love my work and respect my gift. What I want for me is to love my work and respect the gifts I have been given and share them and I also want more financial freedom to be able to give of myself freely, with love, and making loving choices. I have forgiven my friend; I have renamed her “Opportunity to Love.” We are no longer close. Lesson learned in the classroom of Life. If I can’t trust myself, who will trust me?

I will continue to post my favorites, some of my best. Stay tuned!
If you would love to purchase a print for yourself or as a gift, check out the SHOP. Almost all of the images on my blog are available as signed prints. Instructions for purchasing are in the Shop link above and at the top of the page.
Bottom Line: I trust me. If you read this far, I trust that maybe you found another beautiful gift here, too.

Namaste ~ Star Bear

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Winter ~ Snow Color

Snow Color

Namaste ~ StarBear

New Year ~ New Theme!

January 8, 2011
A new look. Patience.
New at the top:
Water flows, ripples, reflects, dances in sunlight…
Becoming organized in a different way.
Sorting out.Throwing out.
Resorting.
Prioritizing.
When this blog began, I had no idea how to use it, do it, organize it, or why I was even doing it. It was just for me, to learn something new.

A thousand+ days later, and I’m still learning. Slow? Perhaps. Yet, life distracts us – or does it? Forest fires, moving, resettling, unsettling, relationships, love, play, work, money, family, endings, beginnings, weather, loss, grief, soul coaching, soul searching, and with all of this, through all of this, in all of this, a theme remains. Newness, creativity, writing, photographing, recording, sharing, inspiring, being inspired. Being in Spirit and staying connected… Change is constant.
Life is full and rich and as SARK loves to say “SUCCULENT and JUICY” in such wonderful ways!

Sherry re-introduced me to Diane, who introduced me to SARK and Dream Boogie. Reading Wayne Dyer led me to Hay House which led me to Denise Linn, which led to meeting so many wonderful people… Robie, who introduced me to Frank.
My friend Charlotte sent me SARK’s latest book “Glad No Matter What” … because I told her about Dream Boogie… and on it goes – Miracles – change – new.
Then my son and his girlfriend sent me two more wonderful books – “Life is a Verb” and the “Awe-Manac.”
Because of de code id by nodes, I have had time to read.

Today, the snow just crashed off the roof, so Panda is hiding under my desk, head in the corner. Da code id my dnose is bedder. The tractor awaits the turn of the key to plow. The camera is charging. I lost the first 5 drafts of this post. It has snowed some more and stopped. Life. Breathe.
Take a deep breath. Click on something in the “new” menu to the right – it may be something you’ve read before, or not? Still sorting… if you click, it may click with something in you. If it does, leave a comment. If not, thank you for clicking into my thoughts. YOU are in them!

Love to all and Happy January 2011
~ Betsy

When the Universe Aligns…

Aligned in the Heavens...

Sun, Earth, Moon

December 21, 2010
Such beauty and power in the alignment of Sun, Earth, Moon, with the Winter Solstice on a Full Moon morning. Blessed with the clearest skies, this is a tiny capsule of views and energy of the night.

Phone calls in the middle of the night, friends sharing their view. Clear here, Cloudy there.

I had given up on getting photos, feeling like equipment, my skills, were inadequate for the spectular. (That old “not enough” not good enough” troll) At 2:37 am, as I finally snuggled into bed, the phone rang. A really good friend called and offered a tripod, saying
“Betsy! You have to do this!”
“I have to get up and go to work!” I protested.
“It’s a once in a lifetime event, you CAN’T miss it!” he shouted…and a few more choice words… 15 minutes later, I was in a new location, with camera mounted on a gun tripod resting on my truck, in freshly plowed crunchy snow shooting this miraculous moon.

Alignment. Alignment with the Universe. Alignment with loving friends and supporters. The Universe aligns and we can’t miss it. I am grateful for all.

Are the photos spectacular? Not in my book, I see the flaws, the imperfections, all of those that didn’t work out, and yet, this night’s sky was spectacular and I’m glad I was awake and alive and not willing to miss it. I am glad to be able to share it with those who had clouds, or rain, or needed to sleep. I am glad to be able to share this with those who support, love, and believe in me and my dreams. (And I am glad to share this with me.)

I missed a day of work. It was worth it. Called in, told the truth. Choice, go to a job and miss this opportunity, or share what is special to me. The photos are not perfect. This post will not be perfect. I have to get to my job and this is my work as I celebrate light and color and life.

Above the photo, the words read:
“Winter Solstice 12/21/2010 Night Watch~Once in a Lifetime…Witnessing This Miracle…THIS Event…Night Light Show in the Heavens. Did you hear the applause, feel the energy circles… Bouncing Love to the Moon and around the Globe.
Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward everyone. We, on this planet, in this Universe are truly beautifully, bountifully blessed. Namaste.”

My wish for 2011. As we share one moon, one planet, one Universe, peace. Peace and Love for each other. Kindness. Kindness to self and others. Appreciation and gratitude for our differences.

Will have to add and edit later… Now it is time to get to the other job. For now, it pays a bill. Alignment… alignment with love.

Betsy ~ Starbear
copyright 2010

Work in progress – Steady as a Rock!

August 23, 2010

Quarter Past the Hour

















Finally, progress. I began this piece some time ago, and got stuck…. then distracted, producing postcards for the museum.
That aside, I realized I was missing something very important – studio time at the beach. I have had beach time, with family, with friends, with other’s families, with children… and no just “being” alone, creative play time. It is different. I have re-discovered that sometimes I like to be alone, to experiment, to observe, to listen, to “play”, to observe and play w/ the relationships of colors and shapes and allow and accept the guidance of the now.
So, here (above) is a teaser of that piece I was “stuck” on. Started weeks ago, left undisturbed on a public beach, over the past 3 days it has evolved. It may be finished. I will decide this week. This teaser is just a small portion of it.

A full beautiful day, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted time, gathering, building shooting – inspired 3 other peripheral pieces and encountered a visitor… see “Today’s Image” to meet the beautiful visitor!
New works in progress:

Simple Balance - Stable & Grounded

Balancing Act

Balancing Act 2


















And reaching a new pinnacle:
Taking wind into consideration, balance is pivotal....

Reaching a New Pinnacle

So three days of just being me, doing what I love. For the rock towers, there are many words, “cairns” = markers along the way. They have been built since the beginning of time, to mark paths, road crossings, give directions, leave a message. The Ojibwe word for them is “Inooksook.” Fun to say – In-nook-sook.
Such simple beauty in these stones. I love finding the “right” ones, fitting them together, finding the balance points, laughing when they fall, failing often, color coordinating them. With such a huge supply, it sometimes takes many journeys to and fro to find the best fits, flat, round, right thickness, color, patterns.
I would LOVE to do these as garden installations or gallery installations! I will probably bring these home… It’s a long haul, and worth it!

I do hope you enjoy these visits to the Studio… And a note to those who have posted comments – I try to respond when I am able. Working in town has cut deeply into my time, and know that your comments, suggestions, inspirations are all read and appreciated!

Stones Speak when we take time to listen –
Now 200 more images to edit! It was a fabulous 2 days! Felt like a 2 week vacation. May your days be filled with JOY and Dancing!
Be back sooner,
~ Betsy

Magic of the Spirits of the Lake

We left “the boys” sleeping soundly and went to the beach early Thursday morning, the last day of their time up here. It was “girl time,” so taking hot coffee with us we went for a last quiet morning on the shore. Charlotte and I have similar deep spiritual bond with nature, healing, and the Healing Waters.

Unsuccessful in our previous trips at finding agates, we laughed at our penchant for collecting stones and how we always find something beautiful in each and every one. Every stone has a special quality, some beautiful, some unusual, some with images only we might see and name. We laughed a lot at our “visions” in the stones and that we can’t take them all with us.

We walked alone and together and with joyful excitement she showed me her first really good agate find! I had found nothing great as yet, so I was happy for her find. At one point I had said a quiet prayer to the Lake, a wish: That I might find one good white agate to give to my friend. For no reason, I began to march purposefully to a point further down the beach than we were likely to get to in our pokey meandering. I was being drawn there… I stopped, again for no reason and bent over at the water line, the waves reaching my toes as they slapped the sand. Just within reach, sitting atop a pile of darker stones was a white stone, perhaps just another piece of white quartz? I picked it up and turned it over, and sure enough, it was a neatly striped white agate! Running back to Charlotte to gift it to her, my heart sang “Megwitch, Megwitch, Megwitch, Megwitch!”
When I told her the story of being drawn to that spot, she said ” I wondered why you went marching down the beach all of a sudden!” We laughed. God is good. Life is good. And the Spirit of the Lake laughed with us. Small, heartfelt gifts. Blessings. Friendship.

Then I shared with her a place that I always visit at this beach, a driftwood post planted deep in the sand last summer, to see if it would withstand the winter storms. Each time I visit, I leave a special thank you to Creator for my life here, offering thanks to the spirits of the four directions, the Lake, and God for making it all available to us. Megwitch, Spirits of the East for each new beginning. Megwitch, Spirits of the South, for warmth, the warmth of loving friendships. Megwitch, Spirits of the West, for Golden Light, End of Days, and vast Horizons. Megwitch, Spirits of the North, for Clarity of Vision, Winter, Contrast and Cold Clear Light. Finally, I offer gratitude to God for bringing me to this place to learn, grow, share. This time we both left small Thank You gifts. We got “it” together.

Small, heartfelt gifts. Blessings. Friendship. Love. I am blessed. Aren’t we all?
No camera on this trip. Some occasions remain simple special memories.