Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Pathway of Life

by Linda

After too many months, my BFF and I went out for a little walk about. In this case, my BFF is my camera. She has been sorely neglected but she never complained. She waits in a very visible place that I pass everyday, always ready, always waiting for the moment I pick her up and take her out.

She was ready. I was ready too. The impetus for this was some other friends in my life, this blog and the amazing women behind it. I continue to be inspired by each one of them in many different ways.

I believe people and things are put in our path on purpose, for a reason. It wasn't an accident I came to know these women. They were placed in my path at exactly the right time and I will be forever grateful for that.

Leigh, who could be my daughter, shares my love for Santa Fe. She owns a successful landscape business and is mother to two wonderful children. Her photography style is uniquely natural and focuses on nature. She captures nature in new and beautiful ways. I couldn't be more proud to know her.

Dotti is a grand mother, like I am, that is blessed to care for her treasure after school like I do with mine. I have come to learn we share many other things in life too. How comforting it is to know there is another person who understands the different things life can throw at you. Her photography reflects her life. Sweet and unpretentious. Just like Dotti.

Terri is a pillar of strength and grace. She is a touchstone, a sounding board, someone you know will always be there to listen and offer her heart. She is kind and compassionate, she is the one with the knowledge to make this blog look so seamless and put together. She makes me want to up my technology game. And visit a butterfly or botanical garden!

Kelly is just as sweet as she appears. Always ready to offer an encouraging word and a big smooch hug, her photography style is unique to her and impressive. You know it's a "Kelly" before you even read the byline. She is a wizard at capturing the golden hour. She makes me want to be a better photographer.

Cathy, although I have never met her in person, I have known her for many years online through various photography endeavors. Her photography style is simple and stunning. She uses what is around her and finds beauty in overlooked details. From her, I learned to keep my eyes open and appreciate the beauty around me.

Judy is another busy, hard working mom. She also pays attention to the details in life. Just as she is, her photography is filled with color. She has a way of showing me the little things in life in bold beautiful color. Her pictures make me happy.

Carol is a force of nature. There isn't anything she can't do. She is fearless and it shows in her photography style. She will find something remarkable, photograph it and tell you in great detail what is so remarkable about it. She always make me think.

Deanna is delightful. I have great admiration for her. The way she has handled the struggle that became part of her life when her dear husband began his battle with dementia is nothing short of pure courage and strength. Her photography style reflects her perfectly, strong and courageous and beautiful. She makes me aspire to be a better person.


All of these women are remarkable. All of these women would give you the shirt off their backs in a heartbeat. They make the world a little sweeter.

I am blessed to know them.

I am blessed to be in their company through this blog.



Sandra said...

Wonderful spring images as everything around you is waking up! So nice to get to know, through your eyes and words, a little about the other participants who share in this blog. All lovely ladies who bring their different styles and philosophy together to make a whole!

AFishGirl said...

Heart lifting post! I feel well blessed to come here and read the FOL wisdom and see the beauty, day after day.

terriporter said...

What a wonderful post to wake up to, Linda! We are all so blessed to know each other and to know there is always someone (or multiple someones) who have our back no matter what. I love all of these women like sisters and when we are able to get together in person, it's a definite lovefest! I think each one brings a little something different to this space and I am grateful to know them all. But you forgot Linda. Quiet at times but with a wicked sense of humor and if you want to know anything about editing your photos on your phone, she's your girl! And these photos! Wow, it looks like spring is definitely springing there! Thank you for this post. It reminds me how lucky we are to know each other.

Cathy H. said...

So many times I've mentioned to others how grateful I am that all of our paths crossed at just the right time. You did such a beautiful job of putting that down in words. I've never met any of you in person, but I feel closer to you than some of my in-person friends. Lovely post!!

kelly said...

oh my linda. what a touching post. and i am just as grateful for having crossed paths with you. big smoochy hugs friend. xoxo

heyjudephotography said...

How sweet. And Linda, the quiet one at the side of the room with the best dry humor - and watch out if you put Linda and Deanna together!! Haha.

Dotti said...

Ditto what everybody said here. Thank you, Linda, for a beautiful post.

Liz said...

Beautiful Spring images! I love the new header too!

Deanna said...

Oh this was such a sweet post, thank you for the beautiful words that so describe our wonderful group of women. What fun we have had together and such a support for each other in times of trouble and in times of victory. God bless us one and all.

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