I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2018 

Dear Winter,

Dear Winter,

Dear Winter, you about did me in. 

I already have plans to go someplace warm and sunny next year. Leaving you behind for a few days, because I will not allow you to do this to me again. You gave us record breaking rain and overcast skies, not to mention days and days of snow. I was so starved for blue sky and light, I upped my vitamin "D". It took some work to crawl out of that light deprived hold you had on me. 

The jokes on you however, because even people who have never noticed spring before are aware of her beauty this year. And she is putting on a strong show, even if she is a bit late to the stage! 

i find myself bursting with relief and stillness, goodness
and gratitude ; a coming of age story of sorts
(ha, at my age!). 
the days are illuminate in light, much of it coming
from deep inside of me. and i find beauty all around me, 
peace and purpose. 

"There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing."

John O'Donohue

the daily pressure of taking one photo everyday moves into a guilty pleasure
rather than a have to. i allow myself to let my camera sit idle, but ready. 
picking it up because i need to rather than have to. 

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
Erich Fromm

Take me as I am

Take me as I am

I picked a bouquet. . .

I picked a bouquet. . .