Hearts in Nature Collection

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Hearts in Nature Collection. Photographer: Tonya M. Brill of Photos by Tonya Time Made Beautiful, TimeMadeBeautiful shop on Etsy, and Heart & Soul Poetry & Praise.

I have great memories capturing each Heart. Top Left is ‘Astillbe My Heart’ captured when the walkway extended to the old country apple tree. The Astillbe thrived along that walkway. Long since gone now, this was a memory of a beautiful day. If you know anything about an Astillbe, then you know it only grows in random circular blooms. When I saw this was in a heart shape I knew I had to capture it. I just felt like God was sending me little messages to let me know He cares. Truly He does.

Top Center is ‘Heart Toadstool’ captured when I had a pile of logs along the deck for use in the wood burner. As the winter drew on and became very wet for that year, I got to watch as this heart slowly emerged. Seeing it take heart shape I decided to watch it continue to develop during the year until I captured what you see here. While it was a true joy to watch this slowly take shape, the log pile had to be dismantled due to an ant infestation. Because the wood had remained too wet it was not able to be burned. No worries, the EPA had come through town and had made everyone change from septic tanks to sewer system. They left me a big whole in the yard. So that is where the pile of wood went…compost style. It now grows beautifully thick green grass. Ah, the  memories lol.

Top Right is ‘Country Snow Heart’ captured after a snow storm. I remember as clear as day. I walked outside with my camera to see what I could capture. Always something interesting after a snow storm if you have a mind to bundle up so your hands don’t shake as you take photographs. It was cold and still windy. I looked over at my cousin, Tim’s, shelter for the goats across the fence line that divides our properties and there it was. A perfect heart in snow with each half mirroring the other almost perfectly. As soon as I captured this image the wind blew and the heart was gone. This is the only image of that moment in time. It reminds me of how delicate, fragile, and brief time is. We often think of it stretching on to eons, especially when we are doing what we do not like to do. However, it really is brief. It is linear and eternal. In one linear second that heart was gone. However, I get to share its essence with you eternally. It continues to live on in the eyes of everyone who beholds it. That’s powerful. That’s God. Right place. Right time.

Bottom Left is ‘Love in a Dry Place’ captured of course during one of our yearly droughts. Yeah, Ohio is some state lol. Freezing you in the winter, drown you in the spring, give you drought in the summer, then compost you in leaves in the autumn while making your eyes tear up and bringing allergies to an all time high. I was carrying in the groceries from my car to the house and noticed this little heart shape bit of grass. I grabbed the camera, of course! I at first wasn’t sure it would fit in with the other images…its just grass. Nothing really spectacular about it other than it was heart shaped and still green in a drought. I had to sit on this one a little bit. I realized God was telling me that He was taking care of me no matter the season…of weather or of life. How could I not think it would fit right in? Its special because it was still green and growing in spite of a drought. So it is with all those who believe in God. We will still be green and growing in spite of life’s droughts and we are still loved. I am very happy to conclude that ‘Love in a Dry Place’ does indeed belong with all of the Hearts of Nature Collection.

Bottom Middle is ‘Morning Glory Leaf Heart’ one of the very first photos captured in this collection. There used to be a little purple Morning Glory that would grow beside the old fence that faced the front yard. I haven’t seen it for a long while. While trying to capture the color purple of its flower (purple is a hard one for digital cameras to capture properly…they usually tend to make it too blue) I decided to also capture its leaf as it is the shape of a heart. I had seen other photographers capture various foliage and thought it would be neat to try my hand at it. I have had ‘Morning Glory Leaf Heart’ sitting in a table top stand for 3 years next to my couch. After receiving many compliments on it, I felt it time to reveal the Hearts in Nature Collection instead of keeping it all to myself.

Bottom Right is ‘Wasp Nest Community Heart’ an amazing find that was built by wasps on the end of a wild grapevine attached to the garage at the end of my property. When I saw that it took my breath away. I had to lean up tight against the fence and contort my body to get the right angle so that you too could see this beauty of a heart. All the other wasp nests that I have seen have never ever been shaped like a heart. The preacher at church was teaching about what all we could accomplish if we as the church, the body of Christ, came together as an actual community instead of as strangers sitting in pews. Break bread together, help each other, see to each others needs, encourage each other, have real relationships/friendships and not be fake/false. Community=Love. Talk about an example of what working together as a community should look like. These wasps are teaching humans what can be accomplished in an act of coming together. Community. Home. Future. Love. To me Love=Jesus.

Hearts in nature are everywhere for you to see if you just open up your heart to see them.

Be blessed my peeps!

Love and Life,

Tonya

Just an Update Here

Hey folks!

Together we raised a total of $420 for Open Arms Pregnancy Centers Walk for Life Event. I cannot thank you all enough for your support of our community. OAPC raised over $18,000.

Unfortunately I had to modify my walk due to the fact that the arch in my foot dropped again. Therefore, I was only able to walk a very short distance around my house. Due to the pain in my foot I did not take any photos. I had originally planned to take my camera and take photos of the scenery during the walk. On the prior years I had taken photos with my phone. I also had to cut back at work as a nurse a little bit too due to my foot. I worked my regular shifts but was unable to pick up any overtime hours.

The morning of the walk I had just finished a 7 night straight stretch so I was hurting pretty bad. I did make it into Cambridge to turn in the paperwork and donations. They took my picture but I probably looked a fright LOL. I have not seen them use it. I can only imagine from the pain I was in that my picture probably looked like Frankenstein’s cousin. Oh my!

Here is an assumption of what I might have looked like that morning:

Me as a Zombie
Me as a Zombie…The Frankenme?

Actually, I think I looked worse on that morning than in this picture LOL. Such is life. Some days are up days and some days are down days. Next year tho….I’ll make sure my foot is in good shape. 😉 We will tackle that walk just like we did in the previous years.

As for now, I am still working on making art. I am talking to a few people about possible baby and or maternity sessions…oh the cuteness…I can hardly wait!

TimeMadeBeautiful on Etsy will have more items available soon. The drafts are ready on some items but I have ordered test prints first. If the test prints are worthy then the items will appear for sale in my shop. I always do a test print on the art that I sell. My monitors and WHCC printers are calibrated so that what I see on my monitor is what they print. Yet still, I prefer to do test prints; Artist Proofs are what they are called. I just want to make sure that what I sell in my shop is of good quality and exactly what I saw on my monitor. That way you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.

Heart & Soul Poetry & Praise on YouTube has many poems in the works in various stages of development with art accompanying many of the poems. ‘A Lily for Benjamin’ was recently released there and dedicated to all those who have lost a child whether it be by miscarriage, sickness, accidental death, or even other nefarious means. My heart goes out to you all.

At this time I would like to take time for a shout out to my elderly neighbor woman who is as spry as a chicken. She keeps an eye on my house and the goings on there day and night. She has also taken it upon herself to tend to my yard as she believes working odd hours and busy shifts is no excuse for a unkempt yard and flowerbeds. I do miss my lavender. She mistook it as a weed. She has informed me to put stones around the plants I intend to keep LOL.  I am trying to comply. I have even fenced in my tomatoes and my Russian Sage as I already know she thinks its a weed. However, without her help, my yard most surely would look unkempt right now. Thank you God for my neighbor woman. 🙂 As soon as this C-vid crap lifts and the restaurants open we are making a trip to Amish country.  Looking forward to a change of pace and a good meal that I don’t have to cook myself.

Oh yeah, and I still have to start the cooking channel that I have promised everyone. Too many irons in the fire? Maybe, but it keeps me out of trouble and the bills paid.

Love and Life,

Tonya

P.S. I also took a day off from everything and attended the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. I cried from the beginning to the end. Now that was a celebration full of joy, love, life, and a testimony of Christ. Total awesomeness! The wedding photogs did an amazing job both in capture and in post production. It couldn’t have happened at a better time.  Love, love, love…