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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Capture Beauty Challenge

 
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Let’s fill our life and the lives of everyone else with beauty.



I commit, for the next 30 days (at least) to upload to this thread, EVERY DAY, a photo of something that caught my eye and made my heart sing.



You are welcome to join the challenge, and for the next 30 days - upload your “captured beauty” every day.



We created this short video to explain the concept behind the challenge:



Everything in this video was filmed in our house and mediterranean food forest, in Tenerife (Canary Island).





The narrator is Vered, my wife, and I’m behind the camera…



Looking forward to share and exchange beauty…

Make it an epic day.

 
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Here is my first photo:



Those 3 drops of dew on the cabbage leaf make my heart sing, as precipitation is so rare in our mediterranean climate... every drop counts...

Looking forward what beauty you captured today...
 
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These are pinto beans I grew last year. They were delicious :)
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My day 2 of the Capture Beauty Challenge:

Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum) in Winter...



Looking forward what beauty you captured today...
 
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my friend's horses
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Gorgeous...
 
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Excellent idea for a thread, and life practice in general!  It's a great reminder that we have the power to shift our focus and attention to that which we wish to.  Would we rather spend more of both our inner and outer lives in the realms of ugly or beauty?  I will choose beauty.

Today it's a wonderful sunny day on my little homestead.  This is much welcomed and appreciated this time of year here since winter weather patterns generally result in long stretches of cloudy, heavily overcast days.  So I'm enjoying the beauty of my greenhouse/half bermed pole barn warming in the sun as the snow pack melts away!

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The greenhouse on a sunny late winter day
 
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David Huang wrote:Excellent idea for a thread, and life practice in general!  It's a great reminder that we have the power to shift our focus and attention to that which we wish to.  Would we rather spend more of both our inner and outer lives in the realms of ugly or beauty?  I will choose beauty.


Totally agree, David.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
And thank you for the beautiful snowy picture.
Greetings from sunny Tenerife.
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Just took this in my yard a couple days ago.
It was breath taking!
 
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Samantha Buller-Kormos wrote:It was breath taking!


It’s still is, Samantha...
Thank you for bringing beauty into our life.
 
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We're living in a Canary Pine forest...
And it's evening on our side of the ocean...
This is how the forest catches the sunset...



Looking forward to see what beauty you captured today...
 
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That is a pretty stunning scene Samantha!  N. Neta the light is fabulous in your shot too.

Today I was out hiking in the spring like air and sunshine and took this photo of some clumps of high bush cranberries.  My understanding is that there are two type of high bush cranberries, technically both are supposed to be edible, but one type are tasty and the other are horrid.  These that grow around me are absolutely horrid to taste!  They do make beautiful spots of color in a generally gray landscape this time of year though.  (They hang on the bushes a long time because the birds don't seem to find them all that great either!)

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High bush cranberries set against blue skies.
High bush cranberries set against blue skies.
 
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     I'm with you guys! Beauty and all good things...
     This is where I'll be teaching when Covid winds down.
     Mitama mountain in Winter.


       Thomas

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i dont know that i can keep up with 1 per day but i found this rock at the beach yesterday
nice pics everyone!
 
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Gorgeous photos David Huang, Thomas Agresti and M. Phelps...
Thank you for bringing beauty into our lives.

The reason I commited, M. Phelps, for one picture a day... is not for the purpose of posting the pictures, but because it challenge me to look for beauty everywhere.
It's so easy to get caught up in the things we don't like around us, and that affects us.
I like to keep reminding myself "look for what's beautiful" then look again, and again, and again...

Make it a beautiful day...
 
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My day 4 of the Capture Beauty Challenge:

Found this little beauty in the ravine that cuts through our land in Tenerife (Canary Islands).
It is the only one of its kind and it must be wild...
Anyone can help me identify it (Google insist on hyacinth - but I can't believe it would grow wild here)?



Looking forward to see the beauty you captured today...
 
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N. Neta wrote:
Found this little beauty in the ravine that cuts through our land in Tenerife (Canary Islands).
It is the only one of its kind and it must be wild...
Anyone can help me identify it (Google insist on hyacinth - but I can't believe it would grow wild here)?


It is a hyacinth, looks like it can be found in the wild in a lot of places. So pretty! And I guess it smells heavenly and is a hit with the pollinators.
 
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Anita Martin wrote:It is a hyacinth, looks like it can be found in the wild in a lot of places. So pretty!


Oh great... thanks a million, Anita...
That’s good to know.
 
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     Beauty and being grateful for it, how can one go wrong?

     Thanks N.Neta!

     
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Thomas Agresti wrote:Beauty and being grateful for it, how can one go wrong?


WOW, Thomas... This is amazing...
Where is it? Tell us more... please... pretty please... 😅
 
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Day 5 of my Capture Beauty Challenge...

Managed to take a photo of a monarch butterfly just after it came out of the chrysalis, still drying its wings...



Looking forward to see what beauty you captured today.
 
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I love seeing the first signs of spring each year. Here is a picture I took a couple weeks ago showing one of my native lupines coming up. I love the colors and the water drops on the new growth.
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Beautiful new spring lupine growth.
Beautiful new spring lupine growth.
 
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Daron Williams wrote:I love seeing the first signs of spring each year.


Beautiful, Daron.
Thank you for sharing and inspiring...
 
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Some awesome photos being shared here!  Thanks to everyone.

Today I'll share a couple close-up shots of wild turkey feathers I found out hiking.  When I was looking at the beauty of the texture and patterns of them it got me to thinking that I should probably try using it as an inspiration for textures/patterns in my metalwork sometime.  I haven't done it yet though.
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another close up shot of a wild turkey feather
 
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David Huang wrote:Today I'll share a couple close-up shots of wild turkey feathers I found out hiking.


Brilliant David...
I find it that so often I look for something big and impressive, and neglect to notice the beauty in the tiny, little things in life.
Thank you for reminding me...
 
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Does anyone need a Pyrenees rainbow hug?
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Ben Zumeta wrote:Does anyone need a Pyrenees rainbow hug?


Took me a moment to actually see the rainbow... BEAUTIFUL.
 
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Day 6 of my Capture Beauty Challenge...

Today I captured one of the prettiest nitrogen-fixers in my mediterranean food forest...



Looking forward to see what beauty did you capture...
 
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Spring is here. Sun warmth feels soo good!
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Liv Smith wrote:Spring is here. Sun warmth feels soo good!


It’s beautiful, Liv... what is it?
 
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It’s a camelia bush. Among the first things to bloom in this area. One of my favorites☺️
 
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Liv Smith wrote:It’s a camelia bush. Among the first things to bloom in this area. One of my favorites☺️


Beautiful. Thank you for sharing...
 
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          Howdy Nisandeh and everyone else,


          I live in Idaho in the Great West of the North American continent, at the top of the Great Basin, ish. The last pic was of a reservoir, which looks particularly lovely with snow in Winter. I visited your website; you're doing the Good work Nisandeh, please keep that up. There is no better time then now to begin or continue this kind of work or lifestyle or change of culture, within and out.
         Here we have a bit of Mediterranean style weather too. It freezes, but not too much and the precipitation follows the general cadence of the Mediterranean, no rain in Summer really. The 6 Rosemary plants and I think the Lavender plants have survived all that snow and cold and I'm looking forward to planting more culinary sage and other Mediterranean herbs at Mitama farm in a few weeks. And another pic for you all, with a little bit of story by and by.
          On the Summer Solstice of 2020, we stood a Sun spear, a pole by which one can map the arc of the Sun through the wheel of the year, but more particularly on the days of the year which have real significance, the two Equinoxes and the two Solstices. Our ancestors did this and I think, if you'll allow for it, it gave them two things. It anchored them in Earth time, celestial time, being time, natural time and it showed them in my opinion that life isn't a linear experience, its circular or perhaps a circular spiral. You know, they didn't have clocks and consequently the effects of clocks on the human psyche and nervous system, or for that matter on their world view. The Sun spear then is part of the journey we're taking at Mitama farm to reclaim our ancestral heart if you will. To explore how to return to ancient ways human beings on this sacred earth jewel approached life. And furthermore, to bring that livingness to the present day and see what good we can make of it.
          Of course by now you realize that this is only one half of the story because this is only one half of the time on this sacred earth jewel. We haven't forgotten the Goddesses. For all of this marking of solar time this spear also marks the all important Moon time. You know, Moon time, the time by which the ancestors knew when to cultivate, sow and harvest. They lived by that wisdom. The moon traces arcs as does the Sun and we see them as we look during the various seasons of the Moon. There you have it, Sun and Moon, day and night, each telling a story for those who listen. And Joy, if you watch the Sun and Moon throughout the year you'll see they follow one another in their paths. It seems to me that they are exactly half a year apart. When the Sun is in Midsummer Solstice, high in the sky, the Moon, she is at the lowest point in the sky, as the Sun on the Winter solstice and vice versa. When the Sun is low in Winter, the Moon, she is at the highest point in the sky as the Sun at Midsummer. Lovely, no? A kind of balance. If you read this, thank you for indulging me. For me, it has to do with beauty, of our world, of ourselves and the ancients.

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I had a beautiful little find in the yard today.  My daffodils are starting to sprout!  
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Fresh young daffodils on the way!
Fresh young daffodils on the way!
 
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Thomas Agresti wrote:I live in Idaho in the Great West of the North American continent, at the top of the Great Basin, ish. The last pic was of a reservoir, which looks particularly lovely with snow in Winter. I visited your website; you're doing the Good work Nisandeh, please keep that up. There is no better time then now to begin or continue this kind of work or lifestyle or change of culture, within and out.


Totally agree with the way you see beauty.
Thank you for articulating it so... well... beautifully.
Make it an awesome day...
 
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David Huang wrote:I had a beautiful little find in the yard today. My daffodils are starting to sprout!


Beautiful David...
Thank you for sharing and inspiring...
Make it an awesome day.
 
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Day 7 for me of the Capture Beauty Challenge...

And before I attach the picture I took today, I want to share how powerful this little exercise is.
It's not only that it focuses me on looking for beauty everywhere, in everything, in most of my awake hours.
It also makes me appreciate in what a wonderful, beautiful, abundant world we're living.

I am very grateful for the challenge, I am very grateful for all the beautiful images people are sharing on this thread, and I am very grateful for this active, committed, engaged community.

Enough said...

Today's beauty is the sunset I just caught out of my window...
This is what I'm looking at... as I type these words...



Looking forward to see what beauty you captured today.
 
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this morning while watering my plants i noticed two of my pineapples are flowering
i had been expecting it all winter because they were pretty big
i have other plants flowering in the garden i can photograph on another day


 
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I was out in my greenhouse this morning.  Some of the chard from last year survived the winter and are putting out new leaves.  Fresh chard leaves are just so beautiful they almost look unreal.
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M. Phelps wrote:this morning while watering my plants i noticed two of my pineapples are flowering


Beautiful. Thank you for sharing, M. Phelps
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