A Sanctuary at Salt Springs State Park

IMG_2083

“Travels near and afar, the waters’ rushing by. Might it be the soothing streams, nature smiles a calming sigh.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

“Majestically Allowing; Authentic Pushing. Nature. Autumn. Water. Flowing. Winter.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2085

IMG_2086

IMG_2071

IMG_2108

IMG_2070

IMG_2103

“Interwoven Twin Flame Trees; Roots of Essence Sharing. Balancing the Energy Ignites; Organically Mystical Infinite Caring.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2090

IMG_2091

IMG_2088

IMG_2093

IMG_2082

“The Old. The New. The Opening.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2081

IMG_2073

IMG_2097

IMG_2102

IMG_2077

“Merrily we skip and play; Happily we ponder. The sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touches; Inner Knowing lighting up every hour.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_2095

IMG_2096

IMG_2076

IMG_2109

IMG_2105

IMG_2122

“Free Spirit. Free Soul. Freedom!!!”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_2067

IMG_2062

IMG_2064

IMG_2065

IMG_2032

“White Buffalo Calf Woman Energy.”

IMG_2098

IMG_2075

IMG_2106

IMG_2107

“Upon the unbeaten path I pursue; In quest of answers still hidden. Deeply ingrained within my soul; In nature all realizations given.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_2123

IMG_2128

IMG_2125

IMG_2126

“Mountains and Hills, Bless the Lord; Praise and Exalt Him Above all Forever!!!”

Daniel 3:75

“Conscious Pause”

©Loriginal Designs

©Connie A. Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Bible

God’s Workmanship at Waterman Conservation Center

IMG_1905

“We step into nature,
Our hearts open wide,
We see all before us,
Of all that’s inside.

Above and below us,
Reflected around,
In treetops and water,
God’s love is abound.”

Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

IMG_1945

IMG_1926

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for Good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

 

 

 

IMG_1904

IMG_1906

IMG_1909

IMG_1912

“When perfect balance is achieved, all pathways are full of joyous adventure that make one’s heart sing!”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_1918

IMG_1920

IMG_1922

IMG_1977

“If by chance you caught a glimpse; Of dancing lights and fragrant sights; Might you glance upon the trees; Speaking ever softly in the autumn breeze.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1929

IMG_1930

IMG_1931

IMG_1932

IMG_1933

“Art is the accomplice of Love.”

Remy de Gourmont

IMG_1935

IMG_1937

IMG_1948

IMG_1949

“For when awakening rushes through your very being, all else ceases to exist; For you become melded with All That Is.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1950

IMG_1939

IMG_1972

IMG_1951

IMG_1965

” Tread gingerly upon Gaia’s sacred ground; Ever mindful of her greatest gifts she so richly displays; Her magnitude graciously abounds.”

Connie Andrea Marchell

IMG_1919

IMG_1953

IMG_1975

IMG_1928

IMG_1908

“Sing of colors bright and exhilarating sites; Of  expansive moments saturated with a heavenly lights.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1910

IMG_1916

IMG_1973

IMG_1984

“For it is the parent which nurtures the child; Such is the womb of Gaia showering Her Everlasting Love.  Be ever in a state of gratitude for Her great gift to us; For through Her, God Speaks ever softly to our hearts.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1952

IMG_1946

IMG_1959

IMG_1961

IMG_1958

“May your heart be always full of joy; Embracing the precious gift of Life!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1944

IMG_1967

IMG_1963

IMG_1974

“For in the woods I wander for solace, insight and understanding; As the dwellings of wildlife convey, our true home is where our heart is.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1955

IMG_1941

IMG_1979

IMG_1982

“As if to say a splendid day, which warms the heart and enliven’s the soul; Such are hours spent in Nature’s glorious enchanting thorough!”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1976

 

IMG_1971

IMG_1981

“Care no more for the opinion of others, for their voices.  Do the hardest thing for you.  Act for yourself and face your Truth.”

Katherine Mansfiled

IMG_1969

“Yesterday’s memories of a lifetime bring forth glowing present moments to cherish; Life is a gift-embrace it with all of your heart!”

L.D. Marchell

As some of you know, I survived a car accident, which gifted me the opportunity to a glimpse of crossing over (NDE) while I was in a coma. It’s the chances that you don’t take which make one complacent, as home is blissful, surreal, saturation of rapturous, joyous, unconditional Love. Promise yourself to stretch your comfort zone every day, this could be your only today, so make it the most meaningful experience of your life!

L.D. Marchell

©Loriginal Designs

©Connie Andrea Marchell

©Lisa Ann Carucci Lash

©Katherine Mansfield

©Remy de Gourmont

©Bible

This is the Day!!!

“The transcendental state of Being lies beyond all seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting – beyond all thinking and beyond all feeling.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are sacred moments in time where all the senses are so attuned that you feel saturated in the love of the Universe! It is places like Highland Lake which have brought that sense of awareness in timelessness. Prior to having internet and cell service there, it seemed to magically bring you to a place of peacefulness, wonderment and awe as moments seemed to span lifetimes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There is a glorious Willow Tree named “The Lady of the Lake” whose graceful limbs with lacey leaves reach towards the heavens! Her hour glass womanly figure-shaped trunk has weathered many a winter’s wind and basked in the summer’s vibrant glory! An earlier limb was used for children to swing out into the lake as they would splash cheerfully into the water! Through the years, she had to relinquish this part of herself to the past, full of memories of her lifetime!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On the pathway walking around Highland Lake there is a stoic moss covered tree known as “The Lord of the Forest” whose stately presence breathes embodiment to all of nature.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Further along the pathway around the lake, there is a section where the stream and pond flow out into the lake. Oftentimes you will see turtles and bullfrogs, together with dragonflies and you may even encounter a fairy or two!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As you continue along the pathway, the senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, feeling and knowing are awakened in the freshness of the fragrant, soothing air. It is moments like this which span our awareness of time and we become one with all that is around us and within us. This bliss full state of consciousness allows for incredible insights as the mind drops into sacred heart-centered alignment and inner knowing. You may see a spiritual rainbow cone, or even an orb or two!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Peaceful mornings and throughout the day, the lake transforms her appearance into something new! There is much to be learned from her deep lesson of inner knowing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cloud formations pass throughout the day, bringing colorful rainbows, angelic wisps of glistening crystals, as the sunlight reflects brilliantly off the textured glassy water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And so after a splendid sunset, the campfires begin to emerge surrounding the water’s edge. Oftentimes, the fireflies will gather around the sloping hills as the crickets and peepers and tree frogs begin their harmonic evening melodies which accompany the sparkling starts lighting up the gradually darkening vast evening sky.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sunfish Sailboats sport around Highland Lake with moments of gusty winds and other peaceful doldrums. There is a gentleman who has configured a way to sail his rainbow colored sailboat around the lake using just the one arm that he has – remarkable the ingenuity of the power of invention, determination and necessity!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then there is the early morning choir of birds singing, as the stillness of the morning air and water invigorates the soul. Timelessness revisited.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Various boating activities and music festivals as well as floatilla competition are just some of the many activities at Highland Lake. Not to mention the fireworks! They simply begin on the Fourth of July weekend and continue throughout the season!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And so our lives are to be lived to their fullest, richest, reaching for the stars, pressed down and flowing over! As my Mom would say, “Keep Joy in your life, Jesus wants it that way!” and as Grandma Marge would say, “Happy, Happy, Happy!!! Joy, Joy, Joy!!!”

“Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say, rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

©Loriginal Designs Photography