Travels in the Now

Photography by Mirja Heide

Worldwide Photo Walk

20,000+ walkers from around the globe participated in Scott Kelby’s 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk last weekend, raising money for the Springs of Hope orphanage in Kenya. I captured these two images during the Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale walk.

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Reflection

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365 Photo Challenge

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And a New Year has begun! …with a challenge. 😉 On January 1st, I captured my first photo of 2015 and began the journey of 365 iPhone photographs. So far, I’ve been exploring color, texture, shape and patterns.

Patterns Online Art Exhibition

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Hallway

Southern California’s Linus Galleries online art exhibition is well on its way. Photography, fabric, paintings, drawings and mixed media all connect to express patterns. View my Hallway photo here and enjoy a stroll through the entire exhibit.

MIRJA’S ARTIST STATEMENT

Brilliance is everywhere, if we but look. Colors, textures, shapes dance with light in ways that we may never have imagined and may never experience again. Everything changes, and often very quickly. One moment something is here. The next, it is gone.

Light presents a perfect example of this. One moment the setting sun peeks over the mountain range creating a spectacular vision. In the next, the sun has disappeared, not to be seen in this very way again.

Mirja’s intention is for her photographs to stir curiosity and appreciation for what presents itself in the exquisite moments of life. She invites the viewer to stop in daily life and visually experience his surroundings, savoring each moment like one would savor the first bite of a chocolate soufflé or the first ray of sunlight shining through the window on one’s favorite day of the year.

Her photography serves as a subtle reminder that life’s moments are extraordinary, genuine and a perfect place for exploration.

Nature’s Melody

Here, a moment captured along Yellowstone Lake.
A painting of the melody of nature.
A dance of color and light.
Stillness. Movement. Magic.

A Tale of Life on Earth in One Day

100,000 photos * 60,000 people * 165 countries * 1 day

On May 15, 2012, I joined people around the planet in photographing daily life. Amateur and professional photographers participated, snapping photos with their phones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs and even film cameras. The end result? A day, 48 hours worldwide, of photographic insights on where and how we live, where and how we work, and how we connect to each other in the year 2012.

My Aday.org Profile
View my photographs here

Aday.org – Global Photography Project
Explore all the photographs here

ADAY.ORG UPCOMING EVENTS

October 2012
The 512-page book, A Day in the World, a compilation of images from Aday.org, will be published.
www.aday.org/book

October 8, 2012
A digital exhibition will be shown on outdoor screens around the world.
www.aday.org/about

November 11, 2012
An exhibition tour will launch in Stockholm, Sweden and then travel to cities around the globe.
www.aday.org/exhibition

The Path to the Medicine Wheel

While exploring the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, I visited the Native American Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel was constructed between A.D. 1200 and A.D. 1700 in a circular pattern about 75 feet in diameter. Twenty-eight rows of limestone rock connect a large cairn in the center to the rim of the wheel.

The Wheel is said to serve as a type of landmark to identify the sunrise of the summer solstice. In its most simplistic definition, the Medicine Wheel is a symbol of ALL creation, of all races of people, birds, fish, animals, trees, and stones. It’s shape is that of a wagon wheel, made of stones. According to tribal beliefs, the circular shape of the wheel represents the earth, the sun, the moon, the cycles of life, the seasons, and day to night. Movement around the perimeter of the Medicine Wheel is in a clockwise direction, the rotation path of the earth. At the center of the wheel, at the hub, is Creator, who sits in perfect balance. Outside the center, there is an inner circle representing the Old Woman (the earth), Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, and the four elements. Four distinct rock mounds, set in the four directions, lay on the perimeter, separated by stones representing the moon’s cycles. Stones, laid from the perimeter, in straight lines, to the center (the spokes of the wheel) represent spiritual paths, leading us to the center, to perfect balance, to the Creator.” (*USDA Forest Service)

Truly a gift to have the opportunity to experience this incredible place! I followed the winding 1.5-mile trail up Medicine Mountain to an elevation of about 9,700 feet. Peace filled the air even though a marmot sent out a shrill call, which I’m sure could be heard for miles (LOL!). The wind blew gently and the snow melted as the sun began warming the day. Beauty and mystery enveloped me…

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*USDA Forest Service – Medicine Wheel Historic Landmark