Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Superhero Shot for BSM



Being Seen by Andrea Scher.

My Oregon adventure was amazing beyond words. God knows I've been posting enough of the images on Flickr to prove it. I could try to articulate how much it meant to spend quality time with 11 soul-sisters but I think when the planets align like that, the words only fall flat and could never really conjure up the magic that swirled about in the salty air, beneath the Mystical Manzanita Moon.

Among countless other gifts, I came home with an entire collection of photographs of myself which is a rarity for sure. That the shots so beautifully and insightfully tell the story of who I am leaves me feeling deeply seen and makes me weepy with gratitude.

I am a soul-searcher at heart so receiving photographs that have captured a part of my soul feels incredible. Through the lenses of women I hold dear, I am able to see myself as I am and as I strive to be;

open,

alive,

playful,

happy,

content,

and full of love.

Sometimes these kinds of shots are the Best Shots there are.

Share your Best Shots today, whomever and whatever they may have captured.

40 comments:

Andrea said...

I had a very similar experience, in the pacific northwest a few weeks ago myself. Already posted those shots a couple weeks ago, but it left me feeling completely full of love.

Here's my contribution for this week.

TeenGirlies

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Here is my contribution:

FUTURE NRA - BEST SHOT MONDAY

Sounds like you had a really soul searchingly great time. Welcome back :)

Leah said...

Here's mine!

I'm glad you've had such a wonderful time.

Brittany said...

Sounds like an amazing time!

Heres Mine

Megan said...

how lucky you are to have had such an experience -- and the photographs to show for it.

reflected clouds

Maya said...

I've seen all of your recent blogs and the experience sounds so beautiful. Thank you to all of you for sharing it with us.

Here is some of my beautiful for this week.

My Best Shot

Dawn said...

You sound so refreshed and fulfilled! Congrats for a great time.

My contribution this week:
blue sky swinging

mati rose said...

YES! to our 8 & 10 year old selves mixed in with our bad ass grown-ups.
i so love reading this post.
xxxxxx
m

Joanna said...

What a great post. I can totally relate. I am always searching for my inner peace and learning more about myself.

Its funny because my post this week happens to capture two sides of my daughter almost at the same moment.

Here is my BSM.

natalie said...

Oh, what a wonderful experience for you! I yearn for that type of time away from my every day life, learning more about myself and more about who I want to become. Maybe one day...

On the other hand, I have a wonderful image of who my little girl is...who she is right this minute. What a treasure this picture will be for me for many, many years.

Unfortunately, I don't have the code for posting a link, but please come on by. I wish we should sit and chat for a while, learning more about each other.

http://thebensonfamilyandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

Kara!!! said...

I love that picture of you - so original and so...happy :)

Here's my BSM: Number Five

Teresa Young said...

I found your blog from a link to the photo in Ali's blog. Don't usually write my thoughts....I often read these b;pgs as a way of relaxing and undwinding and finding new artistic ideas. I read down through your and noticed your cat. It looks just like my cat. A cat that is very much a part of my life and I felt tears as I read through your story. I felt compelled to write you and a connection as a cat owner and lover. I am sorry for your loss. I just discovered the Oregon coast two years ago. Went a lifetime and never knew the beauty that I was missing until I saw it. I came back the next year and saw more. Keep up the good work and just wanted to share my thoughts. Teresa, Oklahoma

Michelle Potter said...

Tracey, that is just so awesome! Love that photo of you; I'll have to check out the rest on Flickr.

Here's my best shot for Monday, photos of my kids from our recent photo club meeting:
Katy Photos at the Park, August Meeting.

Melissa said...

What a great shot.... and what a great feeling. I've gotta get me one of those.

Here's my love for the week.

Blueberry said...

sounds like a wonderful time! and what a great shot of you.

best shot

carrie said...

What a great gift - time and photos for such valuable introspection!

It is a fantastic photo,too.

This week my photo is of my girl doing some soul searching, too!

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

wow. it sounds like such an amazing experience. love the picture of you. :)
Here's mine. - a few from our recent vacation to Mackinac Island.

Marie said...

Wonderful shot! Here's my entry for the week:

Bloom Where You Are Planted

http://ayearatoakcottage.blogspot.com/2008/08/best-shot-monday_17.html

melody is slurping life said...

Lady, you are indeed a superhero...delightful image.

I'm sharing a delightful moment...

Best Shot Monday

Donna at Blessed Nest said...

I love it. I captured some joy!

summer joy

HipMomma said...

Sounds fantastic, Tracey.

My Best Shot

Christina said...

That is an incredible gift! What an amazing experience.

I finally got a family portrait, thanks to a mirror!

HeatherK said...

Amazing shot and sounds like an incredible time on the coast.

Here's
mine

tracy said...

Time away is truly a gift!! As are portraits and pictures of yourself....I, too, have very few!

A true hero for my best shot!

Mia's Mama said...

How wonderful to see yourself as you are...especially through other people, because that's how you're seen by the world. Fab shot of you...so confident, but playful as well.


Here's my lil bit of fun

infinitysedge said...

Here's my BSM.

Jen said...

That is a beautiful shot. It sounds like a wonderful trip.

Here's mine:
Butterfly Weekend

Killlashandra said...

Sounds like an amazing experience. And it must have been interesting and reflective to see so many pictures of yourself. I admit, I too rarely see myself in any pictures, especially with kids.

Mine is up. My little on is dreaming those cowboy dreams again.

http://www.killlashandra.org/wordpress/?p=657

The Source said...

I always enjoy the photos I find here and on the links in the comments! Maybe I will get to work on becoming a better photographer myself. My shot this week is not that awesome, but it sure is inspiring...because I'm getting a day of peace and quiet!

http://significantsource.blogspot.com/2008/08/first-day-of-fifth-grade.html

Schotzy said...

I so enjoy everyone's best shot. Hope you visit mine!

secret agent mama said...

How absolutely wonderful!

My Best Shot is coupled with a little bit of prose for a 100 Words writing assignment.

Best Shot: Fresh

chaoticfamily said...

Wow fantastic...

Here is mine!
http://chaoticfamilypictures.blogspot.com/

Sassy said...

Glad you had some time to yourself, amongst friends....

Here is my BSM:
FRAMED

Barbara said...

Hello everyone,
here is mine:
http://downstowngirl.blogspot.com/2008/08/weekend-snapshot-best-shot-monday_18.html

Melissa said...

Can't resist.

One more

Gypsy Alex said...

Love all the pictures and especially how you captured me in pure joy on the beach and w/ my camera. You indeed really cracked me open!Smooch!
xo

andrea said...

yes to the magic (wasn't it just so good?) and yes to knowing you (I am better for it, worlds better) and yes yes yes to all of it. you rawk, lady. absolutely, we get each other in some very big way and I love that. xoxo

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Golightly said...

Tracey, that is a great picture of you - so soulful. The Oregon adventure sounds wonderful. And I've enjoyed everyone's point of view. Nice to know I'm not the only one that can let my intimidations get the best of me sometimes, especially as I venture back into my creative roots.

We had things happen this week that left me tired and taking a needed break. I finally published my Monday post last night, figured I would link it anyway. Here's my best shot

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