Back in the beginning days of Deaf Pagan Crossroads, I became acquainted with a fellow blogger who shared similar viewpoints of spirituality as well as a common love for nature and all its creation.
The one difference was that this blogger is a skilled photographer with a good camera…which she puts to good use.
Her name is Robin (aka “MaidinSun” which is actually based on the Celtic Gaelic word maidin meaning “morning”) and she blogs at two locations: Bountiful Healing (where I first got to know her) and Life in the Bogs, which has become her primary blog of late. At both of these sites one can find beautiful examples of her photography.
Bountiful Healing focuses more on Robin’s photography, including pictures taken during her travels to various places around the country. She supplements these pictures with poems, quotations, and other words of wisdom that lend credence to the photograph and gives one pause for thought, means for meditation, and plenty of pondering to last for the day. But even if you don’t wish to use the little gray cells too much, a trip to Bountiful can still be a feast for the eyes and an opportunity to gaze with wonder at the beauty which surrounds us – a beauty that Robin has captured in all its splendor.
At Life in the Bogs Robin shares with us…well, her life in the bogs. More specifically, the day-to-day existence at Breezy Acres – eight acres of boggy property in northeast Ohio; that includes a house, barn, woods, meadow, and a 1.5 acre pond that as Robin explained in her Bog Blog Facts
we haven’t named yet although we have discussed the possibility of christening it “Hell” because it amuses us to think about Hell freezing over every winter.
I have no idea if the pond has gotten a name since Robin first wrote those facts. Maybe if she sees this we will get an answer. I rather like the idea of calling it Hell myself. And having grown up with grandparents who had a farm out in the country of southern Indiana with a couple of ponds itself, I can attest to the fact that these little watery hells do indeed freeze over during the cold winter months.
I’ve featured Robin a couple of times here at the Crossroads…the first time was over five years ago in the Spring of 2007 (Good grief, have I actually had my blog that long?) I used a few of her photographs for a post about “Picturing Paganism.” Needless to say, it gathered quite a few comments from people remarking on the beautiful pictures. This led to further collaborations between the two of us, including a Prayer for the Earth in which we combined a poem about nature with some of Robin’s photography in celebration of Earth Day.
Sadly, we haven’t done a collaboration for some time. At one point a year or two ago I did contact Robin about such a project, but unfortunately I got caught up with other things and it never evolved into an actual post. I need to follow up on that. I’ve enjoyed our collaborations in the past, and hopefully we can do another one soon.
Actually, I must confess that I haven’t been keeping up with Robin’s blogs lately. That’s a bad thing and I do feel guilty about it. There is something about both her photography and her words that can indeed be rather…healing. She has clearly been honing her photographic skills, and it shows in her work. She continues to put up pictures that awe me, inspire me, touch me. I’m going to make an effort to try to visit her blogs more regularly.
But I digress. Here are a couple of recent favorites from her blogs. I will let them speak for themselves.
For additional posts here at the Crossroads featuring Robin’s photography, check out these links:
Robin’s work is available for purchase. For more information about her photography and to order custom prints, check out her photography site at MaidinSun Photography. Most images found on her blogs can be ordered as a print to hang on your own wall.
Thanks for the visual pleasures, my friend. I still “heart” your blog.