"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie

Magnificent Shell Vortex

"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie

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As I was walking along a beach mid-winter on a blah, gray day I was looking for any bits of color I could find.  What I found were shells full of color virtually leaping off of the sand.  Once I found one, then others popped out at me, then another and another.  Swirls of glorious color bringing sunshine to an otherwise drab day.  Each one kind of drew me in as if being absorbed by a vortex.

What can I learn from this “Magnificent Shell Vortex”?

Even though things might seem gray, dull, blah, boring…sometimes just looking a little closer I can find the colorful, interesting and exciting.  Just like finding that one pop of color from that shell on the beach.  I found that one and then – to my surprise – many more started appearing.  When I focus on the “colorful, interesting and exciting”…then it is easier for me to find (or attract) more of the same 🙂  Likewise, if I choose to just see the overview of gray, dull, blah and boring then that is all I would have seen – I would have totally missed the small but magnificently beautiful gifts at my feet.

Nature Vortex Mandala #1

I created this Mandala from an original photo I took of pebbles, sand, a blade of grass and some pine needles.

I really like the glow that emanates from the center.

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Here is the original photo:


Beach Mandala – Island Beach State Park (#1)

This is my first photo mandala.  I was inspired to do this by seeing some beautiful mandalas created from photos from some talented artists on Etsy.

I created this mandala from a photo I took at Island Beach State Park in NJ on September 9, 2012 (pre-Sandy). As of this post, Island Beach State Park is currently closed due to storm damage.  To find out if it is open before you plan a visit, check out the official state park website here.

Island Beach is right next to Seaside Park (which is next to Seaside Heights).  You can learn more about the history of the area in the Seaside Park Images of America book.