I am an urban beekeeper and have had a lifelong love of all creatures, including insects,
that was nurtured by my maternal grandfather. I am a pollinator and gardening activist
and after an extended illness on January 4, 2012 I began a daily photo project on
Facebook that I call “Walk In Beauty”. On the anniversary of the project in 2014 I
started posting the photos each day, along with the pick photo from 2012 and 2013, on the blog Grace and Mystery (https://graceandmystery.wordpress.com/).
Grace/Spirit brings experiences to me on my path moving me towards a deeper understanding of kindness, compassion and hope. The mystery is how the path unfolds each step at a time.
The camera I have been using for this project from January 4, 2012 until January 25, 2015 is a Sony DSC H2O. On January 25, 2015 I added a Sony DSC-HX300. The Sony DSC H20 has served me well, though it is starting to wear out after taking thousands of photos. I’m hoping that it will still have some more life in it to continue on this adventure. The DSC-HX 300 is different (with more capabilities in some ways and less in others) and I am just starting on a learning journey with it. I will be using both as I continue on the path this project’s journey leads me.
This is a quote I like and have with my header photo on the FB page.
“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.”
~ C. JoyBell C.
I have been doing this project as a volunteer and any donations you might feel inspired to make would be very welcome. Many of the photos (especially the bees and other pollinators) have been used to raise awareness for the crisis facing bees, butterflies and other creatures that share our Earth with us on social media sites dedicated to pollinator activism and saving biodiversity. You will find a Paypal link on the right sidebar of the home page. I do copyright the photos and text but usually donate their onetime use for a pollinator/earth activism non-profit cause with permission and credits.
The following is from the Facebook page and it gives a bit more bit more history of the project.
In July of 2012 I started helping out with the Salt Lake County Seed Swap by creating a page and a WordPress blog. In doing this I made a personal blog that I named Grace and Mystery with the intention of perhaps doing something with my photos and daily spiritual journey some day. I challenged myself to share on the Salt Lake County Seed Swap Facebook page everyday and to post on the blog regularly. It took all the way until February 4, 2013 to start doing anything with the Grace and Mystery blog and here I am 🙂