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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I love photographing bird’s nests… I happened to see this one as the last of my roses were blooming before the freeze and could not resist snapping this photo. This particular photo always fills me with hope… and makes me feel connected to the cycle of the seasons. I hated the thought of photographing this one empty… I cannot have children so a picture of an empty nest is just too sad to me… so every time I photograph a nest I have to put something in it… even if it’s just a flower, feather or pretty leaf.

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


Happy New Year, Broken Lights!

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12 responses to “The Nest”

  1. Ziya Tamesis Avatar

    Reblogged this on a day with depression and commented:
    I thought I’d start the new year off right by reblogging this beautiful image. 🙂

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    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      Thanks so much! I am glad you like it!


  2. SwittersB Avatar

    Beautiful image and meaning!

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  3. chrisrenney Avatar

    And still you see the beauty – I wish you peace.

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    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      Thanks so much, peace for the new year would be most welcome!

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      1. chrisrenney Avatar

        And I wish it for you x

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  4. eLPy Avatar

    I applaud you on this photo and its composition. But also on your fight for the beauty in life. Your description here is deep, courageous. The contrast of this flower in the depth of the nest is striking. I respect how you’ve taken something like not being able to have children that can be so painful and hard to overcome and filled it with beautiful. You provide hope and a light at the end of the tunnel for many with this.

    Good eye & art. Thank you for sharing. 😀

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    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      Wow, thank you so much… I love getting lost in nature, I think judging by the number of plants in my yard they are my child-substitutes… It’s a nice way to feel fertile. Thanks for your kind comment!

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      1. eLPy Avatar

        Absolutely! I don’t have kids but I’ve got pets and plenty of plants myself. There’s a lot in this world that needs our care and love. I think we each have our own place in life, the challenge comes in finding it, but I like to believe it’s there.

        😀 Happy New Year!!!

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