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Blooming

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: “Our Red-Bud started blooming… they are so beautiful and so small. It’s easy to overlook them, they are such an understated flower. I enjoy looking at the world this way… through the branches of some tree or other. I love getting lost in the details – in the minute color ranges and textures of bark, petals, leaves… Beauty is incredible, the way it warms our heart and makes us feel like we have more room to breathe. I love how looking at beauty in nature can make me feel more alive.

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.

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12 comments on “Blooming

  1. Crooked Tracks
    January 15, 2015

    What a beautiful photo. I love the way you look at nature’s details.

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  2. Frank
    January 15, 2015

    What a beautiful closeup! The red blooms and blurry background gives a wonderful depth of field! Great photography!!!

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  3. kbailey374
    January 15, 2015

    I absolutely adore the life vignettes along w/ the photos and the quotes!

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  4. heidispitzig
    January 15, 2015

    Lovely little buds!

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  5. justme
    January 16, 2015

    I can testify to the healing powers of writing, journalling and certainly, blogging. They do help as I have found out for myself. I hope to be sharing this post on my own blog: https://amritsagooblog.wordpress.com if you don’t mind as I think your message offers hope and comfort. I believe in the power of nature and in how much it can teach us along with writing, mental health and well-being. I’ve written a bit of all this on my own blog. Take good care of yourself.

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  6. Diana Perkins
    January 16, 2015

    Nature holds healing! What a beautiful capturing of the palette of colors, so vivid and intricate.

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  7. Kirsty Karlsson
    January 16, 2015

    Stunning

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  8. dreambigwords
    January 16, 2015

    This is such a lovely photo! I am so thankful you have shared it and so thankful you are taking care of you, be kind and gentle with yourself and share more pics!

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  9. IndianDrifter
    January 16, 2015

    Nature is the one thing which helps heal ..

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  10. curepornaddiction
    January 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on How to Stop Pornography Addiction and commented:
    Addiction May Touch Our Lives. However, we have the last touch that flowers into something beautiful.

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  11. N.| lifeiscreative
    January 17, 2015

    It’s so vibrant. Love it!

    https://therectangular.wordpress.com

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  12. eLPy
    January 19, 2015

    That’s super pretty. It looks like something alien, some creature dangling off the branch.

    Glad to hear you are achieving a healthier you. Your vision sounds lovely, and I have to agree that beauty does lighten things and make it easier to breathe and just be. I can appreciate your interest in all things trees, they are certainly fascinating.

    Thanks for sharing.

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