Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Please welcome first-time contributor Michael Ross, a 57-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism.

About this photo: “This is a baby sunflower I shot early this morning on my windowsill. The photo is not exactly the way I wanted it but it seemed right for me today. 

Maybe nothing is perfect, maybe everything is, or maybe growth is understanding that things are not always exactly the way we want them to be, and that’s OK.

It’s been said that if we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. My plan it to continue to look.

Find more from Michael at his blog.


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9 comments on “Growth

    February 15, 2017

    Perfect photo for Against the Odds. This tiny plant will give you a flower at the end.


  2. Anxichat
    February 15, 2017

    This page is beautiful!


  3. sustainabilitea
    February 15, 2017

    Welcome, Michael. I hope your life blossoms in the same way as this plant.



  4. Karen Miller
    February 15, 2017

    I love seedlings, and you have a good strong one there!


  5. kimnana96
    February 15, 2017

    it’s amazing


  6. dipanwita
    February 16, 2017

    beautiful 🙂


  7. PhotographyocdMIke Ross
    February 16, 2017

    Those are from Dwarf Sunspot seeds. I planted a dozen of the giant Russians but I think sometimes smaller is better.


  8. jmacindoe
    February 18, 2017

    Lovely shot – love seeing this plant spring to life 🙂


  9. yes, i find that photography is a great escape from the emotional BS that bipolar can put me through… beautiful shot…


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