• Daily Stress ReLeaf,  Plants & Happiness

    #15 One More Lovely Fractal Pattern Leaf For You

    Fractal Pattern Leaf, One More Lovely Fractal Pattern Leaf For You, Daily Stress ReLeaf, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2021/02/28/fractal-pattern-leaf/(opens in a new tab), #dailystressreleaf, #plants, #relaxation, #mentalhealth, #destressing, #stress, #fractalpattern

    Yesterday, in writing about why playing with plants makes us happy, I came across this lovely fractal pattern leaf. So for today’s Daily Stress ReLeaf, I thought I’d do a short post and share it. You may have learned from a previous post about why gazing at these fractal images is so healing for souls. To refresh your memory, their natural patterns fit with the way our eyes naturally scan images, making for a congruent experience that relaxes us. After all of these years as a gardener, it’s still hard for me to understand how a leaf can make itself this way. It’s so spectacular and complex and yet so usual.

    The Power of a Close Up

    I wanted to write about the image’s photographer but it came from FreePhotosArt on Pixabay. There’s not much information about the person but they seem to be Russian or in that part of the world. In addition to the fractal pattern leaf, they’ve put up photos of forests, fields, train tracks, and other dreamy images of nature. If you need photos for a blog or website, or just want to explore, check out this talented person’s work.

    I hope you have a few minutes today to take in this image’s loveliness. It will help lower your heart rate and calm you.

    Have a great day!

    Karen Hugg, sig, http://www.karenhugg.com #author #books #fiction #Paris #journal
  • Paris & France

    Paris at Night — in a Technicolor Dream

    Paris in a Technicolor Dream - Paris at Night, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night #Paris #France #photos #SaadSharif

    The photographer Saad Sharif has an amazing ability to capture Paris at night or dusk, setting him apart from other photographers (me included) who’ve photographed Paris. But his work isn’t only special for capturing a dark city but how he brings out the bright hues. There are pinks, blues, and oranges contrasting with the black skies and trees and signs. The streets, the people, the walkways, the buildings all have an almost out-of-time glow. I love meditating on these photos. Check them out.

    Paris at Night, Saad Sharif, Paris in a Technicolor Dream, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night/

    Paris in a Technicolor Dream - Paris at Night, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night #Paris #France #photos #SaadSharif

    Saad Sharif, Paris at night,


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