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Archive for July, 2012

Before the Bloom


This Magnolia bud has been staring at me through our kitchen window for the past week. Saturday, I finally took a picture. I was pleasantly surprised. Looks so pretty. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

A Bridge in Lakeland

A Bridge in downtown Lakeland that is part of Lake Mirror Park on the outskirts of Hollis Garden. It looked so beautiful to me. I love spending time walking around Hollis Garden and then taking a stroll around Lake Mirror Park.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

I hope you enjoy these gorgeous flowers that I am entering for this week’s photo challenge: purple.  You can find out more about the Weekly Photo Challenges here.

Ordinary Beauty


Spicebush Swallowtail: Photo taken in Lakeland, FL in July 2012. My heart was beating what seemed a million miles per second when I saw this raving beauty fluttering around without a care in the world. It seems a butterflies job is to create beauty in the world, and if you really observe, to make us humans realize how free we really are.  It’s the internal freedom that I strive for!  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Thank you for stopping by!

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Angel Trumpets

We were leaving the garden and I spotted these Angel Trumpets on the way out. I had to turn around and drive back to get a shot or two. So gorgeous. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by!

Awaiting A Mate

I found this lizard just gazing at the water sending out his mating call. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

Honored to receive these awards…

I am both honored and grateful to accept both of the awards and will display them with pride.  Regardless of the rules, I believe in paying it forward.  Not only does paying it forward bring joy to me, but when you inspire someone else to do the same it turns a bright light on in a dark room.

OK here are The Rules:

  • Give credit to the one who nominated you
  • Tell seven secrets about yourself
  • Nominate seven others

This past Sunday, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by a very kind, giving, creative, and in touch person.  His name is timzauto.  Please visit his blog at  Last night, I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Award by Nizy a very inspiring, caring, creative, and loving person.  Please visit Nizy’s blog at  I hope  you will enjoy Tim and Nizy’s blogs as much as I do!

Seven Secrets about Cher:

  • I am passionate about living a balanced lifestyle in mind, body, and soul.
  • I have two notebook/diaries filled with motivational and inspiring quotes that I have collected for years.
  • I enjoy reading, writing, and watching inspiring/motivational books and movies.  I also enjoy watching documentaries.
  • My favorite sports are gymnastics, ice hockey, and figure skating.  I believe gymnastics is the toughest sport there is!
  • I love butterflies!  I love animals in general.
  • I love cooking healthy meals and sharing them with others.  Most of the time, people are amazed at how yummy healthy food tastes.
  • I take pleasure walking on the beach, in nature, meadows, and in times of solitude.

I would like to nominate the following for the One Lovely Blog Award:

Gary at

lijiun at

L-Jay at

Vikey at

Metin at

I would like to nominate the following for the Sisterhood of the World Award:

Anne Camille at

Summer at

Angie at

Please visit all of the award winner blogs!  Enjoy!

Hi Everyone, please see the contest here and to vote for me! Have a great day!

timzauto.... in search of the blond haired kid

Thanks Cher for the lovely photo…please everyone visit Cher at..

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Timzauto Photo Challenge

I am entering this photo into the Tim Zauto Photo Challenge.  You can view the challenge here.  If you enjoy this photo, your support is greatly appreciated!  Thanks all!