from down below

I have been in bed for over a week with a sinus infection and pneumonia.  I am so sick of being sick.  My body is starting to have the aches and pains from lying for so long.  My mind is starting to feel the sadness and frustration of being a burden to my family.  My heart is breaking as my tree continues to bloom without me well enough to shoot it.


I went out and shot a few photos from the ground, looking up into my tree.  I usually climb a ladder to capture her blooms, but I was hardly well enough to even go outside.  I am so sad I am missing it.


Here are a few images looking up into my lovely Japanese Magnolia, sprinkled with a few words of wisdom my heart needed.


Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
— Meister Eckhart

To be is a blessing. To live is holy.
— Rabbi Abraham Heschel

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
-Mary Oliver


“Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience turns a very short time into a long one.”
— Teresa of Ávila



  1. sam · February 17, 2016

    so pretty my dear. even from below. i’m glad you got to get out and enjoy it. feel better soon missy. xx

    • Staci Lee · February 17, 2016

      Thank you, friend. xx

  2. Kyle · February 17, 2016

    These are so gorgeous. You are not a burden. ❤️

    • Staci Lee · February 17, 2016

      You are so sweet. I am so thankful for you and your sisters. You all have been amazing. xx

  3. Gloria Wilson · February 17, 2016

    Staci, you work is beautiful. I have been to many galleries where there are photographs taken by well-known photographers. Your work is some of the most beautiful that l have seen. I really enjoy the poetry that you post with your beautiful photography.

    • Staci Lee · February 17, 2016

      Thank you so much. That is such a complement. It encourages my heart.

  4. Meg · February 17, 2016

    oh my goodness, these are luscious! I am so glad you got out in the beauty even if for a moment. Loe you.

    • Staci Lee · February 18, 2016

      Thank you. Loe you. x

  5. Jayne Covell · February 18, 2016

    Thanks, Staci, for gracing us with your beautiful soul which is captured in your carefully chosen words and your exquisite photos.

    • Staci Lee · February 18, 2016

      Thank you so much for your kind words! They really touched my heart.

  6. Andrezza · February 18, 2016

    This is the angle I love the most.
    I know the feeling of feeling sick of being sick. Sending you prayers for a fast recover.

    • Staci Lee · February 18, 2016

      Thank you, friend! xx

  7. Susan · February 19, 2016

    oh Staci, they are glorious! I hope you feel better soon. There will be many more blossoms to come.

  8. Chinwe · February 22, 2016

    So very lovely! Thanks for capturing and sharing such beauty with us.

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