icelandic poppy bud, Canon Digital Rebel

“Even if our efforts of attention
seem for years to be producing
no result, one day a light that is
in exact proportion to them will
flood the soul.”
– Simone Weil

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Hi, I’m Andrea

On this blog you’ll be learning with me how to use our voices, share our creative superpowers and live life in full color.

As an artist, photographer, life coach + mentor, I’m redefining what it means to be a SUPERHERO — ‘cause in my world, it’s got nothing to do with capes, spandex or sidekicks and everything to do with tenderness, intuition & baby steps of bravery.



  1. MamaChristy

    Is this good news? Or just a good quote?
    BTW, that is a lovely and rather erotic photo.
    Hope you are feeling happy and well…

  2. liz elayne

    i love simone weil. thank you for this reminder. her words on attention have been a part of my soul for a long time.
    and this picture is beautiful and more than a little erotic i think…(yes, i am that girl who has to put a small disclaimer after the word erotic. oh to own the erotic in life more often!)

  3. kelly

    blessings this sunday.

  4. Julia

    What a perfect quote! How uncanny is it that you so often write just what I need to hear? Blessings to you. 🙂

  5. Sarah

    Oh, Andrea — that photo is so super-cool! 🙂

  6. susan

    so beyond lovely

  7. Elizabeth

    And erotic. And gorgeous. Gorgeous.

  8. Jill Doyle

    Hi Andrea-
    How did you learn to be such a stunning photographer? Any tips or links or book recommendations on how to take better photos would be appreciated.
    I have never commented on your site before – but i check it weekly for inspiration. i met you in 1998 at a SARK gathering in Santa Barbara at Earthling Bookshop. You are so very cool!
    Thank you for being,
    Jill Doyle

  9. MaryBEth

    Amazing photo and a powerful quote i have never seen =)
    How is a women supposed to pick which color set to order from your fab collection???
    I am about to resort to ineemeaneemineemoe!!

  10. Tongue in Cheek Antiques

    anima and animus, symbolic, erotic. Wow Andrea this photo’s delicate blooming petals reveal life itself!

  11. Sarah

    great pics!!

  12. alison

    just lovely!

  13. Felicity

    breathtaking & erotic photo. Are you perhaps selling prints of it? Pretty please? Even a tiny one?!? (I’m serious. please.)

  14. delia~rose

    that pic.
    the wordz.

  15. wn

    Andrea, you always seem to find the most perfect quotes to accompany your photography. Inspired.
    I do not mind saying that your photography (and this site) is the main reason that I have bought and am using a newer, better camera and that I feel that I have finally FOUND something that feeds my soul.
    Milles merci

  16. la vie en rose

    oh wow! the quote, the pic! what a way to start my day!!!

  17. bohemiangirl

    this is beautiful, perfect and fitting.
    (and sort of resembles a tender bean) 😉

  18. Alexandra

    I can’t tell you how many times now I have come to your blog and gotten exactly what I most needed at that moment without knowing I needed it. This quote is magnificently beautiful, and I hope you are having the treasure of living its truth day in day out.

  19. mikaelah

    I love how the red is just poking through the green and it seems so big inside the bud… so full of itself and ready to burst out.

  20. rsilva

    so perfect in every way.

  21. pixie

    love this budding vagina-esque photo!!! how incredible is nature? this is rather o’keefish. genius, brilliant. you. xoxoxo

  22. Lynn

    Good to repeat to oneself. . . even if it’s so hard to wait for that light!

  23. Ali

    Amazing photo.

  24. Annie

    What a great photo! I was in our garden weeding by the poppies last year when a cleap “pop!” startled me. I looked up to see the husk of the poppy bud discarded on the ground and the poppy itself unfurling its glorious petals. It was all wrinkled – like a hastily-packed silk dress being pulled from a suitcase. As I watched, It opened to the sun and the wrinkles faded.
    I never knew poppies made a popping sound like that. Perhaps that’s why they’re called poppies.

  25. Jenn

    Great Photo and Quote!

  26. endment

    wonderful match of the poetry and photos.
    Love the light and color

  27. Kat

    Thank you…for the gentle reminder. In awareness of beauty and grace, K.

  28. rama

    wow. that quote speaks to me. i was having the worst month of teaching until last week. i used to think that i was a great teacher but, week after week, my classes were going so bad this month. i kept wanting to quit and even almost did it but i kept telling myself that i am only a bad teacher if i don’t go back. i am only a bad teacher if i don’t try something each class to make the situation better. last week, the class went great. i barely understand why but it felt exactly like that quote.

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