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Every cell in my body changed on this day in #southafrica This charred mountainside near the sea, absorbed all of the things I’ve been dragging along as part of my story that no longer serve me. My senses are vibrating at a level since then, that I didn’t know was possible. I’m in awe of all that is in my life + now recognize the potential within myself to grow in new ways. Thank you @passionflowersue, @capelily and @veldandsea for taking me on an a sensory journey that will forever be the experience that changed my life. I’ve told a lot of people about the tree in the last photo, breathtaking even now looking at it. “Welcome to the here and now” #thisisme #artofvisuals #southafricaza #veldandsea #passionflowergoestoafrica #capelilyworkshop #newme #gratitude #capetown #everything #southafricathroughmyeyes #fuji #fujifilm #fujixt2 #fujifeed #blue #bluesky #mountainside

As I pack for Seattle, I’m editing through 6000 #southafrica images STILL. This is where I stood 1 month ago today. This day at the sea was one of my favorite days EVER. This job has taken me to places I never dreamed I’d get to visit. I am grateful for the opportunities to grow as an artist, and as a human. Thank you to everyone that is a part of my life, new friendships + seasoned ride or dies ;) I may not always say the right thing, or articulate my feelings appropriately but I am so thankful for your presence in my life. xo #southafricathroughmyeyes #southafricaza #skies #blueskies #sealife #sea #oceanblue #passionflowergoestoafrica #capelily #rideordie #gratitude #grateful #travel #travelphotography #southafricaphotography #professionalphotographer #travelphotographer #artofvisuals #fuji #fujifilm_xseries #fujifilm #fujixt2

After 3 days on safari we boarded a plane and headed to Cape Town for the city portion of our trip. We visited the flower market, the muslim neighborhood Bo-Kaap with its colorful houses and cobblestone streets, the spice market, and a few antique markets. I could have spent an entire week photographing the incredible range of architecture styles from Dutch traditional to international/mid century beauties. I hope to return one day to do just that. #bokaap #capetown #tablemountain #southafrica #southafricathroughmyeyes #capelily #passionflowergoestoafrica #travel #travelphotographer #thediscoverer #fujifilm #fujixt2 #fuji #professionalphotographer #floralworkshop #botanicaljourney #africantravel #southafricaza #africa #traveloften #wanderlust #artofvisuals @capelily @passionflowersue

During our last game drive in the evening we drove in circles in the bush trying to avoid the downpour we could see in the distance. Eventually we could no longer escape the rain so we put on ponchos and went on a wild bumpy ride in the cruiser. I made the mistake of sitting in the back as we fishtailed and bounced all over the place. After the rain the sky was pink. Rose colored zebras and skies were beautiful. We came across an abandoned poaching lookout and on the way back to the lodge, this handsome owl was just perched hi above watching the sunset. #owls #owlsofinstagram #owl #safari #moodygrams #southafrica #southafricathroughmyeyes #travel #travelphotography #pilanesbergnationalpark #passionflowergoestoafrica #capelily #animals #zebra #pink #pinkwillsaveme #rain #storm #africansafari #fujifilm #fujixt2

Our time spent at @thabalodge in @pilanesberg_ with our guide Kevin + Xander was unlike any other experience I’ve ever had! The game drives happened very early in the morning and twice around dusk. The birds + animals were breathtaking and watching them in their own habitats was incredible. We tracked the lion for over an hour as we he would roar from deep in the bush every 15 minutes or so and then about 7 am he emerged out of the tall grasses and it was silent. We couldn’t believe our eyes, we had waited soooo patiently for so long and then there he was with 2 porcupine quills hanging from his chin under his mane! #pilanesbergnationalpark #animals #wildanimals #africanwildlife #natgeo #wildlife #southafrica #passionflowergoestoafrica #capelily #photography #experienceofalifetime #thediscoverer #lion #elephant #safari #travel #travelphotography #fujifilm #fujixt2

The first day of our journey was surreal. Meeting travel mates (who would become sisters), exhaustion from a long day of travel and trying to comprehend that we were in SOUTH AFRICA!!! A drive from Johannesburg to @pilanesberg_ into the bush was met with extraordinary blue skies, breathtaking bougainvillea and architecture I had only seen in my dreams. Also our first stop, the liquor store + the butcher! WiFi for a brief moment too! #wishyouwerehere #wanderlust #thediscoverer #fujifilm #fujixt100 #southafrica #southafricathroughmyeyes #travelphotography #travel #passionflowergoestoafrica #capelily #botanicaljourney #bougainvillea #skies #blueskies #clouds #dutchstyle #nature #beauty #sisters #landscape #mountains #photograher

My trip to #southafrica was an adventure of a lifetime. I am still processing the experience and culling through 6000 images reliving moments that can only be described as life changing. The new friends, the food, the flora, the animals, the ever changing landscapes + the incredible women that became my sisters have altered my very being and I am so grateful. Did I mention this was a work trip!?!?
As I figure out a way to best share all that we saw, I’ll share a few images from the very start of our trip in the bush, @thabalodge in the @pilanesberg_ National Park. More to come over the next few weeks with images featuring our moves from the bush, to the city, to the sea + then to farmland. Thank you from every cell in my body to @capelily + @passionflowersue for the most incredible experience I could have ever dreamt of. My heart is full. #africanadventure #capelily #botanicaljourney #bush #birds #grateful #growth #pilanesberg #passionflowergoestoafrica #southafricathroughmyeyes #sisters #landscape #landscapephotography #professionalphotographer #peaceful #lifechanging #journey #experienceofalifetime #thankyou #fujifilm #fujix100t #23mm #thediscoverer #travel #travelphotography

NEXT UP: Join @passionflowersue + I on our next journey to the #whidbeyislandworkshop hosted by @tobeynelsonevents April 22-24. We will be joined by dear friend @dkprinzing and the AMAZING @josephmassie. For more info + details on how to register, please visit @tobeynelsonevents. This image was a capture from the @flowerhousedetroit dinner held at the @detroitpubliclibrary in 2016 of @josephmassie installation hanging above the table. INCREDIBLE!!! Can’t wait to photograph all of you talented people doing what you love to do + learning from the very best! #workshop #flowersofinstagram #floraldesign #slowflowers #alwayslearning #seattle #whidbeyisland #susanmcleary #josephmassie

@ecozest_dp kicked off our botanical workshop using all indigenous South African florals, greens + vines. #flowersofinstagram #workshop #capelily #florals #southafrica #flowerstagram #botanicals #botanica #floraldesign #ecozest #stilllife #grateful

Every day the adventure and journey with this small group of amazing women has continually blown my mind. Today we drove from Cape Town to the country where we will end our trip with a 3 day @passionflowersue workshop at a 200 year old vintage rose farm. Dessert + Dahlias from lunch today at the exquisite @babylonstoren Babel restaurant. Incredible! #babelrestaurant #southafrica #foodporn #food #sorrynotsorry #dessert #dahlias #fig #turkishdelight #icecream #organicfarm #flatlayforever

A lot of exciting news to share + images to be taken. Stay tuned.....(typed from bed in my messy room, with no clothes clean + a sink full of dirty dishes, whilst coughing, bleh) #monstera #plants #plantsofinstagram #plantstagram #greenery #leaves #grassisgreener #thisislife #sickinbed #bigplans #news #notfakenews #tropical

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