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Life Purpose

Ever since I shed my skin and decided to get back to creativity, my life started to change. I started to evolve. My passion has always been to use my “skills” to inspire and help others. I usually save this page for my photography, but I thought I’d share a little about myself and my journey.
Here is a blog I posted on my website.
I had been thinking a lot about this lately. I had an idea of what I wanted to write, but as I wrote, the words just spilled out onto the page. I feel it’s important to share our story and our thoughts. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it helps you in some way. Please feel free to share your own thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.

Heather Maria

I have been thinking a great deal about my Life Purpose.  I feel like we all have a Divine Plan.  Passions that were given to us for a reason.  When I think about how this world started, I feel it was to be a world full of give and take.  That we were part of something bigger than us.  Part of a community.  We were and are each individuals here to experience life and help others do the same.  It is and was a world only fueled by Love.  Love is so very important.  Love and respect of others and of our selves.  Humanitarianism and compassion were always a part of this world.  It was a place of peace and joy.  Of sharing and of caring.  We were all humble beings full of grace and grateful for life.  Somewhere along the way darkness set it.  A string of negativity began…

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Milwaukee Architecture and History

I have always been interested in the architecture of buildings.  I love the craftsmanship.  Most of the time it’s the older style that draws me in.  I have a lot of history in my soul.

The Victorian Gothic style always seems to grab my attention.  This is one reason I love to take photographs of churches built in this style.

One Church that grabbed my attention from the first time I saw it was Trinity Lutheran.  It wasn’t just the architecture with that church, it was the light around it.  It felt like it had good energy.  And it certainly was beautiful.

Founded by immigrants from Pomerania, Germany in 1847, it is the second oldest Missouri Synod Congregation in Wisconsin
The building was designed by Fredrick Velguth in Victorian Gothic style.
It is located on 9th St. between Highland and State in historic Milwaukee, WI

Unfortunately the beautiful landmark has recently been devastated by fire.

I am so thankful I have some photos of it to show to the world.

I recently participated in an art show in Milwaukee.  I had a framed photo of it as well as a couple other unframed photos with it in the picture.  It really was a focal point and conversation piece of the day.  People bought photos of it to have as a remembrance.  I could see how much that church meant to so many.

This is one of my favorite city photos I have taken.  The clouds that showed up that day framed it perfectly.  My favorite it the black and white but I love the color as well.

Trinity Lutheran Church - Milwaukee




A couple others taken from the Historic Pabst Brewery site (also full of good energy)

Love the Cream City Brick



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All the photos are available for purchase in my ETSY store via the links.  Other Milwaukee photos available on there as well in the Cityscape section.


How do you feel about history and architecture?  Does the old or new resonate with you more?  Any favorite places in your town that you are drawn to?

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Healing Assistance

via Balancing the Brain

On the one year anniversary of losing Chris Cornell from this world.


Trees are the Heart and Soul of Nature

Today is National Love A Tree Day.  I love trees, all kinds.
My favorite has always been the Willow Tree. There is just something about it. I am fascinated by them.

I found this wonderful quote online regarding the “Weeping Willow”

I am big into symbolism.  I believe everything has meaning.

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Being a photographer, I love capturing nature at different angles.  On this particular day I captured different willow trees and they inspired me to write.



The willow tree weeps for her heart is broken from waiting on lost dreams that never come to fruition
Tired of the struggle that never ends she is crushed
Left with pealing and scalded skin tearing apart at her core
Yet she hangs onto nothing and everything at the same time
Written 2014


May you forever Dance under a Tree


May there always be an angel watching you under a tree…


Do you have a favorite tree?




In Honor of Monolith

I have an affinity for black and white photography.  Ansel Adams being one of the most well known photographers to take nature landscapes in black and white.

He is quoted as saying “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.”

His descriptive words are poetic as are his photographs.

Here is the Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1927)
He considered it his “first really fine photograph,” a career-changing image that marked his first successful “visualization”
This is Ansel Adams’s term for carefully determining all elements of a photograph before ever releasing the shutter.

It’s a stunning photo the immediately captured my eye.


In honor of birthday today I’m posting some of my black and whites.



“Life upon the pier creates perspective beyond our youth.” ~ Heather Maria

I was inspired to take this one after taking a walk through the woods down to the beach at 7 bridges in Grant Park, South Milwaukee, WI

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In and Beyond

This is June’s Strawberry Moon taken from my backyard.



Enlightenment in one of the highest states of being taken in the Fall of 2013 as the sun rose.

A Scattering of the Cosmos

A Scattering of the Cosmos

Low lying clouds over Lake Michigan on an electric morning.

Time To Live

Time To Live

Big Ditch Lake in the shadowy hills of West Virginia

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New Relection

A Winter’s afternoon walk in the park.

The Capsule of Time

The Capsule of Time

A moment in time spent at Cathedral Waterfall near Gauley Bridge West Virginia.

The creek begins on Gauley Mountain and drops to the New River.  The drop is nearly 100 feet over a series of Upper Nuttall sandstone ledges.


The beauty of Mother Nature is astonishing.  The time taken to stop and view it is forever in my mind.  It leaves me with a breathless emotion as I capture art.


** All photos are available for purchase.  Please contact me if interested.




Dwell in the Beauty of Nature

Today is the day of the Partial Solar Eclipse and New Moon in an 11 year.

I honor the moon and the sun with a graciousness so bold.
We take time to dwell in its beauty.
The sanctity of love surrounds us.




Ethereal Morning

Pink Sunlight

Pink Sunlight

fire within

Fire Within

In the Morning Light

In the Morning Light

captured light

Captured Light by Heather Maria

Moonbeam sky

Moonbeam Sky

Inner Light

Inner Light

Hunters Moon rising October 2014

Twilight Moon

Hunters Moon Rising October 2014

Infinite Spaces

The Light Of Solstice

The Light of Solstice




Here is a piece of my sky.

If you enjoy the message and these photos please share.  Everyone has the right to breath in what nature has to offer.


** all photos are available in my ETSY shop  https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherMariaPhotos?ref=seller-platform-mcnav



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Welcome to February Photo Discount

Hello everyone.  Hope you are having a fabulous year so far.

In honor of Love this year I am offering a 15% discount on ALL my photos in my online ETSY store from now until Valentine’s Day.  Please stop by and take a look.  Treat yourself or someone you care about to a meaningful piece of art.


If you are looking for any special orders, please contact me.

Valley Of Love