Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


Ever notice that sometimes friends show up at just the right moment…
offering encouragement and inspiration,
not by doing anything specific,
but rather, by simply
being present?

Last Thursday while I was venturing out to run an errand, following a rather difficult and isolating week,
my cell- phone rang and it was Meryl… a dear long-time friend who resides in my community.
Meryl also happens to be a member of our cherished blogsphere.
We have been friends here since my mid 20s, sharing in so many important
transitional periods of each other’s lives.

We decided to meet, and hang out for a bit on a comfy bench facing our favorite Lily Pond.
It was such a delight to relish in some old-fashioned “girl-power” that day–a few giggles and tears,
reflections and hugs…And as we gazed at the emerging Lilies, I shot this photo of our adjoined shadows.

Later that evening, Meryl composed a heartwarming poem and created a
special post honoring our bond of friendship. I am so thrilled to share
this with each of you today.

Much Love~
Robyn Lee


Recovery Thru My Lens

we worship
the water
the sun
life on
four girls
olive eyes
bronze skin
bouncing curls
from the east

There’s nothing like bonding with
a girlfriend. Here’s me and Robyn Lee
hanging out on a bench with some lily pads.
Yep, we go way back… when our girls were
romping (sometimes butt naked ) on the beach.
We met at a day care center… new moms and
newcomers in this breathtaking yet lonely
place…both looking for a friend.
Then life and illness got in the way.
We had rarely spoken or seen one another
for years and years until Robyn came over for tea to
celebrate my birthday this past March. That day she shared
how she had discovered photography via her new blog—
Through The Healing Lens—how it was helping her
reconnect with the world after being isolated due
to her medical challenges and chronic pain.
Ironic, since I’m a photographer yet it…

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43 responses

  1. Oh Robyn I am so glad for this!

    September 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

  2. Thank you so much dear Julie — was such a nice spontaneous visit – and loved doing the post with Meryl ~ Special!! xo

    September 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

  3. Delightful :)!

    September 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    • Thank you kindly dear boomie!!

      September 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

  4. Noah Matthews

    Clever layout of the text.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    • Thank you Noah — 🙂 Much appreciate!

      September 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

  5. Another blogger I’m going to have to follow…. love it Robyn…. close encounters of the wonderful type….

    September 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    • Oh yes — Meryl is awesome with her camera – and a sweetheart too! You may need a new follow bd:) so glad you enjoyed — yes – wonderful close encounter it was! Sending lots of love your way — stay safe – have fun – and take lots of photos! xo R

      September 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

  6. Another wonderful shadow photograph, Robyn! And a nice sharing of it too! Thank you.

    September 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

  7. Thank you so much George — this was fun and spontaneous — so nice to collaborate with a friend too. Very happy you enjoyed dear one!! xo

    September 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM

  8. beutiful

    September 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    • Aww – thank you poojy ~ was truly! xo

      September 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

  9. Lovely as always Robyn. Looks like you were telling secrets!

    September 27, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    • The picture has inspired a poem of my own? Can we do another collaboration? May I use your picture on my blog (referenced to you of course)?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      • Absolutely yes Wendy — You are always welcome to my images ~ can’t wait to see your poem. Keep me posted dear one xo

        September 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      • Thank you Robyn – hope you like it xx

        September 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    • So funny – I thought the same Wendy!! thank you – think she was telling me about a cool movie she just rented! xo

      September 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

  10. Yaz

    So lovely, Robyn. The photo, and the idea of love and friendship behind it.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    • Thank you Yaz ~ yes was a lovely moment and so glad can share here this way ~ special! xo

      September 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

  11. It is so very nice when something like that happens

    September 27, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    • I agree Alastair — sometimes I think the world has built-in mechanisms like this to keep us ok!! Thank you dear friend ~ appreciate 🙂 x

      September 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      • I heard that we are only given what we can handle. Although sometimes I feel that what we are given is way more than what we can handle. “But that could be WHY people like this turn up” Sometimes a “miracle” needs to happen.

        September 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      • Yes Alastair – as it turned out — we actually were able to support one another at that very moment – we have different forms of pain and stress – but still such a gift just to be present for each other! And, Yes – I can use one of those true miracles you mention 🙂 Will place an order for one at once LOL! Sending hugs ~ RL

        September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

  12. Robyn,
    So wonderful sharing this experience with you! And I love how it just happened organically with no planning or scrutinizing…we’ve come such a long way, my dear, dear friend. Just love you…Meryl

    September 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    • I agree Meryl – this was the highlight of my week for sure 🙂 So glad I picked up the phone (for once) — the ringer was off too, as usual – but the universe made me glance down just as you were calling, so certain everything for a reason. Glad we could support each other in so many respects…so naturally…. Love and Light, Kisses and Hugs ~ R

      September 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

  13. victoriaaphotography

    Lovely collaboration & wonderful post.

    Not sure exactly what it is about the healing power of the camera lens – I suppose it’s about seeing the world from a different angle (instead of feeling the world from our physical sense of chronic pain). Our eyes don’t feel pain, only see the beauty around us. A photo captures a moment in time (to view for eternity). That fragment of pain-free living as captured through the camera lens gives us Hope for Healing and a better Future.

    September 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    • Oh yes Victoria — I so do agree with what you have said here about the camera lens. I am incredibly thankful that I just accidentally discovered this last year. In that moment we are gazing into the lens — nothing else is real. The ability to reflect later on that image — brings back a sense of salvation – and yes – escape from pain. It’s all very magical… I am so glad you enjoyed our collaboration… Much Love dear friend ~ Robyn

      September 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

  14. Julie Catherine

    Robyn, I LOVE this photo – it’s beautiful! It makes me think of my best friend, who I haven’t seen for a few years – thank goodness I’m moving back to British Columbia – I’ll get to see her briefly when she and her hubby unpack the moving truck for me before they go back home … and then it will only be another 9 months and I’ll be living close by to her. We are so different in so many ways, but bring out the best in each other; and we have the best times together. This photo and Meryl’s lovely words brought her into my mind vividly, thank you both! Wishing you a lovely day, and as always, sending healing thoughts and prayers your way, my friend. ~ Much love, Julie 🙂 xoxox

    September 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    • Thank you so much detest Julie. Yes — something about the bonds of friendship that are rooted deep. So excited for you having plans to see your cherished friend soon when you make your move. I know what you mean about being complimentary — different but yet bringing out the best in each other. Very touched you enjoyed this and it brought up such wonderful feeling for you…. Love that — Sending hugs and Love to you today ~ xo Robyn

      September 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

  15. Fantastic photo. I’m so happy your friend showed up at the perfect time! and honored your friendship with her kind words. 🙂 hugs

    September 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    • Oh thanks so much Sam ~ yes it was such a nice surprise and worked out so well as I was driving by the Lily Pond at that moment. Meryl had asked to meet at a bakery/cafe – but the Lily Pond and natural setting was much better for me 🙂 Fun to collaborate on a post this way too~ Sending Hugs and kisses too! xo

      September 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

  16. Thank you Robyn, for sharing your amazing and beautiful Heart through this post. I am reminded of the importance of friendship…those that love in Constance, how special that is in our lives…love, Linda

    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    • You are so welcome dearest Linda. Yes ~ the unconditional loving bonds of friendship is so powerful. I feel that way about all of my blog friends as well… a strong energy that is not describable. Very special indeed! Thank you with lots of Love … xo R

      September 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

  17. I so enjoy getting together with old friends and visiting. Good on the both of you! Lovely setting as well.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    • Yes Jane – I agree, special friends — old friend – a lovely thing. So glad you enjoyed this, and sending love and hugs your way today! xo RL

      September 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  18. It should be amazing, meeting old friends, sharing updates of life and enjoying some time together. wonderful post and so is the poem:) have a great night, Robyn:)

    September 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    • Thank you nightlake – yes – very special to reconnect. I am happy you enjoyed this — something a little bit different and personal. Sending Love ~ Robyn

      September 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM

  19. Beautiful! Nothing speaks of love with support more than a cherished friendship! Fabulous for both of you! And of course, I LOVE the photograph of your partnered shadows!

    September 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

  20. Robyn this is such a beautiful shot! Not just the beauty of the photo but also the people in it and the joy and love behind it!! I’m so glad you both got to have this time of togetherness!!! Sending so so much love, prayers, and healing energy beloved friend ♥♥♥♥ !!!

    September 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    • So much thanks beloved Christina ~ It was such a fun post to do — partnering with Meryl who I know since our kids were little babies! I’m so glad you enjoyed… Sending Love right back to you my dearest friend — lots going on here — as maybe Penny told you — Trying to keep hopeful ~ Big HUG! Robyn

      September 28, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      • Yes, she did fill me in (because we love you!!! 😀 ) and I am sending ALL my love, prayers, healing energy to you through all of this. That you will be able to discover some new aspect that will gift you with relief and peace during the process!! Huge huge hugs and love to you beloved soul sister!!!

        September 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

  21. Life is funny that way isn’t it Robyn. Funny in that mystical sort of way, I am so very happy for both of you and the bonding. The photography and the words are beautifu, but how could they be otherwise…my friend, so very pleased for the two of you and the sharing of same. All my love to you, Penny xox

    September 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

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