Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Aquatic Maiden





























































©Robyn Lee

Special thanks to my candid model for this post,
my beautiful 8-year-old niece, and our

Aquatic Maiden:
Miss Rebecca Jayne!

Much Love


65 responses

  1. This is so befitting for the lovely shot.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    • Thanks so much boomie – so glad you liked! xo

      September 29, 2012 at 1:16 AM

  2. Tara Smith

    Hi Robyn! I just returned to the desert. I can’t wait to catch up with your blog and to hear about how you are doing. Let’s catch up soon! Beautiful shot. Floating in my pool is one place my pain feels better. Miss you!! xoxo

    September 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    • Thank you dear Tara -Welcome back – yes we need to catch up soon. On blog – be sure to check out Savasana (2 posts back)… Glad you enjoyed my little aquatic maiden post ~ floating is a gift! xo

      September 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

  3. excellent post

    September 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    • Kenkiz ~ thank you so kindly. Very glad you enjoyed~ 🙂 RL

      September 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

  4. Ah, the image is so soothing! There’s nothing quite like total submission to the buoyancy of still waters! The lack of gravity eases earth’s tug on the body, and we’re at peace with our world! Great post, amiga! Z

    September 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    • Aww thank you so much Z — I am thrilled you got the ‘float’ effect here 🙂 I area — the freedom and buoyancy — unparalleled experience really . It really is a soothing transcending experience! Little Becca here demonstrates well:) So appreciate your thoughtful comment my friend ! xo

      September 29, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      • have you ever been to any thermal springs/natural volcanic hot water pools? i have dipped in various ones over the years, but every time i visit cuenca ecuador, i go to a place nearby that has four swimming pools with different degrees of straight from the earth thermal waters… the first time i went, i was a ‘good sport’with friends – i wanted to stay in town and have some quiet time.. they said, ‘if you don’t go, we won’t go.’ so i went.

        the waters felt wonderful and we stayed about an hour.

        the next morning, i felt so young! i could inhale deeply – my sinuses were totally clear.. i did not feel unwell before, but i felt totally alive the next morning. since then, i visit the pools every time i go to that city. being in the buoyant waters is wonderful, and yes, i always feel healthier/better when i am finished!

        October 4, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      • ooo z that sounds like heaven on earth… wish I could blink and be there right now actually… love to be in salty waters here where I live — but this summer could not risk the waves… I will definitely bookmark cuenca ecuador for my future adventures once able — thank you so much for sharing this lovely vision ~ restorative and healing just in the fantasy for me !! xo R

        October 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

  5. How beautiful. I love the transparency of your words and the photo.
    I read a comment of yours on another blog – my bro. had hip surgery a few years ago for the same thing. My fingers are crossed for you. Are you in pain now?

    September 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM

  6. So glad you enjoyed this dear Juile — She’s a sweetie! Your brother had Dysplasia — really??! I am still in shock with this diagnosis…. we will talk soon – I hope there is a good solution — this was likely underlying all my issues for the 19 years . I don’t know how I did such a great job of faking out all the doctors and getting 11 surgeries to do everything but address the problem?! Thank you for your warm wishes — definitely will keep you posted! Love and Hugs ~ R ps: and yes – extremely so.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:22 AM

  7. I love the photo… I love the words… I don’t like what I see in the comments though… Dysplasia..??? is this your underlying problem..??? God lay his hand on you, if it is… I believe the pain from this is worst than even Kidney stones, which I have had… and was ready to give up from… I don’t know a hell of a lot about this but if it is can they do something for you… Hate to have a friend suffering….

    September 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    • Thank you my dear friend bulldog — I am so thrilled you enjoyed the post. I had fun with it – featuring my precious little niece. As for the other, yes — i had a consult with a top NY specialist in developmental congenital hip disease, and he was confident I have no coverage over the front of my femoral head -and thus unstable.? Undiagnosed dysplasia… a bit shocked. I am in process of further opinions — as it has been 19 years since this began for me – 11 surgeries later and progressive decline… not clear how this could this have been undetected all this time. I am very flexible and thought my hips were my asset ~ could do all kinds of party tricks with them … but shallow sockets would do that i suppose 😦 In any case – maybe one step closer to solving a mystery and prayerfully – improvement. So much appreciate your concern and kindness ~ you just keep having fun with your family on your great adventure – Sending all my Love ~ R

      September 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  8. I guess this is another vision of the unitended shavanasa , your previous post, however more hopeful and less disturbibg … But thats what I am sure you carry in your heart .. The color of the water is so surreal … Oscar for best coupled photosb😊

    September 29, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    • Yes Tarek – it is so interesting you saw this parallel. Very much ‘unintended’ but as I was finishing up the post, I too saw it!! Yes — more hopeful, and incorporating the spirit of my beautiful niece – untainted, and all the pure positive energy of the ‘hopeful’ child. So yes — I will carry that energy in my heart… along with the vision of warm silky water that comforts, frees and soothes…

      And an Oscar too?!! 🙂 Thank you – Thank you — And now I will bow to you, for that great honor sweet friend xo R

      September 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

  9. An excellent post, both the image and the words – great… 😉

    September 29, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    • Yay ledrakenoir! So happy you enjoyed ~ and Thank you kindly 🙂 RL

      September 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  10. Brilliant post, Robyn. Great photos too

    September 29, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    • Thank you dear Alastair. So pleased you enjoyed the post ~ a meditation of sorts — and loved having my little niece to feature too~ Sending you good thoughts for a wonderful weekend! 🙂 RL

      September 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      • Thank you Robyn. 🙂

        September 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

  11. David

    truly lovely, Robyn and the photo just sparkles!

    September 29, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    • Thank you so much David~ so glad you enjoyed… ‘sparkles’ — so love that! ~ xo

      September 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  12. Great match.. beautiful.

    September 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    • So happy you enjoyed this ~ thank you kindly dear one~ R

      September 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  13. Reblogged this on shafiqah1 and commented:
    Loved the Picture so much, then looked down and savored the poem as well 🙂

    September 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Oh shafiquah1 – that is such an honor for me! Thank you so much. I am ecstatic that you enjoyed this ~ Sending warm wishes your way today~ Robyn

      September 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

  14. Lovely poem Robyn. Oh, to be able to allow the warm silky waters to carry away all our woes! Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

    September 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    • Aww thanks LuAnn! Yes – I like that vision as well… silky water sounds sooo nice … could have used that adjective too! Sending Love and Light to you and yours ~ Robyn

      September 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

  15. Love this Robyn! The water looks like crystal. Oh to be able to float like that and let all your cares float away. My mother does this, just floats and relaxes for long periods of time. The water carries her cares away. For some reason, despite the fact that I am a good swimmer, I can’t float for long….I start to sink….hmmmm, must work on this.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    • Thank you so much Robyn. I thought so too – crystalline water! Your Mom has the right idea — but I think it does take getting into a very relaxed state to be a good ‘floater’ — a meditation of sorts… I should have done more of it this past summer — and will make it a goal for next season. Maybe you too! ~ Sending Love … Robyn

      September 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM


    September 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    • Oh dear Cat — so happy you were Wowed — I know you must love the feeling of floating too ~ just a feeling I get 🙂 Much Love and Hugs ~ R

      September 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM


        September 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

  17. Wonderfully soothing, Robyn…and your model…free floating…wishing you much peace as you float into the grace of your imagination….xoxomeryl

    September 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    • Thank you so much Meryl. Yes ~ such a peaceful meditation, to focus on my Tiny Aquatic Maiden (Becca) as she floats atop crystal water.. rises above it all. I will continue to use this vision for my own peaceful escape. This healing lens thing is truly a powerful gift, isn’t it? Much Love to you dearest friend ~ RL

      September 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

  18. I love this image and the words that go with it. She looks so peaceful and relaxed, thanks to Rebecca Jayne for being such a great model! I remember being there soaking up sun and and sky’ warmth. Ah-h-.

    September 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    • Oh Jane (same name as little Becca’s middle one 🙂 thank you so much. Yes she did provide a great point of focus for me as she floated this day…. loved it and remedied me to also return to that place of ‘floating’ once i a while — so incredibly sooting and restorative. I will tell little Becca that you enjoyed this – she will be thrilled ! Much Love to you ~ RL

      September 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

  19. You are my Tiny Aquatic Maiden, forever! ♥

    September 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    • Big smiles Resa !!! I totally love the concept of that! Big Hug for you today~ xo RL

      September 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

  20. victoriaaphotography

    Lovely photo & words, Robyn. Makes me feel calm & at peace with all those water ripples.

    Hope the hip diagnosis will FINALLY be a Beginning to an End (of all those years of pain & surgeries). Can’t quite understand how all those specialists missed all this, but then I guess, in a much smaller way, I have been through the useless specialists consults too.
    Just praying & hoping something positive comes out of all this.
    Sending healing thoughs & warm wishes your way.


    September 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    • Thank you Victoria — yes peaceful and soothing to focus on this image- I agree.
      We will see about my latest news (dx). Still in a state of shock there… The surgeon who revealed my condition is an expert in Hip Dysplasia, so credible, but as you say — why had nobody ever told me this before? I had a good deal of bone removed in my last surgery (2010) and perhaps that overgrowth of bone was protective… even though it caused impingement. So perhaps my true pathology came to light after that operation and was masked prior. This is my own latest theory – but will be getting multiple opinions. Yes – the medical system can be a very frustrating place… much rather hang out here with you guys on WordPress ~ and FLOAT !! Thank you dearest Victoria ~ hoping you are doing well and sending you back some healing just too! xo R

      September 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

  21. ~Lady Day

    How beautiful Robyn…such a lovely capture of a sweet moment.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    • Oh Lady Day — thank you so much! It was a sweet moment at that — loved the shot ~ and so happy to feature my little niece in a blog post. She’s all excited and asking who is commenting on her 🙂 xo Much Love~

      September 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

  22. Yaz

    She looks so lovely on the waters Robyn! You’ve captured the water so beautifully, its made me long for the sea. Off to the beach this weekend, thanks to you! Lots of love.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    • Thank you Yaz… yes – water is very special isn’t it?! Becca is a sweetheart… Yes — enjoy the sea this weekend ~ breathe deep! Much Love xo R

      September 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

  23. drsuraiyanasim

    Lovely and amazingly easy and beautiful flow of words….feel like i am floating too. Your pics are always great btw!

    September 30, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    • Thank you dearest Suraiya! So glad this took you away for a bit ~ Floating is a wonderful thing sometimes 🙂 Truly appreciate ~ and sending you love and light across the oceans ~ Robyn

      September 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

  24. Water…weightlessness…floating…is so very healing, and your lovely poem evoked this so eloquently!

    September 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Fergi! I appreciate — and agree that floating offers something special in the realm of healing and quieting the mind and the body. So appreciate your thoughtful comment! ~ Much Love, RL

      October 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

  25. A wonderful post, both the image and the words combined in such a great way (as always!)…making me wish to lie down on a water surface 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    October 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    • Thank you dear poojy – I’m with your… float me away! xo

      October 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      • yay! 😀 xxo

        October 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

  26. Robyn I loved this. It’s so original!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    • So glad you enjoyed is Renee… especially knowing my little model – the Aquatic Maiden! xo

      October 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  27. The image and words fit beautifully together. Lovely post. Thinking of you as you go through your difficulty, Robyn. All the best.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    • Oh thank you Lori — so glad you liked the post ~ floating sounds good to me 🙂 Appreciate your caring thoughts — remaining hopeful xo R

      October 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  28. I just LOVE all the reflections….such a wonderful photo and words too. Love and hugs. xx 🙂

    October 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    • Oh thank you dear Lisa ~ yes I liked her shadow beneath the water too – and all the light glistening on the water… Love right back to you today ~ xo R

      October 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM


    October 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    • Can feel it Cat – and right back your way xxo

      October 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      • Good xx
        angels and angels all around 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo

        October 3, 2012 at 7:48 AM

  30. Sometimes, I wish I was that age again, to just float so freely in the water, no worries, other than the sound of the pool around my ears. I still do love to float on the water…next time I do, I will try to recreate this feeling that you describe, and to just be free in myself again. Thanks! Blessings, Erin

    October 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    • I do know what you mean Erin. For us adults- it is a meditation to go there… for children…so natural! Yes – reacreating has to be restorative for us — I am so glad you felt inspired ~ Sending Love your way tonight ~Robyn

      October 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM

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