Fireworks CloseUp

With the 4th of July almost here in the United States, I was asked to write on how to photograph fireworks.  I know many of you are very knowledgeable about your cameras, settings and taking excellent photos.  So before I go into the “Tips” for Photo Taking, some tips and queries on being creative : [click to continue…]

Red Rose Queries

by Sheila Finkelstein on April 12, 2015

Red Rose - Square - Opening

Is there a message here?

. . . a hidden secret?

Fine wrinkles in outer layers….

A reminder of the beauty of all ages!


The giant, almost 7-foot spider web encountered in very early January seems the perfect place to start this overdue post. Initially the web was almost invisible, as so much of happenings in our lives are. And when we stop to study the web, we see so many almost perfect paths emanating from and going back to the center core… ours and, in this case, the spider itself!

Nonchalantly walking in my neighborhood in the dark of the night, I suddenly caught myself just before I walked into web. It extended from a mailbox on the curb to a somewhat high branch on a tree beyond the sidewalk a few feet into a lawn.

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Along with wishes for the New Year (see last photo), today’s issue of Treasure Your Life Now brings queries for you to consider as we move into 2014.

Do you ever find yourself waiting for the exact, right moment to do something, say something, write something, or… ??

sunrise at Wakodahtachee Wetlands [click to continue…]


biker silhouette agains sky in Costa Rica

I want to acknowledge and thank all the subscribers who have been faithfully opening/reading and, perhaps, pondering Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life now for these past nine years!! In addition, of course, thanks to all who have joined us during this time.

Sharing with you over the years, having you with me through my highs and my lows, as I worked my way through them, has made a huge difference in my life. [click to continue…]


Full Moon Rising over the Ocean – October 2013

by Sheila Finkelstein on October 19, 2013

According to published articles, there would be/was a Lunar Eclipse at 7:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Friday night, October 18, 2013.  It was said to be heralding a time of change.  A friend and I went to the ocean shortly before sunset to observe the moon rising. We anticipated also seeing the eclipse to be an hour later on the timeline. [click to continue…]


sunset in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

As part of Living AND Treasuring Your Life Now, I invite you to always pay attention to what lights you up. When you have an “aha” about an experience make note to remember it.

As you read this issue, use it as an opportunity ask yourself, “What in my life DOES light me up?” If the question and introspection is somewhat foreign to you, write down your observations so you can refer to them whenever you feel the need for reenergizing.

For the first several years Picture to Ponder, Treasure Your Life Now’s predecessor, was sparked by the almost constant use of my camera. I had conditioned myself to taking pictures of whatever it was that caught [click to continue…]


The Path – Too Many Choices – A Seeming – TYLN – v9-10

by Sheila Finkelstein on August 10, 2013

fireworks sunburst

Before going into photos and ponderings, I want to mention the Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge, Miraculous Relationships. Given we are about Treasuring our Lives I think you might want to check it out if you have not already been aware of this program. Today is Day 7. Recording and Messages are available for free for five days from the time they are posted, so there is still time to register and experience most of the series at no charge.

The welcome statement states, “We are honored you are joining us on this journey to the heart of true love. You will discover the wonder that exists within and then watch all of your relationships unfold effortlessly, easily and miraculously.” [click to continue…]


fireworks sunburst

I was shocked to see that it’s been over a month since I last published an issue of Treasure Your Life Now. Thoughts and ideas have been periodically surfacing and floating in and out:

“Messages, which one shall I deliver? which photo? what words? I have other pressing things to do.” I can go on and on and I’m sure you could add more from your lives, too.

Then this morning I woke up thinking, “Less is more. Simply put out an issue with a photo or two. Don’t worry about ‘Queries’ and ‘Tips’ Make it quick. Let it be easy.” [click to continue…]


rose photo enhanced with iPhoto

Do you always feel that it’s necessary to keep moving forward? that it’s important not to look back? Well today’s photos and queries are a demonstration of celebration and appreciation of experiences from the past.

Given Mother’s Day was not that long ago, I’d been thinking about featuring “roses” in this issue of Treasure Your Life Now. They are sometimes known as “symbols of love.” See “Roses and Hugs say ‘I love you.'”

I’d planned to use a couple of roses from a Mother’s Day bouquet I received from one of my sons and his family this year. First, wanting to see what I had shared in the past, I searched for “roses” on this Photography and Transformation Blog. [click to continue…]