Susan Blanda Mgr./Curator: Facebook.com/TheJJCommunity.Founder/curator: @JJ_LightCatchers, @JJ_SongsFromTheHeart IG/TW: @susanblanda; FB: @Susan.Blanda.Photography
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Tonight we bid farewell to ralph, who left us much too soon. thanks for the smiles and the love. we will miss you. may your next journey be an amazing one. ❤️

comment 37 star 263 19 hours ago

#whpclassic . there is a timelessness to the beauty of a sunset sky, and a tiny sailboat crossing the horizon. they stop you in your tracks and make you stand still...just long enough to help you realize the magic that is all around you. ❤️

comment 42 star 401 1 weeks ago

Sometimes we are kissed by the magic within the mist. life lays surprises at our doorstep and we feel blessed. thank you friends, for your generous love and support of my work this past week. your sweet encouragement is so appreciated! i send my love back to you! ❤️

comment 50 star 315 2 weeks ago

Yesterday something amazing happened. it came out of the blue...and made me smile from ear to ear: . . instagram featured my #whpinspired entry! . . as an artist who has spent a lifetime creating images, this is huge honor that touches my heart deeply. thank you instagram!! ❤️🙏🏻❤️ . . . i’ve been loving the ig app for the past 5.5 years and i’m so grateful for its inspiration. the daily access to diverse photo genres and cultures from around the word makes a positive impression on my work. this helps me to stretch and grow as a photographer. and, it’s the special connections between the creative souls on instagram who share their work with each other, that is especially sweet—a gift to all of us. . . . the image that instagram featured is part of an ongoing series that celebrates the beauty of the ocean and the people who dance among the waves. not the ‘big wave’ famous types, but the every-day surfers who have a reverence for mother ocean and connect to the beauty of the moment as they ride the waves. . . the featured image is a capture between sets. it was a huge day, wave-wise, and the people in this shot were taking a breather in anticipation of the next big set. there is a soul-to-soul connection between them, that was palpable this day. it made me want to click the shutter and keep on clicking. . . this powerful connection between surfers, and the artistry that emerges as individuals express their joy amidst the waves, is what attracts me to this genre. and, i consider it an honor to share these moments with you. . . if you’ve stuck with me thus far—-thank you. 😬❤️🤘🏻 you can probably imagine how excited i feel with this feature and i truly appreciate you celebrating it with me! . . sending heartfelt thanks to all of you, new friends and old, for supporting my work here on instagram. your thoughtful feedback and friendships mean the world to me. . . with love, susan ❤️

comment 195 star 364 2 weeks ago

While adventuring in laquinta, ca a few weeks ago, we fell upon an abandoned casita and wandered through its tiny living quarters. the faded, tattered wallpaper still reflected the subtle beauty of youth. and a lone chair sat in the shadows, reminding us to sing our songs and savor the the small blessings of each day. #travel #laquinta #jj_forum_2097

comment 93 star 667 2 weeks ago

#whpinspired . . inspiration comes in many forms for an artist. when i open my eyes in the morning i’m grateful for another day; another opportunity to celebrate life. to me that is inspiration in action. . . i have been active most of my life but had a major setback a few years ago with a major back injury that left me unable to do many of the things i had previously enjoyed—so many things that i took for granted. though i could have let my physical pain and disability devastate me emotionally, instead i turned my attention to my first creative love in life: photography. . . photography is my saving grace that not only gives me a creative voice but keeps grounded and centered. many of my images revolve around the surf culture in southern california. i am attracted to the energy of the ocean and the people who dance among the waves. . . being in the presence of mother pacific and among those who adore her glory, is a spiritual experience. i take pictures to hold on the these moments of grace. i hope you enjoy my efforts and that you feel some of the magic that lies amidst the pacific waves. #thecreatorclass #inspiration #artistsoninstagram #artstagram #huffpostgram #mobilemag #visualsoflife #visualambassadors #worldofartists #moodygrams #surfer #surfculture #shootermag #visualgang #instagood

comment 102 star 1,198 2 weeks ago

Sometimes the stillness of water feels like a gentle lullaby to the soul ❤️

comment 41 star 566 3 weeks ago

So happy to be home after a wonderful visit with family in laquinta. grateful for time together without clocks or deadlines. hope your thanksgiving holiday was special too. ❤️

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Tiptoes and magic

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The stillness of this moment takes me home.

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Sending love to aunt emily and to all who are suffering the loss of a precious loved one. each day is a gift. ❤️

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