You never quite know where inspiration will show up. A couple of weeks ago when I went for my workout with my trainer, it was a lovely morning so she decided we would work out on the deck. I’d never thought to do that at home on my deck, which just happens to be one of my favorite spots in the whole world. For me, our deck is truly a peaceful oasis set up in the trees like a tree house. So later that week, when I went to do my morning routine, I headed for the deck. As I lay down to start and looked up I was treated to a most interesting scene of the sun dancing it’s way through the many, many layers of maple leaves and a clear blue sky beyond. The light and shadow moved around within the mass of identically shaped green leaves gently dancing in the soft breeze. After I simply enjoyed the patterns for a few minutes (all while continuing my workout of course) I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and playing around with different exposures to capture a few images of the scene. Using these patterns to make mandalas enhances that play of light and dark green against the blue sky. All because I was looking up.