Sunshine out of Stones

About two years ago, I was feeling really low. So, I went on a hike and made a sunshine out of stones. I thought if I created something happy that it might cheer me up and hopefully my fellow hikers too. When I went to hike there one week later someone had added a smiley face to the sunshine. To see this really lifted me up and made me smile big! Smiles are contagious after all 🙂
Until today, I had not been back to this spot in over a year. What I saw there this morning was a heart! And perhaps it was designed out of the very same stones I used to create that sunshine in November two years ago. I am so, so moved!


Natalie resides in Peoria, Arizona, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Her artistic journey has taken many twists and turns but photography and writing have become the primary outlets for her artistic expression. She is an artist at Offset.com, Lensdrop and Adobe. Her work/photography has been published by National Geographic Your Shot, Lensbaby, Beyond the Wanderlust, and has been licensed for ads by Samsung and other companies for advertisements. Her best days are filled with loving and guiding her offspring and pups, music, reading, creating photographs and writings, hiking, yoga, cooking, and sky-gazing. In the social media world, she can be found on Instagram @natalie_a_wheeler, and as a moderator for @theechoesinside, a hub for self-portraiture.

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