Welcome Thelma II

Yesterday was a very exciting day at Indigo Acres.  Thelma II, our new Queen, was shipped overnight and arrived at 10:30 am.  As soon as she arrived, we suited up and headed out to the apiary.  It was time to re-queen our hive.

Thelma II arrived in this tiny little container.  The white stick, on the right side, is the queen candy.  The worker bees will eat the candy, to release their new queen, over the next few days!

We kept Thelma II at a distance, until we knew we had Thelma I successfully removed from the hive.  The hive is slowly growing in numbers, so it took a bit of time to locate her.  By the 4th frame, she presented herself.  I carefully removed her from the colony and placed her in her own sealed container.

Once again, it was obvious she was not working to potential.  There were minimal new eggs to be found.  The worker bees, on the other hand, were very busy making honey!  What an impressive work ethic!  Today, the theme of the hive appeared to be teamwork…

The worker bees connect together, to move from frame to frame.
Look at that TEAMWORK!

Each time I visit the hives, I become more impressed with the bee community!  We have so much to learn from these tiny creatures.


Sunday, we will check the hives and find out of Queen Thelma II has been released by the colony!  Let’s BEE positive and hope for the best!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You!



When Fashion & Nature Collide: July Edition

I am so excited to share July’s Edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Once again, this month is packed with stunning photography, amazing art and fashion features that will truly inspire all!  Nature, in Michigan, is loving the sunshine and is out in full force!


On the third Wednesday of each month, we celebrate the beautiful collision between nature and fashion. Keep in mind, my focus will be to share a detailed background of my critter photography, featured in the current edition. I highly recommend you visit the other three posts, from The Arty Plantsman (botanical photography), LisMorePaper (Artist) and 3C Style (Fashion) to present you with “When Fashion & Nature Collide” in its entirety.  With that being said, I hope you enjoy the fifth edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide: July Edition


Critter Photography Features

The Magical Damselfly

sunflowers, bugs,garden 8-16-17 024 - copieDamselfly – Damselflies are one of my favorite critters to capture in the garden. They are truly fairies in disguise!
These beautiful insects are of the suborder of Zygoptera, in the order Odonata. They are very similar to dragonflies, but are smaller in size. When at rest, most species fold their wings along their body. Damselflies eat small, soft-bodied insects like aphids and mosquitoes. Bonus! These stunning creatures are found on every continent except Antarctica.


photo jul 11, 11 48 10 am

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda, Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman, Dragonfly Art by LisMorePaper

The Gray Tree Frog

photo jun 03, 8 35 17 pmThe Gray Tree Frog: is a species native to much of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. These magical creatures have the ability to camouflage their lumpy skin, from gray to green. This tree frog is found in woodland ponds and swamps, and is capable of surviving freezing temperatures.  These adorable creatures will congregate around house lights, at night, to enjoy a tasty insect feast!


photo jul 09, 7 11 12 pm
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda


For a look at the big picture of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, don’t forget to visit the rest of the team:

wfnc hats & music
Created by LisMorePaper

The Arty Plantsman



Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 6th Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on August 15th. Did you miss a past edition? No worries…
March Edition

April Edition

May Edition

June Edition

“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”
~ Roda


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…

Nature’s Lens
©Growing Self & Nature’s Lens, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. All photographs belong to Growing Self & Nature’s Lens.

Weaving a Legacy of Light

After two years in the making, this gorgeous 44-card oracle deck, bursting with positive energy, love and light is available for purchase.  I feel honored to be one of 30+ female artists and healers, from around the world, that came together to create this beautiful deck.

44-card deck and message booklet

There is no right or wrong way to use this deck.  Trust your intuition.  I like to think of the deck as a way to unlock what I already know.  There are times we all need guidance, love and support…  This deck shares beautiful messages and soul-inspired art, always reminding you to just Be You!

Art by Roda
Art by Roda

Interested in purchasing a deck for yourself or someone special?  Contact me thought my “Get in Touch” page or email me at growing.self@yahoo.com.  I have special pricing for the remainder of July, to celebrate the release of this beautiful collaboration.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Make today Magical!

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