I think if my day job doesn't pan out, I may become a portrait photographer. Here is one of my latest subjects. He was kind enough not only to pose, but to give me a smile. A friend of mine had a bear in her back yard last week, and I've been thinking about how creative and sensitive people are so open to the messages that animals and Nature bring to us. When a wild animal crosses my path and looks me in the eye, I feel like it is there to give me a message or an inspiration. In the wintertime bears hibernate - so a bear can bring a message of introspection, intuition and dreams - but in the summertime they are foraging and filling up on all the nutrition they can find - in preparation for the winter. I feel like I've been a Summertime Bear for the last couple years - out there traveling and meeting people and taking lots of beautiful photos - in preparation for my Winter Bear mode which is settling into my studio to clear my head and my creative space - and see what comes. This photo was taken last week, when I had an hour to kill before the Denver Capital Quilt Show. (see last week's Creative Nudge newsletter) I popped over to the zoo which is about 5 minutes from the Capitol, and snapped away. Because it was so hot, most the animals were hiding. I didn't get this shot until the very end of my short visit, and as I pushed the button I knew this would be my " catch of the day". Before I head into my studio, I have two more trips over the next couple weeks. This coming Saturday I'll be at the Long Beach Quilt Festival, and on August 11 I will be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK. I'll be filming the show so I can bring back some of the fun for you late August. Aug 5-6 I'll be in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Edinburgh Summer Arts Festival and Tattoo - checking out the kilts and art and woolens and bagpipes! (and my own Scottish heritage) I hope my bear brings a smile to your face, and perhaps inspires you to forage for some creative nuts and berries!