Friday, April 1, 2011

Just One Of The Girls...

I was so honored to be asked to photograph the "Girl Scouts Bridging" event at the Happhatchee Nature Center. Being a former Girl Scout, I thought I had some idea of what the organization stood for. Dusting off my old ideals and getting into the mind set of helping others did not even prepare me for the beauty of what it all truly meant. As I placed myself in the shadows to take photos and be an observer, I could not help but feel moved by all the practices and beliefs behind this organization. Girls were encouraged to be self sufficient and at the same time, helpful and loving to one another. So many lessons still apply to me as a grown woman. Sharing the love for friendship and nature will never go out of fashion! All of this ceremony was made even more special by the fact that this event took place at one of the most magical places I have found in Florida. The Happehatcee Nature Center is like a fairy tale stuck in time. The beautiful surroundings of the wild forest, met with the loving touch of conservatives, is a place you could envision Miss Havisham having a tea party with characters from "Alice In Wonderland". Preserved and protected by the phenomenon that is Ellen Peterson (pictured in one of the last photos) it is possible to still dance in the wild beauty that is south Florida. My own moment of bravery came when I took a photo...hands free...on the swing bridge that leads over to the yoga hut. I was so nervous but with all the support of the strong girls around me, felt inspired to give it a try. Truly a special day and some of the happiest hours I have spent with my camera, documenting my time with these impressive individuals. Thank you Girl Scouts of Southwest Florida, you helped this lady earn her courage badge. xoxoxoxo



2 comments:

Claudette April 4, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Bethelyn beautiful work for the girl scouts, my two faves are the lone tree near the end and the little girl holding a guitar

ptd April 10, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

nice pics beth, looks like a fun day!

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