Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries

Written by Robin Mastro

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1. Build uprepparttar southwest area of your garden to producerepparttar 116218 stabilizing force ofrepparttar 116219 earth element. You can do this with a rock garden, tall trees and even a stone statue. This will help to collect and holdrepparttar 116220 positive solar and magnetic energies coming fromrepparttar 116221 east and north. Since yellow isrepparttar 116222 color associated withrepparttar 116223 southwest, choose daffodils, roses or wisteria to accentuate this area. This is also a good place for a storage or tool shed.

2. Representrepparttar 116224 water element by using low plantings inrepparttar 116225 northeast that will allowrepparttar 116226 flow of positive solar energy. Add a fountain or reflection pool or pond in this area to reflect this beneficial energy throughoutrepparttar 116227 garden. Herbs, white pansies or geraniums can be used as accents.

3. Add a barbeque or a fire pit inrepparttar 116228 southeast as your fire element. Red symbolizes this direction so plant tulips, geraniums and dahlias here.

4. Use wind chimes to balancerepparttar 116229 air element inrepparttar 116230 northwest. Since blue isrepparttar 116231 color of this area, plant bluebells, forget-me-nots and iris to enhancerepparttar 116232 influences coming from this direction.

5. Representrepparttar 116233 space element by an open area inrepparttar 116234 middle of you garden. It can either be a patio or grass. Finally, by keeping your garden neat and tidy you will be maintaining balance and attractingrepparttar 116235 positive influence of each ofrepparttar 116236 directions.

A well-designed and tended garden, usingrepparttar 116237 principles of Vastu Shastra, will benefit you and allrepparttar 116238 members of your family for years to come. By reconnecting withrepparttar 116239 natural balance inherent inrepparttar 116240 environment, you will encourage better personal health, improverepparttar 116241 quality of relationships and enhance well-being.

Michael and Robin Mastro's synergistic approach successfully assists people in living in peace and harmony with themselves and others, and in creating balanced lives filled with unlimited possibilities. Visit us at

Using Black and White Film

Written by Kelly Paal

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Black and white film creates a timeless simple look. Itís wonderful for portraits and formal events. After shooting a few rolls of b&w youíll notice that you start to pay attention to composition of your image more, since you donít have to worry about color. If youíre just learned photography try using b&w film for awhile it will help you teach yourself good composition. Think of light and dark, black and white, and good composition and youíll find that b&w film could be a whole new hobby for you.

Copyright 2004 Kelly Paal Kelly Paal is a Freelance Nature and Landscape Photographer, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Recently she started her own business Kelly Paal Photography ( She has an educational background in photography, business, and commercial art. She enjoys applying graphic design and photography principles to her web design.

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