Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries

Written by Robin Mastro

The design of your garden has an amazing affect on your family’s health and well-being. Here is how you can create harmony in your garden—which is considered a living entity—and bring peace and happiness within your home. Vastu Shastra is an environmental science written about some 7,000 – 10,000 years ago in India by rishis, or men of great wisdom. They observedrepparttar workings of Nature and recorded how different rays ofrepparttar 116218 sun,repparttar 116219 magnetic poles,repparttar 116220 makeup ofrepparttar 116221 land, soil, slope, structures, etc. affected all living things. It isrepparttar 116222 oldest recorded architectural treatise known to man and it is from this science that some ofrepparttar 116223 world’s most enduring structures have been created.

According torepparttar 116224 science of Vastu Shastra, all five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) need to be in harmony. When a seed is planted, it requires that all five elements be balanced for a seed to germinate, sprout and become a strong, healthy plant. The disproportion of any one element— whether it isrepparttar 116225 quality ofrepparttar 116226 earth (soil ph),repparttar 116227 amount and quality of water, wind (air), sun (fire), orrepparttar 116228 amount of space it is planted in—will inhibit its growth. In this way a wise gardener sets up a balanced environment for his plants to grow free from disease and stress. Briefly, each area of your garden is associated with one ofrepparttar 116229 five elements. The earth element is associated withrepparttar 116230 southwest area of your garden and creates a sustaining and grounding force. Inrepparttar 116231 northeast,repparttar 116232 water element is at home. This element allows plants to flourish. The fire element inrepparttar 116233 southeast supports disease-free plants. The northwest is related torepparttar 116234 air element encouraging cross-pollination. The space element is associated withrepparttar 116235 central area of your garden, enhancingrepparttar 116236 flow of beneficial influences that nourishesrepparttar 116237 other elements. Positive magnetic energies coming fromrepparttar 116238 north andrepparttar 116239 positive solar energies coming fromrepparttar 116240 east promote harmony and balance. Here are five great steps you can use to bringrepparttar 116241 five elements into balance within your garden and make it a sanctuary that is not only beautiful to look and wonderful to spend time in, but will actually have an empowering affect onrepparttar 116242 health and well-being of you and your family.

Using Black and White Film

Written by Kelly Paal

It’s hard to find sometimes but it’s making a resurgence, black and white film. If you’ve never used this film now isrepparttar time to try it out. Here are some tips to using b&w film and what you can expect fromrepparttar 116217 results.

1. Forget color. This isrepparttar 116218 hardest thing to do andrepparttar 116219 number one reason that you will not get good results with b&w film. 2. Look for contrast. Once you can ignore color look for contrast. You will want your image to have a bit more contrast than you would normally want in a color image. 3. Consider shooting situations that are more formal. Black and white film gives such a wonderful timelessness to an image and it’s perfect for formal situations. 4. Keep your photos simple. Black and white film simplifies so don’t fight it. Keeprepparttar 116220 images simple by keeping close to your subject or place your subject against a simple back drop. 5. Babies and pets look great on b&w film. Placerepparttar 116221 pet or baby on a white background and you’ll be stunned atrepparttar 116222 beautiful results.

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