Contemplative Photography & Reflections

This Year’s Works of Heart

Perhaps you noticed a bit of a writing lapse during November? It was because I’ve been SUPER busy doing portrait, event, and location shoots and working on my Etsy shop, which I’ve been filling with lots of LIGHT and INSPIRATION! Coasters, calendars, and lanterns are my featured items this year, and I’m so excited to show you what I have been working on!

First of all, there’s my 2016 River Bliss calendar, for which I was hard at work all year gathering images.


This is a 13-month (Jan. 2016 through Jan. 2017) calendar that features one full-page, fine art nature photograph per month. It was challenging to narrow down all the possibilities and select one photo per month, but I made the selections based on the scenes that really stopped me in my tracks and transported me to a place of awe. This year’s calendar contains images of the Upper Hudson River, Battenkill River, Fish Creek, the New England Peace Pagoda, Bog Meadow Nature Trail in Saratoga Springs, the view from Mount Equinox in Southern Vermont, Saratoga Apple, and scenes from Washington County (NY).


The bottom page of each two-page monthly spread contains American and some Canadian and multicultural holidays, full moons and new moons, and an original, inspirational quote (most of which were taken from this year’s blog posts) at the bottom along with a small image.


The calendar is printed professionally on extra heavy premium paper. Dimensions are 8.5″x11″ (closed) or 17″x11″ (open), and the binding is saddle-stitched.  Cost is $20 per calendar, and you can order by clicking HERE.

I am also offering beautiful stone tile and ceramic photo coasters for the first time this year! I have many different sets available and am also happy to create custom sets!


These travertine stone tile coasters measure 4”x4” and are durable and waterproof. The photos are mounted under a protective coating of high gloss epoxy resin and are backed with cork to protect your delicate surfaces. I’m offering sets of 4, 6, or 10 coasters.

Pre-made sets include:

  • Saratoga Springs (Congress Park, Saratoga Spa State Park, Yaddo Gardens, or a mix of scenes from around town)


  • Serenity/Nature (Stone Balance Art, Zen, Upper Hudson River Sunrises, and Autumn in Upstate New York)


  • Flowers (Water Lilies, Morning Glories, Yaddo Roses, and Floral Mix)


Since I’m offering a variety of coaster sets at different prices, you can view all of them by clicking HERE.

I offer the calendar and photo coasters to share beauty and inspiration. But I also love to make lanterns to light up the dark time of year. My lanterns are gifts of light and peace.

I’m offering a set of enchanting Star Lanterns.


This set includes one larger dodecahedron lantern and two smaller, matching, eight-pointed star lanterns. The lanterns are made from sturdy, hand-painted watercolor paper and are folded and assembled with tender, loving care and precision. Insert an LED tealight (not included), and the dodecahedron lantern casts a magical and stunning, starry glow in the room! Perfect for a child’s nightstand or wherever you’d like a peaceful glow. A variety of color schemes are available, and you can click HERE to order.



I also offer a Rainbow Star Lantern with transparent stars folded from German kite paper.


The colors are brilliant when lit and create such a peaceful atmosphere in a room!


In addition to the calendar, photo coasters, and lanterns, I have a few other items for sale, including origami bouquets and finger labyrinths. I invite you to check out what I have to offer and share this blog post or my Etsy link with anyone who might be interested. Supporting my newly launched business helps me to make a living doing what I love, and all my “works of heart” are infused with spirit and positive vibes!

You can order through my Etsy shop, or email me at (please note that there is no hyphen in my email address even if this blog auto-hyphenates at the end of lines) to arrange Paypal or face-to-face transactions. Stop by my shop and have a look! I’d love to send some light, beauty, and inspiration your way!

The photographs in this blog (except for those attributed to other owners) and in my Flickr photostream are available for purchase as prints or cards through my Etsy shop by selecting a “custom print” in whatever size you prefer and indicating either the name of the print or the blog post and order in which it appears.

© Susan Meyer and River Bliss Photography, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including all text and photos, without express and written permission from this website’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Susan Meyer and River Bliss Photography ( with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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