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Guardian of Sheldon Church | 5 x 7 Card


The Guardian of Sheldon Church lives in an ancient Live Oak. He overlooks the ruins of a church that dates back to the 1700s. His is a quiet, contemplative spirit that seeks to bring harmony to communities composed of different viewpoints; this energy is seen in his familiar – the spirit that protects him. The familiar can be seen on the back of his head and can be seen as either a cat or a bird (owl).  5 x 7 Card

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Guardian of Sheldon Church | 5″ x 7″ Card

This photograph of a tree spirit is pigment on archival paper – available here as a 5×7 card with envelope.

A gentle contemplative nature spirit is the Guardian of Place for Old Sheldon Church, Beaufort County, South Carolina. The church dates back to 1745 and stands in elegant ruins now, having experienced a rich history punctuated by its burning by the British in the Revolutionary War and by the Union Army in the Civil War.

This Live Oak stands at the entry path to the church, overlooking and protecting it. His face inclines down, at this angle, from one of the Live Oak’s massive branches. The guardian has sideburns, one of which houses a small cat. He also has a familiar – an animal spirit who protects him.

This familiar rests on his head and is formed of two competitive energies who are in actuality one being – a dour cat facing right and a serene owl looking straight out. It is the Guardian’s effort to bring harmony between competing energies – a situation that twice caused the destruction of the Church. This portrait photograph shows the Guardian in front of the ruins. The wash overlay includes a segment of the white plaster interior that still remains on the brick walls.

Nature Spirit Resources Offered by Crystal Life

Nature Spirit information is available throughout the Crystal Life Technology website.

A closed Nature Spirit Community exists on Facebook. Join us to post your own nature spirit images and discuss nature spirits with others.

There are monthly and annual nature spirit contests. You can see past winners in the Nature Spirit Art Gallery and submit your own images to photos@crystal-life.com

View a wide array of nature spirits at our Atala Toy Nature Spirit Art Gallery.

Watch videos to learn how to photograph and communicate with nature spirits on our Crystal Life Technology YouTube Channel

Read nature spirit articles and view nature spirit photographs by Atala Toy and people around the world in the Crystal Life Library 

Get technical knowledge about nature spirits in Atala Dorothy Toy’s three books: We Are Not Alone | A Guidebook to Interdimensional CooperationNature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts | How to Talk With and Photograph Beings of Other RealmsNature Spirits in American Trees.

Three books on Nature Spirits and interdimensional communication, by Atala Dorothy Toy

Communicating with Nature Spirits

Trees, rocks, nature spirits and other dimensional beings are very ancient and very intelligent earth lifeforms. But the sense of time and nature of matter in the nature spirit realms is different from our human one.

Rocks and trees move slower than humans and have greater patience. Therefore it over decades and centuries that they develop images on themselves of who they are and what concerns them. They express a wide variety of consciousness.Some rocks and trees are very serious, others distressed, and others jokesters. 

On the other hand, rocks and trees may be utilized by the deva and nature spirits of the area, by Mother Earth, and by other advanced life forms to support energy grids and to tell stories. These beings can move very fast and shape physical form as if it were mere putty.

In my Nature Spirit Photography, I serve as a recorder of these intelligences. I work with the life forms, asking permission on my outings of the deva (nature guardian) of the area. I explain what I want to do, wait to receive the blessing to do so, then follow directions as I am led to subjects who wish to be photographed.

The Nature Spirit life forms I have so far photographed include Greenmen, Greenwomen, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Trolls, Faeries, Moss Fairies and Ladies of the Woods. Nodal images include bison, lions, apes, bears, elephants, mice and Guardians of Place. I have also photographed a number of complex stories consciously created by life forms of other dimensions.

Why Acquire One of These Images?

All life is interconnected. Your own consciousness decides what you will see and experience. The energies of those around you also influence what  you will see. So does the energy of lifeforms coexisting with you but in different dimensions. Although you may not be aware of these energies, they are still there. You will be happier, healthier and more fulfilled if you learn to see and work with the full range of consciousness in your environment. Humans are meant to be conscious co-creators and the responsible custodians of earth; decide to become that amazing person.

You can sit with any of these photographs, focus or meditate on the being depicted, and use it as a pathway to your own conscious, extended awareness. Hang one of these images in a room so you can consciously connect that physical area to earth energies. Gift this image to a friend to help them very naturally grow in earth awareness. 

About Nature Spirit Photographer Atala Dorothy Toy

I have been an interdimensional communicator my entire life but only began consciously exploring these capacities about fifteen years ago. That’s when the resident gnome at my summer home in the New Hampshire woods gave me an invitation. He asked me to join him on an outing to photograph a moss fairy. The invitation intrigued me. I set out on a walk with him, got the photograph – and was hooked! Since then, I have studied all aspects of nature spirit photography, from camera use to the nature of the beings it is my joy to photograph.

Most of my nature spirit photographs are realistic. My objective is to faithfully record the messages the rocks and trees are conveying. All these images are presented with a minimal use of adjustments – just contrast and saturation.

Sometimes I will do an artistic story that conveys the emotions and thoughts being presented. These artistic pieces might use collage and textures to express the message.

The full-frame Nikon D850 is my camera of choice. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are used to process the raw image. Textures from various sources such as 2 Lil Owls and Meredith are occasionally added. Printing is done on an Epson SureColor P800 inkjet with Red River matte or satin finish.


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