Talent Highlight: Maria, Of My Northern Heart


Whenever I discover a talent I feel is exceptional, I can't help but highlight it on my blog and share it with others. 

Such as it was when I discovered, My Northern Heart

I was instantly drawn in, not only by Maria's photography, but also because of the "energy" I felt coming from her photographs. The images seemed to convey "who she was."

And upon investigating more about her life, I realized why I felt the way I did was because she is a very special young lady.

Here is an excerpt from Maria's bio:

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"My name is Maria and Northern Heart is who I am and what I stand for. This is my life in the Swedish countryside. This is my life that's filled with all the things I love. Scandinavian & Swedish design, Swedish traditions, minimalism, foggy mornings & finding beauty in the simple & smaller moments in life. 

In 2011 I suffered a stroke at a young age which turned my world upside down. I realized I didn't live MY life the way I wanted to, instead I lived a life based upon the expectations of others. This has affected me a lot, especially who I am, my mindset & the choices I make in my life. I choose to focus on what is good in my life, because then the good grows & being thankful for what's good counteract a lot of negative emotions & stress. I see my stroke as a "stroke of luck" because it caused me to turn my life around and get back to what I loved most, and to share that with the world.

Today I live in Dalarna & enjoy foggy mornings & living a life based on what brings me joy in my heart!"

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I first found Maria on YouTube, where I watched several of her videos about life in Sweden. She has a remarkable way of creating videos that are informative, warm, inviting, and genuine. Her demeanor is sweet, down-to-earth, and humble.

I've never been to Sweden, but after looking through Maria's photographs and videos, it makes me want to visit because it looks absolutely gorgeous; particularly, Dalarna

I tried to arrange her beautiful images in a seasonal order; saving my favorite season's (Autumn and Winter) for last.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great joy that I share with you, My Northern Heart.

Please enjoy...



















Have a beautiful week, everyone!
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*Where To Find Maria:



28 comments

  1. Ron, these photographs are incredible! You're right, Maria is very talented. When I read her bio, I was surprised to hear about her stroke at such a young age. Talk about turning a negative into a positive. I really admire her.

    I visited Sweden many years ago, but never Dalarma. It looks beautiful. I really enjoyed my time in that country. I found the people very warm and friendly.

    That final picture of the candle in front of the window is magical!

    Thank you for sharing this today, Ron. I look forward to visiting her links.

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  2. I guess I never realized Sweden is so foggy! I think that might depress me a bit, despite all those glorious photos of its countryside. And you knew I'd immediately gravitate to the one of the dogsled, right??!


    Thank you, Ron, for introducing us to Maria. I agree, she's quite talented. What a shame she had to suffer that stroke, but good for her, that's she's overcoming it!


    Enjoy the week ahead, my friend. Did you get any of the snow that blew through the Eastern U.S.? xx

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  3. Aren't they stunning, Candice? I spent an entire evening looking through all her photographs and perusing her website and YouTube channel.

    "When I read her bio, I was surprised to hear about her stroke at such a young age. Talk about turning a negative into a positive. I really admire her."

    Me as well. She explains in one of her blog posts that the stroke was not a "age related" stroke. It was due to a blood vessel in her brain. I love how she called it a "stroke of luck" because it caused her to revaluate her life.

    Wow...you've been to Sweden? I've always had a desire to visit. And now that I've seen pictures of Dalarna, I particularly would like to visit there, especially during autumn and winter months.

    Isn't that photo so magical? I love the condensation on the windows.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic week!

    X

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  4. Hey there Debbie!

    Yes, it is foggy, but that's what (to me) is so appealing. I LOVE foggy and misty weather. I find it both calming and invigorating. It's also very GOTH-looking, which I adore.

    "And you knew I'd immediately gravitate to the one of the dogsled, right??!"

    HA! Yes, I knew it! Love that shot too!

    "What a shame she had to suffer that stroke, but good for her, that's she's overcoming it!"

    Yes, and that's what I so admire about her. She took that stroke and looked for the "good" in it. Such an inspiration to us all.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaabuous week!

    X

    P.S. No, we didn't get any snow yet (however I see flurries) in the forecast for today. However, the temperature did drop considerably, so it finally feels like AUTUMN.

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  5. Gorgeous photography! Many are hauntingly beautiful. I love the contrast between the cold, wintery ones and the warm indoor ones. You can almost feel both the chill and the warmth. That last photo is just gorgeous! Thanks for introducing us to this artist. I hope she’s made a full recovery.

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  6. Oh my god, Ron, these photographs are gorgeous! And I have to chime in with one of your readers and say that I love the contrast between the wintery ones and the warm indoor ones. These pictures are perfect for the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    That dish of fresh strawberries looks so delicious!

    How wonderful that she overcame the stroke. That's amazing! What a strong and talented young lady!

    Thank you for sharing this today, Ron. I always enjoy your talent highlights!

    Hey, are you enjoying the colder weather I saw on the news? I bet! LOL! xo

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  7. I forgot to mention in my previous comment that I love the Halloween decorations you added to your blog header. So cute!

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  8. Aw...thanks, Denise! I added them late last week. I love Halloween!

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  9. Hola Denise!

    Aren't they STUNNING? Yes, the contrast between the two is so beautiful. And yes, they are PER-FECT for the upcoming holidays, that's one of the reasons why I posted it. Her photographs make me want to jump inside them.

    "That dish of fresh strawberries looks so delicious!"


    I agree! Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious! It's the perfect summer photograph, isn't it?

    I admire her too. I love people who can look at challenging experiences and find the positives.

    Yes, I am freaking LOVING this colder weather. And it's about time because it's October was such a warm and humid month.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a fantastic week!

    X

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  10. Yes, aren't they gorgeous? They look like paintings. And I love the words you used, "hauntingly beautiful" because that's exact right!

    I agree, I love the contrast of the wintery images in comparison to warm, cozy indoor ones. They're so inviting!

    That last photo is my personal favorite!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous week!

    X

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  11. Oh, Ron, these images are so beautiful it's hard to believe they're real! I even loved the winter photos--and you know how much I hate winter!

    And what a beautiful, inspiring story. It's incredible that she is able to focus on the good in life after suffering the way she did. This world needs more people like Maria--pronto!

    I briefly checked out one of her YouTube videos and she seems like such kind, warm person. Thank you so much for sharing her story and her art with us!

    Take care, buddy!

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  12. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comNovember 03, 2020

    Dalarna is a stunning area of Sweden! I'll have to re-visit soon. Maria's photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Fiona, I was SO thinking of you when I discovered Maria's photographs, wondering if you had ever been to Dalarna. Happy to hear that you have been there and will re-visit. OMG...it looks absolutely STUNNING!

    Aren't her photographs gorgeous?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Have a super week!

    X

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  14. "these images are so beautiful it's hard to believe they're real!"

    I know, Rob, I thought the exact same thing. They're so beautiful they don't even look real!

    HA! Yes, I know how much you hate winter, so coming from you that means a lot. Which is a testament to how talented she is because she even makes winter look beautiful!

    " It's incredible that she is able to focus on the good in life after suffering the way she did. This world needs more people like Maria--pronto!"


    I couldn't agree with you more. She is SUCH an inspiration to us all.

    Aren't Maria's video's so well done? I was instantly drawn in by her sweet and warm nature.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a superb week, and tell NYC I said hello!

    X

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  15. Ron, these photographs are KILLER! I can't even decide which ones I like best because I like them all the best! LOL! As one of your other readers mentioned in his comment, the photos are so beautiful they don't even look real. The one of Maria standing by the lake looks like a drawing or a painting. I can't stop looking at it.

    And what an inspiring story about her stroke and her positive outlook. That's amazing!

    Thanks so much for sharing her talent, dude! Will definitely be checking out her links. And so will my girlfriend.

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  16. Hey there, Matt!

    Aren't these images, A-MAZING?!?!? And I know what you mean about the one of the lake because I thought the same thing, it totally looks like a painting! The image is so breathtaking, it makes me want to walk into it.

    Her story about he stroke is what really moved me to share her on my blog because I so admire anyone who can change their perspective about something that's very challenging, by seeing the positive.

    Yes, check out her links (particularly her videos) because they are SO special.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Matt. Have a most excellent week!

    X

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  17. Ron, these photographs are remarkable! I'm with you, I'm more of a fall and winter guy. I love snow and I prefer being cold to hot. I can't stand the summer heat.

    That final photo is just beautiful. And being a pickle lover, I really enjoyed the pickles jar photograph.

    Maria is both extremely talented and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Hey Ron, my GF and I watched a few of videos and really enjoyed them. The one about Christmas in Sweden was magical!

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  19. So happy to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed the vids! Yes, I saw the one on Christmas too and loved it. I also liked the one about why Swedish homes are red.

    Thanks for stopping back to let me know, Matt!

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  20. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay....I'm so happy to hear that someone else LOVES winter and being cold too, Daniel!!

    Yes, the summer heat gets to me as well. And this past summer was extremely hot and humid that lasted until mid-October.

    I love pickles too. Dill. My father used to buy them at a Jewish deli where were lived and they were so good. He also got Jewish rye bread as well.

    Isn't Maria such an inspiration?

    Thanks a lot for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're enjoying a grrrreat week!

    X

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  21. Thanks Ron for this post. I visited Maria's blog and read her personal history as well as looking at many of her photos. I especially liked the glamping she and her friend, Jackie, did outdoors. What a wonderful location and the food looked wonderful as well. I did wonder about is some other facilities were available on the site, but it appeared to be a video production so those things weren't mentioned or shown. Still seeing both women walk in those long white dresses was pretty amazing.
    I plan to check out her videos as well later this week. I admit to being curious about her photo equipment as the photos are truly amazingly awesome!

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  22. Hey there D!

    I knew that you (being someone who has a passion for photography) would really appreciate Maria's work. Aren't they truly AWESOME? To me, they're like a work of art! And there is something so special about her eye, and how she captures things.

    "Still seeing both women walk in those long white dresses was pretty amazing."

    I so agree! So beautiful!

    I checked around her website and blog to see if I could find out if she mentions what type of camera and photography equipment she uses, but found nothing. However, I did find a few posts on her blog where she talks about a online photography classes she offers. I bet if you emailed her and asked what type of equipment she uses, she would email you back and tell. you. I do know (from looking at several of her videos) that she must use a drone because of the gorgeous overhead video photography she captures.

    Here is a link I found about the classes, in case you're interested in contacting her.

    https://mariabaath.se/category/my-work

    Hope that helps. Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend Always a joy to read your comments! Have a great rest of your week!

    X

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  23. Wow, she certainly is extremely talented! One is better than the other and I could never pick a favorite. She has a lot of natural beauty to work with in Sweden. I commend her for realizing her inner self and seeking to express herself through the art of photography. Thank you for sharing these inspiring captures.

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  24. Lisa, being a photographer, I knew your would really appreciate Maria's talent with a camera. I know, it's hard for me to pick a favorite as well because I love them all. And photos make me want to visit Sweden; particularly Dalarna.

    "I commend her for realizing her inner self and seeking to express herself through the art of photography."

    Me too! What an inspiration she is.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're having a fantabulous week!

    X

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  25. Gorgeous photographs, Ron! And I can certainly see why you felt the need to highlight Maria's talent because it's exceptional! I never realized how beautiful Sweden is. I love the fog/mist because it gives the photos such wonderful mood. You and I are the same when it comes to winter/snow, it's my favorite time of the year. Those winter pictures are like something out of a Norman Rockwell image. And that last one of the candle in the window is perfection.

    Thank you for sharing, Ron. Always enjoy your highlights!

    Have a great weekend, neighbor. xo

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  26. Hello there Elaine!

    The second I discovered her YouTube channel and Instagram feed, I knew I wanted to share Maria's talent because as you said, it's exceptional.

    I love fog/mist too. It looks so mystical.

    "Those winter pictures are like something out of a Norman Rockwell image. And that last one of the candle in the window is perfection."

    Ha! You are sooooo right, they do resemble a Norman Rockwell painting!!! That final photo is one of my favorites.LOVE it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaaaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

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  27. Those are indeed beautiful images. A lot of them remind me about what I find so appealing about Iceland. I hope to get to go to Scandinavia someday, if traveling ever becomes safe again!

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  28. Aren't the simply gorgeous? Maria has such a talent eye for the camera!

    " A lot of them remind me about what I find so appealing about Iceland."

    You know, you're right. I've never been to Iceland, but I've seen many photographs from either online or from people who have visited, and yes, these images do resemble Iceland.

    I know, won't it be wonderful when traveling by plane becomes safe again? And the first place I'd go to would be ITALY!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my Libra friend. Have a faaaaaaaaabulous week!

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