Archive for October, 2011
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I am so excited to see what you come up with, even if just one person creates a photo poem in the comments, I will be so happy!
(If you’re lost read this post first )
As you look at each photo, jot down a caption, anything that comes to mind. Combine them in the comment section and see if you like how your poem comes out. It does not need to make sense, check out mine here & here, I don’t know if they make sense but they make me smile.
I know you have some words in your head, now please… pretty please ~ share your poem.
The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one’s soul to grow. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
bumps, burst, blur
I don’t know much about writing poems but I do enjoy playing with words and decided to call this process ‘Photo Poems’ It’s fun to add a caption to a shot and sometimes when I’m adding a bunch of titles at one sitting, one influences the other. Humor me and give it a try; my next post is a selection of photos with no captions, I’d love to see what you come up with for a ‘photo poem’. I’ll post my take in the following post.
Life at best is bittersweet. ~Jack Kirby
I found a new hike yesterday. It is so fun to stumble upon a new place to explore. Besides finding the trails I found some new subjects to photograph. These bittersweet berries put on such a display of color, first they are green, then yellow which ripens to orange. And, for the grand finale they open up and reveal a beautiful red belly.
As I wandered past the tangled vines of bittersweet, from a distance I spotted this huge wasps nest, it’s bigger than a basketball. I’ve never seen one so big. I’m most impressed by the curl and swirl of the papery layers, it’s such a beautiful old home.
These three finds… a new trail, bittersweet vines, and an empty nest all seem to symbolize the emotions that are washing through me and my extended family. Last week we said goodbye to my grandmother, she lived a rich and inspiring 94 years.
Because of her influence, I am inspired to live a life full of adventure and intimate connection. I have so many more emotions and words swimming around, but it’s still too raw to share more than this.
On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels. ~ Charles Dickens
I’ve noticed so many acorns this fall, perhaps it’s a ‘mast’ year for oaks…every 7 years or so, they drop many more acorns than normal to ensure survival. And, it seems the berries are having bigger yields than normal too, or maybe I’m just noticing them more than other years?
What have you noticed lately?
Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.
~ Author Unknown
Orange makes me feel so alive & happy, these photos are from the last two weeks of wandering…
I found this funky little flower on the shores of lake Michigan, do you have any idea what it is? I’ve never seen one, they bloom facing down to the ground.
I can’t get enough of this new trail I found that meanders along the river.
I’ve never seen so many colorful berries till this fall, I love these orange ones.
And this moss so full of color & texture.
I took so many shots of this view, I just adore the mix of colors and all the shapes created by the branches. I could not decide which focus I prefer? Which do you like this foreground in focus…
or this background in focus?
leaves & reeds
I also could not decide which I prefer of these two options, the sharp focus…
or this soft dreamy out of focus?
I seem to like the dreamy shots like this one on the riverbank with the tree reflecting in the river… strange and magical.
But some things just need a sharp focus. Can you believe how well these speckled leaves camouflage this beautiful frog? He sat still just for a few seconds.
And then he was off.
I’m off ~ for a walk.
Have a beauty ✻ filled day
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock
my dog, sunny, is 13 and is showing his age day by day, we walk much slower now… yesterday’s hike was perfect
i fell in love with these old telephone poles… i adore the random sizes and the fact that they don’t go in a straight line
it was raining yellow leaves all afternoon
it is so hard to capture a leaf falling, this is my best attempt so far… i’ll get a better shot one of these days
we sat by the banks and watched the leaves fall in the water and drift down the river
sunrise thought about a swim… just thought about it
i was mesmerized by the lacey leaf patterns reflecting on the surface
it took a while to catch just the right shadow shot as the leaves drifted by, but it was one of those afternoons that it did not matter how long it took to do anything in particular
it was a magical day
it’s been one of the most beauty ✻ filled falls i’ve ever seen, i wish is would last for so much longer ♥
what do you wish would last longer?
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. ~ Alice Walker
Have you ever noticed that the word “myself” contains the word “elf”? ~ Gwen Bell
I feel like a little elf sometimes when I slip through the forest finding all kinds of creatures, My cousin once commented ‘Do you live in Sherwood Forest?’ I just cracked up, but this week I do feel like I’ve lived in the forest. It’s been magical… the weather is superb, a little bit of summer in October and I’ve been spending way too much time outside.
My favorite find on my daily hikes was this amazing yellow caterpillar at the top of a twig, it’s difficult to shoot caterpillars on the ground so I was just beside myself when I found this little guy so perfectly posed up in the air! BUT, I did not have my camera, I was taking my dog Sunrise for a short walk to the pond, it was lunch time and the lighting in the middle of the day is so harsh for most photos so I headed out without my camera. When I found this fuzzy little wonder in the shade, I RAN back to the house to retrieve what is usually always strapped around my shoulder! I RAN back to the area he was in and it took me forever to find him again. It made me realize how much of a meditation my walks can be, when I’m not looking for the shot, when I’m just wandering in awe of nature, she reveals her treasures, when I’m furiously looking for something in particular ~ no luck. I found this beauty once again after I just sat down and knew my eyes would get there. Can you believe there were still dew drops on him at noon on such a warm day?
I don’t want the warmth to end, but it will. Life goes on and the change of season reveals the life and death cycle. I watched the yellow butterfly take its last breaths, it broke my heart, but it seemed to live a long life, the wings were tattered and almost see-through. I’ve heard that we get transparent as we age, which brings us closer to what is beyond ♥
The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, – so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be. ~Henry David Thoreau
These words pretty much describe last Sunday, but I’ll share a bit more… my husband and I went to Sleep Bear Dunes last weekend and it was spectacular. Standing on the sand dunes looking out at the views of Lake Michigan is astounding. I was so impressed with the size of both the lake and the dunes, some of the dunes are 450 ft high! it’s just amazing. I’ve made a few trips to the shores of Lake Michigan the last two summers a little further South, but this vantage point is the best. It’s a bit after the busy summer season and the quiet combined with the sanctuary of the national park was sublime. “The park’s creation was highly controversial because it involved the transfer of private property to public. The Federal government’s stance at the time was that the Great Lakes were the “third coast“ ( the quote is from Wikipedia, click on the links to find out more ).
My favorite find on the trip was the swirls. These pattern in the sand were made by the ends of grass. It was a windy weekend and I was tickled by the perfect circle patterns that were etched in the sand by the wind blowing them round and round .