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Responding to readers' requests, starting today,
we will be writing about today's photo in the same
issue. We will continue to provide readers' comments
in the following issue. See today's COMMENTS
section, below, for further explanation.
TODAY'S PHOTO -
Take a moment or two to be with it. What do YOU see?
Feel? Breathe it in. Is there a message you can take
from it to empower the rest of your day?
Still from the Tropical Flower and Garden Show, this
is the inside of a cut hibiscus. I love the feeling
of it, the peacefulness, flow of the lines and the
colors - stark, yet soft.
A tidbit I learned from the show is that one can cut
an hibiscus flower, pin it on a long prong, without
water, and it will live for a day or two, simply as
LAST ISSUE'S IMAGE (ISSUE
roses and tulips, a section of one of the prize winning,
for the use of color, floral arrangements in the annual
Palm Beach Tropical Flower and Garden Show.
LAST ISSUE'S IMAGERY -
This was one of those pictures that simply
popped out, as I started searching for THE one to
use yesterday. I was once again struck by it's beauty
and, ironically, the close up was of orange roses
and a tulip, the same flowers I focussed on yesterday
and the day before, in relation to the Sogetsu Ikebana
demonstration. How perfect!
When I look at this
picture I get the feeling I'm looking at
a painting, rather than a photograph. Although the
purple tulip is bold and demands attention, it is
open and inviting and leads us around the beautiful
roses and greenery.
As I'm writing I'm remembering that at one time "painting"
to me was a "truer" art form than "photography."
As I've gotten to use my cameras over the past several
years, I've really become attuned the many levels
of creative expression that the camera does provide.
Where in your life do you creatively express yourself?
It can be something as "simple" as in conversational
communication, in how you see things, and/or in how
you solve problems. Many write, dance, paint, collage.
As you go through the day, notice where there are
little things you do that are forms of creative self-expression.
Honor them and acknowledge yourself.
COMMENTS FROM THE LAST ISSUE -
Yesterday I received an e-mail from Bob Tatem:
"Sheila, Id like to offer a thought for
you to ponder.
Your beautiful photographs fill my entire screen
when I open your PTP email message. And I do sit
back and take in its beauty, consider for myself
what the image means to me, attempt to identify
what it is, where it might have been taken, look
at it from various viewpoints (architecture, the
color palette, hidden images, mathematical perspectives),
etc. Normally I may look at the picture for 2-3
minutes. Now for my suggestion:
Rather than read a description of yesterdays
picture, I would rather be told about todays.
In that way I get an even greater appreciation for
what I have been looking at. A third commentary
section can then relate what your viewers
thought about the previous days picture."
Dellie Rosen, and a few others, have been suggesting
I do this for some time. So, I am paying attention.
My concern has been that I don't my words to come
between you and the photo before you have a chance
to experience it. See PICTURE TO PONDER, Issue
1, for a more in-depth explanation.
Thank you all for your input. I am trusting that
those of you who have large monitors will continue
to focus on the photo for a moment or two before
scrolling down to see what it is.
Additional feeback is, of course, welcome.
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FORWARDING PICTURE TO PONDER -
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it with friends, feel free to send them the link
for this issue - http://www.eteletours.com/issue54.html.
In many instances, the photos are not picked up
if you simply forward the issue.
© 2005 Sheila Finkelstein
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