March 3, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 56

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.

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 is.

(ISSUE #55 )-
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.

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.

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Bob Tatem:

"Sheila, I’d 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 yesterday’s picture, I would rather be told about today’s. In that way I get an even greater appreciation for what I have been looking at. A third commentary section can then relate wh
at your viewers thought about the previous day’s 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.

being offered by Friends of PICTURE TO PONDER.

at 1:00 PM ET -
Tapping into the Transformative Power of Anger
offered by Adela Rubio, who states:

"Many of us were trained to believe that anger is a negative emotion.  It was something to be denied, suppressed, ignored. We were taught to hide it from others and also from ourselves. It wasn’t nice, it wasn’t good.
What if it held the seed of tremendous power? What if we approached emotions in general as e-motion – energy in motion? What if our bodies, in their immense intelligence, were trying to stir us into awareness? What if that ‘awareness’ was information about our Passion?.

See Other Teleclasses for more details.

"March Membership Madness" at Artella, which means anyone and everyone can enjoy a free Artella Membership in March. Marney Makridakis, site owner, is one of the most creative people I know. The members pages are filled with games, a variety of creative forms of expression, and discounts on courses. It's definitely worth checking out the benefits. Go to ARTELLA to sign up.

If you enjoyed today's PTP, and would like to share it with friends, feel free to send them the link for this issue - In many instances, the photos are not picked up if you simply forward the issue.


© 2005 Sheila Finkelstein

BUY gifts with Picture to Ponder images

Watch for the Dates
2005 Teleclasses for
Expanding Creativity - Transforming Perceptions

Issue #54 Issue #56

A weekday photo ezine meant to delight, inspire, motivate and sometimes challenge.
We do NOT/will NOT Rent, Sell, or otherwise share our Subscriber List
©2004-2005 - Sheila Finkelstein - eTeletours is a division of Nature's Playground

Images on this pages are for Coursework Participants and PICTURE TO PONDER subscribers only.
Permission is required to use or pass them on for any other purposes other than viewing.
Contact Sheila for further info.