TODAY'S PHOTO -
a banana pod on a Blood Banana tree in the American
Orchid Society Gardens.
Insofar as imagery, Sam said he immediately saw
a prize fighter wearing his robe. Once he stated
this I saw it it also, though Sam sees the back
of the head and I see the hooded, almost disguised
I share this photo today, mainly because of my fascination
with the banana trees and pods. In setting up today's
issue, I went back to studying the banana
pod photo/drawing I did when I started taking
pictures of them with my point and shoot camera.
The photo/drawing of the pod
and bananas was photographed about a year later.
These enhanced photos have so much more depth, I'm
not even sure now how I feel about the aesthetics
of the unenhanced photo above.
I've been observing this particular blood banana
tree for the past 2 plus years, as well as the Ice
Cream Banana tree, in the AOS gardens since
we first visited there, after moving to Florida.
The bananas ultimately grow out of and upward from
the white "fringes" and the pod descends
further and further down to the ground. If you look
closely at the top of today's photo you will see
the "corkscrew" stem from which it descends.
May you have a playful weekend, paying attention
to the things that fascinate you. How many of them
have been around for a while? How have they changed?
How have you changed regarding them?
And, I'd be thrilled if you take some time to "play"
my first site, where people still tell me that they
often visit when they need an energizing, relaxing
break during their day.
READER COMMENTS ON THE LAST ISSUE - Issue
I'm moved to say that the response to this
photo was greater than usual and so positive that
it made selecting a photo for today more difficult
for me. It became almost a challenge to compete
with myself, at the same time attempting to give
you what I think you most enjoy. How many times
have you experienced the same thing. I finally let
Some of the comments:
"What a marvelous
shot! If I did not know for a fact that you are
using a camera, Id swear that shots like this
had to come from one frame of a video camera. There
is so much action in this still
picture that I hear the droplets of water hitting
the surface, see the ringlets of water expanding
over the pond, and feel apparent disappointment
of the bird at not spearing a fish." Bob
"I love today's picture. Therr's something
about warer that is soothing, and the bird eating
is so cute." Mary Lake
"Gosh, that dripping from the bird's beak seems
real! I can almost hear it and see it." Debra
"Oh, wow. Talk about different point of view.
It's amazing to me how the bird is revealed primarily
in its reflection. Almost like a mystery unfolding.
I looked at the full photo, and it has a totally
different feel. Nice, but much more conventional.
The water rippling out is the central image here,
and it, too, reminds me of mystery, the mystery
of consequences and how we may never know all the
effects our actions have." Mary Gray
"I really, really love this one!!"
"WOW, what an amazing image!" Gretchen
"I just loved this picture so much
more powerful than a head-on pic. Made me think
of how so much more can sometimes be witnessed when
we look at the reflection of something, instead
of head on. What nuances are present, what is now
available that I couldnt SEE before?"
Thank you all for taking the time to share with
NEW SUBSCRIBERS INVITED -
In a phone conversation recently, a mother told
me her 2 1/2 year old son is enjoying PTP photos,
with many resulting in a "wow!" statement.
How thrilling for me. Who in your life might also
say "wow" to what we are offering?
If you you are enjoying PICTURE TO PONDER please
pass your experiences of it on to your friends and
colleagues and suggest that they, too, SUBSCRIBE.
The link for today's issue is http://www.eteletours.com/issue93.html,
if you wish to share this particular one. In many
instances, the photos are not picked up if you simply
forward the issue.
© 2005 Sheila Finkelstein
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