Today's Picture to Ponder Photo
A Pond Apple on the Boardwalk Railing at Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Because, I so love the peacefulness, the mystery and the fun of today's featured photo - the impishness of the personified fruit - as well as the aesthetics in the repetition of textures and flowing patterns and color, I am choosing to leave it as a stand-alone image for you to enjoy.
As I walked, one recent morning something caught my eye on the dull concrete. I got closer and saw it was a pond apple, fruit from a tree, rather than a small animal, as I had thought. I picked it up and then started playing, setting it up and photographing it in different environments. One close-up view is quite brilliant in color.
Should you wish to see the latter two photos, simply click on the underlined links.
Today I invite you to pay attention to something in your environment that you usually ignore, have never noticed before, or maybe pass for the first time. Be it a thought or a visual, describe what you are seeing - in writing or simply in thought. What is it that brought it to your arrention? Play with it. Does anything change?
For me, after taking many photos, I did come home and write down the thoughts that had been rambling in/scrambling my brain. Mildly censored for here, the self-deprecating deleted, I wrote:
Rainbows and Pond Apples
Rainbows and pond apples,
Alerting to my senses
Awakening that "mired-in stuckness"
The stuckness of apathy.
Negative thoughts bombard the brain,
Slow my body as I trudge along and
Then, Rainbows on an early morning walk
Open me up to excitement.
Glad I responded to the nudge -
"Early morning walk. You're up. Go to Wakodahatchee!"
Reaching up brightly in the sky.
Reflecting in the water too.
Walk some more.
Then, "What is that snail(?) on the concrete?
Wow, it's not alive.
It's a dropped pond apple."
Pick it up.
Photograph it in different places.
Energy is back.
Creativity sets in.
That's my name, my game.
©2008 Sheila Finkelstein