May 27, 2010
Volume 6 - Issue 21

Today's photo has such a rich and different feel to it that I am presenting it without explanation. Specific discussion and more photos are posted on the blog.

A friend of mine had such fun guessing at what the image is, I thought I would revert to my original intention when I first started publishing. In the introduction to Issue 1, Dec. 9, 2004, I stated:

"Several years ago someone I admire saw several groupings of photos that I had recently taken. She was quite moved and stated, 'Sheila, the world needs to see your relationship to art and nature.'

After several minutes of further viewing, she said, 'I don't know where this is coming from, but something is telling me to tell you, 'Don't talk!'

And I, who always had a lot to say, understood. For me, to 'talk' puts something between you and the picture, possibly altering your response, certainly depriving you of the opportunity of discovering your own pure, initial response."

Today's Photo - I invite you to simply "be" with it, not even attempting to "figure it out."

trumpet flower - past prime


Today's Photo Story -
See today's blog post for the photo identification and more photos that will put this one in context and show you what it is.

You'll find that this photograph and the two others are actually a result of following my "mantra", "If you see something that catches your eye, photograph it and then decide if it means anything."

Another of my tips is demonstrated in Monday's post, "Breaking Through Sadness and Funkiness.." "When in a funk take your camera out and photograph whatever catches your eye." The change in "literal" focus, spills over, resulting in focus shifts in what is transpiring in your world.

Self-Reflecting Queries -
Today, I invite you to explore your response to having one photo only in Picture to Ponder with no description.

Were you able to simply be with it? Did you have a response to the colors? The textures? Is so, was it a mental response, or was it more visceral?

Did you need to know what the image is? Was there impatience, frustration, anger, or annoyance at not having an immediate answer? Curiosity?

Will you/did you go to the Web to check it out? How was this for you?

Finally, pondering the responses and emotions you might have experienced, I invite you to look into your life to find the areas, or times, when you might have had/have similar reactions. How do you handle them? Is it possible that reflecting, in the future, on today's experience might support you in different resolutions?

Far more questions than usual and please do find a way to have fun with them. Also, please post your responses in the COMMENTS section of the blog.

Reader's Comments are welcome.
To post them on the Photography and Transformation blog click on the small word "Comment" at the end of the post. A window will open, asking for your name, email address that will NOT be published, a URL if you have - Your name will be linked to that - and a box with space for you to "Leave a Reply" will be there to type in your response. Then remember to click on "Submit."

If posting on a blog is not your style, please continue to send your comments directly to me. Learning what you are experiencing means a lot. It is part of the reward, for me, of publishing Picture to Ponder.

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