June 9, 2010
Volume 6 - Issue 23

This past week Hank Kellner, Photographer/Writer/Former English Professor and teacher and a relatively new Picture to Ponder subscriber contacted me, acknowledging my photographs and asking if he could use one of my photos in a post on his blog. Needless to say I felt quite flattered, particularly after reading some of his background, especially when I saw all that he has done in English Education, including having a published book - WRITE WHAT YOU SEE: 99 Photos to Inspire Writing.

And, speaking of books and writing, my PICTURES TO PONDER, INSPIRED JOURNALING: Flowers Book 1, Photos and Queries from early issues is available from the publisher with FR*E*E shipping this month. More info below and on the site.

This week, on his English Education blog, Hank did, in fact, feature a tulip photo from Picture to Ponder with one of his own, the magnolia shown below, in his Poetry from Photos post. Along with a poem inspired by the photos, he wrote about emphasizing contrast in teaching writing. I decided to continue here and extend the "Contrast" conversation from last week's Picture to Ponder.

Today's Photos

purple and white pansy

A purple and white pansy that called out to be featured as I was going through photographs for today's photo. I had already featured the purple
tulip Hank used. I'm thinking the purple in the above is what wanted attention, because of the tulip's color.


White Magnolia flower photo by Hank Kellner

White magnolia photograph by Hank Kellner. When I clicked on the photo on Hank's Blog, it felt huge and I wanted to jump into and explore, while at the same time being protected.

Today's Photo Story -
I've pretty much covered the overall story in the introduction above. In relation to contrast, when I looked at the two photos enlarged on Hank's blog I was struck by several contrasts. In addition to color, there was a difference in the size of enlargements between the two pictures. I commented there at the end of the post and put in a link to a larger tulip, so similar sizes would eliminate that variable.

Then I was very much aware of the difference between the openness of the magnolia, inviting me in, and the closed feeling of my tulip photo, though texturally - in the silkiness - there are some similarities.

Not wanting, as I wrote above, to repeat a recently featured photo in this issue, I went searching for another one, this time more "open". The pansy is open, but certainly not embracing. And, it presents a whole series of different contrasts when studying it, including the very strong one between the flower and the ground behind it.

No more words on either. I invite you to BE with each, fully for a moment or two, less or more, and simply experience the images.

Self-Reflecting Queries -
Last week, I invited you to look at contrasts in your life, particularly visual ones, and to look for things you ordinarily do not see. That, as you know, is an always suggestion with me.

In addition, today I invite you to reflect on and explore "open" and "closed" contrasts in your life. How do things look, how do they feel when they are open? when they are closed?

Check with another person, or two. Is it the same for them? For instance, I could say that the pansy is presenting somewhat of a "wall", blocking me/us from moving very far in it or beyond. On the other hand, I could interpret it as being welcoming, inviting me into the small opening in the center of its being.

And, it's all made up. What stories are you making up in your life today? Are they serving you? providing fun? openings for interactions with others?

Thanks for "playing." As always have fun with these queries and looking/seeing. Also, please post your responses in the COMMENTS section of this post on the blog.

The BOOK! - Pictures to Ponder: Inspired Journaling - Print Edition or downloadable eBook - your choice

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This morning I read the 10-page preview [link under photo on each of the description pages], and since you were offering it in a eBook format, I just had to indulge one more time. I know this will be a very successful for you. Congratulations!"
Eva Macie, Artist

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A Week of Writing -
Once again my dear friend and mentor, Julie Jordan Scott is offering her wonderfully inspirational Writing Camp, this time during the week of Summer Solstice, starting June 21. Any time I work with Julie I come away wonderfully grounded.

If you have any desire to connect or reconnect with your writing self or expand that part of you already writing I invite you to check out Summer Solstice Week Writing Camp: Go Deeper to Write with Your Most Authentic Voice

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