July 22, 2011
Volume 7 - Issue 29

My older son and two grandsons are visiting this week, so today's Picture to Ponder is late and will mainly be photographs and the story documenting discovering and transformation. The Queries are brief and might be profound for some of you.

Today's Picture to Ponder Photos -

Curled Wood Pod 1

 

 

wood pods in water

 

 

wood pods flattend - on sink

 

wood pods curling when dry

These photographs result from my latest fun in discovery and experimentation.

The top photo is of two unidentified pieces from Nature that are/were intertwined. I am calling them wood pods. They are as hard as wood and the indentations look like seeds were there.

I have no recollection of where I found the "sculpture", or from what tree the components might be. I picked it up, presumably, because I liked the colors and textures. It had been atop a surface in my dining room. Recently, I grabbed it to serve as a platform to hold remnants of another garlic bulb I wanted to photograph. (See Garlic Bulb Photo )

As I was playing with it, I recalled a recent conversation with a friend in Maine. I had asked her if she ever collected dried seaweed and reconstituted it by putting it in water. This was another accidental discovery of mine, years ago, with seaweed I had brought back to our New Jersey home from York Beach, Maine. Somehow it had come in contact with water and opened up to its original, full moist being.

Remembering that experience, I wondered what would happen if I put my mini-sculpture in water, so I did. I put it in a plastic shoebox, covered it with water and closed the box.

Lo and behold, in a couple of days (maybe less) two pods separated and were flat!! (Photos #2 in clear water. The original water was colored yellow from dye from the pods.) They are hard as wood and, in no way could be bent without their breaking.

Photo #3 is of two pods, still glistening from the water, lying flat on my bathroom sink.

Photo #4, the pods, completely dry, a day later AND starting to curl up!!

In terms of the aesthetics of the photographs, I particularly like the feeling in the arrangement of the two pods as seen in the bottom photo.

They are back in water now because I wanted to share the experiences with my grandsons, as we observe the process once again, now recording the timing of the different stages. "Will it even be the same?" becomes the current question.

Self-Reflecting Queries -
I invite you to look into your life to see if there is a place where you are curled up inside? If so, is it tight, without openings to another, or are there spaces for access?

If it's tight and uncomfortable for you, I invite you to look at what the "hydration" would be for you to let it go and "straighten" out, if you so choose.

As always, have fun, and please share on the blog what comes up for you.


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