In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:
After days of heavy rain, this mushroom popped up, it was almost 8 inches in diameter, growing right on the edge where the pavement met the grass. If you look carefully there’s a faint glow around it, probably from the light reflected off of it’s moonface.
I’m slowly training my brain to be more present and tune in to my surroundings more in unlikely situations. For example, I’m usually good at doing that when in nature but am learning that there’s beauty and music even in the mundane – like the sound of popping corns – their pop-pop-pop – pause – pop-poppity-pop-pop revealing a musical rhythm because I cared to slow down and listen. I also observed closely how the kernels of corn popped and the shapes they took, it’s like your brain is filming in slow motion. By being more present, popping corns weren’t ordinary any more.
I was pretty sure about having a photograph representing a trio in my stock although my memory couldn’t recall any. The surety came from the fact that 3 is my favorite number. I have no clue why, I just like 3, it’s not my birth day number, there are no significant events attached to it, nothing. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out. Because of this reason, I figured I may have unconsciously snapped a picture of a trio sometime, somewhere… and I found this picture of three giraffes from a couple of years ago!
In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (Extra)ordinary.
We were driving by a cemetery and this particular headstone caught my eye, it stood out from the rest not only because of it’s size but also because of the artwork on display, what a pleasant surprise! You can see the flowers at other graves in the background. The distinctive headstone made me stop, admire it and think, why this particular piece of art, a tiger? Was he or she born in the year of the tiger? Was Tiger their nickname? Did they pick this piece before they passed? What was their life like? Was he or she a towering and extraordinary personality while alive? I will never know, but I, a complete stranger, stopped to think about you.
I’d like to think that you were as Bold & Beautiful as a Tiger. Perhaps that was the intention, for people that knew you to think of you a certain way long after memories have faded and for the very same kind of feelings to be evoked in complete strangers too. Maybe through this piece of art is how you hoped to continue to connect with the living world.
In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries
I dislike zoos, every time I visit a zoo, I’m happy to be among these amazing animals. But then I start looking more closely at their faces and eyes and begin to wonder what it feels like to live out their lives in enclosed spaces, within the boundaries that are set for them for no fault of theirs, where many of these same creatures had once roamed the vast reaches of the earth. But then maybe the images I’d seen of them in books and screens would never have come alive. That sounds a bit selfish. Some say zoos play an important role in conservation, maybe it’s the only way conservation becomes real for many people. It’s the only reason that makes a tiny bit of sense to me. So based on this reason, my conclusion is that we enclose these majestic, beautiful and quirky animals within these walls and fences because of the limits and boundaries of our own minds, imagination and understanding.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”
The vast reaches of the ocean always form the perfect setting for the half and half capture – there’s this constant creation of amazing images between the ocean and sky, ocean and land. Then the sun, birds and even humans join in the fun to add to the picture. Here are a couple I found in my archives.