Thankful reunions

They began to appear.

Brightly-dressed Finches were first. And then the haunting call of the Thrush. Frogs, Turtles, Fry, Newts, and Peepers followed in turn.

She waited for other friends, many of which she had not communed with since childhood. She hoped that some were already here and if they were, which would she see again after so long a separation?

And they came. Dog Tooth Violet, Spring Beauty, and Wake Robin. Her smile filled with gladness. Although satisfied, she hoped that others, perhaps Hepatica, Squirrel Corn, and Lady’s Slipper, would arrive even if fashionably late.

She has welcomed these reunions of spring, especially.


32 thoughts on “Thankful reunions

    • Thank you. I have hesitated to write in this way but find that it just happens. I believe that my scientific background has predisposed me to an otherwise way of thinking. I feel comfortable with the ‘voice’ and will take your comment as approbation. I wonder whether this might signal the path toward eccentricity (which, I am entirely OK with).

  1. This is a lovely soft selective focus spring beauty, David. Very nice and certainly a welcome home. I feel the same every spring with the return of birds and blooms (there’s a magazine by that name).

      • Rain, rain and more rain. But you know what that’s good for. Not just May flowers, but May brook flow as well. We are due for rain or a chance of it through the week. I had to work in the Berkshires town of Otis this morning and it would pour, then the sun would come out, then it showered, then the sun came out and finally it drizzled until we were done working. [Indoors, of course.] Approbation is a little different than the reprobate that I see in me.

    • Thanks. I feel like I’m walking that fine line with the writing. I enjoy it very much so will try and stop worrying about what I think others ‘really’ think about it. [Is that a classic response from me … or what?]

      • Haha, yes it is a very classic response indeed :). You and I are the type that live too much in our own heads … it’s hard because it’s not really very nice in there sometimes. I have really enjoyed the writing lately, although I thoroughly enjoy the science-based writing as well. Joanna’s character comes across (to me) as a powerful fairy type creature inviting you to enter her magical natural world … I like it.

    • As I think I’ve told you before Steve, I simply click ’em as I see ’em. I’m happy to know, however, that what pleases my eye also happens to follow-the-rules. I wonder. When you bring your eye to the viewfinder, does your mind sift through a series of applicable rules or guidelines appropriate for the particular situation? Or does your eye simply know what looks good? And, of course, what looks good simply happens to fall into line with established rules and guidelines. Does anyone really follow rules when creating images as we do? I wonder? I like to think I don’t (or can’t or don’t know how to).

      • I don’t usually think about following rules, and in general I’m hostile to rules for the sake of rules. The list of approaches in the About My Techniques document in my sidebar came about after the fact. In other words, over time I looked at the photographs I was posting and extracted some general principles from them that I thought other photographers might find useful. For me, then, it’s mostly a matter of “what looks good,” as you said. That doesn’t mean I don’t experiment and try new things; I do, and I can easily throw away the many that don’t work.

        • Your last comment reminds me of ‘The rule of thumb.’ Do you know it? It applies to photographers who used to shoot slide film back in the day. The rule of thumb stated that, with regard to slides, you kept the best … and put your thumb through the rest. I appreciate this age of digital photography when many, many images can be captured … from which to select. Although I don’t much use the delete button, I use only a very (very) small fraction of the images I record.

          • You can still carry on the old tradition by using a thumb to hit the delete button.

            In iffy situations, like getting good focus on the important details in a macro photograph when there’s not much depth of field, I often take a bunch of pictures. In looking through the images later (assuming I take the time, which I don’t always), I throw away any in which I see I didn’t get the focus right. No point taking up hard drive space with a picture I’ll never use. One exception is that occasionally I keep two individually imperfect images in order to use a good part of one to replace the corresponding not-as-good part of the other.

    • Thank you so much L/E (perhaps I should ask … is it OK to continue to refer to you (both) that way?). As I think I have admitted to you before, I feel unsure with regard to this experimental genre. I enjoy expressing myself in this way but feel very much out-of-my-element. I take your opinions quite seriously and am therefore positive. Thank you.

      • Thank you, D. It is so good that you stretch yourself beyond your comfort level in your creative expression; it doesn’t seem at all that you are “out-of-your-element” but in fact right where you should be! Yes, we’re ok with L/E (thank you for checking). 🙂

  2. Your writing is magical. I’m envious of your theme!
    Have you heard of Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel? I think you’d appreciate it – I thought it was beautiful.

    • I took a quick look (at Amazon) at Meadowland and will not speak of Lewis-Stempel’s work in the same sentence as my own. I’d like to be be able to genuinely appreciate your reaction to this post, but (as you may or may not know) my own confidence in it is lacking. This is not my way of getting you to respond with additional, supportive, observations but, rather, it reflects my genuine hesitancy in having adopted this lyrical approach (of which I know very little, but feel comfortable with). You are correct that I appreciate both Lewis-Stempel’s topic and his very personal way of writing. I’ve got a birthday coming up, perhaps I can drop some not-so-subtle hints about the house? Thanks Jenny. D

  3. This is a stunning photo, one of your best. I love the faded borders of the flower and its delicate color. Who knew you were a poet, as well? Inspired and impressive.

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