THE PHOTO and THE MESSAGE
a root and it's reflection creating a heart image.
As I was walking in Wakodahatchee Wetlands this morning
I started thinking about all of you dear subscribers
and began mentally composing an article and thank
you. In keeping with the photo theme, I wondered what
photo I could use AND a short time later, there it
was - a heart shape patiently waiting for me to photograph
What triggered my thoughts, I think, is the writing
that I had done a short time before. I have been participating,
by phone (optional), in Julie Jordan Scott's 42 Days
to Writing Passionately Program where there is a daily
lesson that includes a writing prompt.
This morning's reading was about "PLACE"
18) and the prompt was "In the scene there
is...." I wrote:
In the scene there is peace.
There is green.
There is water and
There are birds.
The people who are dear to me are there also.
My heart flutters at the sparkles in the water,
The splashes that spray when the terns dive down.
Food for all.
Sustenance comes from this peaceful place
With all that I love.
I want to share it.
Id love for you to experience the texture,
The vibrancy, the beingness of the
Freshness of Nature and Humanity.
People, animals, birds, plants...
All alive to be appreciated,
©2005 Sheila Finkelstein
In the background of my mind, as I wrote, was the
feeling of Wakodahatchee Wetlands, the place from
which I share so many photos with you in Picture
to Ponder. After the phone call, I went walking
As I was walking you all, my dear subscribers, were
with me. I began to think about how often you are
with me when I walk.
I looked at the new sign explaining the duckweed,
which "discourages the growth of algae, provides
food for wildlife and cleans the water by absorbing
nitrogen and phosphorous." I thought of the
one of you who wrote about the beauty despite the
When I see the various images in the fireflag that
call to me, I think of comments another of you has
made about them, often making me laugh. As I photograph, baby birds I think of those of
you who loved the baby stilts.
And I think of those of you who have shared writings
that have been inspired by my photos.
So many of the things I now see, I often look at
through what I think might be your eyes. "Will
they appreciate this? Will they not?" No matter
where I am with a camera, anymore, I'm thinking
of you as I photograph, framing many of the pictures
with you in mind.
I think of those of you who love purple and those
who especially appreciate the close-up, "macro",
views, particularly of the flowers. I am zeroing
much more closely now because of your responses.
Know that though I have not mentioned your names
in the examples above, it's simply because I did
not want to miss anyone. I do know who you are,
those of you who write in, or comment if I see you
in person, and I sense the presence of each of the
rest of you.
And, so, as we in the United States, prepare to
celebrate Independence Day, I thank you all for
the contributions you have been making to me and
my growing independence as an artist and writer.
With love and appreciation
for all that you inspire in me,
PS - The link for today's issue is http://www.eteletours.com/issue130.html,
if you wish to share this particular one.
And it is on the PICTURE
TO PONDER BLOG if you wish to read it
there and/or leave comments or read those that others
© 2005 Sheila Finkelstein