SPIRIT STANDING STILL - a blog about photography, mostly
"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." (Minor White)
I must have flowers, always and always - Claude Monet
Southern California’s wildflowers continue to color the landscape. If the orange poppies of Lake Elsinore embody the inland heat, then the purple hues of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve reflect its cooler ocean climate. A different color palette, but the same painterly feel. Mother Nature is a masterful impressionist, but I enhanced the feeling by adding a little photo impressionism of my own to some of the photos. As an added bonus, the thick fog rolled in, setting the stage for my favorite image of the day (with nary a flower in sight). The images seen here, and several others, have been added to the California Spring gallery. I hope you’ll take a look.
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us - Iris Murdoch
There is a fine effluence surrounding the wood, as if the sap had begun to stir and you could detect it a mile off. Such is the difference between an object seen through a warm, moist, and soft air and a cold, dry, hard one. Such is the genialness of nature that the trees appear to have put out feelers by which our senses apprehend them more tenderly. I do not know that the woods are ever more beautiful, or affect me more. (Journal of Henry David Thoreau, March 10, 1859)
I visited Blue Sky Ecological Reserve the other day - something of an exercise in frustration, since most of the trails were closed. But the oak grove was open, and it was a fine time to be there: early morning, with the fog just lifting. It added a softness to the air, echoing Thoreau's words on this date. The image above has a touch of photo impressionism, to enhance the mystery.
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Favorite Sites / Recents Reads
In the Moment: Michael Frye's Landscape Photography Blog
Carol Leigh photography blog
David du Chemin photography blog
Fine Art Landscape Photography of Seung Kye Lee
My Modern Met "where art enthusiasts and trend spotters connect over creative ideas"
Ian Plant Dreamscapes photography blog
William Neill's Light on the Landscape photoblog
Art Wolfe blog
Recently read, and highly recommended:
The creative habit (Twyla Tharp)
The museum of extraordinary things (Alice Hoffman)
Snow hunters (Paul Yoon)