Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Props From Nature

'Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.'  -  Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning
'One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.'  -  Henry Miller
'The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.'
-  William Butler Yeats

I remember when my daughter was little, she is now 14, and looked with wonder at everything.  Rocks, flowers, animals, everything was new, wonderful, and amazing.  Somewhere along the way, for all of us it seems, these everyday things lost their allure and aren't quite as amazing as they once were.  

Photography has taught me to look closer at the things around me while searching for 'good shots'.  It has helped bring back some of that child-like wonder of the world. I find details I would have otherwise missed, notice the way light shines, shadows lie and colors brighten up a scene.  Of course this doesn't happen everyday, but it does happen more than it did before photography. 

For the Be Still class this week, Kim Klassen sent us out to 'take a walk and find some props'.  It was raining, so I improvised.   I used items I had previously collected: beach rocks, a feather, moss (purchased from Michaels)  and beautiful flowers from Trader Joe's.  Nature can provide some beautiful props, I just have to slow down and open my eyes to see them. 

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday and the class Be Still.  My images were textured with Kim's texture 0603.

Thank you for stopping by!!
Have a great week!!

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  1. Props from Nature are the best, lovely compositions Michelle

  2. Such wonderful 'nature' images, Michelle !
    Love the quotes too ...
    Have a great week,

  3. You are so right about photography causing us to slow down and enjoy the beauty around us! It has done the same for me too. These are beautiful Michelle. Love your flowers, and the top one is so pretty, seeing the light green stems through the jar and water. Such a nice touch with the rocks and feather on the moss. I love moss, and finally have some growing in my yard.

  4. You have created such a wonderful and lovely image, Michelle!
    The moss, the rock, the feather... just delightful! :)

  5. What wonderful images, Michelle ! I love how you have composed them, and the hyacinths.....gorgeous !

  6. I love the overhead shot so much! and YES to everything you just said!! Nature IS the best still life around.

  7. So true I look at everything completely different now that I am a photographer. I think I see more than ever as well.

  8. I couldn't agree more…. My grand daughter who just turned three is also helping me to see even more. Such lovely photos.

  9. Wonderful. Love your creation with the little pile of rocks with a feather. It all goes so well together.

  10. I love the pov of the second shot ! photography teaches you to look at things more closely indeed !

  11. I just love all the elements of this still life…..the flowers, the stones, the feather. But most of all I love the arrangement and the angles of your photos. Bravo!

  12. Michelle, I love that first image, it's beautiful in many regards! :)

    I also feel how much photography changed my attitude towards all those details and beauty that nature offers. Our lives are too fast and distracted, aren't they?

    By the way, the moss in your photo made me think of gathering some moss from my garden and drying it, it could be a nice prop next time when it comes to nature! Thanks for the inspiration. :)