Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

May 29, 2010

A Walk in the Woods

Filed under: Awareness,Nature — Tags: , , — Frank Burnside @ 8:34 pm

To my way of thinking, there’s nothing quite so rewarding as a walk in the woods when the sun has come out after a morning rain. The green is greener, the old wood is darker, and small things loom large.

05.29.10 – Images by Frank Burnside

May 24, 2010

Photo of the Day – A Pile of Stones

Filed under: Awareness,Seeing,Shot of the Day — Frank Burnside @ 11:15 pm

On the rock wall next to the steps leading up to my front door sits an unprepossessing pile of small stones.  Most people don’t even notice it; those who do write it off as an eccentricity.  The stones (not large – the one in the lower left corner measures about two inches at it’s widest points) were gathered from various points around the country because they attracted my interest.  In me, they evoke vague memories of their origins, although I couldn’t tell you which comes from where.

When dry, they are rather dull and uninteresting, but when wet, they take on a a subtle glow that displays a wide range of colors – just the thing that Thoreau had in mind, I think, when he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”  Wetness, it seems, enhances the character of everything it touches.

May 23, 2010

Photo of the Day – Bug in a Drop

Filed under: Awareness,Nature,Shot of the Day — Frank Burnside @ 9:55 pm

One finds unexpected drama in attempting to photograph drops of water on a leaf.  Case in point, this bug.  Questions arise…  Did he crawl into that drop and get trapped?  Is he still alive?  (He wasn’t moving.)  Did he get enough to drink?  Why or how did he get in there in the first place?  Did he leave a family of little bugs behind?  Why didn’t he just crawl out?  For that matter, is he a “he” at all?

One can imagine drowning in an ocean, river, or even a lake.  But how would it feel to suddenly find yourself in a huge, round but unmoving volume of water?

There is so much we don’t know, nor can even imagine.

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