Friday, June 25, 2010

Phriday Phun


BEAUTIFUL WEEDS
I think as a 'group,' we photographers tend to be more observant of our surroundings.  We often see details and beauty that others miss.  We are always looking for something beautiful, unique, funny, noteworthy, etc. to capture and preserve.  When I photograph landscapes and nature I have a greater appreciation and reverence for this beautiful world, our divine Creator, and all his amazing creations.....flora, fauna, human, etc.  When I photograph people, I am really focused and in the moment, and so I gain greater insights into peoples' personalities, uniqueness, and have greater empathy and understanding for their life circumstances.  Being a photographer has taught me to be more grateful, more observant, and to take the time to find beauty each day.  Which brings me to this picture.  These are weeds growing right by the curb on a vacant lot on my street.  This spring I've watched the weeds get taller and taller, and would think it will sure be nice when someone builds a house there so that vacant lot wouldn't be such an eyesore.  Then a couple days ago, on my way rushing to an appointment, I saw this flash of magenta color out of the corner of my eye.  I stopped for just a minute to discover the 'flowers' of these weeds had popped open and they were interesting and, yes, 'beautiful'.  I impatiently waited until early the next morning when the light was right, to capture their beauty.  While I was doing so, several of my neighbors who were rushing off to work, drove by, and I'm sure they thought I was nuts standing in a bunch of scraggly looking weeds with my camera.  But I bet if they saw these photographs, they would have no idea this is what they were driving by every day!!!  When I downloaded these photos and saw how 'beautiful' they were.......that was PHUN!

11 comments:

Scott said...

You are so right about the fact that there are many beautiful creations out there that we call weeds. These photos certainly prove that point.

Thanks for stopping by my Phun Phriday! and for your comments.

teca said...

Que lindo! Ambas as fotos são maravilhosas!

Beijos.

Sandra said...

some of my favorite photos are weeds, i love all things wild, animal or plant kingdom. I don't do people photos unless they get in my way. I don't like dealing with photos by request, just want to enjoy nature with my lens. I do take photos of people in one place, the nursing home where i volunteer. I am there officail photographer and document their actitivies. Like when they hold baby goats. wow, love those goats. the flower breathtaking.

Denise said...

As a photographer I think we fine tune our senses at each photo we take. These 'weeds' are terrific!

An English Girl Rambles

S. Etole said...

I just kept thinking ... Wow! Oh, Wow! as they appeared on the screen. You photographed them beautifully.

MyMaracas said...

These "weeds" are indeed beautiful, and I love your photos of them. Now that you're watching for them, I think you'll find many wild flowers are just a beautiful as the tame kind. My favorite thing about photography is that it teaches you to really see.

Rick said...

Wonderful post Karen - I think you captured what a lot of us strive for - to see those things that are beautiful in their own right. Some see a weed - to be trampled or ripped out; others see a beautiful masterpiece, such as you did with these 'weeds'. You did a great job capturing their beauty!

Bruce Caspersonn said...

What a great blog! I enjoyed it.

Stacey Dawn said...

I so agree with you Karen - as a group - photographers tend to see beyond, in and sometimes even through the more obvious. It's one thing I so love about photography.

I, too, get funny looks taking pictures of some things - but if they could see the end results - they'd understand why!

These are gorgeous - the color fabulous. I don't think I could call them weeds... ;o)

Lisa said...

I love all the new engagement.

Glenda said...

Amazing beauty! You really do have the gift of finding and capturing beauty all around you. Thanks for sharing it with us!