Thursday, January 31, 2013

Photo-heart connection, number 1



"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."

- Arthur Conan Doyle


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Choosing my photo-heart connection this month has proved to be a little difficult,  not because I wasn't connecting, but instead because I was having too many. I simply went back and forth and round and round. But I can say that they all had something in common in that they were all from the same experience.

We've had quite a few foggy mornings recently and one day after dropping off the kids at school, I went home, grabbed my camera and headed to a park with a pond, and wetlands and wide open spaces. The fog was heavy and thick and the visibility was extremely low. I got out of my car and and made the decision to walk towards the field in the dew laden and muddy grass. There was something about that field that felt curious and mysterious and when I finally came to its edge I could see it too was lit up by dewdrops . . where spiderwebs came to life, appearing like miniature strings of twinkling lights.

That foggy morning was beautiful and peaceful and also helped to isolate the things around me, but in a good way. The fog allowed only the things right in front of me to become more obvious, my senses were heightened, and I became a keen observer. But sometimes in life we can become so caught up in things that don't matter that it causes a blanket of fog that prevents us from seeing the obvious, the necessary, the really important things.

This image just reminds me to be aware, to observe, and to keep life simple.

Love, Kim
XO




54 comments:

Tamar SB said...

There is a peace on a foggy morning, isn't there. Gorgeous, as always, Kim!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous Kim, and i love how you always pay such close attention to the small and beautiful things!

Deanna said...

I do love a foggy morning.

Kathryn said...

I love the lessons that nature choses to teach us. Beautifully captured and expressed Kim, I love this shot.

Barbara said...

Cool, love the image in the drop.

Barbara said...

Cool, love the image in the drop.

Kim Cunningham said...

So many people look, but don't see. I love how photography changes that in me. Beautiful work, Kim!

Nita Davis said...

Beautiful photo.

Etched Glass said...

You captured the right moment of this dew or raindrop. You made an art.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Nicely done...finding appreciation in the dreary is an art in and of itself♫♪ Here's my Cool Click effort:http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/curve-here.html

Sherri B. said...

What a gorgeous photo, and what lovely thoughts...I love fog in nature, but I really don't like fog in my brain! And I struggle with that all too often...you're right that being out with a camera reminds me of this lesson. Thank you for sharing, Kim!

Nicki said...

photography has invested me into what surrounds me like nothing has before. Beautiful capture - fantastic lighting.

Kathy said...

I drove out to Valley Forge the other morning because we had a beautifully dense fog and I thought "PHOTO OP". But, I have to admit...while walking around I felt enveloped in peace. It was quite lovely. As is your shot and your thoughts.

Pride In Photos said...

Kim, you are right....the simple things are the best. I just arrived home from Houston...your hometown:) It was wonderful there....your a lucky girl. Thank you for the encouraging words today on my memorial post. It meant a lot to me.
Laurie

Nancy Claeys said...

I have been distracted lately and can't seem to focus on my photography -- maybe the weather? In any event, I'm happy you had a moment or two to yourself to capture this lovely image. So peaceful. :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Perfect in its simplicity! Love the golden tones.

Bonnie said...

Brilliant! I love how you explain how the fog seemed to isolate things - removing all the usual background - so that you could really appreciate it. Beautifully processed, btw!

Brenda said...

An evocative and emotional image of utmost simplicity - and all the more striking because of that. A wonderful lesson about observation and being aware.

Loredana Donovan said...

Beautiful image and lovely words :)

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

So beautiful Kim! One of the reasons I so adore photography is that it has taught me to see things anew.

libbyquilter said...

absolutely gorgeous minimalist work~!!!~and i very much enjoyed reading what you shared about the experience of capturing this shot.

:-)
libbyQ

NatureFootstep said...

lovely work. The spiderweb ads a lot to the image. :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

Beautiful and minimal...love it. Well done
Hugs
SueAnn

Lisa Gordon said...

A beautiful photo, and such a truly eloquent description of this wonderful Photo-Heart connection.

Have a great weekend, Kim!

Stephanie said...

Pure perfection!

tiarastantrums said...

oh I have not heard of this challenge yet - off to check this out - loving the new digs around here!

Tina´s PicStory said...

very lovely! :)

Carrie said...

Visiting from Serendipity is Sweet. Love the quote and how you're trying to notice the simple everyday, beautiful things - definitely my life mantra!

Emily S said...

Oh, that is just beautiful!

Sandra said...

Foggy moments sometimes help us to see! "Keeping life simple" that's a good phrase and goes with your image of the little drop of water!

linda said...

so simple and beautiful!

Currie Silver said...

yours is a BIG vision of the smallest detail, Kim. I am always excited to see what you have done and am never EVER disappointed. I was so intrigued by the little thumbnail and when I learned the backstory I was just deLIGHTed with know HOW you came upon this shining moment.

BEautimous and enchanting!!

Lisa Lynn said...

Love the photo! Found you on Thursday Favorite Things! I'm kicking off a brand new blog hop on Superbowl Sunday called the Creative HomeAcre Hop! I would love to have you join the fun at:
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

Andrea Dawn said...

There is a singular beauty in this shot, Kim. A single twig, a single silk strand, a single dew drop. Beauty captured here in image and thoughts.

Leanne Barnett said...

Beautiful image Kim, & it is so good to notice & observe the things around us, isn't it?

momphotographer said...

Kim, this is an amazing picture!

Danielle said...

Oh I am so loving this!!! Very cool. Thank you so much for linking up with Cool Clicks!!!

Pat said...

Lovely!

Ida said...

So calming and beautiful. I love the little hint of a web on the branch.

Rosemary Reflectionsofmyworld said...

Cool Pic and loved to hear about your adventure, thanks for sharing photo heart moments.

Carola Bartz said...

Kim, this is so beautiful. I love the fog as well, it is one of my favorite photo conditions, and I love all the magic it can create. The dew is the cream on top!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful boket!
And the drip is so evocative.
Rinda

Molly said...

What a stunning capture!

Mollyxxx

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

I just love this revolution in digital photography. It allows so many people to capture moments like this--things we probably would not have bothered with in film. Thank you for sharing this Golden Moment!

Deborah Tisch said...

The image is stunning, but I'm really moved by your words as well.

Linda R said...

Keeping things simple.. I LOVE THAT..

What a gorgeous photo.

Hugs~

Paula said...

Wonderfully shot...love the reflection! A whole new world if we can just learn to look.

Katherines Corner said...

Kim, this is beautiful! I am a true believer that art is everywhere. We must pay attention as we go through life, not just to the beauty but to the miracles that are often right there in plain sight if only we would slow down long enough to acknowledge them. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started yesterday :-)

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful image! Your words made me feel like I was right there with you! Yes, to keep things simple! That's part of my goals this year.

colorpoems said...

So peaceful, so beautiful...

Kat Sloma said...

Such a similar message in our Photo-Heart Connection this month, Kim! I love your description of that morning and the beauty that the fog helped you see. It is so easy to get distracted by everything all around us. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection this month.

Cheryl Flatt said...

Your image caused me to pause and notice the details...sunburst, cobweb, water drop, reflection, beautiful bokeh...
Your words spoke a gentle reminder...

"This image just reminds me to be aware, to observe, and to keep life simple."

Love it!

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

I mentioned you on my blog today. I'm amazed at how far you've come with your photography and it is so inspirational to me. Have you ever done or considered doing a class on photo editing for beginners? I do all my photo editing in Picassa and know nothing about photoshop. Anyway, I may go back and dig through your blog some to see what I can learn!

geetlee said...

Hi Kim,
I completely relate to the last paragraph of this post.. it is so important to focus on things at hand rather than get confused by the larger picture. I totally needed to hear this today :)
Thanks bunches
xo

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