Photography As Music

I think of photography as music. The way I move around and capture this and that is a dance of sorts. A melody borne of nature and its seasons.

Yesterday after my PT appointment I drove around town. I had my camera with me just in case.

I had no real destination in mind. Just drove around until something caught my eye and then I’d pull to the side of the road.

Poetry Without Words:

What might speak to me are a pile of rocks or layers of land. The way the sun slants across the rippling water.

To me this is poetry without words.

Every morning I make my cup of coffee and sit in this chair to chat with you. To show you what I see in my little corner of the world.

The Beauty Of Nature In Every Season:

I might be struck by tall strands of grass, brown in their wintry coat. Then I stop and lean this way and that and see what treasure I can find beyond it.

I just hope you see something of what I see.

Trees shedding their leaves. The way the trees grow tilted toward each other over time as though reaching toward a friend or lover.

A scattering of leaves on the ground with a bit of green here and there. A blending of the seasons.

That pause in time until the season fully takes hold and the other one quietly slips away.

A Hint Of Normalcy:

I use a zoom lens. And from far away I captured these two older men sitting together on a bench.

In a time when there is such sadness, these men sitting together on a bench in the park represent normalcy.

Maybe they’re old friends, meeting up to take advantage of the warmer day to sit and chat.

Prisms Of Light:

It is as though the water above is throwing up shiny jewels. Tiny prisms of light for the sun to grab onto and hold for a time.

Do you see it?

I very much want you to see what I see.

I am never happier than when I’m outside looking at the world through a tiny lens.

My words would be nothing without my pictures. Together they speak a language I hope you understand.

My Gift:

I want to hand you a little bit of a gift in these trying times. Something that might distract you from the sorrow for just a little while.

A small token of my appreciation that you come here to visit me.


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  1. These photos are absolutely calming and beautiful. Gave me such a good feeling looking at each one. I do love your creative skill with your camera. Merry Christmas to you, Ivy and Charlie.

  2. Lovely post and beautiful pictures. You certainly have an eye for photography and thank you for sharing it. Seeing beauty in “normal” things is a gift and you have it. I believe if we listen close enough all art has “music”. I’ve seen the Seurat painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” several times in Chicago. Each time I could definitely “hear” it. It’s a different sort of music but music nonetheless. Spotting those 2 men seems so “normal” yet during these times it becomes a special spark of joy.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures! I may not see exactly what you see but I love what I see.

  4. I don’t comment often, but read you daily and am grateful that you share your world with all of us. Wishing you joy and peace this holiday season.

  5. wow..stunning photography. You no doubt have an art for photography and it sure looks very professional and does tell a story. I love the first one and also the ducks..and all. Hope you have a nice week and beautiful, peaceful Merry Christmas.

  6. Brenda, I have followed your blog for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed your photos and descriptions. Merry Christmas to you and your babies.

  7. “Poetry without words”—you are SO right!!! What a *gift* you have, too, with both photography and word-crafting!! Thank you so much for sharing both with all of us.

  8. Greetings this fine morning, Brenda
    I woke up glad and hopeful and your post made it doubly so…..
    Thank you for sharing your pictures; your narration of them is just as visibly beautiful!

  9. thank you for sharing your world with us EVERY day!
    you are wonderfully creative and it’s a delight to see things the way you do. bless you and your little family!
    love especially to Charlie Ross and his courage for life. and the happy antics of Ivy! XO

  10. Thank you Brenda for sharing the beauty of simple things to see and enjoy, if we slow down long enough.

  11. Thank you Brenda, your photos are indeed a gift, and a gift that is very much appreciated!

  12. Thank you Christmas angel for my Christmas gift today. I opened it on this cold, dreary day in Michigan and found joy.

  13. Your writing and photography are such gifts to us. I come here everyday to see what you have to tell us & share each day. I love seeing your corner of the world. The trees are beautiful and the cemetery has a solemn beauty to it as well. Thank you for thinking about all of us each day

  14. I love your photography Brenda. I need to go out and see nature more. I think it is so very interesting and healing too.
    I understand completely what you see and like to capture.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Thank you for the amazing gift of nature, always at its finest. You picked the perfect gift and music for this season of giving. Thank you for your insight!

  16. Your mind is a garden. You can grow flowers or weeds. Brenda, thank you for sharing nature with us today. It was calming and beautiful. I must admit I am feeling a little more calm not watching as much news. Our pets, nature, music, friends and counting our blessings help everyday. Have a great day everyone.

  17. Thank you so much for just being you Brenda! You bring so much joy into my life reading your blog everyday! Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family!

  18. Thank you for the gift of you. I look forward to your blog each day. These pictures are a gift to all of us seeking peace in this world. Happy Holidays Brenda.

  19. I love your pictures … they bring a pause and peace to the soul. You are fortunate to be so talented in looking at the world through a lens that most of us do not have and the ability to share it with us.

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