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Peripheral Vision - Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann

Peripheral Vision - Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann
My blog features my nature photography and abstract paintings, and ideas about art, life, and our connection to our Earth.
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Moon Lakes and Night Voices
2009-09-08 18:50:00
Moon Lake - c Lynda Lehmann i cannot sleep.a pale shroud has overtaken the darkened worldand shadows quiver in rhythm of moonlight.released by luster of illumination,voices rise from deep recesses of mind and forestwhere dreams and creatures meetto share mystery.their discourse rises on sleek silver strands, to the night force has the wisdom to know its own sustenance,the Life Force whose glow burns brighter in its knowing.voices merge--chirps and squawks, calls and whispers--melding past and future, history and infinityto tell of their knowing.and i know that their knowing is so much greater than mine.i cannot sleep.i drink as well, from the vast cup of silence,the silky intervals of chastened nightthat channels the voices...those murmurs of God and Infinity thatall at oncecalm and discomfort my soul.i cannot sleep.i must not sleep.--Lynda Lehmann c 2009All art and text copyright Lynda Lehmann. All rights reserved. If you would like to view my art or make a purchase...
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Low-Lives or Elegant Beauties?....The Organic Splendor of Lichen, Revisited
2009-08-30 17:12:00
Branching with the grace of trees; sparkling with the light of stars; spreading with the hope of life; imbued with the energy of Creation; pastel-colored like fairies and rainbows. What am I talking about? LICHEN, of course!Welcome to my "Garden of Earthy Delights!" Here are some recent macro shots of majestic trees whose bark presents a cornucopia of smaller lifeforms. They represent a microcosm of organic form that rivals the beauty of any flower garden. Form, color, infinite configurations: the peaceful symbiosis of bark, moss, insects, and lichen defy the hungry eye to ignore them. At first glance you might feel these shots are redundant, but if you look closely, you'll see a great variety of abstract compositions!I LOVE photographing lichen. I think that some of my Abstract Expressionist paintings reflect my fascination with the kind of bursting forth of life force reflected in the orderly disorder of lichen!If these images awaken your sense of wonder and you'd like to ...
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Peace, Hope, Unity
2009-08-28 17:08:00
This song was written and recorded by Allan Varela, Director of Long Island's Smithtown Township Arts Council! I want to share it with my blogging friends. Let's all spread some hope!
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Preening Seagull Dance: A Nature Video
2009-08-20 23:54:00
I didn't have time this week to write a long post, so I thought I'd upload this short video I shot on the beach this past winter. Or maybe it was early spring; I guess that depends on your viewpoint and how literally you take the calendar!The snow was still melting on the beach, it was a mild day, and this seagull was up for a good cleansing bath. I thought his behavior was so animated and interesting, and I'm glad he let me get close enough to capture it. Nature is so full of wonders!Please bear with me in that I'm posting and commenting less than usual, as we are still in the throes of house construction and remodeling. I didn't forget about you, and hold my blogging friends dear.I hope to be more "present" soon. I hope you're having lovely late-summer days, filled with warmth, discovery, and wonders of your own making.All video and text copyright Lynda Lehmann. All rights reserved. If you would like to view my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Paint...
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Bullfrog Symphony: A Meditation Video
2009-08-11 23:26:00
I want to share the mystery and beauty of the fresh-water marsh with you. If I wait until this video is fine-tuned, I may never post it! So I thought I'd do it now.You will hear the frogs and peepers singing in concert, the gentle wind blowing past, and the sound of my snapping of still shots. I'm sitting in a rocking boat, so the stability of the camera is not what it should be.But if you turn your sound all the way up and give it a listen, I think you'll find it relaxing!All video and text copyright Lynda Lehmann. All rights reserved. If you would like to view my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.
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The Wail of the Mourning Dove
2009-08-10 21:20:00
I'm ready to enjoy my morning coffee. Somewhere nearby, a Mourning Dove cries. A plaintive call, to protest the onset of another cloudy morning?I lean back to rest my head against the wall. The cry continues. I am held rapt by the sound. It is neither here nor there, but beyond time and place. The sound is plaintive and nostalgic. Is it because similar calls are heard around the world, that they defy our sense of place and particularity?I am not alone. The songbird is present, but everywhere. The call is timeless. Across continents, people hear the same songs. Evocations of the infinite...This cry does not belong to our time alone. It belongs to All Time, to the Beginning of Time, to Creation.I drift on its notes, and let my thoughts float beyond the tight walls of the space where I sit. Outside, the trees loom and portend the larger forests that extend in all directions. But my mind has now encircled and embraced the world, carried on the plaintive song of the Mourn...
In the Stars: Serendipity and Bob Johnson's Blog!
2009-08-04 23:23:00
Thinking back, I remember writing a post or two on the idea of coincidence, or synchronicity. Whether you attribute the coincidences in your life to God, to accident, "just the odds," fate, luck, ESP, or some kind of Cosmic Jester, it's interesting to contemplate how these events effect our lives.In one of my posts I described what I thought was an interesting coincidence in my life, relating to a family trip to Bussana Vecchia, Italy. And now I have another for you.One evening a little over a week ago, my husband and I stole an hour from the ongoing saga of our house construction, to spend out on the lake, watching the changes of twilight. I shot a lot of too-dark water-garden type images, enjoying the process in my usual fashion.Then the moon caught my eye, and there I sat in a moving boat, clicking away at the rising sphere. I knew I wouldn't get good results, but I had to try it anyway. I remembered Bob Johnson's wonderful Black Holes and Astrostuff blog, and all the ...
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Where My Heart Loves to Wander
2009-07-23 02:08:00
Little Secrets of the ForestThe Forest PrimevalLichen PuzzleRugged TerrainExpectant, I break with the path to enter the forest gate. I know I have a pact with the forest, under whose canopy, worlds open. Engrossed by sweet, green-tinted shade spangled with glimmers of sunlight, my senses tingle. Wide-eyed I stand, compelled by the richness of possibility: here in the world of shadows and translucence, anything is possible.I move on. The woods close around me and beckon me further. The sound of my tread is its own music as my feet pad over gnarled roots, soft beds of moss, and the tough flanks of boulders.I feel the stretch of my calves and hear also, the rhythm of my breathing; only the murmur of the trees is more compelling. I bathe in green splendor, glad for a moment of reverie.Here in the forest I own myself, I am fully and freely me. The covenant is with the Life Force. And I drink at its fount.Life looms larger. More real than real, this arbor now--heaving in sync with t...
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Garden Harmony
2009-07-18 01:23:00
Gossamer Peach Garden Harmony Sometimes the scenes in our gardens are of such harmony and grace as to be truly an inspiration, even among the weeds or wildflowers that may take root there.Not only do our gardens emerge and bloom in predictable patterns, year after year, but they delight us with unanticipated surprises, as well. I think we should be thankful for both the predictable beauties, as well as the continual serendipity of unexpected combinations to delight the eye and calm the soul.All images and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind, where you can choose from several sizes and paper types or buy my prints plain or matted and framed.
Peripheral Vision Listed Among "100 Best Scholarly Art Blogs!"
2009-07-07 21:30:00
On Top of the World - Image c 2009 Lynda LehmannPeripheral Vision has been named on a list of the "100 Best Scholarly Art Blogs ." I'm so honored that my blog is listed in the Art-Photo category, along with the "NY Times," "NASA," "Life" and "Time" Magazine blogs, as one of the best scholarly art-blog sites!Please scroll down the list and look for my blog under "Best Art Photography Blogs." I don't know the person who made the list, but I want to thank him or her for putting me in such good company! It's an interesting list that you might want to check out for your own resources. It seems the author has collected a lot of fine sites for our enjoyment!http://www.universityreviewsonl ogs.html_________On another note entirely, I regret that circumstances are causing me to take time off from my blogging for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I will respond to your comments and try to get around to visit you. It's just untenable...
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The Devil's in The Details, And So is Sublimity
2009-06-30 22:59:00
Light Play, Sweep of CloudsLittle Secrets of the ForestWater The Details Bark AbstractPrimeval PatternsBarkscapeLichen PaintingTextures in nature abound. To me it's a miracle just how many variations on a theme exist on every tree, every boulder, every expanse of water or sky. Infinity is manifest on so many levels. The details are there everyday to please our eyes and lead us to the recognition of forces so much greater than ourselves. Like variations on a theme or algorithmic permutations, the symphonic display of colors and surface markings is the calligraphy of the cosmos. Above you see sky, clouds, water, rock, and several views of bark and lichen. Each entity carries endless potential for changing form, surface character, or other properties. Our cup is always full with dynamic and ever-changing forms of beauty--if we will see them.I can't begin to imagine how much more beauty and diversity of form exists in the vast world that is beyond my little sphere, but that makes ...
2009-06-28 17:14:00
EntityBalancing ActQuixotic RainbowsConsciousness I've long had a fascination with consciousness. The idea of consciousness includes concepts like ideation, mindset, attitude, memory, mindfulness, conceptualization, creativity. One can go on and on adding aspects and dimensions to any description of consciousness, and that is precisely why it fascinates me. The human experience is so unlimited and multi-dimensional, as to appear infinite. The older I get, the more I become intrigued both by my own creative drive and by the creative proclivities of people around me. Our consciousness, both individually and collectively as an evolving species, is something to celebrate!Working with my husband on the house these past weeks, has me painting moldings and doors in my sleep! Thank goodness I can squeeze in an hour or so in the evenings, to produce some digital art. The creative act expands my mind and releases me from the ties to everyday activities, which can get pretty repetitive....
Serene Lake Scenes, Seen from the Shallows
2009-06-21 18:17:00
GloryHeading OutPointing WestPreening Loon and Mate Reflections of HeavenWhere A Tree GrowsHeads UpTendrilsEmerging LiliesA Whisper and A PrayerEmerald GrassesCoveYesterday we worked until 4:30. It was time to call it a day, a bit earlier than usual. We needed a break so we took our small aluminum boat out. It's well-suited to shallow waters, and easier to handle than a canoe, when encumbered with a camera and bag.We headed into the fresh-water marsh at the near end of the lake, and here are a few photos of the delightful sights we saw. I didn't get a good shot of the new beaver lodge--last year's is abandoned--but I'll post it when I get one.As you can see, the most elegant and luminous golden grasses sparkled in the sparkling water, while emerging, fresh (as yet uneaten by beetles) lily pads with unfurling scalloped edges floated in the sun. In the photo above, what you see sprinkled in the water around the lilies, is pollen. Pollen was everywhere, in staggering amounts, ...
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A Bull's Content
2009-06-05 03:20:00
My husband and I like to take rides around the Maine countryside whenever possible, even if only for half an hour. With all this work going on, we need an occasional break!There's so much to see in Maine: of Americana , rural life, and local color. Each home, farm or village seems to call out it's own unique history. The slick and staccato nervous pulse of the city is replaced by nature. And the story of each piece of property, reflecting the lives of its past and present owners, is often hinted at, if not readily apparent. I'm fascinated not only by the lay of the lush green land, but by the trappings of life, both humble and high-reaching but always human, that are visible from the road.Above you see a shed that caught my interest, it's somewhat dilapidated form seeming to declare that it has been abandoned. "Stop the car," I said when I first spotted it and rolled down the window. To accomodate my photographic whim, my husband applied the brakes.I was shooting the aged ...
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Experience as a Survival Imperative, for Humanity and Our Earth
2009-06-02 18:16:00
Elemental Beauty - Image c Lynda Lehmann 2009A few days ago I read Robb's post Troubled Waters, at Musings at Aorotea. Robb's posts always resonate with me. They speak truths that many of us don't take the time to articulate, and his passion and wisdom inspire me. You might want to go over to read it and see if you feel the same way. Robb's heartfelt post moved me to write this related post.Thinking about Robb's words, I remembered canoeing on stretches of the Delaware in places where my oar could not cut through the tangle of weeds nurtured by fertilizer runoff from surrounding farms. It was literally impossible to pull an oar through that underwater thicket. I'm sure that over the years, many would-be canoers have had to turn back when the going got tough, as we did. It was difficult and very sad to have to explain to our then six-year-old daughter, why we couldn't continue downstream.I've seen pristine jewels of azure blue lakes...
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Digital Fantasies with Lights and Orbs
2009-05-31 17:54:00
Blue DreamCircular Reverie Fractious Orbs Gray on GrayWith the chaos of construction going on around me, and my attempts to help my husband and also hold down the fort in other ways, I find I'm having little time to blog and even less time for art. I'm looking forward to August when we might be past this phase. Maybe at that point I'll have more time for my interests, and hubby will get to take a break. I hope to be painting by August or September, as well.Here are some digital pieces I created wholly in Photoshop, using a variety of filters. The one at the top is the fourth in this series, and "Gray on Gray," which you see at the bottom, is the first image I created. Essentially, all four are derived from the same basic image. I could keep on going with multiple variations and probably will. But for the purpose of this post I thought it would be a good idea to show you just four images in progression, all with the same composition as a source.One cannot help but be fascinated b...
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HQ - Ti lascio una canzone - 'O sole mio: Trio Ginoble-Boschetto-Barone - L
2009-05-31 16:56:00
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The River Wakens
2009-05-25 17:36:00
Morning on the River - c 2009 Lynda Lehmann River stirs to morning light. She yawns, and stretches--sleek silver-blue-- past distant field and copse. Though smoothly, she quickens,unfolds to light, flowing past verdant hills and tawny ledges, in glimmering contentment. In the Shade of the Far Bank - c 2009 Lynda LehmannText and images c 2009 Lynda Lehmann. Please visit me at if you would like to see more of my photos, digital art, and abstract expressionist paintings.
"B" is For Barnside Beauty
2009-05-18 15:13:00
One day last week during one of my routine "errand tours." I noticed the sunlit facade of a weathered old barn. I was stricken with the stunning variations that caught my eye, from the color changes to patterns and textural variation, in the wood. This facade was indeed like a permutation on the theme of aged wood. I was mesmerized.This post shows several views of the same building, composed differently. The building has been patched, doctored, improvised upon, and altered through the decades, giving it even more interest. The original slats of siding are punctuated by the addition of glass, wire, and plexiglass, making it a repository of makeshift repair methods. You will note that none of these attempts detracts from the battered, antique quality of the wood.I think I would define beauty as an aesthetic experience in which one's attention and perception are arrested and jolted out of everyday context and functioning, by a sensory stimulus (in this case, a visual) that cause...
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Serendipity: The Unexpected Beauty of Peach-Colored Irises and Pink Peonies
2008-06-04 17:46:00
Precious Peony - Image c Lynda LehmannPeach y Petals - Image c Lynda LehmannI had the pleasure of finding these blooms on a recent walk. Some days I find only spent or wilted flowers, but this past Monday, my luck was good. I felt blessed to encounter these lush specimens at the peak of their glory! I shot with a small aperture for depth of field, because of the depth of the blossoms. Hope you enjoy them!I'd like to dedicate them to Janice Thompson at Drinking the Moon. Janice is bedridden with a bad bout of arthritis. I'm sure she'd love to have our visits to her blog to see her lovely poetry and nature images, and that would cheer her a little when she's able to get up. I hope you feel better soon, Janice!I'll be busy building a cabin into a house this summer, with my husband, so you'll probably see less of me here on the blogosphere. But I'll try to post and comment, although maybe less often. I couldn't resist posting these beauties today. Now why doesn't MY garden look ...
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Irises to Honor Our Blogging Community
2008-06-01 19:24:00
I'd like to thank a few blogging friends who have shown the spirit of community by being inclusive. First I'd like to thank all of you who voted for me in the Saatchi Showdown. My painting "Untitled Gray," shown in my last post, had received 750 votes last time I checked, and that's not a bad showing. I didn't win, but with only one winner of each round, out of thousands, winning is unlikely. As we all know, it's how you play the game that counts, and of course, half the battle is showing up for the game! here are the two finalists from the last round: Paola Carlini and Kevin Gerien.Next I want to thank Nikki at Ethiriel, who has done a short article on my art. Stop in at Nikki's site when you get a chance, because she always has a variety of art featured and it's an eclectic and exciting collection.Next I would like to thank Niels at My Camera World for his great photography articles. He has inspired me to try new things, including intentional camera movement. You can view a...
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"Untitled Gray" Entered for Saatchi Showdown Vote!
2008-05-21 16:17:00
I've entered "Untitled Gray " in the SAATCHI SHOWDOWN round that runs this week, from May 19 - 26. Can you please take a minute to give my painting your vote? Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to vote in the past.On most days, the site loads quite fast, and the voting takes just a second! Thanks again for your support! Wishing you all a productive week and sunny skies. owdown/index.php?showpic=139563Image c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind .
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Surging Into Sunlight
2008-05-18 17:23:00
After a late spring rain, the freshened arbor bursts with life force. Blooming and burgeoning plant-forms grope their way into another season of being, under the whispering canopy. The rhythm of rushing water underscores the call of all things wild and free, into fresh growth, vigor, and sparkling green. Resilient, life unfolds. The forest shows us the conjoined poles of the Grand Paradox, the dynamic mix and sensuous interplay of masculine and feminine principles, the unknowable yin and yang. From the steady, sure, unfading boulders anchoring the multitude of energies, to the glimmering rivulets vibrating amid fecund shores; from the pristine, continuous blue of the sky-dome to the groping aggregates of rough moss and lichen fields; to the fleeting but certain presence of pungent breeze....Something stirs in my soul, and it is larger than joy.Image and text c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photogra...
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Midnight Rampage and "Art Cries Out" Protest-Art Website
2008-05-13 04:30:00
Deep red-orange streaking curves against a moody dark blue-purple ground evoke a dramatic clash or confrontration in this abstract digital piece. Image c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind . ART CRIES OUT: A PROTEST-ART WEBSITEA real-time friend told me about this site, so I checked it out. tml"Art Cries Out" promotes and features protest art. For those of us who experience malaise because we have serious peace, justice and environmental concerns, this may be just what the doctor ordered. So go on over and pay them a visit, give them your support, and maybe submit your protest art! I think they take writing as well as images.I hope to dig up my anti-nuclear posters sometime before or during the summer, to submit to them. This is another way to make our voices heard! I'm sorry for posting twice in 24 hours, but I found this site ...
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Sky Blue Universe
2008-05-12 16:55:00
View From the Jetty on a Pristine Day -c 2008 Lynda Lehmann Sky Blue Universe sunlight bends to grasp and holdfar regions bound to earth.horizon ties heaven, land, and sea,the universe-continuumwhose color is the sky.waters, skies, pass days to nights.boulders massive, algae slightbind all to Onegrand cycle, play, and song,transforming dark to light. - Text and image c Lynda Lehmann 2008Image c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my gallery at Imagekind.
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The Time of Her Life
2008-05-07 18:22:00
This past Sunday my husband and I walked at a nearby beach. The day was pristine, abundant with sunshine and fresh air. Both the sky and water were the most gorgeous, sparkling hues of blue and the wind was calm. Everything felt right: a truly mellow and harmonious afternoon. A child's joy is precious. This little girl romping through the water along the edge of Long Island Sound is feeling not only the coolness and refreshment of the water splashing her feet, but also the caress of the wind and the warmth of a giving sun. She is truly discovering life, opening her senses to the wonders of the world around her. Since I wasn't carrying a model release, I photographed her from the side and back.As adults, we can open ourselves to our "inner child." Taking time out to visit a beautiful place with a spouse or friend is half the battle. Remember the saying "You gotta be there!"? Isn't it amazing how just "being there" can rid us of our preoccupations and open new doors of perception...
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Sweet Calico Goat and Orphan Works Act
2008-04-28 18:48:00
This sweet animal has a beautiful calico coat and an engaging and unwavering gaze. My sense of awe and reverence for animals grows, as their soulfulness and apparent ability to feel and even think, become more evident to me. If you've seen the video that's been going around the Internet, of an elephant painting his self-portrait, no doubt you have felt the same exhilaration that I did, when contemplating how this giant mammal seemed to "think" about the accurate placement of each brush stroke. Even if he was prompted by his trainer, by touch or visual prompts, his behavior is still deliberate in a way we humans have not historically attributed to animals. I posted the video of the elephant painting his self-portrait in my last post so you can watch it, if you haven't already seen it. It stands apart from the other videos we have seen, in which elephants "paint" to music. In the other videos, the elephants seem to be enjoying themselves but the viewer is not sure whether there is ...
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Tulip Rapture
2008-04-26 04:06:00
Tulip Rapture - Image c 2008 Lynda Lehmann A bright and luminous display of beautiful yellow-orange tulips, truly representative of the glory of spring. Image c Lynda Lehmann.I'm trying to get other house and garden tasks done by staying off the computer. As you can see, it doesn't work! Each time I go for a walk at this gorgeous season, I'm totally awed by the beauty I see. Of course I try to bring it home with me. Vowing to avoid photographing more flowers won't help. It's useless to try. I'm an addict!I'm late in making the rounds this week, but I will be around to visit your blogs!Image c Lynda Lehmann. If you would like to view more of my art or make a purchase, please visit Lynda Lehmann Painting and Photography or my Imagekind Gallery, where you can buy prints plain or framed.
Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere....
2008-04-19 03:57:00
I try to walk every day that weather and time permit. With each walk I enjoy the air, the sunlight, and views of hills and trees. Our neighborhood looks out at a harbor and Long Island Sound, as so many North Shore neighborhoods do, and the glint of water is never far away. I always come home feeling great, having imbibed in a bit of air and exercise, and lots of beauty. What makes my walks really special is when I remember to take my camera along. Right now I have a SONY digital-SLR and it's a bit heavy. But it's worth the work of toting it in the hope of grabbing some good nature or garden shots as I go. Sometimes I take my monopod, but that gets in the way at least as often as it's helpful. I'm sure that one of these days I'll trip on it outright, and go flying down one of the steep hills here, camera still in hand. Be that as it may, every find of a beautiful object or scene is a gift, and if I manage to get a decent photo of it, the gift keeps giving. I feel very rich ...
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Through a Forest, Darkly
2008-04-17 03:35:00
Through a Forest , DarklyGround thunders while suspicions steal past towering giantswhose leaves hiss danger. Boughs asunder with weight of dread,sense your sly, subjective gloom. A haunted conscience murmurs malaise: the soul's twilight in the light of the moon.Text and Image c 2008 Lynda LehmannThis image and poem are just a little bit of mischief or shall we say, antic play. I often wonder how much of the anxiety that we are so deft in projecting outward, is confronted by us in the light of day. We are more apt to flop ourselves down on a couch in front of the ever-friendly and reassuring, ubiquitous TV, the world-wide-web of our collective entertainment strivings, than sit down to ponder the state of our personal affairs. This causes us to carry our anxieties into the the darkness and slumber of night, where they will invariably GROW! Wha'd'ya think?
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