a second look

a second look

Sarah-Ji’s post at Shutter Sisters today urges us to take the time to consider some of the raw, beat-up, forgotten things in our world that others may dismiss or never even see.

I couldn’t help but think of all the little elements of nature that we’re once revered for their color, vibrancy and grandeur. What happens as they gracefully fade and gently bow-out, making room for all the new life? I have been drawn to them just as I am drawn to buds or blossoms of the new growth. As they stand regal (albeit dried up) or as they wilt, surrendering to the weight, they hold for me some kind of beauty, poetry and impossible hope.

As I shed layers of my own self these days, Sarah’s thoughts poignantly reminded me that I must also take the time to recognize those parts of my self that I am leaving behind. They were once such an important part of me (good or bad) and they served their purpose well.

As I continue down my path, I will bid these things Namaste. Thank you for being with me and thank you for bowing out graciously and with such poise. I honor you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what kind of battered and broken things you discover and what kinds of messages you can find by taking a second look.

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  • kaytee
    Posted at 15:03h, 05 April Reply

    beautiful!! i love flower photography.

  • Gayle
    Posted at 16:06h, 05 April Reply

    This is beautiful, Tracey. I love taking photos of things like that! Love the bokeh, also! My response to Sarah-Ji’s post is here:
    http://planetmfiles.com/2009/04/05/weathered-beaten-up-but-not-forgotten/ Something from when my children were little now has new life. (Well, it will when we get some warm spring weather!)

  • ELK
    Posted at 19:32h, 05 April Reply

    old spoon belonged to grandma in the kitchen drawer ~lost three old oaks this week in our yard .
    life is somewhat rough…somewhat smooth ~elk
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sammymom/3410240854/

  • Sarah-Ji
    Posted at 20:18h, 05 April Reply

    What a beautiful image, Tracey. I have to admit I’ve always been partial to dried flowers. It’s somehow comforting to me to know that beauty remains even in death.

  • Bren / BG Garden
    Posted at 02:05h, 06 April Reply

    This is beautiful – I had to take a second look to see if I could identify the flower.

  • Anna at Hank and Willie
    Posted at 13:30h, 06 April Reply

    So beautiful, thanks, Tracey.

  • shawna
    Posted at 22:10h, 08 April Reply

    catching up on my reading and just have to say wow to your image. what amazing balance in this photo, it’s gorgeous!

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