Friday, August 27, 2010

The Sunday Creative - Orient

I don't know about the other participants, but when I saw this weeks prompt I was afraid I was going to come up blank.  I toyed with going back to some of my photos from Asia, but after going that direction and cheating a bit last week, I was determined to come up a photo I'd actually taken this week for the prompt.

I did what had worked in the past and tried to keep my mind open, and eventually I found something.


As I walked through the park I noticed this bench under the tree.  Unlike nearly all the other benches in the park, it wasn't set up along the path facing in, so you could sit and watch the people.  Instead this bench was set far from the path and "oriented" towards the tree, with its back facing the path and main areas of the park.  I can imagine a person sitting there on the bench, staring in at the tree, meditating on life and love.   What a perfect place to ponder the direction of life.

If I were to sit on the bench for a while, I think I might be listening to this:



Did you see my weekly, Life's Soundtrack post over at Kim Klassen's Inspiration Studio?  If not, hop over and check it out.  We're discussing songs that take you back to your school years.

A big thank you to Kristine of Blue Elephant Photography (an AMAZING photographer) and Melanie (a VERY talented artist) from Ewe Hooo! for the awesome shout-outs on their blogs this week.  Their kind words had me blushing.  Thanks ladies.  If you are looking for new blogs to fill your reader, drop in on them, you'll find something you love. Pin It

18 comments:

Corinne said...

That looks like such a peaceful spot...

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

That is indeed a magnificent tree! Love the tune to accompany it!
Hope your weekend is going well.
:) Laura

Leah said...

Beautiful photo. I can feel myself there.

Dorian Susan said...

How insightful of you to notice how the bench was oriented. I picture myself walking on by....but perhaps not. Sitting a spell under that beautiful tree would be healthy for mind and soul.
Nice post...thanks for sharing.

R Montalban said...

Nice song, nice blog and really really nice author of it - you - can't believe you are alone very often!

gibknitty said...

well, it's perfect! aren't you glad you persisted and waited for the inspiration to hit you? great shot.

Gilding Lilies said...

I love the photo, the tree, and the fact that you noticed the potential. Beautifully done.

J. said...

Love it! I wouldn't think to face a bench that way, but wow .. I sure will now.
Looks like a great, peaceful spot.
Nice choice chicka!

Maegan Beishline said...

That whole scene just screams Orient to me! I don't know...it's the whole possibility of just sitting and getting re-oriented with yourself, I think. Anyway...I think it's perfect!

Katy Noelle said...

This is super! I just want to do a still life with oriental vases but haven't gotten to it, yet. My husband, being the scout leader that he is, and I have been discussing compasses but, I just cannot see a picture in my mind. But "oriental" makes me think of turn of the century france and Monet.

I love the photos at the arboretum and, of course, I LOVE the Alice in Wonderland. Fun! I'm glad that you had a lovely weekend and I wish you well as you're immersed in your project. The temple is a brilliant rendition of "ethereal" and, uh, oh, I couldn't type fast enough.... I've forgotten the rest - sorry!=(

Oh, but, congratulations on your two featured posts!!! What a well deserved honor. I'm going to go, now, and check them out.

Love, to you and yours!

Katy

Becky said...

oh my, this is one of those trees that if you climbed it you could disappear inside and make it your special world.
I'm curious about what the small sign posted next to it says...
this is wonderful. thanks for sharing.

justinegordon said...

wow, well done on your posts - I will go and check them out. I love this picture for orient. how lovely to have a bench facing into a tree - perfect. I really enjoyed listening to the Ray Lamontagne, his voice sounds really different to the first album I have, not as raspy! is this from his latest album?

Marcie said...

What a gorgeous image of the bench beneath the tree. Love the soft processing.

justinegordon said...

thanks so much for always commenting on my blog, it means so much. I sat playing your links to songs to my husband while he was watching the football and he is so impressed he is going through all your blog posts! my musical tastes are so sad, I am an 80's disco fan - give me rick astley any day and I am happy, he is talking of doing a tour next year with mates - sxsw???

blue elephant photography said...

this bench facing the tree is interesting! such a cool photo and i love your song. i love how the branches of the tree are way low =) and i love what you said - I can imagine a person sitting there on the bench, staring in at the tree, meditating on life and love. What a perfect place to ponder the direction of life. Thanks for the shout out!

Karen said...

I saw this photo of the bench facing the tree and wanted immediately to go sit there and have a moment to myself. It looks so peaceful and serene.
Great capture.

krissilugbill said...

oh i love this shot for this prompt! way to be creative with it :) I would love to sit on that bench, especially if I could be listening to this song...I LOVE Ray! i am going to check out your soundtrack now :)

liz said...

Love this photo, the tree welcoming whoever with open arms.

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