Rapture – Drinking in the Sun’s Heat

Early morning, time to cross-off items from my ‘did-I-do-it’ list, time to muster to the morning’s endeavor – planting Saskatoon bushes in our backyard. I gather shovel, axe, wheel barrow and raise my eyes to gaze upon a dragonfly sunning itself, drinking in sun’s early morning heat. The dragonfly doesn’t move.  Rapturous in sun’s warmth, it allows me time to retrieve my camera, attach macro lens and gather images. When I move to look down the fence board to the dragonfly from above, the dragonfly having had enough parts company, flying off. This intriguing moment with camera and subject was one that recalls and reinforces the joy of discovery and pursuit within photography. Taking the moment further I photographed ripening raspberries in still life.

Listening to – The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again, the Donnie Darko version of Tears for Fears’ Mad World, The Who’s Boris the Spider, Walter Trout’s Blues for the Modern Daze, Shawn Colvin’s American Jerusalem, I Don’t Know You and The Neon Lights of the Saints.

Quotes to Inspire – (1) “Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” – Diane Arbus; and, (2) “If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, ‘I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life.’ I mean people are going to say, ‘You’re crazy.’ Plus they’re going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that’s a reasonable kind of attention to be paid.” – Diane Arbus – remarks made in class, 1971, Diane Arbus : An Aperture Monograph by Diane Arbus, Stan Grossfeld (3) “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” – John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

  3 comments for “Rapture – Drinking in the Sun’s Heat

  1. July 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    OOOOOOOH! I love these. The capture of the raspberries in the different stages was intriguing.

    • July 19, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      Hey there, Gina:

      No doubt you’re someone who enjoys fresh raspberries. In one of the photos the raspberry’s translucency makes the berry look like a jewel. Our neighbor’s thirty foot stretch of raspberry bushes (on the other side of our fence) will be ripening enough to gather an ice cream pail full of tart raspberries every other day (they are generous in their sharing); more time on the stems will produce a greater sweetness. Our day has been one of rain — good for the wildfires and good for the raspberry bushes, too. August will be a time to harvest and freeze the berries for the winter.

      Have you ever been to Newfoundland to try a bogberry – an albino raspberry? 🙂

      • July 19, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Never been to Newfoundland or heard of either kind of berry but I always learn something from you …. so thanks!

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