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Wordless Wednesday – You Talkin’ To Me?

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Wordless Wednesday – Ghost River

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A Word About Wordless Wednesdays

As I’d mentioned previously, I’ve decided to discontinue my nature photo blog over on WordPress and reintegrate those posts over here.  So, Wednesdays will become wordless here in the Creative Depths  and each week will feature a different image of some sort.  So without further ado (and without another word)…

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To Shoot A Mocking Bird

I’ll have to beg forgiveness from Harper Lee for such an awful appropriation of a title, but it seemed only fitting, given the subject at hand. On a recent weekend getaway, I was plagued for the duration of a visit to two neighboring graveyards by an annoying and omnipresent mockingbird. This lovely bird would suddenly break the silence with an outburst of song just as I would get ready to press the shutter button on my camera, or worse, fly through a perfectly composed scene just in time to be a blur in the image. When I would intentionally point the camera at it, the bird managed disappearing acts that David Cooperfield would envy.

Patience is, on rare occasion, rewarded. As I was departing, the troublesome little ball of feathers decided to alight on one of the monuments and sit very calmly and quietly. In the end, I was able to get in this parting shot, one of my favorites from the day.

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Ah Summer…

I sat down on this rainy winter afternoon to work a bit on a personal journal of flowers and plants. In search for flower pictures in my own photos, I found this lovely little one that I took specifically for my journal. It reminds me how fortunate I am to find beauty as close as my own yard (bittersweet, poke weed, ivy, and raspberries all grow rampant along one of the fence lines thanks to a neighbor who abhors yard work). It makes me long for summer to return.

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Finding Inspiration

Sometimes the muse alludes us and we have trouble finding inspiration for our next creative project. Artists have gone around the world in search of inspiration. They travel to beautiful and exotic places in search of that perfect subject or the perfect slant of light with which to illuminate their work. Robert Frost went to Great Britain in search of inspiration, Paul Gauguin traveled to Tahiti, and countless others have turned to unfamiliar landscapes for their inspiration.

There are days, however, when beauty and creative energy find us when we don’t expect it. A place that we’ve been a thousand times will suddenly show a different side of itself. A portal opens and we’re transported to some wonderful inspiring place that we never realized existed. Yet, we have not left familiar ground for a more exotic locale.

I often have those moments as I stand on my back step and watch the sun as it sets. The sky will turn an amazing color or light up as if it were on fire. Suddenly there is beauty everywhere and the back yard that I’ve spent countless hours in becomes something new. It awes me, it inspires me, and it reminds me that there is magic in the most mundane of places. Here are just three of those moments, photographs taken over the last few months from the same spot just inches from my back door.

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