Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What If

What if I hadn't read Kim’s lesson on Natural Beauty with the suggestion to take pictures of a fruit or veggie?

What if I hadn’t stopped by the library book sale?

What if I hadn’t bought some old copies of Cook’s Illustrated with gorgeous cover prints of vegetables? 

What if I hadn’t stopped to chat with the lovely librarian, Lena, who showed me pictures of her garden and beamed with pride over her tomatillos?

What if I hadn’t spent an hour in the grocery store studying vegetables like my life depended upon it?

What if I hadn’t begged my husband to help me move my old oak desk to the dining room where the light was just right?

What if I hadn’t picked up my camera and followed my instincts?

I wouldn’t have this lovely portfolio – pictures of vegetables and fruits – tomatillos, avocados, pumpkins, butternut squash, and figs. I might have missed the opportunity to embrace the natural beauty of this world by creating.





It has been said that sixty-five thousand thoughts float through our minds each day. Every one of those thoughts has the seed of possibility in it. We choose with our will what we’ll do with that thought. Will we stay stuck in “If only. . .” or “Why me?” – or will we open our minds to “What if?” and “Why not?”
- from Luci Swindoll, I Married Adventure

I am thankful for fleeting thoughts and the energy to chase them. How one action leads to another. . .  like a stone tossed in the water creating ripples. . .  this is the source of achievement.

Linking up with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday.  Kim, Your texture, Monday, was perfect for every one of these images.  Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!

31 comments:

  1. Your photos are all exquisite, Donna! I especially like the tomatillo's one, everything is perfect about it: the tones, the DoF, the composition. A delight! :)

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  2. And if you hadn't followed your instinct Donna, we wouldn't now be soaking in your your amazing ability to take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary. Just so beautiful.

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  3. I love each one! You've inspired me to go to the produce market for some photo props!

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  4. Donna these are truly wonderful. Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my blog today.

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  5. Absolutely lovely...your photos and words speak to me. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Oh my!!! These are breathtaking!!!

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  7. Absolutely fantastic shots. My favorite is the tomatillo's. Thanks for sharing. Maryse T.

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  8. your post is absolutely fantastic Donna.... I loved reading all the what if.... and in the end fall upon your wonderful images... through these 4 pictures, I can see much simplicity, creativity and generosity but overall a huge talent... this led me to your portfolio, which I had never looked into, and I was amazed by the wonders it contains... your photos are so inspiring!

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  9. A great series of still life!

    ...and I so loved this: "I am thankful for fleeting thoughts and the energy to chase them." Amen. :)

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  10. I'm so glad you went for it. These are all beautiful.

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  11. Lovely photos. My favorite is the small gourds-I like those unusual shapes.

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  12. Gorgeous images - I love the dark and moody feel of them. Lovely post too!

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  13. Excellent! It is good that you followed all those threads that led to these beautiful photos.

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  14. what if I told you I absolutely love your work?!

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  15. What a wonderful selection of photos!

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  16. Swooning here ... truly ... what an amazing collection you have here! The tones, the moodiness, the textures, the colours ... the pumpkins blew me away ... exquisite.

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  17. These are absolutely gorgeous still lifes.

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  18. What a series of lovely pictures!!! This is extraordinary, Donna! I love every single one! It's inspiring me! Thank you.

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  19. Donna - these are incredible...what if can be enpowering words...following the path of your creative thread...leading to such beautiful results...

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  20. This is the second What if post I've read this week! And such a good one. I can tell I need to go to a different grocery store. Your images are awesome.

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  21. Gorgeous still lifes and gorgeous processing!

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  22. You have definitely 'embraced the natural beauty of this world by creating'. Your stunning images remind me that natural beauty is all around me, even in my kitchen, I just have to open my eyes to it. What a wonderful quote, today I will ask myself 'why not?' and see where it takes me...

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  23. I am glad that your what if's all came about. Magificent photos. The avocado photo is my favorite. I grew up in Southern California and we had an avocado tree in the backyard. They are one of my favorite foods. They have such wonderful colors.

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    1. Earl, What a wonderful experience, growing up eating in such a healthy manner. I'll have to admit that I didn't even try an avocado until a few years ago! But now, I love them, too! It a pleasure to take these simple photographs, but I'd sure love to see what you'd do with them. Your approach to digital art is always so creative and thoughtful.

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  24. Donna - I love your style of writing and think that your photos are exquisite!!! I spent some time going through your older posts, and it looks like you started experiment with the 'Chiaroscuro' style this fall. All of your photos are lovely, but in my humble opinion, your recent photos are magnificent and have a style uniquely yours. I think if someone put a line up of photos in front of me, I could possibly pick yours out of the line up. I think they are beautiful and very professional looking. I could easily see them on a magazine cover or among the pages of Country Living.

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    1. I've just popped over to your blog, and the visit was a joyous start to my otherwise ordinary day (grocery shopping planned for this day). I can't begin to tell you how much your kind words encourage me.I am blessed with many friendships in "real life," but many of those friends just don't "get" the need to create, and this online community has become a lifeline for me. I love to see each photographer evolve and come into their own style - and look forward to seeing more of your art.

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  25. A resounding YES to everything here, from your inspirational and motivational words to your beautiful images.

    xoxo

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  26. Wow, love everything about this post Donna ! The photos are stunning :)

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  27. Gorgeous! I'm in love with the tomatillos and wood below them! Perfection!

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  28. these are all beautiful..but I especially love the first 2!!

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