Saturday, February 7, 2015

Capturing the Moment

Capturing the moment is a choice, a way of life. It requires us to wake up, live life, and be present. Sometimes that's scary; sometimes it's exhilarating. Always, its an adventure I keep learning to welcome with a full and grateful heart.

I've spent these winter months taking long walks, paying attention to my surroundings and my thoughts. There have been a few pictures, like this view on the Spotsylvania Battlefield near my home. This is a view I am drawn to in some way that is hard to describe. The path beckons me . . . and on every walk I notice something new.


At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.   – Toni Morrison

As much as I love taking pictures, this quote keeps going round and round in my mind . . . pondering its message and meaning for me.



18 comments:

  1. I always get excited when I see that you have put up a post Donna, I know you will always speak to my heart. That quote is exactly how I have been feeling and has such meaning to me. I also believe or feel sometimes I have photographed all that's in my heart and find it hard to find more to photograph that is new and meaningful. So this quote has such purpose and meaning to me as that is ok to feel this way because beauty is always around me. Some new and some old and to find a way to show what is in my heart and continue to search.

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    1. Barbara, I feel the same about you and your posts. I love how you have designed your blog as a photo journal. I can learn from you, watch you grow as an artist, and share in the little pieces of your life that bring joy.

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  2. Today is a good day...my morning started with your post...hoping it is a good day for you as well...I am confident that it will be...

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    1. Amy, If I had my way I'd start my day playing in your studio with you as my creative teacher. Sometimes I pick up little treasures at my local thrift shop and think, "What would Amy do with this?" Usually, I don't have any great ideas but it brings a smile to my face to think of you!

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  3. It's always a pleasure to read your thoughts and see your beautiful images. Today was no exception

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    1. Thanks, Roxanne. I'm still taking winter pictures, but your beautiful picture of primrose made me begin to think of spring.

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  4. Ah, yes. But I would miss out on the beauty of your world if I didn't get to see it here. But I know exactly what you mean. If I never picked up my camera again, it has at least taught my eyes to see.

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    1. Roxi, You are so wise. I'm saving the last line of your comment - and planning to quote you, too!

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  5. Just like Barbara, I'm like a small child waiting for Christmas with your posts! Another thought provoking one. And I couldn't agree more with Roxi...if I never picked up my camera again, it really has taught me to see so much that I would've never seen before. Thank you and have a beautiful week!

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  6. p.s. LOVE that second image...with the small path and the road. There is so much in the connection (or not) of the two! Excellent eye!

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    1. I love so much about your photography, Robin, but hands down your strongest skills are the emotional connection to your subjects and the way you use light to advantage. We are learning from each other.

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  7. All are in agreement that your posts are so thought provoking...which is so good for us...we often feel compelled to always be taking/making photographs because we have the camera. I must say for me, I would miss my camera and not taking pictures of beauty, because I'm a visual person...thus I find peace, rest, relaxation, and artistic inspiration when I look through my favorite images...remembering the day and place as it was. I love that about photography, and it has taught me to see the world in a new way.

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    1. Beverly, The thought of you recalling special days and places, people and things you love, with your pictures is so comforting. It's easy to see that photography is an integral part of your life - seeing through your lens and savoring the details. I am grateful that we share this passion and friendship!

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  8. That's how I feel (that fascinating quote) when I'm with my family and friends; I almost cannot take up my camera because I don't want to spoil the flow or create self consciousness. I just drink the moments raw.
    I love the image of the path you share.....looks like a beckon call.

    Do message me your snail mail address, as you won my little giveaway, and I'll send the zine on it's merry way to your door:)

    Thanks for being such a warm light,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer, Your gift with words cuts straight through to my heart. Lines like, "I just drink the moments raw" - they are so perfectly descriptive - no extraneous information - just a picture with words. Phrases like yours stay with me.

      I'm delighted to learn I won your giveaway. I'll email my address right away! Thank you already!

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  9. Thank you so much Donna, to take us by the hand and lead us to where your thoughts lead you... I like the idea, expressed by the brilliant writer Toni Morrison that beauty hasn't necessarily to be reproduced by any means.... because beauty is self-sufficient....it just overwhelms us, it is inside and outside us, we become conscious of it... and it becomes part of one's self... so many thoughts to share about the subject!
    Your pictures look like you Donna, they are you... wide open, optimistic, looking beyond the horizon line... you are a sort of guide to me, I would never have had these sorts of thoughts before reading your so meaningful posts, thank you Donna!

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    1. Odile, You are a guide to me as well! I adore every photo of your quilts - stacks of fabric, sewing notions, quilts in progress and finished ones, as well - you work is the ultimate combination of from and function and beauty! Thank you always for your kind words.

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  10. That quote speaks to me too, Donna, and so do your images... they truly beckon. . . come hither . . . explore me. Thank you for sharing!

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