not a pretty picture. not a good. not a bad. picture. but an argument.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

spring, fresh starts

are we beginning now?
oh, we're beginning.


my son sat beside me while i worked on this photograph. 
somehow that just makes sense.
he's stuttering again lately.
stuttered when he was two and went through
a mind shift, a turbulent time of learning.
he's stuttering again. 
i wait patiently.  he's sensitive to change.
the world is moving so quickly by him.
i wait for him to catch up.

"h-hhhow did you get this picture like this?" he asks me.
"i shot through glass.  see this?  it's a streak of light."
"you really know what you're doing mom, don't you?"
"son, i haven't the foggiest.  i just keep trying."



  1. "i just keep trying."
    That's what we're all doing.

  2. "trying" -- that's your handle. With so much white space to clear clean of ourselves. The pic looks like a Chinese landscape painting. Is there a character, a hexagram, for stuttering in spring's perfection? Does it change phrased the other way around? - Brendan

  3. i feel fortunate to be brought to these places, these moments.

    you don't know what you're doing; only guessing. how keen your instincts are.

  4. "Open up, everything's waiting for you."
    Great picture! Love it! Love the story.

  5. oh, i thought you layered a texture over it. beautiful.

    my girl stutters very mildly, when it seems she's going through a cognitive spurt/shift of sorts.

  6. erin,
    I am amazed with your great photos!
    belissimo blog!
    greetings from São Paulo,

  7. (blogger's not playing nice. it won't let me respond. screw you blogger:)

    aimee, it was sweet...except for the black flies! 'tis the season. they cover you in moments when you're in the bush. where the heck are they waiting?

    rosaria, i guess so. every day. some days two steps back. this weekend that way. i'm almost relieved for Monday. that's not good.

    brendan, my son thought it looked like a painting too. wondered how on earth i took it. and then we went up the back roads today and i pointed out the new leaves through the windshield and i said, see, it's all there just waiting to be noticed - so new every spring. it's amazing to me just how many springs, how many starts, there are in life. it's as though time is always new. i hope opportunities are so.

    andreas, it's just what it is like around here. it's everywhere to be seen. but it surprises me - my brother in law just told me about a favorite stand of trees of robert's and mine, that his son was a part of planting it 30 years ago. he said he could walk for hours in there and see trees, ya, but nothing else. i don't know how you can't see the everything else. makes me wonder how many worlds separate us in our day to day lives, just how different our perceptions are.



"Words at the limit of hearing, attributable to no one, received in the conch of the ear like dew by a leaf." (philippe jaccottet) or even a quiet presence is appreciated))