Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lilliputian Dream

Lilliputian Dream - Image c Lynda Lehmann

Conglomerate - Image c Lynda Lehmann

Amber and Green - Image c Lynda Lehmann

I try to think outside the box. One way to do this is to envision myself living in an "alien" place, a locale or fictitious setting with which I'm not at all familiar in real life. Another way is to envision myself being of another scale, as big as Mt. Everest or as tiny as a Lilliputian. By doing this mental exercise I stimulate my imagination and refresh my perspective on my own little life in the context of the universe.

The photos above give us a glimpse towards the microcosm. The top one can be seen as a lush landscape of sunlit moss and woody furrows, that would be a challenge for any Lilliputian to navigate. The middle photo presents a rocky terrain of steep and foreboding cliffs and crags. The bottom image could represent a rough terrain of ruts and crevices covered with forest, that would also require great skill for any homunculus to cross.

For those of us who live in the United States, it's Thanksgiving week, time to revel in the joy of family, friends, and luscious meals. But I'm of the mind to give thanks every day. I cherish all of nature, the large and the small, the majestic and the mild, to be savored with all my senses. Okay, I don't mean I'm going to literally "taste" bark and lichen, lol.... But I rejoice in the splendor of tiny details I see around me all the time. From bark, pebbles, moss and lichen, to a pine needle resting precariously on a boulder or some other natural surface whose relative mass and solidity contrast its slight and attenuated form.

All through the year, as well as during Thanksgiving week, I give thanks for all of it: the holiday rituals and the whole world that is my oyster. I wish you joy and good fortune this holiday week. And more than that, may your senses be replete every day of the year.

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10 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lynda! Beautiful post! Being grateful and creative is great place to be in! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. I like your idea of imagining yourself in different environments in this way. There are so many ways to stimulate your creativity. I also love these close up photos for their subtle colours and rampant textures. Have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend, ours is long past.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Lynda. The first photo looks like the entry to a fairy world and perhaps it is.

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  4. I live outside the box,lol. Beautiful images Lynda. We should give thanksgiving everyday, the Lord is so good to us.

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  5. Lynda...I am suffering from a trytophan overdose but while I still have my senses...I wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    Dan

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  6. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thanks for taking time out to share these great photos and allowing yourself to think creatively. Sometimes that can be a difficult job. Hope all is well. Have a great day/ weekend.

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  7. Lynda:

    Beautiful images.

    Right now I'm living in a sort of "alien place" myself. You see, Blogger has some kind of problem and I cannot access Edit. I can't retrieve my past posts and I cannot write new posts. Thus, as far as posting goes, I'm in the dead zone. So if you hear anything useful, please stop by my site and let me know. I can use all the help I can get.

    I don't know how long this will take, but I definitely do not want to lose contact with you.

    As always, happy trails.

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  8. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

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  9. Kia ora Lynda,
    I just left a comment here which completely disappeared upon trying to publish. The essence of which was I too love the micro world, even more so since my hip has caused my pace to slow. I see taste and feel more in Nature. Hope your Thanksgiving was full of joy and love.
    Aroha,
    Robb

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  10. Oh yeah! I can see the landscapes you paint. :)

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