A cocoon of lamp light
draws a line into the sand
with its bright fringe
for the roaring, slithering wilderness of Night.
Only the stars above
trustworthy and still
are allowed to stare down
from giddy heights
with their luminous eyes
into the haven.
We watch them fall
Joshua Tree National Park. 2012.
Can you tell I’m very into Brooke Shaden’s 3 day workshop at the moment on CreativeLive? Her overall theme is beauty in darkness. My photo is humble nothing compared to her artistry but in tribute to the brilliant teachings she’s imparting I thought I’d post this image shot in Australia last year of sparrows on a telegraph wire. (Brooke has a thing for birds.)
The LA based photographer does not class herself as a photographer but she uses the medium to great effect in her art. Enjoy her works at http://brookeshaden.com/gallery/.
If you haven’t heard of Creative Live, I recommend it. Watch workshops live and if you don’t have full days to dedicate to that, then you can purchase copies for a very discounted rate.
Lecturers are at the top of their game and so far I cannot fault the lectures. Registration is free. http://www.creativelive.com/
IT’S DRAGONFLY SEASON IN FLORIDA! They are irresistable to photograph but what about the Greek word to describe them? Anisoptera, from two Greek words ‘anisos’ (uneven) and pteros (wings).
I had no idea there is so much folklore associated with the dragonfly which in European earned it the nick name of the devil’s darning needle!
In Romanian folklore they are horses possessed by the devil and in Swedan the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls! How did they know that!!??!!
In Norway the name for them translates to ‘eye-poker’ and in Portugal, ‘eye-snatcher’. The Welsh called them the ‘adder’s servant’ and in American Indian culture, dragonflies are thought to heal wounded snakes. Creative.
I’ve never tried them, but apparently they can be good eating.
Guest: Waiter! There’s a dragonfly in my soup!
Waiter: It’s… Dish of the Day.
Keeping them as pets or hobbies is called Oding, after the Latin name of the Dragonfly Order, Odanata (sounds like a cult or a Japanese ninja sect).
Japan, however, probably has the same take on dragonflies as me: symbols of courage, strength, and happiness.
Of course everything I have mentioned above has been gleaned from internet sources and could in fact also be mythical so “don’t quote me!”.
Anyway, enjoy the view. Yvette