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Friday, January 2, 2009

wash me clean

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ~ Langston Hughes

***

I'm sure I broke a cardinal rule today.

I got my camera wet.
Actually I got all of me a bit rain-soaked, but it's probably not such a hot idea to get your camera wet.

But I think it was worth it.

There's a whole new world in a water droplet.

Everything is softer.

Blurriness and focus work together to create a new image.

Some things look a little more luscious.

The wet bark of this tree glistened like skin, like a person. I couldn't help but touch the smoothness. I fancied this indentation was a tree navel.

Even the tiny forget-me-nots were bejeweled.

A world of teardrops.

Paths to stray from... perhaps?

And mysterious pools sheltered fallen leaves.

For once, I had the park all to myself.

Almost.

And then I saw her, him...

Preening. La toilette.

How beautiful can a feathered being be?

Very beautiful.

***

Needless to say, I was captivated by the white heron. Watching the bird reminded me of a beautiful song I haven't listened to in ages. But is perfect for these images and the mood of the day. "Wash Me Clean" by the amazing k.d. lang.




You swim
Swim through my veins
Drown me
In your reign

My desire
Carries no shame
My will
Will harbour no pain

Wash
Wash me clean
Mend my wounded seams
Cleanse my tarnished dreams

Drink
Drink from my spell
Quench
Love's drying well

Wash
Wash me clean
Mend my wounded seams
Cleanse my tarnished dreams

28 comments:

La Pianista January 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM  

Happy accidents - true beauty. That happens with piano all the time, like when I slip up and notice something I hadn't seen before. Odd, but true. :D

*sigh* I wish that happened when water got in my camera... >.> Perhaps I should specify how wet it should get next time.

Ron January 2, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

beautiful pictures...I miss the rain with all this snow....

Char January 2, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - so beautiful. Some that I missed on flickr. I love, love, love the second shot. And the song. Definitely an addition to my iPod.

Char January 2, 2009 at 8:15 PM  
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Iasa January 2, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

Once again you given us such beautiful photographs and Langston Hughes to boot. Such a soothing post before I go to sleep.

Cynthia January 2, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

Beautiful photos, some of the flowers have an impressionistic feel...and I want to touch that tree bark too. I was looking at YouTube kd lang today too...I wanted to find a good interpretation of Lenoard Cohen's Hallelujah...I decided to leave it because I kept looking at her and thinking how she went through so many stages...she's Buddhist now. I love it when she sings with Tony Bennett...and his painting is pretty nice too. How's that for free association?

It's Just Me January 2, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Flowers, wow! I forget there is life still in the world. We are covered in feet of snow, leaving our flowers in a wintery slumber. "sigh"
Thanks for the burst of color.

namastenancy January 2, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Stunning photographs! I thought of you today as I sat in Superior Court, waiting to be chosen for jury duty. I was so glad that I wasn't chosen - free for a whole 12 months! So, let me know when you have a free Friday and we can go on a photography safari, hunting beautiful images together!

Paris Atelier January 3, 2009 at 1:03 AM  

So pretty! When I would shy away from the rain and tuck myself in the blankets~ you have found a most beautiful way to spend your first "Friday~off". Much better than being at work (if you can't be there anyway). It takes a special person to see the beauty and wonder in such a day! Of course you would! Thank you for sharing...you have inspired me (again)!
xoxo
Judith~

Carol January 3, 2009 at 3:17 AM  

Beautiful images.. I do love the softness and blurry feel of the purple flowers and the white heron, oh wow... so beautiful.

Sallycat January 3, 2009 at 4:34 AM  

TB, those pics are gorgeous. So refreshing. How beautiful that your year is starting so creatively.

Hug from your fellow artist in Buenos Aires.

SC

Gabby January 3, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

Utterly astonishing. The greatest power of this life is the soft blossoming of the heart.

shabby girl January 3, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

I'd say it was well worth getting your camera a wee bit wet!!! Fantastic photos!

Paula P. January 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

love this blog... I've found myself coming in regularly... thank you for the beautiful imagery.

julochka January 3, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

wow, i almost want it to rain here. chances are, i won't have long to wait. tho' it's dark now and not that great for taking pix. perhaps tomorrow. :-) in the meantime, i'll make my camera a little rain jacket.

love, love, love your pix. but you knew that from flickr.

Butterfly January 3, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

I love these photos.. And I love raindrops too..

jfrancis January 3, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

'a little more luscious'
this liquid prism
captures the world
in a droplet's dream.

paris parfait January 3, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

Just gorgeous, wet and wonderful.

A Cuban In London January 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

Well, I look forward to more cardinal sins and more Langston Hughes poems.

Thanks for a beautiful post and such lovely images.

Greetings from London.

Cartooncharacter January 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

These pics should be in your next book, TB!

Mari January 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

Waiting for spring now. *sigh*
So beautiful!
It's snowy freezy here today.

Relyn January 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

Have I told you already how much I love your photo posts linked by a theme? This one made me think of your wind post. Oh, how beautiful. No word. None. Ok, well, no adequate words. This is a surfeit of beauty and it makes me happy. Happy!! Especially the lovely winged friend.

The Pink Cowboy January 3, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

You are a healer. I played K D Lang song and slowly scrolled down the photos like a slide show. It moved me. I became very peaceful. It is a poem. I would love to see it published in a book. "Blurriness and focus work together to create a new image" what a exquisite metaphor for Life. Thank you so much for sharing, you brighten my day.

robinbird January 3, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

please, please stay off the path... if this is where you feet lead you then i will follow and whisper encouragement.
symphonic!!
XO
wow
p.s. your engagement ring is in the mail

Staci January 3, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

I would have to agree with you that is was most certainly worth it! Those are amazing photos and thank you so much for sharing them! They brought a ray of happiness here in dull, drab, and cold Michigan!!

Laura January 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

I really need to get a fancy camera...it just looks like so much fun!

Gillian January 4, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

All those luscious water droplet blessed photos AND a heron?
Your walk was worth it. Totally worth it.
These could be a new book for you entirely.
xoxo

Barb January 5, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

The picture of the heron on black background is breathtaking. Barb