Today's Picture to Ponder Photos
Light and Reflected Shadows of a Champagne Glass, left on a Bench in the American Orchid Society Gardens
The beautiful spaces outdoors in the AOS Gardens often serve as the setting for catered parties. While walking in the gardens recently, I noticed the above glass sitting on a bench. I almost left it there before deciding to act responsibly, to pick it up and take it inside.
I include the bottom photo to show you the setting of the lone pieces. I like the feel of the rhythm of the components in the photo. Once deciding to remove the glass, I choose first to photograph some close-ups of it.
When I first saw the glass, my active imagination immediately started making up stories about isolation and aloneness. The warmth of the sun and the wood quickly put those thoughts to rest.
After picking up the glass, I began to think about playing with it and my camera before returning it to the office. As you see, I moved from "thinking" to "action." Are there places in your life where you still are in the thinking stage, where you might benefit from moving into playful action?
Interestingly, several days later, as thoughts for today's issue began to float around in my head, I realized that I never fully got into the play. In hindsight, I reflected that had I become fully immersed, I would definitely have placed the glass upside down on the bench and looked through, above and underneath the glass and its base, at the shadows and reflections. I might also have laid it on its side.
As I now think about the whole scenario now, I get disappointed as querying what other possibilities I might have seen had I gone beyond the ordinary, or expected, view of the glass and played "full-out". The thought came, "Perhaps I can go back with another glass, though I don't have one like that, and do some more photographing." And at this point in time it really doesn't make sense to do that.
What I AM taking away, from this glass on a bench, is the reminder to be fully present in the moment, playing with all possibilities and variations at the time I am there.
I invite you to look around outside, and inside, yourself - Are there any places in your life right now, where you could become more fully engaged than you are, totally so, and have fun?
If so, please treat yourself to the discoveries in the experience.