Summer before last, I was on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It started raining about noon. My tent mate and I had headed for our tent. We both took a nap. When I woke up it was still raining. She was still asleep. I wanted to take pictures--but it was raining. As I lay there on my sleeping bag and air mattress trying not to disturb my still-asleep tent mate, I though of the workshop I had attended a few months earlier lead by well known nature photographer Byron Jorjorian. I asked myself, "What would Byron do in this situation?" Instantly I knew. He would be looking for images in the tent. So I started making images in my tent. What I learned again with new force is that that there are interesting images all around us when we have eyes to see.
A couple of weeks ago as I was sitting in my big chair in our living room, I noticed how the lines of our stairs and the poles that hold up the handrail came together in a pleasant way. I was so taken by the beauty of these simple stairs that I have walked up and down a million times that I took a photograph. Then I played with the image of course and the result is this weeks blog image. Now the lines of the poles and stairs and moldings come together in doubly interesting ways.
May you see simple beauty around you this week and may it inspire appreciation and playfulness.