Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Just came back from a long hike this weekend. Perfect inspiration for this weeks theme.  I feel that I may have had an advantage given the breadth of visuals that were presented.  Hope  you enjoy….Green is my world

Green is my world

Hear tall trees whisper through the leaves

Feel soft moss pillow beneath your feet

Smell musty lichen fluttering in the breeze

Watch the mist play hide and seek

Breath in deeply to taste life unfurled

Green is my world

Copyright WSSedman © 2012

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Hidden in the woods renewal is continuous, mostly unobserved by human eye, as season pass from growth in spring to death in winter.   Only to rise again the following year.  A renewal cycle that has been maintained for millennium. But we are also privy to changes that are so tremendous that they overwhelm our senses and perhaps our understanding.

Move beyond  this calm view of a fall day and turn the corner as it is shattered by the sight of thousands of salmon struggling to reach their birth place where they renew the most precious gift – the Renewal  of their Species

Serene hides the male storm

I will need more skill to deliver the sense of the immensity of this annual odyssey.  An odyssey that requires the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that life is renewed and continues for the next generation. Below, based on my first experience, are my efforts to capture the exodus. But it is the challenge of one creature whose extreme effort is played out in its quest for renewal.  So perhaps thsi Flickr Video will allow to get a better sense of the struggle..



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Such a great inspiration to stimulate the creative spirit as evidenced by the many and varied responses. I looked at a number of subjects from nature to travel.

But one idea seemed perfect.  Good friends are always encouraging my photography through ideas and contacts. In this case W alerted me to this display that was part of a city wide artistic effort called Luminato.  I spent hours trying to capture the essence of the display that I found fascinating.

Not only is the illusion a great subject for geometry , but the building itself is a geometric masterpiece of architecture.

The concept of geometry is often symmetrical, using different forms of repetition to visually take you on a journey.  The voyage may be an adventure, but perhaps just an illusion that, like a maze,  leads you back you from where you started.

Is that a bouncing red ball in slow motion – or perhaps a red planet hurtling through space.

The concept of repetition and illusion was beautifully captured in words I first heard in the 1968 version of  The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueenFaye Dunaway.  My favourite version of “Windmills of your Mind” is sung by Jose Feliciano.

……Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind…..