Saturday, October 13, 2012
Seize the day! I couldn't resist the play on words. Carp. Carpe. Tomato. 'Tomahto'. Potato. 'Potahtoe'. Yes, I know I am being absolutely silly. Oh, let's call the whole thing off!
Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu has beautiful pools like this running lengthwise down the mall (it is an outdoor mall). Immaculately kept and landscaped to please the senses. The carp at Ala Moana is much like a mascot. They have been there as long as I can remember and have seen the mall grow to an internationally recognized shopping center.
Grapes leaves in my back yard earlier in the summer season. Perfect for collecting water droplets until the hot sun evaporates it all. Which doesn't take long in our dry climate here. Take a closer look at the image-you can see how some of the droplets magnify the surface detail that it rests on.
Ah, yes! I love the little details that life offers such as these.
Photographer, Philippe L. Gross (author of The Tao of Photography) wrote of his early experiences in photography: "One day I had a shocking experience. Someone who had taken a picture of a door won the first prize in a photography contest. I could not believe that such a common subject could be judged worthy of a prize. Of course, that was before I tried to photograph a door. I had no idea how difficult it would be to construct an image that would make an ordinary door interesting. The incident provoked me to pay closer attention to the ordinary. Over time, I began to appreciate, in photography and in my everyday life, a remark made long ago by the ancient Taoist, Lao-Tzu: "The secret of the Tao is found in the smallest detail of the ordinary day.""
And so, my celebration of the mundane and the smallest details of the ordinary day continues.
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2011 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account.
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