“If you don’t take risks, you will have a wasted soul.”
Memories from the Past by Debra
As I took today’s photograph I wondered what I would write about for this type of flower. Who likes dried, dead flowers anyway? Well, I honestly never liked them until recently, and Carolyn will probably remember me asking her years ago, “Why are you photographing dead flowers?” However, I think as I took a few shots of these dried roses, I thought about more than dead, dried flowers. I guess everything lives and everything dies, it’s not about dying, but about how you live and the beauty you share with others, that ‘s what is truly important.
Two times today, once on my way to work and then on my way home, I heard Alan Jackson’s song “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” and it got me thinking. That day is etched in my memory forever. I worked on Wall Street and took the PATH train for 6 years into the World Trade Center. It makes you wonder, why? It’s nearly 16 years ago already and so much has happened in my own life since then, as I’m sure all of the families who lost loved ones.
I wonder why I am still here, I wasn’t in the buildings on 9/11 so I personally was never in danger from the tragedy. Since then, I’ve been remarried, moved to a completely different town, lost my job, battled cancer and with the Grace of God, I am still here, living and healthy. Life has a way of working out what is supposed to happen for you. After so much devastation in the world and in my own life, you think and live differently. You don’t take any day you are given for granted, at all!
You are most likely wondering what those dried roses have to do with anything? It’s just a photograph, right? Well, it is a photograph, but it’s how you see the things you photograph not so much the object but how you view the object. No two people will view anything exactly the same, but I choose to look at these flowers as something beautiful and not just dried, dead flowers. See the beauty in everything you are given and live each and every day to the fullest. It’s a gift!
Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you next time … Debra
Tulips Are For Shooting by Carolyn
Hello … so nice to see you here on this Friday morning. It’s kind of a funny thing … to me anyway … but tulips haven’t always been a favorite of mine. They have grown on me though over the past few years and are in fact a flower that I look forward to shooting.
The life and variety you get out of them is really just incredible. Click here to see more of my tulips.
If you’ve clicked on the link, you have seen that I love them when they’re fresh and new, just popping out of their green leaf covering all the way to when they’ve dried and shriveled up.
To me, the best way to enjoy tulips to their fullest is to take pictures of them because they simply just don’t last long enough!
Tulips make me happy.
Camera Settings: 50mm, 1/1000, f/2.0, ISO 250
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