'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 13 June 2010

Beauty in Unexpected Places


  1. Amazing.

    Just had to add that the WV is longer than my comment.

  2. Aha, but by adding that last statement, you made the statement untrue. :o)

  3. Decay and ageing can be lovely to behold as your photograph reminds us. Such intricate detail. So many colours. How can we see the forest if we haven't seen the leaf?

  4. thank you, Katherine,
    as always you remind us not to look
    too fast.

    our own blogging, alas, has fallen by the wayside . . . :-(

    we DO however enjoy visiting our favorites every now and again.

    your posts reward us. thanks again.


  5. Ah, yes, the wing of the Polynesian Sea Serpent in mid-flight. I'd recognize it anywhere.

    My verification word is luing, which rhymes with bluing, which is what my mother used to add to the whites in our laundry.

  6. YP. Yes. The minutiae of life can get overlooked in the big pictures. But I have to remind myself to step back sometimes.

    Thanks sUNnY. Hope all is well with you?

    Robert, You are so clever. I would never have thought anyone would guess that.

    My mother used to use 'Bloo'. Now the optical enhancers are added to the powder.

  7. "How can we see the forest if we haven't seen the leaf?" I'm not sure that that is a sequitur. I would suggest that seeing the big picture and seeing the minute detail are separable. If I look at a forest (to use YP's analogy) from afar I see a completely different picture (and, in fact cannot see any individual leaf) to the picture I would see if I crawled along the forest floor.

  8. Elizabeth20.6.10

    Like, YP, I find tremendous beauty in the decaying process. This is absolutely beautiful. x

  9. Well, that's true GB. But the complete picture about woodandtrees has to take into account all the magnifications, really. Including the microscopic and ecological and chemical and all the other ways of looking at and regarding woodandtrees. Yes?

    Elizabeth, I've recently discovered a photographer who specialises in mold fungi spores. Now THAT'S beautiful. I shall see if I can find him again...

  10. Elizabeth21.6.10

    I love anything like that. Cultures under magnification are always an inspiration to me, too. You might enjoy looking at some of the 'treasures' that came out of the 'Erosion Bundle Project' -

    Although I tuned into the project too late for the official dates, I've been inspired by this and I'm just in the process of starting an erosion bundle myself...I'll keep you posted as to how it turns out.