Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

White Star White Magnolia tree
At a distance, it’s a spindly thing, that White Star White Magnolia. But , oh the difference a close-up view can bring.

As I began readying my blog for its new reveal, I looked at P. A. Moed’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge for the last week in February. The entries focused on perspective coincided with the budding and, soon thereafter, flowering of my favorite tree right by my back door.

My White Star White Magnolia is a scruffy thing. In the spring, this tree bearing spindly branches looks as if a teenager has toilet-papered it in the middle of the night. From my perspective of peering out my kitchen window, the tree always looks sparse when it blooms — just a gathering of white, ephemeral fluffy things hanging on for dear life at the ends of branches.

Perspective is an amazing thing — it colors our world, sets our perceptions, and shapes our experiences.

–Sandra C. Bibb

But when I step out on the patio to look more closely, holding a mug of hot coffee to ward off the chill of morning air, I see up close a tiny universe in each small white blossom.

Head-on, the flowers are lovely in and of themselves.

But it’s the change in perspective that makes each one come to life as I look closely at velvet petals, fuzzy stems and golden stamen buried within.

Actually, it’s nature itself that creates the most beautiful pictures. I’m only choosing the perspective.

–Katja Michael

Sometimes I take a top-down look.

Sometimes I look head-on.

Sometimes I peer through the rain.

Or watch as lingering shadows make the petals dance.

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up.

–Chuck Palahniuk

But mostly I just look.

Nothing says spring at our house more than when the White Star White Magnolia puts on its annual show!

Rusha Sams

Care to join in with the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – or need more info?  

This week was hosted by Patti Moed of Pilot Fish Blog: https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/02/29/lens-artists-photo-challenge-86-change-your-perspective/

15 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #86: Change Your Perspective

  1. Prior...

    You did the magnolia blooms proud with this post! ((How is that for grammar?))
    Well done with perspective and flow – liked the mention of you being there warding off the cold with a ☕️-
    And looking forward to the new reveal

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks for all your comments. I love that tree and those creamy white blooms, even if they do only last for about a week.
      And about that new reveal . . . this is it. I’m using a new theme that clean, white, and wider. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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