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!
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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/