The word open literally opens the door to images concrete and literal: a barely open door leading to who knows where, a neon sign that says OPEN (when most businesses are shut these days), an open mouth speaking frankly (or maybe even too vehemently), an institution open to all comers . . . or not.
But mostly I thought about the intrigue of something barely open. Do we have more of a fascination with things that are only partly open to our eyes or open to interpretation? Does a cracked-open door have more mystery than a door fully open? Does the anticipation right before sunrise on a beach take our breath away more than the full open shining sun in the sky? And is there a time when being barely open with someone is preferable to the blatant openness that occurs when someone voices his opinion openly and bluntly?
And so I choose for today’s Discover Prompts challenge flowers in my yard that are interesting because they’re barely open. And it is this same “barely openness” that makes me return daily, sometimes even hourly, to see nature unfolding into full-blown spring.
Yes, for me, barely open holds as much, if not more, intrigue and interest than full-on, in-your-face, wide-as-wide-can-be open.
Day 2 of Discover Prompts: A new challenge for April is unfolding this week: Discover Prompts. With a one-word starter, we share our interpretation with readers and share photos. I’m looking forward to the challenges and to seeing all sorts of interpretations, pictures, and new ideas unfolding!