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Friday, January 1, 2016

WEB THREADS


Was out roaming a natural habitat area on this past Christmas day with my camera and my son. He also had his camera and we parted ways when we arrived. He was headed toward a large wetland area to take photos while I just wanted to roam haphazardly to find photos to take. We both ended up at our meeting place after about four hours. Just as he was wrapping up his photo session he dropped his camera accidentally and broke his view finder. Now he has to deal with a minor repair which usually is not so minor when you see the price quote from the camera repair company. But aside from that unfortunate incident he felt lucky that his lens did not break. 

Above is one of the photos I captured that day. The thread between the pickets were web threads made by some spider. The threads marched from picket to picket for at least twenty feet. 

The web threads reminded me of a William Stafford poem I found in a book titled  Nature and the Human Soul, by Bill Plotkin. I have borrowed it placing it below.



The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among


things that change. But it doesn’t change.


People wonder about what you are pursuing.


You have to explain about the thread.


But it is hard for others to see.


While you hold it you can’t get lost.


Tragedies happen; people get hurt


or die; and you suffer and get old.


Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.


You don’t ever let go of the thread.




16 comments:

  1. An great shot of some intricate work. Sorry to hear about your son's unfortunate accident.

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    1. It makes one more cautious once you have dropped your camera. Thanks for the nice comment -- Enjoy 2016. -- barbara

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  2. Happy New Year, Barbara. Glad to hear that you had some time out with your son! So nice to be with family at Christmas!

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    1. Melissa -- It was a cold morning out -- in spite of the cold I really enjoyed the day. So much beauty in Oregon don't you agree. -- barbara

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  3. Rotten luck about the camera. Sometimes these repairs are almost as expensive as a new camera as I have found out. ;-)

    I love your picture and the poem to go with it. A beautiful life connection there, Barbara.

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    1. Birdie -- so nice to hear from you. Read your last post and it was very touching about the care you give to those in-need. A new year and another hopeful one for peace. -- barbara

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  4. Happy New Year, Barbara. I hate spiders, but love the beautiful webs that they weave.

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    1. Janet -- I didn't think country women were afraid of spiders. My big fear is ticks getting on me. I guess we all have something we are afraid of. -- thanks -- barbara

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  5. Sounds like a great outing -- I love wandering about -- but the camera being dropped, not so great. Hope it didn't cost too much to fix. Happy New Year!

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    1. Tammy -- Yes, it was so freeing to just wander and look for interesting things to photograph. So many times I am in a rush then return home and my photos are all blurry. Lessons learned (many times) -- don't rush. thanks -- barbara

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  6. Nice to see you back. Loved the photo and the poem, too. Good thoughts.

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    1. Hattie -- Thanks. It was invigorating to take some time off for the holidays. Sometimes my motor sputters and my posts feel they need a rest as do I during the holidays. -- barbara

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    1. Vicki -- thanks Vicki for the nice comment -- barbara

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  8. Reminds me of a day I'd been searching for a historic home I'd found in a painting. I turned a corner and there was the painting in real life. I was in such a hurry to capture the moment with my camera I dropped it it the middle of the road. It hasn't worked quite the same sense. I was upset but the discovery trumped the damaged camera. Love the poem and matching "thread".

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    1. Raining Iguanas -- I remember reading about your quest to find the home of the painting you had found -- was interesting to follow. Unfortunately your camera took a slip like my son's. But, you have a good attitude about the discovery trumping the accident. -- barbara

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