Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Challenge: Earth -

"Weeds and Shadows"
digitally manipulated photograph by Mick Mather
The theme at Thursday Challenge this week is Earth. As I've mentioned before, Dale Hudjik always gives a string of related possibilities and this photograph of the first dandelion spotted this spring seems to fit perfectly. Clinging to a sliver of earth along the foundation of a building where it meets the sidewalk, it seems to be receiving a reassuring hug from the shadows of two adjacent trees ... and the beat goes on.

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8 Comments:

Blogger THE CHARM SCHOOL DROPOUT said...

Dandelions are somewhat forboding, just realized this.

8:47 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

You seem to be in a tender mood, Mick, this is also very beautiful and delicate, yet has strength also.

My first thought was bride seeing this, must be because of the whiteness of the wall and the flowers in a bouqueut-like composition.

Well, brides need strength:))

9:11 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

No filters, no nothing? That's not NORMAL!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Only the lonely, sad poor thing. Leskenlehti in Finnish.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Ps. Don't take it! You are going to kill it that way. Let it live its short life. Snif.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

the charm school dropout:
That they are, Sarah. Especially once the white, seed pods take to the air like summer snow! Although, in a large field, covered edge to edge and while still happily yellow, they can be beautiful.

susupetal:
What a lovely thing to see as you tell it. I should admit I was thinking the opposite of tender since this plant has forced it's way up and conquered the cement sidewalk. Talk about strength! :)

hpy:
LOL - thanks for the diagnosis, Hélène, but I did run this through a couple of different filters. Both layers were used sparingly so much of the original photo is what you see the most.

elegia:
I have no plans to take it. Better than that, I believe I'll document it's short life, send the images to Susu and wait for one of her fantastic films! I'll even include an mp3 of my own music for the soundtrack. :D

9:37 AM  
Blogger Shani said...

Ah...a testament to perseverence...even if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place you can still bloom! Nice work Mick!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

shani:
I suppose one has to admire the single-mindedness of a flower. The only thing it knows to do is root, grow, bloom and procreate! :)

3:57 PM  

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