Tuesday, 28 August 2012

After The Storm...

It's the end of August... everything is relaxed.. the wind is a mere, gentle, warm breeze and the recent storm has cleared the air.  An almighty crack of thunder was directly over the house last Saturday. I was in my room, when suddenly the house lit up with a streak of lightning. We were missed by just inches! I saw the lightning hit the ground straight in front of the window... phew... not my time yet. But, somehow, it felt like a warning from the heavens.... But that's just me... I like to read nature...especially when it is so dramatic. I guess it makes me feel alive and full of vitality. You see, it's not yogurt, but takes a violent storm to have this effect.... ( only kidding ). Then... the rain... bashing on the windows and making us feel safe in our homes. We all love that feeling. Cosiness and yet a little excited about the chaos outside.
 So... the electricity is discharged and we all lose our tension. The anticipation and headache have been removed, enabling us to see the fresh new world with clarity... I love the light after the storm. As the sun peeks through the drama and lifts the landscape in all its lushness.. then, a mellow sepia, washes over the eyes. Everything is moist and refilled with hope...
 The garden fox appears, tentatively walking across the wet, greener grass... the flowers raise their colourful heads and a sweet, mossy scent fills the air... All is well... After the storm.


Monday, 13 August 2012

Positive Thinking...

Ever since beginning the new job, little miracles have occurred. It's hard to explain but I believe it is the force of positive thinking coming in to play. It takes practise and the ability to hold on to something which is not yet tangible or reality. The evidence is in my recent photograph, which had undertaken considerable patience and imagination. Sometimes the moment happens and with a speedy response, one can capture an image to be frozen in time. Being in the right place at the right time with camera on standby... Other times, we hope to have the opportunity bestowed upon us by wiling something into the frame. Generally, though, this can be a very long wait and requires a very strong will. However, I think the will does have some role in the outcome. It seems that I am babbling on a bit, but this brings me to my point...
 I have spent everyday in our secret garden, at work, familiarising myself with a Robin. Probably not that amazing to some of you out there. Yet, to me, he feels like a little miracle. He seems wise and looks directly at me when I chat to him... From time to time he is quite playful and jumps from table to table.... into the flowers....he may perch on a bag or cheekily grab a little cake from your plate. He likes people and never fails to achieve a smile... He is very sociable and responds with beautiful melody... Have you ever heard a robin sing? Its really tuneful and full of joy. So.... you would think, naturally, an easy shot! Alas, not so easy... This little fella knows the camera. When I am out there alone with him, he is happy to grace me with his presence and mischievous character. Then, I begin to bring out the camera and.... he is off like a shot! This has gone on for a few weeks but my image in my mind had to become a real photograph and I would not allow myself to give up. I knew exactly what I wanted and had already composed the picture. Strangely though, this did not seem to be working.
 Then, the robin adopted the name Antonio (a long evolved story..) and he disappeared for a while... I was worried and thought that perhaps he had died or found another person to beguile. Nevertheless, I continued to watch out for him just in case.
 So... there I was last week, quietly eating my lunch on a ten minute break... when I suddenly heard a little russel in the trees and took in a breath. Nothing showed but I quietly put the camera in hand and said, "Please, Saint Anthony, let me have a picture.." Then, he flew in... Landing on my table... he turned around and looked right at me! I gasped and said "Antonio... hello!" Without hesitation he flew across to the table in front of the mirror and straight in to the position I had composed in my mind... Following three shots, he turned and bowed his head and I thanked him with a beaming smile...



Robin by Helen Ratcliff



So... You see....positive thinking and a little patience equals a little miracle...