To Mystery Land

 

To Mystery Land

To Mystery Land

SS 1/60 f5.6 ISO 500

To Mystery Land

by Kate Greenaway

“Oh, dear, how will it end?

Peggy and Susie how naughty

you are.

You little know where you are,

Going so far, and so high,

Nearly up to the sky.

Perhaps it’s a Giant who

lives there,

And perhaps it’s a lovely

Princess.

But you very well know

You’ve no business to go;

You’ll get yourselves into a mess.

Oh, dear, I’m sure it is true;

Whatever on earth can it matter

to you?

For you know it –oh, fie —

that it’s naughty to pry

Into other’s affairs —

Into other folks houses to go,

Where you  know

You’re not asked.

So you’d better come back

While there’s time, it is plain.

Go home–and be never

So naughty again. “

I love antique books, I love poetry, I love flowers, and I especially love photography.  Here you have four of my (many) favorite things rolled into one.

To create a vintage feel to the image of Calla Lilies resting on the antique book, “Marigold Garden” by Kate Greenaway, I added a layer of haze in Photoshop CS5.

 

Antique Books and Daisies

Reading Amidst CheerReading Amidst Cheer

SS 60, F3.0, ISO 2000

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Cheerful BookmarkCheerful Bookmark

SS 60, F3.2, ISO 1250

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 If you recall from pervious posts, the Gerber daisy represents cheer in the language of flowers, thus the titles of the images posted this evening.  


Books Are….

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

– Charles William Eliot

Great Finds

Great Finds and…

Great Reads

Great Reads

 

Stories

“If stories come to you, care for them.  And learn to give them away where they are needed.  Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” – Barry Lopez

I was experimenting with texture and side lighting a few days ago and took the images posted below.  Shortly after shooting the images I came across the above quote.  I felt an immediate connection between the two – the quote and the images. The books are old, but timeless.  Stories, old or new, can also be timeless.  Have you ever been in a situation, or feeling a certain way when someone tells you a story about an experience that just happens to be exactly, or very similar to, what you are going through?  That story may have put everything into perspective, changed your attitude about a situation, or softened your heart.  If the story had been withheld, it wouldn’t have made a difference.  Share your stories…..

Old Books with Side Lighting

Old Books in Side Light in Black and White