My friend speaks often about seeing with an artist’s eye or seeing with a photographer’s eye. Honestly, I have not figured out what she is talking about, yet. Today when I walked with Bella at the park, I realized that I had forgotten to bring the camera. (OMG that’s unusual) I saw how large and lovely the “weeds” had grown and together made a 7 ft high hedge all hodge-podged together. I noticed that a rock 6-8 inches below the surface of the stream still made a V-shaped ripple in the surface. I noticed where there were many rocks the stream really sparkled. I noticed all the bees on the many Joe-Pye flowers. I saw the black butterfly that always greets me or hangs out at the walking track entrance. Two of the yellow butterflies that live near a spot Bella usually goes in the river for a drink were there today. The first time I realized these were the same butterflies I see every day. Then I noticed when Bella goes in the stream she always turns facing the current so the water can flow into her mouth. What would I have seen if I had brought the camera? I know I felt more present today- maybe this is seeing with an artist’s eye? Do you know?
Last year I was given daylilies….so this year each bloom is a surprise. The Geese are floating along the French Broad river in Asheville NC.
Chicory is another noxious weed to some but a beautiful blue beauty to me. The chicory plant is Cichorium intybus, is a hardy perennial with purplish-blue flowers that open and close at the exact same time each day. Chicory is common in North American and in Europe. Although chicory leaves are used in food (they are often known as endive, frisée, escarole or radicchio), chicory’s roots are the parts used to make ‘chicory.’ I love that they open and close at the same time every day. By the school bus stop, there was a stand of these great blue flowers which I would admire each morning. I brought the camera to the bus stop in the afternoon and they were gone. Finally I brought the camera in the morning and could identify them. Then just for fun, I took pictures of things in my house that are blue.