At the Botanical Gardens
March 17, 2016 § 3 Comments
I’ve been taking photos with my film cameras and regularly posting them on Instagram lately, sometimes accompanied by a note. I still prefer Twitter to Instagram for writing short notes, exchanging information or chatting on poetry and politics, but there are brilliant and inspiring photographers on Instagram and a lot of talk on photography is taking place there which of course interests me a lot.
Sometimes a few photos and notes come together to form a photo story such as “At the Botanical Gardens”. Their captions are my impressions and thoughts while taking a walk at the local Botanical Garden about a week ago.
The blackbirds are singing at almost every dawn and dusk now. Even though it is still cold, I trust their confident, robust blue-black presences. I believe them. Their song will bring back to life the summer gardens and warm evenings. It’s a miracle they’ve been performing every year, for as long as humans have longed for the Spring.
They mark the spot where plants -sometimes indigenous, more often migrants- are waiting for spring’s command to come. They are, they will be, winter’s little graveyard.
Idesia polycarpa. Japan. Korea. China. Taiwan.
The lovely Pinus mugo, fragrant, evergreen and always there, kind to wanderers and love couples.
The reader will give you his time. A serious reader, an unconventional reader might spend as much time in front of a tiny piece of paper with a Latin plant name on it as with a Tolstoyan novel in his hands. The best readers only read because they’re interested in the unwritten. They equally appreciate reading and not reading at all.
6CO2 + 12H2O + Light Energy → C6H12O6 + 6O2 + 6H2O
Photosynthesis: With the help of light the carbon dioxide produced by all breathing organisms is reintroduced to oxygen and released into the atmosphere. No other word, process, can fit photography better or how photography functions for photographers.
Respiration. We live inside and of the breaths of all beings that have ever lived on this planet.
In the beginning of Spring.