Lavender Longing

Bumblebee on lavender

Used with permission of Diary of Dennis

lavender longing
nothing else matters

Copyright 2015 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: Thanks to Dennis for letting me use this photograph of his — it inspired my haiku. Please visit him for adviceΒ on photographing insects, which was above my head. If my iPhone can’t do it, I’m out of luck.

32 thoughts on “Lavender Longing

  1. I would love to nestle into lavender and just enjoy the sensory experience, hoping it is like a peaceful, sleepy wave of lucious-ness. (It doesn’t like the way I spelled this, ha ha!) Hugs, Robin


      • Oh, I think we are the same at this point. I do not think that I am a master in any of the fields I am interested in… there are simply too many interests and activities. However, I do not think that it’s bad to have multiple interests. Of course, it is harder to become master in one field if there are too many, but over time we get better with each of them I think. The only thing that is sure, I am a master in keeping myself busy πŸ˜€ I think that is what counts the most for me, I want to have a good time, to me it doesn’t matter that much if I am good or bad at what I do πŸ™‚ I believe, with time, we all improve with the things we do. Also, I do not think that your images are bad, I checked some of them out πŸ™‚


        • I do my best with my iPhone, and I love getting a good picture, but it seems more like chance (and a good eye) than real skill. I also like to be busy, have fun and enjoy everything. I’m like a kid that way. And then sometimes, just to reflect on a moment, and really squeeze the joy out of it. Life is good. Thanks for sharing your art with me. And with my readers, who will appreciate you, too. πŸ™‚


          • Although I have a DSLR camera now, I still take pictures with my phone too at times. I have the phone always with me, the DSLR of course not. With the phone you are of course limited as you can not change the lens, as a DSLR can also take pictures much faster and in higher resolution, but on the others side, a phone is absolutely ok for common pictures (non-tele, non-macro area). I shot thousands of photos with my phone and still do it, it’s fine.

            At the end it’s as you said, it is always about the eye and how you frame your subjects. I think there is some kind of chance involved in photography… even with my DSLR camera I delete 1/3 of the photos I take, simply because they don’t turned out as I thought, that’s something you notice in fullsize on a computer screen. If I don’t like my pictures, I ask myself why I don’t like them, that’s how I can try it different next time, I think that’s how you can improve.

            I think framing and cropping is very important… decide what your focus is, don’t cut this object or subject, have it fully in the frame, noticing if anything distracting is in the frame, if so, trying out other angles or perspectives before you take the picture, so that your main subject stands out the most. So, there is skill involved, but you get more skill over time. When it comes to chance.. of course luck is a factor too… I remember that I saw a white flying swan and shot a photo…. at home I noticed there was a white ship in the background. White on white doesn’t work, sometimes everything plays against you in a situation, sometimes you notice it too late when you are at home πŸ™‚ It happens very often to me, and this was just one example, but you will learn when things work and when not, it’s the experience you collect. πŸ™‚

            About your other thoughts, I like the comparison with the kid when you have joy and try things out. That’s how I feel too, I am 33 years old now, but sometimes I feel like a kid too, someone who can feel joy when he is busy with things. I believe many people can not, some do lose it over the course of the life. I think that is something we shouldn’t lose. πŸ™‚


            • Definitely stay young! Easier for you, since you’re younger than me. For me, the phone camera doesn’t capture light as well as I could want. Sometimes a leaf looks almost transparent with the light coming through it, but it is always flattened by my phone. Still, it is better than I thought, and as you say — I always have it with me. πŸ™‚

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