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Spring is Here #3

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 19 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Do you ever feel like wandering off into these deep dark woods and getting lost? A friend of mine told me yesterday that many of my tree landscapes remind her of childhood dreams and childhood books. Mystical, magical places where fairies and elves might live. Where a child could get lost and maybe find a small forest kingdom or perhaps a wicked witch.

Our childhood fairy tales are usually filled with fearsome and wondrous things, creatures, other worlds, forests, which can stimulate a child's imagination. It was a relevation for me to hear Annie tell me the feelings that my art evokes in her. It moved me deeply.

I have a powerul memory from the time I was about 6 years old. I remember sitting on my bedroom floor with a drawing pad and crayons. I drew a wonderful tree. Full of branches and green leaves, verdant life. I was so proud of this drawing. Sadly, it is really my only strong childhood memory of creating art. I am sure my Aminus followers have noticed that I tend to photograph trees a lot. I have not taken the time to really articulate the attraction of these trees for me. But I think that Annie's words have evoked something in me - that their complexity sitrs something within me that is lush, verdant, mysterious and timeless. It is hard to articulate, exactly. I need to think about this more, but I did want to share Annie's reactions to my work. It has really gotten me thinking....

I hope you enjoy the complexities of spring as much as I do. There is so much verdency within the chaos.

NIKON D90 1/5 second F/22.0 ISO 250 72 mm (35mm equiv.)

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DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A magical shot. I think you have been poking around in MY woods. :-)
Such evocative lines and directions. I love the feeling that could wander into a fairytale.
Marvelously depicted Barbara.

19 Mar 2011 6:53am

1/5 second
ISO 250
72 mm (35mm equiv.)