Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Picture Takes The Place of Words

I'm having a hard time lately, coming up with the happy or funny fodder I feel like my readers want to read. Obviously that is all in my grumpy, dissatisfied head, because what blog reader doesn't love a damn trainwreck, especially when it's someone else's?

There's just a lot of crap going on right now in the land of Tapdancing. I could list it off like Prince Humperdinck, ending with, "I'm swamped!" but that would be far too much levity for my all-pervasive Black Celt mood, and really, most of what's weighing on my mind is other people's problems and my inability to solve or handle them.

So, to blow the cobwebs out of my head and maybe jump start the old metabolism, we took a long walk through the woods on Sunday. The fall color is just about peaking here in the Piedmont area and I had a big time taking pictures of all the loveliness (it never fails to improve my mood, to go and immerse myself in seasonal beauty). I played around in Photoshop with a couple of them, looking for a more artistic rendering of the same old still life and these are my favorites.
I love this filter - it makes a ho-hum photo look both dramatic and ethereal - and it's a lot easier than trying to write words that don't want to be written right now!
And yes, Ms. Q - I will make copies for you to mat and frame!
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Edited to add: I submitted these pictures over at Written Inc.'s thematic photograph for this past week. If you haven't seen this site, go check Carmi out!

21 comments:

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

You really do take the best damn pictures! I love that filter effect as well, it makes the shots look like a cross between and oil painting and a stained glass window. Just lovely.

I'm sorry you're feeling down, I know there's not much I can do to help. Just know I'm right "down the hall" and always ready to listen.

San Diego Momma said...

I so so so relate to the lack of fodder and the crap and the grump.

Still, you manage to write something I want to read. How do you DO that?

And the pictures are lovely. I love the gnarled trees, too.

thailandchani said...

One of the things I discovered many years ago is that I can't "fix" other people. All any of us can do is wish someone peace as they go through a bad time. Sometimes that's all it takes, too.

Sorry you're catching a ration.



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FairiesNest said...

Nice picts sis! Don't worry about the crap, it's always thick this time of year! I have another great verification word..."trinable" from the root trin...

Carmi said...

I love these pictures. Your post-processing brings out a certain softness that totally reinforces why I love autumn so much! I'm so glad you shared 'em and I'm so glad you dove right into this week's Thematic Photographic. Welcome!

I so hear you re. when things suck and the words won't come. I'm in a funk like that these days, and I find myself waiting for that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel to appear. So far, nothing. But I'm patient :)

A Free Man said...

I hate writer's block. But like most annoying things, it will pass.

Deb said...

I've tagged you with a pretty thought-provoking meme. Check it out.

http://sheddingmyfatsuitforever.blogspot.com/2008/11/ive-been-tagged.html

tysdaddy said...

Taking a walk sounds like a grand idea in the midst of confusion and turmoil. I'm glad you and yours had a great time.

And I too love the pictures. Mind if I borrow one for a header image? I don't think Michael will mind . . .

Arizaphale said...

Ah yes, the old 'reader expectations', what a huge trap they are...I recognise that baby! Still, the photos were a good 'workout' and other people's problems 'will be what they are'. Unless you have a magic wand of course. Which we don't. Mostly.
I'll shut up now.
Fun filter on the pix.
ooooo another fun verification word
comaxema! Sounds like a drug company ad.

Gypsy said...

Way to get out and knock the dust off. I hope you get to feeling shiny and happy soon.

bandick said...

Hey, pickle. Tell us about when you went to ___ when you were ___ years old. Or the time you ____ at ____ in front of, gasp, ____! I love the stories from your past as much as the stories from your present.

csquaredplus3 said...

I thought I left a comment earlier - I must have done something wrong. Imagine that? That NEVER happens.

What I said was... Your photographs are beautiful, and I like the header too.

I also said, a walk in the woods provides a "calm" during any season. I hope you left some of those problems deep in the woods. Divide and conquer the rest!

Vodka Mom said...

as always, even in your bleakness, you are certainly eloquent. and the pics are damn good, too.

Madge said...

gorgeous. you tell us whatever is going on, we're here to hear it. i know though, sometimes i feel like i've got nothing to post, but complaining....

Jennifer H said...

Gorgeous photos.

And just so you know, I'm happy to read anything you offer up here. Just between us, though, I'm faking the cheer over at my place, too.

Hope things even out for you soon.

Pare said...

Love the first shot!

Hope you get to feeling better soon. Though there's a lot to be said for a good old-fashioned wallow once in awhile...

Sherri said...

I like the pictures. You should do a side-by-side with the original shots!

Maggie, Dammit said...

Hope everything's OK, babe.

BlackenedBoy said...

Oh, all lovely, especially the first one.

I hope that you will post about what's bothering you. Admitting it, even anonymously (that actually might be preferable), is really cathartic.

I'm sure you remember a few months ago when I was going through a rough time, and, despite my reservations, I did not hold back.

I got a lot of good feedback, was able to confess some things to myself that I hadn't wanted to before, and produced some truly honest and compelling material.

The bad parts make life interesting, too.

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BlackenedBoy said...

Following a blog is like reading a book, except that the people are real and when the hurt you want to (and sometimes can) help them.

I hope you'll be feeling better soon.