"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh
One definition of the word "footnote" found in the dictionary is "...one that is relatively subordinate or minor part..." A few weeks ago I ventured out on a cold winters day in search of ice formations on a local creek that I often visit during the year. This blog image is one of several that managed to make it through the editing process and points to the "footnote" inclusion as it's relation to photography.
During the course of a year of photographic excursions I try to remember to look for those often passed subects around our feet, since our tendancy as human beings is to walk erect (easier said than done as we age) and look ahead. This image, the "footnote" and the quote by Van Gogh is easily (for me at least) to apply to the things one finds in nature, where many "insignificant" parts provide the whole. On finding this little treasure I was struck how random sequence of events in nature (freezing, thawing, falling leaves, water, ice, and texture) have provided a subject that I found marvelous.
It would not be a stretch to say that many people might pass this scene (which covered an area of about a one foot square) and never take notice. On any given day I might have missed it as well except for the fact that years of contact with people that encourage such observation, be it professors in biology, workshop instructors or online visitations, as well as becoming more attentive to the beautiful things that can happen when water is subjected to freezing and thawing, was an incentive to look for these small "ornaments" of winter.
To many Winter is a necessary evil to get to Spring and, I'll admit, that on days like today, with gloomy skies and strong winds, I might agree. However, when I find this kind of design in the winter chaos I am thrilled. Beyond that, the walk was healthy, the search was educational, my "vision" sharpened, and my skills were stimulated.
I hope you all have a marvelous Christmas season (I refuse to use the p.c. word "holiday) and that you enjoy the message of the season. Thank you for your continued support and visits.
Sic 'em Bears...Baylor Football brings home the Big 12 championship as well as the opportunity to play in the Cotton Bowl. Hats off to the players and coaching staff and fans.
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com