Posted by: mew | September 13, 2009

Debriefing (Order)

A baker’s dozen photographs in response to this week’s Joy Rebel mission.  The theme is order.  But keep in mind I’m a wabi-sabi kind of gal, so my photos reflect more of an order/disorder continuum.  My overall feeling as I completed this mission was of playfulness.  Spending time in Mother Nature’s version of order sometimes has that wonderful effect on me, that I tromp out of the woods feeling it’s all just a big game anyway.

I was struggling with my landlord’s conception of order this week — to me, what he’s doing with “his” land represents death, destruction, and disorder, while he calls it being a respectable property owner.  So it’s been a week of deep breaths and trying not to judge good and bad for me, and I think it shows up in my photographs, which all seem to question somehow where order begins and ends, whether such a thing is even definable.  Even the few man-made objects that appear are difficult to categorize absolutely.

I was also coming to grips with my notions of order and disorder in my own life.  As many of y’all will know from reading this blog, I made a big move this winter, and I’m still feeling like a fish out of water here.  I’m gradually settling into new life patterns, but everything still feels in flux.  Everything always is anyway.  It’s just that usually I am numbed to it by routine and habit.  The subject had come up the weekend before Brandi posted our mission.  As usual — and it really is eerie — her missions do seem to dovetail seamlessly with some aspect of my ongoing spiritual quest.

My thinking on the subject got a kick-off when I had to locate blue in my kitchen garden.  Since I planted nothing blue, and the skies did not cooperate, it was looking like I would fail my assignment when I noticed the trellis supporting a few cardinal climber vines.  The underlying structures of my garden began to pop into focus after that, and I took the theme from there.

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Many, many thanks again to Brandi over at The Joy Rebellion.  I am so loving being a member of her army.  (Hint:  I think she’s still recruiting….)

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(A wonderful side effect of all these missions and keeping up my other blog is that I’m getting much better at taking photos.  These 13 are all mineCool, huh?)

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Responses

  1. fantastic photos and patterns! It is amazing what you can see when you actually stop and LOOK.

  2. I was just thinking that I am seeing some great growth in your photos! My faves are the lichen and the whorled and knotting stump. Oh and the screen.

    Great eye!


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