Archive for March, 2009

petals to accompany my roots

Posted in 1 on March 23, 2009 by ceceb3

Spring. Ha, I said it. It is finally here – even if it did snow today –  and even this bloody New England winter that we have all been suffering through this year cannot dim the hope that emerging blooms bring. Yesterday, I played in the yard for the first time in 2009; I raked to the point that my arms burned, I knelt to pick scattered leaves from my emerging garden, I wound up with dirt under my nails – and I loved every minute of it.

I welcomed old friends back for another go-round – Iris, Crocus, Geranium, Daffodil, Columbine, and others – and started to reform the boundaries of both the garden and, in turn, my life. A professor that I had in grad school used a wonderful analogy to describe our challenge for learning about life. He stated that he might be an old man, but that he was a young gardener – always learning and finding novelty in the garden around him. He extrapolated this to life in general as a vivid metaphor for learning about humanity and experiences effecting our growth. Now, as I welcome a new year into both my life and that of my garden, I think about the meaning of his words and hope that I will make a renewed effort to welcome and accept new ideas, thoughts and ways-of-being into my life.

Some images below are from Birthday flowers  – they are all so beautiful that I wanted to share them with everyone as a “Thank you” to those who sent them!

Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

 

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Roots

Posted in 1 on March 9, 2009 by ceceb3

As a friend of mine recently wrote, “on the eve of my 31st birthday, it’s time to think about growing up a bit.” (Thanks Jess!) Well, I am next in line for this happy event, and so I returned to my childhood stomping grounds this weekend to celebrate and reflect. The following photos represent different aspects of my roots.

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

The last snow of the year always seems to come right around my birthday. One year, we had planned an outdoor birthday party and almost a foot of snow fell the night before. I was so worried that no one would come, but everyone did come, however, and  I remember it as one of my happiest parties. In fact, it always seems to precipitate on my day – even when I was in Turks and Caicos on my 22nd brithday it rained (the only day during the whole week!) but we celebrated with others on our conch tour, all toasting my birthday while huddling together on a tiny boat.

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved

Pets have always been a huge influence in my life – from Boots and Tacky, through Sweeter, Domino, Honey, Gus, Soupy, Fred, Chaps, Rhona, Oliver, Stashie and Elsa – and poor Oliver is my most common photo ‘victim’ nowadays. I’m pretty sure that I can count on Ollie to help me finish a big slice of cake this week!

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved

Lastly this week, I found this broken fence in an unlikely place, but was struck by the measures taken to keep it together over the passing years; rusty nails and scratched posts reveal trial – but mostly error – measures to mend the sticks back together. Interesting metaphors for life in general, especially facing the start of a new trip around the sun.

A mad jumble of things

Posted in 1 on March 2, 2009 by ceceb3

There is no real rhyme or reason to what I am posting this week, other than the photos were all taken within about 1 hour as I was waiting to pick someone up after an appointment. It was cold, windy and bright, but my hands could not take more than about 10 minutes without some form of gloved protection, so I am glad that I had three that I could choose.

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

I relaized that I have not shot black & white in quite a while – it was nice to come back for a spell, and I was pleased to find the wind taking turns with the swings.

 

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

The wind was also playing with these grasses as I walked past. I just couldn’t let the light go – even for a cloudy-ish day the light really bounced.

 

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Copyright 2009, C. Brotchie-Fine. All rights reserved.

And I just couldn’t resist this Practiced Theif! As I parked the car at the doctor’s office, there he was hanging from the branch like a bat, stealing every seed that he could cram into his mouth. I watched him for a few moments, and then grabbed my camera. I shot what amounts to a whole roll before retiring the camera to go inside. There had been a branch in the way of a great shot, however, so I was just shooting for the novelty of it all…. but whe I got out of the car he didn’t move, so I grabbed my camera again, testing the limits of how close he would let me be. He was not very much bothered by me, and only an opening door to the office finally detered him from his roost!