Playtime Perspective

This is my busiest time of the year at work; year-end events, culminating projects, reports, graduation ceremony and most of the time my head feels it’s going to bust a nerve.  Each year this cycle repeats itself; I find myself closing my eyes and hoping that when I open them, that it’s June 1.

Last night, I decided to play a little after work; mix it up a little for myself and grabbed my camera and went out to the backyard. This time of year, there is a passion-flower vine that is blooming and I love these beautiful blooms – so unique and strange.

I snapped on to my camera a creative lens set I had purchased a few years ago and had forgotten about. I was just playing, trying to learn how to use it the way it’s intended and overall it was a frustrating experience. I just couldn’t get the images to turn out the way I thought they were supposed to. What saw in my mind didn’t happen. What I was seeing in the viewfinder isn’t what I saw in the resulting image.

I didn’t like not knowing how to capture the image I wanted to get and yet I kept snapping, taking photos of the flowers, my sprinkler head, wine corks and a piece of metal – just to see what might happen.  Testing this, trying that. Determined. But having fun.  I have a lot to learn with this creative lens thing-a-ma-jig, but what I realized – yet again – is that sometimes we just need to get out of our comfort zone, let things unfold as they will and be open to seeing things in new ways.  And that learning through play is always a good idea!

You could say I am developing a passion for getting perspective!  🙂

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24 thoughts on “Playtime Perspective

    • Miss you too!! And love that this passion flower is one of your favorites too – I have to be honest and say that I had never seen one before I began living where I am now. I had no idea what it was when I first saw the spacey blooms and had to ask a neighbor who says she practically lives in her garden! Yes, talk soon!

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  1. Honey bun, I think what you captured is the very essence of this flower’s beauty. These pics are fantastic! I’m glad you gave yourself a chance to have a little fun during this crunch period…Think the little engine that could – ‘I think I can, I think I can’…for of course, you will..xo

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    • Thank you!! I am pleased with them too..it was just during the ‘shoot’ so to speak..my mind and the outcome were not matching up like I thought they were ‘supposed’ to! Yet another reminder to remain open and able to see things unfold as they should! It was fun playtime 🙂 chug-a-chug-a-chug!! xoox

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    • Thanks Liz! That means a lot! And a little creative playtime always a good destress-er! I need to remember to do that more when the rubber hits the road!

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  2. Lovely, Bon. Your images capture the mysterious beauty of these flowers quite well, and yes, getting outside the comfort zone is good…for all of us. Sally forth, my dear, and we’ll trail in your wake…. 😉

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  3. I’ve got passion fruit on at the moment, Bonnie and the flowers are just out of this world! You’ve done a great job capturing their beauty here 😀

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    • Dianne, I love that you have the same flower growing half a world away, that is just pretty cool! They are the coolest, spaciest looking things! When I first moved in and they started showing up, I had NO idea what they are and had to ask around. Thank you – they are a fun subject to play and experiment with! Enjoy yours too!

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    • Maureen, that would be even more awesome if it’s contagious! Thanks so much – it was so helpful to also step away from the stress and let my brain play with a fun problem at the end of a busy day!

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