One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

Wild, Free, Spontaneous

Black & White Wildflowers

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.” ~Edward Abbey

No doubt, Mr. Abbey would approve of these wildflowers growing free, but unlike him, I hold no preferences among flowers – the wild and the cultivated are equally capable of creating joy.



“Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give. ”
Hermann Hesse, Stages

Apples: Ancient and Modern

Imperfect Apples (1)

Apples have existed for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence of the fruit’s consumption in Europe dates back to the Stone Age. Valued in antiquity for their taste and medicinal qualities, apples were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Apples, Before and After

Although apples can claim a long history, apple crisp or crumble is a relatively modern dessert. According to Wikipedia, the first recipe in print does not occur until 1924 in Everybody’s Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by American author Isabel Ely Lord. Also, on December 9, 1924,  apple crisp is mentioned in a newspaper article in the appropriately named Appleton Post Crescent.

Nature Lady

Pensive Lady

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Reading Lady

Reading Lady

“What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?” Audrey Niffenegger, The Night Bookmobile

Look Up

Athena Looks Up too

Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and war, only participated in warfare to protect her home. Up above, in the hall of a Beaux Arts legislative building in Canada, she steadfastly continues her role.

A Glimmering

Glimmering Light

On a quiet summer morning, the dappled sweet light upon a green path can seem a glimmer of goodness.


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