July 26, 2012

loving what you do.....



i think the lily pads are beautiful this way. usually they're resting their weary heads on top of the water, doing what the pond tells them to do, but with our drought, they've literally stood up for themselves, while waiting for relief with the rest of us.
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i recently finished susannah conway's book, "this i know" and loved it. it can be found in the "death and grieving" section of some bookstores, 
which just seems wrong to me. i think it's so much more than that. if i owned a bookstore, her book would be found in the "living, loving, love yourself, do what you love, eat what you love, photography" section, 
on a vintage wallpaper wrapped shelf all by itself.
yep, i really liked it that much.
especially the part when she talked about how she thought she had to be paid for her photography in order to call herself a photographer and discovered that that was a bunch of crap.
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21 comments:

  1. That's the second recommendation I've seen on this book. I need to download a sample on my Kindle and check it out.

    Interesting (and lovely) shots of the lily pads. You don't often see them "posing" this way for sure. Hope this drought ends soon!

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  2. Sounds like a goodie, my Photographer Friend.

    Much love to you as you do what you love to do. ;-)

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  3. I had the chance to meet her this week - she is just as cool in person.
    I am currently stalking the UPS man waiting for the book to arrive.
    This summer has been a bit crazy weather wise, hasn't it?

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  4. Beth - I so wish I could find a place where I could get close enough to lily pads to see them and capture them. I'm going to have to check out that book! Love your last line and seriously - thank you very much for posting it!

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  5. I agree about the shelving choice for Susannah's book. It's in the "well being" section of our bookstores but sub headed with "death and grieving".

    The book moved me in so many ways and then after spending time with Susannah last weekend in Toronto and talking about the book and life and everything in between it gave me an even deeper appreciation for what she writes and what she captures on film.

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  6. The drought seems to be spreading. I pray that the mighty Mississippi's environs gets rain soon or the barge business will suffer greatly.
    Funny that the label of photographer means one is paid!
    Also the labeling of Susannah's book was to be found in the death and grieving section repelled me till I continued reading. Maybe...it might be my next read.
    BTW, your lily pad photos are certainly unique!

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  7. I've never seen the lily pads like that, standing up for themselves. I'll go back to my photos of Monet's Pond from last Sept. and look closely at them. Great post, Beth. xo Jenny

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  8. I have never seen lily pads stand up like that, how amazing and photos are beautiful. Yes, you are a photographer for sure!
    The book is now on my wish list. I really need to order a bunch of books, my wish list is getting long.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful post!

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  10. Thank you, honey -- that means a lot :) xx

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  11. Wow, I never heard of the book before, but it sure sounds like an up lifting testimony to life.

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  12. I had to look twice to realize these were lily pads- Wow, I love what you did with them.

    And I LOVE the music your son and Honey produced. Very impressive.

    xoxo jj

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  13. "This I Know" is on my reading list, too. Love these lily pads.... You often show me something I might never notice or see.

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  14. just popping in to say hello... i think the lily pads look beautiful too.

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  15. Your sepia pads show them at just the right repose. Thanks for the book recommendation.

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  16. RTO system

    There is always great beauty in the ordinary. And your photo embodies that. Job well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. inspirations from nature brought to us by an inspiring photographer :)

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  18. gorgeousness!

    and now i have to get that book...

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  19. Not only the robber fly, but your love plant pictures manage to rob my attention.

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  20. I'm off to get it. I've been meaning to, and this was the push I needed. Thanks.

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  21. I must get that book -- sounds like my kind of thing. And I love lily pads, too!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth