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Seven AM


Nature’s gifts never cease to delight and inspire me. I’m often drawn to the smallest, most delicate of objects in my home, on the street, out and about. If something calls out to be noticed I rarely nod and just forget it. Inexorably guided by my passion to create photographs, I have to stop everything I am doing and get a camera.

I discovered this lone leaf the other morning looking like it had been meticulously placed there on the lid of our trash can just for me. As I was in the midst of emptying the garbage it caught my eye, still bleary with the morning, as it seemed to be boasting its juxtaposition of dainty ruffles and crooked lines. Accentuated by the soft early morning light (a contrast against the dark slick surface ) it stopped my in my tracks. I stood there in wonder…in the street…in my pajamas. And then of course, I got a camera.

How is it that no matter how many leaves, pods or blossoms I study, I am continually amazed at how striking and inimitable each one is? And then I notice the way each photographer can uniquely capture them in a photograph and I am forever charmed by their beauty.

Reader Comments (11)

Oh yes, I know that feeling of stopping in your tracks and racing to get the camera. Beautiful gifts like your leaf sit most everywhere. I feel a powerful sense of responsibility to acknowledge, capture and share. Photography has become my method of encouraging people to open their eyes and soak in the full beauty that life has to offer.

Thank you, ladies, for this space.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlittlepurplecow
You always find the most beautiful art there is in nature. Stopping to grab your camera is a must...for this beauty needs to be captured in time and shared with others.

I'm very excited about this site and now I am honored to have had one of favorite photos chosen to be shown. Thank you!
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCandace
So true. Certain things just call to you to be photographed. But not everyone can make a leaf on a trash can beautiful!
January 25, 2008 | Registered CommenterPaige Balcer
that is beautiful tracey. I would have never known it was a garbage can lid. But that makes it even better.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermaile
Lovely image. Leaves are among my favorite subject too. They are everchanging.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAimee Greeblemonkey
mmmm...i love how with artists, nothing gets left out when it comes to creating and capturing...including garbage cans. your work is exquisite!

i am so honored you chose my leaf photo. it was fun getting soaked in the rain...
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterboho girl
what? you don't carry your camera with you when you put the trash out in the morning? you don't have it around your pajama clad neck at all times??? :) lovely, photo, sis. i spent the morning snapping pictures of "trash" that struck me as beauty all over my lovely city. thanks for the inspiration. i can't believe this will be happening almost EVERYDAY! yay us!
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen lemen
i love the stories behind the photographs. it just makes me smile knowing that this was on the lid of the garbage can. now the picture is complete to me. photographs freeze time and emotion for me... that morning you took the trash out will always be with you: the barefeet, the weather, the color of pajamas. isn't it amazing how photography takes us each to our own little world? and sometimes they brush up against one anothers. it's beautiful.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercamerashymomma
yes. its incredible how unique each of us can see the most simple thing. i find my walks take so much longer now that photography has become my love. even if i don't have my camera with me (which is a rare occurance) i am still formulating pictures in my head! thank you for this wonderful website too!
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVivienne
What a lucky leaf to have been noticed and captured by you. I just love the color and details. It's amazing how much beauty there really is in the world if we'd only take the time to look. Thanks for the reminder, Tracey!
January 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah-Ji
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