In an abstract frame of mindPosted: February 27, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Abstracts, Adventures in art, Air, Daily Walk, Digital Art, Earth, Fire, home, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter | Tags: Abstract art, birds, David Lynch, flowers, goose, Lucian Freud, MaidinSun Photography, nature, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Outdoors, Pablo Picasso, Photography, pond, rain, reflections, water, weather, wildflowers, winter 36 Comments
It is gray and windy here in the Bogs today. But I got lucky. When I stepped outside for my walk late this morning, I caught a patch of blue sky between the dark, gray clouds, and a few rays of sunshine streamed down for a minute or two.
The temperature must have been dropping while I was walking. I started out warm enough. I felt in need of my super-duper, über-warm winter coat by the time I finished.
The surface of the pond has mostly thawed. There was a small patch of ice that the wind has blown to one corner, but that’s gone now, too.
The ducks have returned, although I suspect it will be a short visit since it’s likely the pond will freeze over again. There are three males and one female. They’re getting along fine for now. In a few weeks, perhaps when the weather is warmer, the males will be trying to chase each other off.
A skein of geese flew overhead. Did you know a group of geese in flight is called a skein? I didn’t until I looked it up for this post. Sometimes they’re called a flock. On the ground they’re known as a gaggle of geese.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
~ Pablo Picasso
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Bundle up if you’re going outside. The wind is whipping, making the cold cut to the bone. There’s more rain coming, followed by a wintry mix that looks like it includes ice, and then a big swath of snow will take over for the rest of the night. Be careful out there.
Thank you for visiting. Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
~ Lucian Freud
I think that ideas exist outside of ourselves. I think somewhere, we’re all connected off in some very abstract land. But somewhere between there and here ideas exist.
~ David Lynch
Abstract is so cool! I love abstract. I adore the ladder photo especially. Clean, simple lines. Thank you, dear Robin from the Bogs.
And thank you, dear Kathy from the North Woods of the UP. 🙂
A beautiful series Robin.
Thank you so much, Robert. And thanks for the reblog. 🙂
Reblogged this on Appleledge II and commented:
Some beautiful pictures from one of my on-line photo friends. I encourage you to follow her blog. she does some beautiful work.
Ducks! More Purple Martins have moved into the neighbor’s bird apartment. Striking shots of nature’s abstract art.
Artist were interested in light/dark/shapes/shadows/color for color’s sake even before the abstract movement: when in a museum find some “old” portraits and landscapes and look at the fabrics and backgrounds – those were the only place artists were allowed to play and have freedom with paint. But to keep follow prescribed acceptable formulas by church and state patrons, it was realistic approach.
As you closely look through years of paintings, you can see how things lead to abstract art which finally broke free from a specific realistic image.
Your Grass at edge of pond is electric – so many of your works could easily be illustrations or posters
Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 Most of the time when I’m taking a photo, it is the light/dark/shapes/shadows/color that I see rather than the details. I blame it on poor eyesight. 😉
I have an artist friend who doesn’t wear her much needed glasses. She says she prefers to see the world looking like a Impressionist’s watercolor.
Very nice series, Robin. I was personally drawn to the first image, I think because of the vibrant colors.
Thank you, Gracie. 🙂
I love winter weeds!
Thank you, Stacie. Me too. 🙂
Liked all your pictures, as usual, but my favorite is the oak leaves blowing in the wind. We had a gorgeous day here in southeast Virginia. Should have gone to the Bay and taken pictures, but I got caught up with laundry. Don’t know when we’ll get another warmish day for awhile.
Thank you, Susan. 🙂 Not sure when we’ll get another warmish day here, either. Gonna be in the 20’s and 30’s for a while.
Nature should hire you as it’s official photographer.
Now THAT would be the coolest job in the world, CM. Nature doesn’t even have to pay me. Well, a little money here and there to help pay the bills would nice. 🙂
If I could, I would put in a good word for you. But I am pretty sure your pictures speak for themselves.
A good frame of mind! The symbolic rather than the descriptive, I always gravitate towards that, Robin. Bewitching images 🙂
Thank you, Lynn. It’s an area I’m exploring more and more lately, although not too many images end up here on the blog for some reason.
These are all good, but the one with the ladder is a stunner!!
Thank you, Derrick. 🙂
my next post is all your fault! 🙂
Hi Robin. I love the ‘Oak leaves blowing in the wind’. They must be the last leaves in the whole world (it looks so cold). Jane
Thank you, Jane. 🙂 It does seem that way (and it is so cold).
Life is showing its signs of perky up!
BTW – Please stop by when you get a chance as I did a simple collaboration with a photographer friend. http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/on-time/
So it seems, Frank. 🙂 I’ll be by soon. Thanks for the invite.
Nice pictures, Robin. I didn’t realize geese had different names when flying and on the ground until you mentioned it although I have heard both terms.
Thank you, Jo Ann. It’s amazing how many names there are for things. 🙂
I love the image of the silvery ice and water!
Thank you, Kala. 🙂
Beautiful pics in this one, Robin. I loved the ladder one with the skein of geese! (I never knew the term ‘skein’ could be applied to anything besides wood. Now I know!)
Thank you, Dana. 🙂 I always thought of “skein” in terms of yarn. I didn’t realize it could be applied to wood. I learned something new today.
another absorbing visit, Robin, I keep returning to the photo of The Skein of Geese flying high overhead, at first glance the smaller thumbnails looked like a gigantic ladder to my eyes,… I tried to climb it to the heavens to no avail, the geese had swiftly flown by keeping their formation trail..Heh!!…
It was lovely to stay a while and take time for a clear sweet intake of breath… xPenx …
Thank you, Pen. 🙂
Great pictures, as always, despite (or maybe because of) the weather. 🙂
Thank you, Sallyann. 🙂