No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

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miles of gray ribbon
connect me to far away
same sky overhead

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

or…

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

This quote, which I believe can be attributed to Confucius, is the first of three which I’ll be posting in response to the Three Quotes ChallengeGabriele, who authors  Flights of Fancy, invited me to participate in this challenge. I’m very happy to finally be responding, if perhaps not exactly by “the rules.”

Gabriele, a fellow dog lover, was one of the very first people who I “met” when I began blogging on WordPress in September of 2014. She has regularly encouraged my photography and writing efforts with likes and comments. She even noticed when I hadn’t had the time to blog for several months and sent me a lovely “hope-you’re-O.K.” note during my absence. I was so touched that someone had missed me! Thank you Gabriele for that gesture! You probably don’t realize, but it meant a lot to me and I’m most grateful!

Please check out Gabriele’s conversational blog, Flights of Fancy, which features her science fiction and fantasy writing.

Thank you Gabriele for thinking of me for the Three Quotes Challenge!  🙂

 

This post is also my response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Freeways, Expressways, Highways. Thank you, Cee, for the challenge!

Artificial

Who do they think they’re fooling? Even in the fading light this cell phone tower, camouflaged with artificial foliage, has a hard time blending with its surroundings. It looks like a giant bottle cleaning brush or prickly Q-tip.
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Since attempts to disguise these things as trees always seem to fail, perhaps it would be best to embrace their artificial nature rather than unsuccessfully try to hide it. I would love to see at least some made into  fantastical sculpture like the Montjuïc Telecommunications Tower in Barcelona which doubles as a sundial.

Cell phone towers seem to be a permanent part of our future. What do you think about their aesthetic role?

This is my response to Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Artificial.

Big And Bigger

It’s all relative…

Two photos, two poems, one oak tree…

Sledding with delight
down a snowy hill,
small girl pauses
under the spread
of a giant
oak.

Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

Snow tube sledding under the big tree.

Vast fluff clouds drawn
in infinite blue,
like a five-year-old’s
crayola sun radiating,
massively framing
humbled hills and oak.

Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

Big winter sky, small tree.

This post is in response to the Photography 101 prompts, “Big.” and “The Natural World.”

Both photos address the theme of scale and bigness.

The second photo also addresses the theme, “The Natural World.” I chose it for this theme because of its panoramic feel and directional elements. I think the tracks in the snow cup the large cloud above, completing the circle that’s created by the smaller clouds radiating outward.

It was serendipitous that these two themes followed each other and I happened to be a little late responding to the first! 🙂