"To see beauty even in the common things of life."
- Celia McClure
Sometimes I almost feel embarrassed by the objects I carry into the studio to photograph. Well, not really. But sometimes I feel like I should. When I gather weeds or pick up dead leaves, my husband asks, "What are you going to do with that?" (He should know better by now.) When others walk through my studio, I see them stare and know the thoughts that must be running through their heads.
In packing for the botanical photo workshop I taught last week at the Maine Media Workshops, I gathered two large bags of withered big leaf magnolia leaves to take along. I wasn't sure they'd make the trip safely. I also wondered how the workshop participants might react to my giving each of them a large, dead leaf. (I considered this a precious gift, but knowing they were expecting to photograph lots of beautiful flowers and gardens during the week, I wasn't sure they would interpret it quite the same way.)
The leaves survived the trip and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't have to give the workshop participants the leaves...they spotted and photographed them before I had a chance to. They also loved the dried allium, agapanthus and thistle seed heads; the magnolia seedpods; the sweet gum balls and my seed collection. These wonderful workshop participants...well, we are part of the same tribe. And nature is, truly, fascinating.