1.31.2012

texture tuesday

simplicity

when is the last time you just stared out a window...
actually, not simply stared,
but gazed... with delight... like it was the first time
you ever saw what there was to see
out your window.


i'd say, if you even have a window to begin with... any window...
you are a lucky soul.


i used to work in a building where there were no windows.
i was there more than ten years.
i don't know how i did that for so long.
we take for granted things like having a window to look out of.
but a baby who has just learned to pull himself up by a sill
sees it rather differently.
it's an awesome and exciting treat.
{you can't see it here, because he has already paused
to ponder all that his eyes were taking in when this was taken.
but when he first got vertical,
after having conquered the journey of crawling over to the window,
he squealed in delight at his new perched view.}
we live on the second floor of an older home... at tree-top level.
imagine what it is like for a seven-month-old
to see a view like this for the very first time on his own.
sure, i had shown him outside and the snow through the window before.
but each time was when he was less aware,
and they were all before he could get to a window on his own.


yes... it's all new for him.
and to you and i, looking out the window might not be anything new.
but is that because we just aren't looking for something new?
is it because we don't have the simple joy and appreciation
of a child?


if it is, should we try to get that back?
i think so.


{this is my third time participating in kim klassen's texture tuesday. for this week's texture link-up, we simply had to use kim's lovely "simplicity" texture, which i used on sophie, too. {here, screen mode, 100% opacity}. you can see the rest of the many link-up participants by visiting her texture tuesday page.
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i'm not sure if i will keep doing these each week. i'd like to, but i already committed to several other weekly or monthly projects that i can do as time permits. this is a great one to be a part of... so many beautiful uses of textures with photography out there! have you been a texture tuesday regular? do you love it as much as i have enjoyed being a part of it the past few weeks?}

35 comments:

Mona's Picturesque said...

Exactly! Thank you for this lovely image an post!

Sandy said...

beautiful story about the windows, we shouldn't take for granted. I had my favorite window back home, before I moved and it was on a second story too (in the midwest as well) something about being able to look down like a little bird or something.

love the boy! he's a cutie!

thank you for following me. I am now following your lovely blog and stories too! have a beautiful week !

Becs said...

Beautiful image and love your use of texture. I can feel how magical it is for him! I know what you mean about having so many projects on - I tend to dip in and out as time permits. I do love texture tuesday as it encourages me to play around with texture and get ispirations from other's work which I probably wouldn't get around to otherwise.

Jess said...

Wonderful light and use of texture.

photo by ansku said...

Such a beautiful picture! Love the light from the window!

johanna said...

beautiful post, makes me think about... love your photo!

Teresa said...

Oh this is really very beautiful . . .the light you have captured is lovely . .and the texture work really enhances it . . . .Lovely to meet a fellow Christian . . .x

helen tilston said...

As I gaze our my window, the canal is sparkling and casting reflections on my wall. The palm tree is swaying and I can in all honesty say I thank God each day for this incredible view.
I understand the child's fascination.
A great post

Helen xx

Kathleen said...

Wonderful photo and thoughts. It's nice to be reminded of the pure delight of a young child!

Kathy said...

Oh my, I really love your sentiments re: simplicity being taught by the youngest. So true.

Kathy

Kim Stevens said...

Yes, that's one thing in this last year that I can say without a doubt, that I don't just look out the window, I see! My camera has taught me how to better do that, to have a different perspective. Because one of the things I have really learned is that if I stand where I have always stood nothing will ever look different!

I really adore this capture of your son looking out the window and your edit is just beautiful!!

beth said...

this is like the sweetest photo of isaac ever....xoxo

Evelyn S. said...

My favorite photos of my two now-grown sons are similar in nature to yours....beautiful light from the window. You, however, have included the delight your son shows in seeing something new. Beautiful! I'm now following you!

georgia b. said...

thanks, all! it's fun getting to know a whole new group of bloggers through these projects i'm newly involved in... and always appreciating my old friends, too. thanks for all the nice comments!

Linda R said...

What a wonderful shot. I just love the idea your wrote about. I got to see my grandson this weekend. YEA! And he spent one of the nights with us in our hotel.. He is not walking yet either. But he seemed to pull him self up and look at himself in the long mirror on the door.. It was so fun to watch. He would just squeal with delight at his own reflection.

It so great that you are cherishing these moments they go by so quickly...

Hugs, Linda

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your post is brilliant. I love your photograph and the texture, but your words are so wonderful, I almost forgot to see the texture for texture tuesday. I love the way you think, it's such a lovely reminder to embrace the simple things that surround us.
Karen

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love this image, it really captures a mood. I often sit and gaze out of our sun room window and marvel at the wildlife and the trees that surround our home. I could never work in a windowless office, I don't know how you stuck if for so long.

Leah C said...

Just the sweetest pic!! Oh to see things through the eyes of a child...it's just magical:) I love my windows; think I'll go daydream a while!

Cathy H. said...

This is such a beautiful photo! Wonderful texture, also! I think it's wonderful that you're stopping to capture these precious moments!

Stacey said...

Oh Georgia! This is just so fantastic!!

Love your words.

Love the photo. LOVE the photo.

I'm Veronica said...

this was a lovely post, I just loved it. funny I find you extremely poetic and eloquent with your story and words. Happy evening dear.

A Box of Chocolates said...

from my window i see wildlife and trees, birds flitting and eating and roos nibbling on the sweet new grass.
this is a beautiful use of the simplicity texture

geetlee said...

I love this image! The light is so beautiful and the texture fits perfect!
Thanks you for sharing such a wonderful thought provoking post too! I love to see how children respond to things - it is priceless!

Suzanne Carter said...

Love your image, beautiful! Thanks for sharing
Blessings Suzanne

Esra said...

Beautiful post. Loved reading your words. And your picture is lovely. Wonderful light and texture.

Pat said...

Lovely post!

Marilyn said...

Wonderful image and even better prose. It makes me stop and think.....am I ever looking for something new in the everyday images I see? Very yogic, and I need to practice looking for the "new" in things.

Andrea said...

LOVE this photo. So sweet. This post got me thinking about looking out. I think we all need to get that simple joy and appreciation back. :)

Jill Franklin said...

awww...wonderful use of texture. It's the simple things that matter most.

Lynne said...

Totally awesome photo! Texture Tuesday is addictive, isn't it!

Kia said...

Just the sweetest shot! Lovely post and edit too! :)

Linda Trine said...

This image put a big smile on my face...beautiful capture...perfect lighting. Congrats on being featured over at the Kim Klassen Cafe! :-)

Kim Klassen said...

hello lovely,
this is so precious... I featured it today at the Cafe... :)

xo, Kim

Kim Klassen said...

Georgia, forgive me if this is a duplicate. Thank you for sharing this lovely image with TT. I just had to feature it at the Cafe, today...

xo

Ingrid said...

Gorgeous capture, Georgia! Seen at the KK cafe.