“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


A mishmash of images

A little laziness from me today.
Just a few images I have with no stories attached.

I love the softness of the smoke
against the bare tree branches, the ghostliness.
That one little part of this image makes it all work.

And this one little heart,
there on the side,
makes this work.
Manet used to paint an entire person
just because he wanted
to paint the bow on the back of her dress.
I totally understand.

Especially when the wind blows
they all begin fluttering & trembling.
Which reminds me of a story JY told,
about the set design of an opera,
with trembling leaves,
each leaf tied to its tree.
That was in New York, I believe.
But it also reminds me of the opera story
he told last week.
About the set design he'd just seen,
but I don't remember which opera -
something about Faust.

And this.
This is just my favorite.
Would that my Christmas tree
could be this gorgeous,
this absolutely perfect.
The leaves look like orange ribbons
hung by fairies.
Maybe they are.
splishsplash I was takin' a bath


  1. Between ooing and ahhing over your luscious images, I thought this, "Of course she understands Manet. She's an artist, too."

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.

  2. Tales of art and anxiety? I think you make anxiety an art.

  3. These are so lovely, upside down hearts, dancing smoke, tribes of butterflies, and this the perfect ornament, beautiful images. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. sweet heart you are burning up with that new macro lens! these are too beautiful! each one a treasure and your words the wrapping paper!
    you have a blessed day today!

  5. Ah, your photos and your words...truly evocative and moving.

  6. I really have no words for this that could sufficiently express how much I love this post.

    I will just linger here with a long sigh and a smile.

    You are magic Debi.

  7. This reminds me of my sister and I playing with those sycamore pods outside in the cold air. And the colorful leaves of fall! I wish we had those here. I will just have to enjoy yours from afar.

  8. Oh my goodness...these photos are magic...but that fairy Christmas tree has me aaaa-swoonin' Loveliness!

    Thank you for sharing this!

  9. The words and pictures took my breath away. Truly.


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