“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

10.21.2009

a mushroom unfolds, a story is told

I thought it was a flower.

It caught my eye last night,
nestled snug against the house,
next to the hole dug by an armadillo the night before.
Just a tiny thing.
Daylight was fading,
a quick goodbye and it would be gone,
the sunset behind storm clouds moving in.

A second glance
and a pair of glasses
revealed the magic of a mushroom,
opening to the evening and the coming rain.
I had to turn the camera away from me,
hold it firm against the wall,
unable to see through the viewfinder.
1/8 second exposure
needing all the help it could get.
Mosquitoes found me,
standing still,
leaning into the camera.

Only one shot remotely in focus,
but one was all I needed.

Lunchtime yesterday the sun was shining,
casting lacy shadows onto the hackberry tree,
and I'd been out then also,
taking pictures,
picking up pecans
before the squirrels & raccoons get them all.

At the reception for his museum exhibition,
Robert spoke the other night about the unseen changes of a place,
unseen unless you walk inside that place and stand still,
that that's the way it is here in East Texas;
the landscape not out there in front of you,
but right here - you must step inside.
Despite my hurting feet,
standing in new heels,
I felt those words strike my heart,
knowing exactly what he meant.
A friend from my college days was there
and we spoke later,
and he, too, had felt the truth of those words,
knew the feeling of no horizon.

It's a beautiful show if you're in town.
Tyler Museum of Art.
Light Footprints: Robert Langham.
Through February 21.

Step inside.
stand inside my town

9 comments:

  1. great capture, a mushroom as a flower! nice

    Being in Texas too I hear you about the mosquitoes! I am ready for a cold snap to take them out.

    Shona

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  2. Fabulous, it was so ripe it turned right up and you captured it being different!!
    Sandra Evertson

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  3. aww... a mushroom flower. isn't that the cutest.
    ya know honey, im so glad you took interest enough to see what it was.
    xoxo

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  4. Beautiful post. What a great mushroom find!! I like the words..."the feeling of no horizon" I have put a horizon up lately thinking their is not place to sail. I need to catch a breeze soon!!!

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  5. What an amazing picture. It never occurred to me to see the beuty in a mushroom, and now thanks to your post, I do. I do.

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  6. "the feeling of no horizon"... I can't even begin to detail the imagery this evokes.. beautiful...

    :-)

    (((hugs))),
    love,
    me

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  7. oh how wish I could make it to both...such a full weekend...funny how I posted pines ...you on my mind I guess

    the mushroom has a plan of it's own...nestled

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  8. Oh my, your words sing to me. After vanishing (again) for so long, it is very comforting to return to listen to your stories, the small and beautiful moments that you share. I think I am slowly learning that stillness, too, so far away from the Texas I love.

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  9. Only you, dear Debi would find such magic...a mushroom that aspires to be a flower!

    So many times I have come to your blog, and have been entranced by something you have there in Texas that I have never seen before...flowers that bloom only at night for instance. And pecan trees. And now I can add armadillos to that list.
    Can I come visit you? I would love to shake hands with an armadillo.

    xoxoxo

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