Monday, June 14, 2010

REPORTING NOTHING

This post isn't about anything. Honest. It lacks any real narrative or direction; there's no adventure to recount, theme or moral, no tale worth telling…not even a minor story, insight, or conclusion.
I simply ambled briefly around my side yard, camera in one hand, cup of coffee in the other.
Occasionally I sat the cup down on a stump, stone, or the tailgate of the pickup and made a photo. Not a fussy, proper, attention-to-details photo—just a quick snap.
Then another swig of coffee.
Mostly I took pictures of flowers. There were a few birds in the bushes, but they were moving around; stationary subjects were easier.
Coffee down…focus on flower…snap…more coffee.
When the coffee was done, I headed for the back door—where discovered I'd locked myself out.
Duhhhhh…
I sat both the now-empty cup and the camera down, then retrieved the hidden key. Know thyself…and don't muddle it with delusion! is a principle adopted long ago and with good reason.
After unlocking the door and returning the key to its hidy-hole, I gathered up camera and cup and came inside. Another round of coffee seemed necessary.
See…I did warn you this post wasn't about anything.
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22 comments:

Gail said...

HI GRIZZ_

great pictures. and it is SO wonderful to have days about nothing in particular - oh those days are such blessings. love the ease and casual nature of your world today - I will find solace in knowing there will be days like yours, for me, one day when it is time.

Love you
Gail
peace......

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Gail…

Don't let the apparent casual ease of the post fool you…we all occasionally lead lives of "quiet desperation." I certainly do.

Which is why I so welcome those moments when I can lay my fears and worries, aches and pains aside for just a bit—step beyond the "me" long enough to take in and enjoy the blessing and beauty—the wondrous gift—that is all around.

Sweet, sweet solace.

Take care—go in beauty and with joy…

Bernie said...

Grizz I love this post, it is so calm and relaxing and the pictures are wonderful....something for everyone in this post.
Stay well my friend......:-) Hugs

Kelly said...

...loved this post about nothing. Nothing is the better part of contentment sometimes! Beautiful flowers, though...they are a whole lot of something.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Bernie…

I was pretty calm when I made the photos…of course I was still under-caffeined. I'm glad you liked the images, and hope everything is going well…

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Kelly…

Hey, I like that insight:"Nothing is the better part of contentment sometimes!"

I'm often exceedingly adroit at doing nothing. And occasionally, briefly, content.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Not about anything?? I dispute that when the photographs open with my favourite flower - the blue cornflower. Exquisite.

Gail said...

HI GRIZZ-

what you wrote back to me is exactly what I meant :-) such days as yours today are truly precious gifts cuz life can turn on a dime. I just got the call from my Sis - they are transporting Mom to Yale. My daughter Jen is coming to get me within the hour to bring me to the hospital. God be with us all.
I love you my friend and at the risk of sounding syrupy I need you.

Love Gail
peace and hope for us all

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Weaver…

And the very first cornflower bloom of the year, I'll have you know. Nothing can be wonderful when it touches your heart.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Gail…

May you, your Mom, and your family be strengthened throughout this—however it goes. You know you can always email me. You remain in my prayers—and I'll do whatever I can, even if it's only offering heartfelt words between friends.

May God be with you…

Tramp said...

You said that you wrote about nothing, no theme or moral. I see at least 2 morals here: always have a spare and make the most of these moments...and there are more coming out of the comments, making it so dynamic. Perhaps you had nothing in mind when you started, but there's plenty in what I've read..Tramp

Debbie said...

It could have been worse. You could have been locked out WITHOUT coffee. Be thankful. Now we all know you keep a concealed key outside. Felons take note!
Debbie

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Tramp…

You're right about the key, though between you and me, it's Myladylove who is generally the culprit. Even when we're just working in the yard, I constantly go around UNlocking our two doors, just for convenience sake. Now, shhhhhh…don't tell her I told you.

As for the rest…I do try to make the most of whatever comes my way, especially moments of nothingness. Therein does the idler find his dreams and blessings.

KGMom said...

Sometimes nothing is the best something of all.
Oh, and having coffee at hand makes it "something" all the time.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Debbie…

Don't even go there re. such a coffee-less scenario! As to the concealed key…keep in mind several things:

1. "Hidden" is an operative word, and a stone cottage and an acre of ground offer endless possibilities.

2. Before we plucked her out of the woods and semi-tamed her, Moon the dog was living wild; she's good of hearing, sharp of tooth, and doesn't much cotton to strangers unless they're properly introduced.

3. I'm considerably larger than my dog, also have excellent hearing and better than average night vision, and tend to follow the creed of my old fishing buddy and former FBI regional chief—i.e., "if I shoot 'em first, I won't have to Mirandize 'em later."

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

KGMom…

You're right about that! Except that too much coffee at hand makes that nothing that was something something else entirely. In my case, it's like running nitro in a pickup truck.

KGMom said...

Scribe--
I note in your response to Debbie you tell a bit about Moon's provenance.
Have you told this story before? Sounds interesting, and I would urge you tell it, if you have not. Of course, it is your blog and you can tell about whatever you choose--including nothing.

Wanda said...

That is the Most Beautiful Dark Water photo I have ever seen!

You report Nothing...Very Well!!!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

KGMom…

Nope, Moon's tale has not made these pages…yet. I have thought about it, though, and want to do so sooner versus later.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Wanda…

Would you therefore say I am good at nothing? ;~)

Such water shots are easy—point at the brightest highlights, shoot. Depending on sky, light angle, and pure serendipity, you get what you get. It is a neat shot, though.

Poornima said...

Great pics.They are byoooooooooooootiful! thanks for sharing :)

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Poornima…

Thank you…and we;come to the riverbank. I hope you return often—and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. You're always welcome.

BTW, I like your blog…