This is one of the ideas I had to possibly do for Everyday April.
But I really don't know if I could think of a Before & After for Every day of the month.
That's a lot!
Instead I decided to do Everyday Me! It's sort of a continuation of my birthday post. Little nothings about me. Most not blog worthy (boring or personal), but instead little notes to my children. I do a lot of that.
Then I thought I'd make a 'page' of the Before & Afters. But do readers really go to the pages up there?
I don't look at my own pages very often and have taken some of them down.
So, no, I think I will just post them right on the main blog and number them.
That will work.
This is the first one.
I picked these two petals up as I went out the door on my way to work.
They lay just outside my front door, dappled in the morning sunlight.
I love the smooth feel and sweet scent of rose petals.
I caressed them as I drove.
I remember now, as I type this, a friend who had over 100 rose bushes surrounding her home.
Holding it in Perfumed Beauty.
When I parked at work I held them up for a photo shoot.
Trying to see if the sun would make them transparent as it does cloth.
Thinking of light & dark...line & shadow...
as we've been doing in the What If? class.
Enjoying a moment.
Finding beauty as has been recently discussed at Grace's and elsewhere.
I lay them, side by side, gently on the passenger seat. Then I went into work.
I wondered what will they look like when I return on breaks or my lunch?
I wonder if I will open my car door to a flower shop smell of roses?
This is what I returned to 9 hours later.
Inside my hot car...
Dry, wrinkled...yet color so intense. So vibrant.
So, it seems that this has been a lesson in embracing the beauty where you find it,
where it lay.
I particularly like how the wrinkles in my hand flow with the wrinkles in the petals.
These are the details that make up a life.
Make up my life.
As my usual style, I'm not sure where I'm going with this Before & After idea.
Related ideas so far are pretty typical.
Raw food ingredients...cooked/prepared meal
raw cloth...sewn something.
Oh yes and I thought I could have done dirty bookcase...clean bookcase!! Ha!
None of those ideas feel as poetic and message filled as my two little rose petals!
But we'll see.
No hurry. No rules.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2013