Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

12 April 2007

...but this time I did the opposite

Yesterday, I said how I'd deliberately taken the tripod to the forest to catch the sunrise, and how I sat, and sat, and waited, and waited...

...and it stayed grey, overcast and extremely unexciting.

This morning, my camera was still attatched to the tripod (OK, I know I should've put it away, but I didn't. It was dark when I finised at the reservoir, so I just threw it onto the front car seat, drove home, and put it to the side when I came in.)

It looked grey outside. So, having learnt my lesson from the other morning, I unscrewed the camera, and left the tripod leaning against the wall by the door on my way out... very pleased with myself that I wasn't going to do any such silly thing as sit for over an hour waiting for the sun that never showed!!

All was well and good for the first ten minutes. Walking the dogs was the priority of the morning, not taking photos!

Or so I thought...

I rounded a bend in the track, and there in the sky, right behind the tips of the trees, was the most perfect red globe rising in the sky... and when I say perfect, I mean perfect. It was dark crimson, clearly defined rim and I could see it slowly moving up through the branches. The sort of sun you see in films showing an African Savanah sunrise. And I just knew my hand wouldn't be still enough not to 'fuzz' the trees... boy, did I wish I had the tripod with me then!!

I still managed to get some photos though, the first being the blurry trees one:







Why do the sun and moon instantly shrink
the moment you try and photograph them!!?!


(This one I took resting the camera on a post)





And this one, I let out my breath and held still whilst I clicked :-)





This one, I just snapped as I walked (kind of :-) )




Right, I'm off to visit my mum (I feel dreadful I haven't seen her over Easter) with a choccie the Easter Bunny left... so, catch you later! :-)

© Annelisa Christensen 8:44 am

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28 Comments:

At April 12, 2007 12:20 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Tripod or no tripod you always manage to capture the moment. I just love your pictures. Have a nice day with your mum. xxxx

 
At April 12, 2007 1:08 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Hey Annelisa,Sorry fora rushin ya!,Get back when ever you do!Have a good time with your mum,Hope she's feeling better!!?



Dana.

 
At April 12, 2007 5:30 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Aw, thanks Akelamalu! I had a lovely time sitting in the garden with her for a couple of hours, and she loved her choccie Easter Bunny! :-)

That's alright, Dana....I'll get there :-D

My mum's got Alzheimer's, so she's not likely to get better, but today was a good day, and she was quite cheerful, so it was real nice.

 
At April 12, 2007 5:35 pm, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! Great sunrise pics. Love these. Have a wonderful day.

 
At April 12, 2007 5:36 pm, Blogger twilite said...

Sorry Annelisa, it must be difficult having mum with alzheimer. Take care.

 
At April 12, 2007 5:41 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Why does the sun always look so much better in your neck of the woods than mine??????????????
Annelisa I love your piccies.

 
At April 12, 2007 6:41 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

huh, thought I'd been around
and left a comment on the sand ...

But I guess the tide came
and washed it all away!

So Annelisa, I wrote this one in stone
maybe it'll last longer than the one gone!

Great pics capture the sun & sky
light up beauty and nature & Rye

 
At April 12, 2007 6:49 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Annelisa,aww thankyou for your sweet words!!!Sorry to hear about your mothers alzheimer's,But glade to hear she was having a good day!!!Did you ever read [The notebook]by Nicholas Sparks],or seen the movie?It must be one of the hardest thing's In Life to face,but must make you a stronger humanbeing.Besides when god takes us,Our spirit's become who we were in our prime,our youth,but far more blessed, our true spiritual being...Anser to your qestion from [EVIL]Yes they who repent and are truly sorry for all their wrongs no matter how evil,they are forgiven...From what the Lord has said!!!


MUCH LOVE-DANA.

 
At April 12, 2007 6:54 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Well, that sunrise sure showed you who's the boss. ;)

Hope your visit went well.

 
At April 12, 2007 7:35 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Hi Girlfriend,,,,

Just a surfing kitty friend dropping by - wetsuit and all - drippy around your blog to say hello.........ahhh, nice to see that the sun DOES rise every day.....kind of hard to see when that rain is driving splinters into your kitty cat eyes...but i'm not letting go of my surfboard - oh no....keeping me afloat it is.....

oops! big wave ahead.....need to hit the surf....waiting for the eye of the hurricane....that calm spot that lasts for um, about a second not long enough? Hopefully, I'll be able to shoot an email out to you then.....as for now? well you know the story - it's the worst of times......

xxx
rdkitty

 
At April 12, 2007 8:27 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks, Twilite, but I think you'll like tonight's better - another sunset on the reservoir... even the ducks were co-operating! :-) (I think - I haven't looked at the pics yet...they're downloading as I write! :-) )

It's not so difficult now as it was, with my mum's Alzheimer's. When I was looking after her all the time I wasn't at work and she wasn't in the day-care centre... that was hard, on everyone. But now she's in a really nice home, where us three daughters feel confident she's getting the best care, then it's better. We can relax in between, and the visits are a pleasure instead of a chore!

Today, I sat and had a coffee with mum (we were offered biscuits, but I'd only just given her the choccie bunny :-) ); we sat on a bench in the garden, having explored the flower beds; then we went back inside for coffee and cream meringues...very nice :-p The stress has been taken out of our relationship, which is great!

Are you sure it looks better,Queenie, or is it that you don't get to see it so much nowadays? I know, for me, taking pictures has made me see things that I didn't used to see, or that I'd forgotten I used to notice when I was younger... Like, how the sunlight falls on a path, or how a reflection ripples in the breeze...

If you liked these photos, then I'm pretty sure you'll like the ones in the next post! :-)

That's why writing in the sand's so much fun, Quasar - you can write whatever you want, but tomorrow the slate will be wiped clean... I wonder if you wrote your comment on a different beach (post)... I haven't opened my mailbox yet, so I wouldn't know...

I like your poem... especially matching those words 'gone' and 'stone'... I like doing that, so it looks the same but sounds different :-)

So, you liked the pics of Rye? Camber... Oh, I know what's happened... Camber was a few days ago (last week in fact, when the kids were still here! :-D ) - you're probably so unused to me posting after my month out, that you thought this was the same post!!! Aha, caught you out Quasar - you didn't read it, did you! lol :-D

These are pictures of the local reservoir...

Hi again, Dana... I've never read that book, nor seen the film. I've studiously avoided all films where the main character has Alzheimers because, not only does it make me sad, but also I think everyone's different, and I don't want to make assumptions. As far as I'm concerned, mum's still in there, though she has difficulty communicating.

Just before I started my Novel writing month, I visited my mum, and something the head nurse said made me think about souls and bodies (this convinced me the subject matter of my book was the way to go, along with a couple of other 'signs' :-) ) He told me about a philosopher/ psychologist of half a century ago, that the body, brain and soul are three seperate but interlinked entities. How this guy saw it, was that a person with Alzheimers has a good(ish?) body, the brain [and therefore the mind] was affected, but the soul was trying to move on. The reason it couldn't was because it was still 'attached', but that's why you see glimmers of the person that was. It's also why, sometimes, the person seems to be seeing things you can't... because they can see where they're going :-)

Anyway, it'll do for me!

Re 'Evil' - would this mean that God would forgive someone like Hitler, if they were truly sorry? I had a huge arguement about this very question with my ex... I played devil's advocate, and it was very heated! But, by the end of the arguement, I was more confused than I started... :-S

Brian, Brian... I meant to come over before you got back here!

Yes, the sun's definately the boss of me... it can twist me round it's little finger! :-)

The worst of times, and the best of times, huh Kitty? If you think of the bigger picture, of having your kids at home with you, and watching them grow... well, that's kind of nice, isn't it. I guess the spring's taking a bit longer to get to you than normal.. but patience, it will come!

Anyway, what's a kitty doing surfing in the rain? You should be curled up in front of the fire at times like this... it's hot choccie time! :-)

Do you want a lift off the surf with a helicopter, Kitty? What would a lifeguard think of airlifting a sodden, dripping feline wearing a wetsuit on rough and stormy seas!!!

- I'll be round! :-)

 
At April 12, 2007 10:28 pm, Blogger Richard said...

I have found taking pictures of sunsets or sunrises to be difficult. I suppose it might be easier if I user an ancient manual camera, but mine is all fancy and calibrates itself automatically (sorry, no manual mode – it is not that advanced).

Somehow the rich and vibrant colours are lost and we are left with obvious reds and oranges and yellows.

 
At April 12, 2007 10:36 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lo Annelisa,
don't ask me how my April 10th comment ended up on April 06th post

As for Rye (Hastings & Rye)
I was struggling to make a rhyme with Sky

But I'd started so had to go on ...
Sky, dry, Rye, try, pie, pry, oh My My!

Wishing you a great weekend too, if I don't see you sooner too.
I must amble down that way, the sea air breeze seems to be calling

 
At April 12, 2007 11:21 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Annelisa,Here's your anser:Something's are just unforgivable,like Hitler,Stallion,Sadom...and so on [excuse my spelling,bad add in grade school and/or crazy divorce,screwed me up when learning grammer].Anywho their crime's are unforgivable because they are not sorry for them/The devil was riding their back's the whole time//they are the devil incarnate/and/or true evil,entities.But I have also heard that one fine day/or end of days,that hell or out of the sight of god,will one day be to full and the dark beings/or souls will over run the earth,and with them the good shall suffer also,But not eternally,When GOD comes again,the meak/the Martyr's and so on shall Inherit the earth[Right now the earth belongs to Lusifur], [the angel wars].SOMEDAY THE EVIL WILL BE ABOLISHED//AND THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH SHALL BE ONE//LIKE EDEN...



Tell me what you think-Dana.Ps The Notebook was a sad but also uplifting/spiritual,novle...But if reading something like it would only be to painful then you not reading it would be best,

 
At April 13, 2007 12:12 am, Blogger GEWELS said...

Beautiful shots. Who needs a tripod anyway? Not you!!

 
At April 13, 2007 4:00 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

You always take the most fabulous pictures Annelisa! :) Thanks for sharing them!

 
At April 13, 2007 9:51 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hello, Richard - it's unusual to see you over here... normally I catch a glimpse of you over at MOI's!

I'm afraid I wouldn't know how to use a manual camera... mine's just a normal, everyday digital camera (I assure you! :-D )... I think it's just getting the angle right. If you focus it on one thing, you get one colour, and if you focus it on a different object, you get another colour dominating.

As I've said many a time before, I just point the camera and click...(mostly) - my pics rely a lot on there being something to point at! :-)

It was the 'gone' and 'stone' I particularly liked Quasar :-)

lol...I think you must be all 'out at sea' with your comments... I won't say 'washed out', because you're not, but riding on the crest of a wave?

Well, if you ever amble (love that word) down this way, let me know, and I'd love to meet up! :-)

Dana, Ok, from the depth of my heart I'm in agreement with you that some of the monsters of our society cannot be forgiven by us. We would never believe they're sorry anyhow, but also the atrocities they carried out were so beyond acceptable, nothing they said could clean the memory, even if they were to be sincere.... however, I have to follow your arguement through - if someone, even as evil as these people, were to truly repent, and were to be sincerely sorry, then would not then God forgive them? Does it depend on the degree of their wrong-doing, or on the degree of their genuine, heartfelt remorse?

Gewels! Hi, good to see you! That's really nice of you to say so... My problem is that I haven't got a steady hand, so sometimes, for certain shots, I have to take quite a few photos to get one that isn't blurred :-( I'm getting better at holding my breath though :-)

Thanks Katie, and you always say such nice things :-)

How's the j.o.b.s? :-D

 
At April 13, 2007 11:49 am, Blogger Queenie said...

annelisa.
I know I was only away for a week, but I seem to still be catching up. I do hope your mum is ok. I am one of four daughters, and our mum is 76, we keep an eye on her. We love them so much don't we, but feel so usless when we can't make them better.My love to you all.

 
At April 13, 2007 1:24 pm, Anonymous Ashish said...

Hi, Some of these photos are great. You might have liked it even better if you had a tripod, but there is a special fun in hefting a camera to your eye when standing and taking a photo :-)

 
At April 13, 2007 1:26 pm, Anonymous Ashish said...

And some of the photos in your Art store are incredible. No kidding.

 
At April 13, 2007 2:53 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

Once again: Ab-so-lu-tely stunning!

Have fun while visiting your mom - you´ll find yourself nominated for the "Thinking Blogger Award" at my place when you´ll return.

 
At April 13, 2007 11:30 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

hello - flicking through backwards that looks like a beautiful sunSET.

Hope your visit goes ok - you had plenty to do over Easter with your kids so don't feel guilty - you're entitled to a break sometimes too.

 
At April 14, 2007 12:20 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

HI! I'm on here! There's no rhyme or reason to when it lets me get to this page!

I think you should dedicate a whole room in your house to sunsets and sunrises...The Sun Room! You could have all your pics up on the wall in one giant mega-collage!

I'm glad your mom is safe and liking it in her home. I'm pretty sure my mom is getting Alzeimer's...lots of symptoms but at this point we don't quite know how to approach her and get her to the doctor...what if she doesn't see she has a problem and is indignant? We want to get her there soon so she can go on the drugs they have to slow it down. She's 86 already. I so hope I never get it...it has recently been related to diabetes.

 
At April 14, 2007 5:08 pm, Blogger ann said...

hi annelisa...

wow... you sure get up early; thank you for showing me what an English sunrise is like while I'm still tucked up under the covers LOL

not been around for a while, just seen you've finished the book... congratulations.

hope you and yours are well and enjoying the weekend...

lotsa luv ann xxxx

 
At April 14, 2007 5:09 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Hey Annelisa,How are you today?I hope your good,We shall continue our arguement later,[had a hard night],But getting through....



Luv,Dana.

 
At April 14, 2007 8:54 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Queenie... only a day away seems to bring a lot of 'catching up', doesn't it!! Sometimes so much so that something has to give... often it's new posts in my case, because I want to 'talk' to the people, such as yourself, who've come to visit... but then there's less reason to visit, if there's nothing new... catch 22 again?

Yes, my mum's about the same age - she started with her alzheimer's just after she retired when she was about 70 (or rather, when I came to live with her... wonder if there's a link...! :-S ) I felt a lot worse before, when she was aware of losing her memory faculties... that was awful, because she'd get so upset about it. Now, she seems much happier.

(((hugs)))

Ashish!! Long time no see! Yes, you're right, holding a camera and pointing it has a better feel than setting up a tripod, but at night, when there's little light and the aperture has to be open longer, blurring is much more likely. I'm getting better at using the surrounding scenery to rest against though :-)

Aw, you visited my Art Store? Thanks, that's really nice of you! And thanks for the compliments. (I always like compliments :-D )

You nominated me for a 'Thinking Bloggers Award', Sanni? Thank you! That's really lovely of you. Actually, you reminded me, that during my month of abstention (ha ha ha!) MOI nominated me for the same award, I believe (OOOops, sorry MOI, I forgot to nominate! I'll do for both in a couple of days. Today I have a post I want to do for MiMi first...)

You're right Topchamp... I could arrange them either way, and they could be whichever I want them to be :-)

Yes, I've done a lot, and nothing these last couple of weeks. I've done loads of stuff, but not a thing to show for it :-S

I still have lots to do tomorrow, but I don't suppose I'll get any more done then than any other day so far... but, being the last day, I suppose I ought do something! :-(

Blogger is so fickle, isn't it, MOI!! One minute it says 'OK', then next it says 'no'... well, I'm glad you managed to get on this time - it's lovely to see you here :-)

It's so funny you say that about the room of sunsets and sunrises - only two days ago, when I was looking at my Deviant Art Store, I thought exactly the same thing!!! I wondered what it would look like being surrounded in all those pictures, and thought of sending of for each of the prints... but had to come to the conclusion that my postage-stamp walls simply couldn't take it!! :-(

Re your mum... we couldn't get our mum to go for quite a while to the doctor's, and then they spent 6 months diagnosing her! In those 6 months, she went downhill so, so much... more than she did for the next few years with medication. If you can, it really would be best to persuade your mum that, if she were to go early, they could stabilise her at an earlier stage... where she won't notice the deterioration so much.

I don't know how good treatments are for the older folks... and whether they treat them the same...

I'm pretty sure I'll get it - my grandmother and my mother both had it, and I guess I've always thought I'd be next :-S Still, I'm drinking my daily glass, doing brain excercises and keeping active - all the things they recommend - so hopefully I'll delay it by a few years!!! :-)

Lol, Ann!! You don't see English sunrises? Ehm, but you live in England, don't you? :-) Though, don't you live in London? I can't remember seeing the sunrises when I was there!! Wasn't worth getting up to see them.... although, I tell a lie... when I'd been up all night clubbing, I saw a couple of sunrises (though not dramatic) :-D

Thanks for the congrats. Kids are away just now, so I had a lie-in this morning, and didn't even walk the dogs (they get double tomorrow!!)

Hasn't it been lovely weather today!!

Dana- no need to continue the arguement... I was just playing that old devil's advocate, just to think the other side through again... :-) Hope you're feeling better!

 
At April 15, 2007 2:19 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Very good pictures which simulate a sunrise savannah scene from The Lion King, hahaha! =P Except there are fewer trees there. ;)

It's a bit odd how the sun looked small from the distance. Nevertheless, I think it was captured beautifully among the forest. =)

 
At April 15, 2007 2:21 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

If you just printed 1 a week, in a few months you'd have that room covered! Better still, do you know someone with a printer? Just think, you could post a pic of those walls!

 

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