Sunday, July 24, 2011

Found Art


It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
 pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest, but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Prayer, by Mary Oliver

Each of the photos in today's mosaic was taken by looking down on the ground. A collection of stones, a fallen leaf, a log riddled with woodpecker holes, detritus left by wind and waves, and small plants that are easy to overlook.

I am learning to pay attention to the small things as well as the grand vistas in life. Paying attention requires effort, especially in this age of too much to do, too many devices, too little time. Paying attention makes me thank God for his attention to detail, in nature and in my own life.

Once again, I'm joining with others around the world and linking to Mary's Mosaic Monday.






28 comments:

Splenderosa said...

Just lovely. I wish I were where you are. Love BC, will be there in August.

Pondside said...

You're so right, Lorrie. With so many distractions, so many demands on our attention, it takes discipline to slow down and pay attention to what's at our feet.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These is a wonderful mosaic and has given me pause! I noticed there were succulents growing between the square tiles at the art district...and I didn't take photos of them! Now I want to go back and look down! Happy Monday! ♥

Carol said...

Lovely mosaic and wonderful words! Such beauty at your your feet :) Very pretty mosaic. Have a great week, Lorrie.

Vee said...

Such a simple, sweet, true poem. And your mosaic complements the poem beautifully. These are the among the dearest of bouquets if we find them.

Bernie said...

Great sentiment. Real life is found in the detail because that's where the beauty lies. Love that fallen leaf shot!

Jill said...

All so beautiful..my son showed me a picture today from his Scientific American magazine of different bird nests. All were beautiful but one was especially amazing at the amount of tidbits in it. God's own original assemblage artists! (well humans are too...but you know what I mean!)

A Garden of Threads said...

They are beautiful, both the mosaic and quote. Thank for sharing:)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Mary Oliver is one my favorite poets. Her words always fill me with wonder.

Your mosaic of the everyday observations of nature fits the poem perfectly, Lorrie!

Rajesh said...

The college with flowers, stones, weeds is great. Nicely put together.

Teagarden said...

Thanks for sharing a wonderful mosaic,
have a nice week,
Markus

Niki Hudson said...

Wonderful message! Thank you for sharing your wise words and your beautiful mosaic!

Carole said...

Look down,
look up,
look left,
look right.
look, look, look,
you'll be amazed.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely mosaic and you have a wonderful message in your post and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great week.

Maggie said...

Beautiful mosaic, the images are very interesting.
Liked the quote too, how easy it is to overlook the simpler joys of life.
Hope your week is a good one.
Maggie

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Love this mosaic!


Gabriela

Mary said...

Love your collection of simple things in your mosaic~ thanks for the reminder to slow down & observe!

Floss said...

Your photos drew im in, and then the words (the poem and your own) really wowed me! I want to remember that poem - thanks for sharing it.

Floss said...

hmm... meant 'drew me in'...

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A wonderful mosaic of things we take for granted while we are looking for the flashy flowers in the garde. V

GrandmaK said...

How very beautiful!!! Cathy

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Thanks for the reminder to look for the treasures right at our feet!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The poem, and your additional ideas, are so thought-provoking. I love that you took photos of things at your feet that may well go unnoticed by most. You've also reminded me to dig out my old books of poetry and enjoy some favourites. Thank you, Lorrie, for visiting my blog and your suggestions: I've been doing some putting away and straightening up today!

Shirley said...

I've noticed more minute details since I began blogging and photographing scenes for posting. It's amazing what you see when you are 'focused'.

shirley said...

Lovely details! I love looking for those beautiful things just around us. You've captured them so well.
Thanks for the comments on my blog, the flower you commented on is a clematis.

Sheila said...

Lorrie - you are so right and this mosaic and your words are so meaningful. In looking for the big picture one often overlooks the small delights that are to be found in everyday life! Thanks for sharing your beautiful mosaic.

Andrea Dawn said...
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Andrea Dawn said...

Lorrie, I always so enjoy your mosaic posts . . . they are insights into who you are, what captures your attention. I feel like I get to know you better each time I visit. And your pairings of poetry and pictures is impeccable.