the interval between cleaning my teeth in the morning & in the evening
seems longer these days
the interval between poems is 2 days
I am consistently 2 poems behind
the interval between meals is less
unless i am sleeping longer hours, i am eating more
the interval between going to sleep & waking hasn't changed
i am definitely eating more
the interval between exercise is longer
i am moving less
the interval between day & night is lengthening
soon i will be able to walk in daylight after 6pm
the almond is laden with blossom & the nectarine is about to break bud
spring is just around the corner
the freesia are in full bloom
it is likely to rain for the next 2 weeks
there are 2 mantis ootheca on the nectarine this year
i'm not sure what this means other than i recently discovered the mantis' egg case is called ootheca
& i wanted to use that word in this poem
DOC NZ* is running a competition on Instagram & to enter you need to post a macro photo of anything 'nature' & use the appropriate hashtag & tag them. Simple ? Yes simple !
The competition closes Sunday 23rd August 2020 & it’ll be really interesting to see what comes of it.
Most of the 2.4k posts that I’ve seen so far are photos taken by professional photographers - which is fine & understandable, especially as they have all the gear ** but what part of ‘macro’ do they not understand ?
I don’t even know why it irritates me so much - but it does.
I think it’s the arrogance & superficiality of it all.
The hashtag is flooded with pretty pictures; mostly birds & flowers.
They're big photos of big subjects with amazing definition & super saturated colours.
Very few are subtle, most are boringly recognisable.
Very few make you wonder.
Very few make you want to look more closely.
Very few are anything other than pretty pictures.
Very few of the photographers know the name of the thing they’re photographing - some even make stupid jokes about their beautiful subjects.
Very few are macro photos.
All my whingeing aside I have entered too.
I have posted a couple of photos using the hashtags & the appropriate @mention.
If I get a lovely pic tomorrow, on the last day, maybe I'll post that too.
I love taking photos & I love looking with new eyes.
It's so much fun to see what you can see.
To add insult to injury (of my ego!) the photo I posted today seems to be blurry on IG hahahaha
It's still a cool photo & is accompanied with a typical Sal style epistle.
Just to make a point.
You can only look with new eyes if you learn to & you have to want to see with your new eyes.
To be fair it's probably what DOC is trying to achieve too.
Take care my friends - it seems this Covid19 thing is here for the long haul.
ps here's a link to my IG post
*DOC = Department of Conservation:Te Papa Atawhai
** which makes me wonder why on earth they would enter a competition to win camera gear anyway . . .
Hi, I'm Sally
I'm a fibre artist who loves botanicals - especially NZ native plants