Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Unseen, Underneath

Beneath the blossom

So much greater, the world I do not see.
It would seem I walk among icebergs.





I walked this grassy trail, the summer sun catching the finest glossy thread, drawn tight across my path. From a slender branch of the gum tree, suspended on silk, she had landed here. And hid herself beneath the seed head.
Colorless legs, wrapped motionless around the grass.
Unseen.
Underneath.

The unseen, underneath


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36 comments:

swamp4me said...

It always thrills me to see the tip of the iceberg -- a leg, an antenna, something just a tad different. Your photos are beautiful.

Sandy Maudlin said...

OOOOH. That clematis makes me wish winter were over. Beautiful photos and wonderful prose.

dAwN said...

Love the photos and especially the unseen underneath...

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely photos, Nina, and your very poetic words gave me (nice) chillbumps.

Leedra said...

There is so much we miss when we do not slow down to see the SMALL stuff.

Love your hummingbird day by day. I have one of a Red Eyed Vireo, from before I started blogging. Need to look in the archives.

Deborah Godin said...

That pale little spider is quite pretty (and actually didn't make me shiver!) and the Daddy Longlegs under the petals is a wonderful shot too. It takes a patient eye to find and record such treasures.

Cathy said...

Lovely photos! I, too, like wandering and catching glimpses of the normally unseen.

Mary said...

It's relaxing and rewarding to take a leisurely walk, see the smallest detail and think, "wow".

Kelly said...

What beautiful photos! I love the little white spider who seems to be trying to hide, but you spotted and captured him! Great photos!

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful and thought-provoking post. All of us need reminding to look closer at our hidden world. We do indeed observe only the tip of the iceberg upon which we tread.

Tami said...

Oh what lovely photos!

bobbie said...

A beautiful little lady hiding under there. Never know what you'll find.

richies said...

You have a good eye for seeing the unseen

An Arkie's Musings

Rinkly Rimes said...

The title 'Unseen Underneath' is almost a poem in itself! And I love the little albino spider!

babooshka said...

It is a beautiful u post.

nina said...

I believe the second spider is White Crab Spider, or Flower Spider. They are able to change color to match their surroundings--white or yellow, commonly found.

Quiet Paths said...

This is a beautiful, delicate, sublime post. Totally enjoyed it.

I remembered yesterday that I had written the six random things post already. I hope you won't be offended if I bypass this one, but thank you for thinking of me.

starnitesky said...

Beautiful photos, I did underneath too but very different.

kayleen said...

Beautiful photographs and a very nice reminder of how we need to slow down, look around, and see the world that surrounds us. Thanks for sharing.

dAwN said...

Hi Nina,
I have been enjoying you blog and want to give pass on an award. I know you probably have received them all...I just want to show my appreciation for you beautiful blog.
so do with it what you will...
thanks

http://dawnandjeffsblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/another-awardthanks.html

Kallen305 said...

Nina, fantastic photos and thought provocing prose. It really is amazing how much beauty you can see if you slow down to search for it.

Q said...

Unless we look underneath we never see the whole story!
Thank you for a refreshing look at "U"!
Sherry

Bear Naked said...

Unique and unusual and the perfect photo and post for the letter U on ABC Wednesday.

Bear((( )))

photowannabe said...

So poetic and beautiful. You were inspired. I was quite dull this week.

Wren said...

A beautiful blue flower and an equally beautiful white spider.

Wren said...

Me again - I hope you don't mind, but I've tagged you for a meme. The background is in my blog post at http://wrenaissance.com/2008/12/my-top-5-birding-locations/ but instead of 5 places, I'm asking you to share the five greatest joys you find in nature.

Thanks, and I hope you'll play.

stitchwort said...

Lovely photos, beautiful clematis, and well-caught spiders!

naturglede said...

I love your post today. Beautiful photoes and worlds:)

Reader Wil said...

I didn't know that the White Crab Spider could change colour, Nina. How interesting. Your writing is very poetical and the photos are excellent.

KatDoc said...

OK, Nina, I finally got my Random Things post done. Whew! This was as much pressure as a high school term paper (and about as interesting.)

http://katdocsworld.blogspot.com/2008/12/six-random-things.html

Love the first photo of the (clematis?) flower.

I'm probably going to the CNC bird walk on Sat, Dec. 13. Will I see you there?

~Kathi

nina said...

Kathi--
You never know what "random" fact someone may find very interesting! And, as much as we know much about fellow-bloggers by their usual content, these trivial details fill in the blanks, so to speak. Thanks for playing along!

I wish I could do the walk 12/13--pesky work schedule on an every-other-Saturday rotation is a conflict this time. And it looks like the cycle doesn't fix itself until February 14th!! Life!
I'll keep an eye on the Cinci Bird club doings, too--maybe something will turn up!

giggles said...

Have come your way via Politits... I grew up in Cincy, in Philly burbs now, so I feel a natural affinity...plus your beautiful snaps and poetry of nature are very hopeful and affirming....Thanks for sharing.... I'll be back

Appalachian Lady said...

Great photos--you have a great eye to be able see all these hidden treasures. It brightened my day.

Vickie said...

Beautiful words and photos! I love the color of that first flower!

Zhakee said...

That first image is outstanding. The flower alone is beautiful, but that harvestman clinging to the underside shows up beautifully too.

TSannie said...

I love taking a photo and upon looking a second time, discover something new! Lovely photos!