I'll confess I was not looking forward to the "Trees or Leaves" theme in the middle of winter; I am tired of the bare branches. Everything looks dry and bleagh. Why would I want to get up close and personal with moldy, dead plant material?
Then I realized that even with the preset macro setting (Thank you, Cari, for the clue-in with the tulip symbol!) things could look different and interesting up close. Consider these ugly husks of Rose-of-Sharon, for example. They are literally in my face every time I come into or go out of my house; they have grown past the porch railing and daily beg to be cut back. (I ignored them all of last year.) Up until today, I have seen them as annoying and unsightly, and have repeatedly kicked myself for not pruning them away in the fall.
But holy microscope, Batman! On that funky tulip preset, they actually stopped looking drab and started looking a bit cool. Almost artsy, even!
The following photo is two weeks late on the sun glare score, but since it has a cat in the tree, and a dreamy/misty effect from the fact that I don't wash my windows, I thought it had poetic interest. (Nothing sets the internet ablaze like the photo of a cat.)
And then I figured: you have a theme. Run with it, Lee. Find beauty in that imperfect tree.
|Broken birch, sans cat.|
|Same birch, different setting.|
|The birch with a lurch.|
Now you should really check out the Theme Thursday scene at Clan Donaldson. (Some people there even speak camera and live a wild life outside of the presets!)