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Day 6 ( Project 365/2011) Duck on a walking mission


Duck on a walking mission | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

This is my image for today. I did not go looking for this image. Instead I was walking home from the gym. I had my camera with me but did not expect to see anything worthy of being captured. Until I came across a group of ducks gathered in a backyard of a house. They all seemed to be just waiting there. Now these were not tame ducks. They were wild ducks. I expected them to fly away. Instead they all started walking towards me. I knew the moment was rare and might not present itself again, so I slowly took my camera out – trying not to make any sudden moves – and started taking pictures. I took about 20. All the time the ducks stayed close to me. One actually came right up to me and tried to see what I had in my hand. This is the one that I captured for today’s image.

I have been doing this photography challenge for a week now. The aim is to take at least one photo every day. So far I have succeeded, except for yesterday when instead I posted an image that is on my vision board. Have I gone out hunting down the perfect image. To be honest, no I have not. I do take my camera with me everywhere now and wait for an opportunity to present itself. But sometimes the impossible happens and life hands you a rare moment of beauty. Today was such a day.

It led me to wondering how often we go about our lives looking for the perfect story, the perfect title, the perfect characters, the perfect plot. We seem to find nothing. Maybe the problem is not the lack of ideas or opportunities but rather the problem is that we are so busy looking ahead and elsewhere that life does not have a moment to grab our eye.

My Zen lesson of the day is that maybe you should go about your normal every day life without constantly seeking. The perfect creative moment may be waiting for you to pause in your looking to make itself known to you. It is these rare moments that truly capture you and inspire you.

So this week, I encourage you to not be in such a hurry to rush after creative thought. Maybe take a moment and pause, then look around. You may be surprised what image presents itself for you.

Don’t run around looking for a lighter to light the fires of creativity when life is already waiting with a box of matches.

© All Rights Reserved Kim Koning

Have a creative day. Remember to take a moment to pause and wait for a creative sign to make itself visible to you.

Resilience ~ Hope

Day 2 - Project 365/2011


Hope is a green blade of grass in a hot desert

Resilience is a daisy blooming in the tread of Fate’s footpath

Faith is absorbing every bit of moisture

Life is to keep growing

But Love is the unseen root…

– Kim Koning –

This is a picture I took on my Sony Cybershot this morning. It is a macro-focus of two tiny, perfectly intact miniture daisies that were in my footpath as I walked to work. It hit me then that truly is what Resilience is. It is an enduring hardiness and toughness even though you may be vulnerable to the pull of fate and circumstance. It is about a miniture creation perfect and whole that lies in the footpath of all creatures.

Resilience is a character facet that will see one through many turmoils in life.

How often do you feel as vulnerable as those daisies?

How often do you feel as if you are in the footpath of life just waiting for the tread of fate to crush you?

Yet if you are resilient like these two daisies, you will continue blooming and you will live the life you are meant to live no matter how short.

As I wrote a couple of days ago, I have started Project 365/2011 being inspired by the Shutter Sisters. It is amazing what sights you find when you are looking for them. I am on Day 2 so far, so 363 days left. Follow my posts on my flickr and my tumblr accounts.

May you also be inspired to seek out images that inspire you.

© All Rights Reserved Kim Koning

(Published in She Writes Editors’ Picks 13/01/11)