WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

18 January 2013

Lens:

1. Beyond, Nikon DSLR, UD Campus, January,  2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Beyond, Nikon DSLR, UD Campus, January, 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Decaying Tree, iPhone 4s, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Decaying Tree, iPhone 4s, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

Beyond is a word of various layers. It can harbor a sinister description or level joy or bring skepticism. As WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme this descriptor is deceptive along with its spunk.

In the Lens section are my entries, which are two divergent interpretations. The first image was taken on a walk through the University of Delaware’s campus, which is inviting in its sway between traditional and contemporary architecture. The bevy of young girls were prancing through the maze of sideways that lead to a cluster of buildings. As they peeked inside the lower windows of the art building, I wondered if their curiosity was satisfied. What was beyond the darken windows? Could they decipher the objects inside?

The questioning is part of the charm of beyond. What transpires in the barely seen, the unknown, the distant?

I pass the scene in photograph two almost daily. Often I have thought to record the decay in the tree. Last week was sufficient light to see nature’s demise, and, at the same time, see the bright green future that lives beyond.

“What is beyond” does not have to be off in never-never land to fulfill its meaning. Quite easily it can be right before us, acknowledging its possibilities.

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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20 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

  1. eof737 says:

    I love all shots… but that tree… awesome. 😉

  2. Fossillady says:

    I like the decaying tree textures and the peep hole is great!

  3. Northern Narratives says:

    I like the first photo. Chidren looking into their future.

  4. What waits beyond always trigger an irresisitible curiosity and mystery. Beautiful images that captures the charms and excitement of the moment.

  5. I like the different shades of grey in the first with the highlight of the bike. The inkiness of the windows is lovely. For me, the inside of the tree is too dark. I would like to see more of the texture in there.

  6. marialla says:

    Very interesting topic. I love the tree. Maybe it is obvious to you by now that trees, clouds, mountains and water always inspire words to pour from me BEYOND the picture.
    Beyond all the beauty and not beauty lies the human soul searching to understand what lies before its human eyes. Very often the nonhuman is better able to express the answer to our search.

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  9. I like them both – can’t choose. I like the textures in the second pic and the way the first pic makes you ask what they are looking at.

  10. perfectlight says:

    i prefer the “decaying tree” for the textures. in the “beyond” one the sign with “recitation hall” is too big and takes away from the photo, to me, if you can remove it completely, you’ll have a very nice composition

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