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photoblog image The Other Side of Ansley Park: They Were A Happy Family

The Other Side of Ansley Park: They Were A Happy Family

I was off for my usual lunch walk through the Ansley neighborhood, when I noticed a family of mushrooms in the middle of someone's lawn. Apparently, they popped up there overnight. I was ready to take a picture, but the grass was wet from the recent rain. "I'll take the picture on my way back," I reasoned with myself, "the grass will dry up by the time". I enjoyed the view for a short while and kept strolling.  A few minutes later something made me to turn back. My knees got wet and dirty, but I took a few shots.

After a walk, going back to the office, I passed the familiar lawn. It was immaculately mowed. The happy family was gone.

I would like you to add a few lines to your New Year resolutions list. You can fit them in between the usual "to lose a few pounds" and "to clean the basement (storage, garage...you fill in)" items:

-do not procrastinate,

-recognize and take my chances, when life presents them to me,

-listen to my inner voice.  

 

Happy New Year everyone.

VZ

 

The Other Side of Ansley Park: They Were A Happy Family

I was off for my usual lunch walk through the Ansley neighborhood, when I noticed a family of mushrooms in the middle of someone's lawn. Apparently, they popped up there overnight. I was ready to take a picture, but the grass was wet from the recent rain. "I'll take the picture on my way back," I reasoned with myself, "the grass will dry up by the time". I enjoyed the view for a short while and kept strolling.  A few minutes later something made me to turn back. My knees got wet and dirty, but I took a few shots.

After a walk, going back to the office, I passed the familiar lawn. It was immaculately mowed. The happy family was gone.

I would like you to add a few lines to your New Year resolutions list. You can fit them in between the usual "to lose a few pounds" and "to clean the basement (storage, garage...you fill in)" items:

-do not procrastinate,

-recognize and take my chances, when life presents them to me,

-listen to my inner voice.  

 

Happy New Year everyone.

VZ

 

comments (23)

After I clean the basement....
Happy New Year
vz-nostalgia: Good luck with the basement, dear.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 1 Jan 2008, 02:00
For all of us photographers, Viktor, this is exactly the resolution we all need to make: take the opportunity when it comes because it may not be there when we go back! Good words of wisdom!

Happy New Year to you and yours. Just think--we get to start off this year, this week, meeting each other! How cool is THAT! smile
vz-nostalgia: I'm full of wisdom, Ginnie. The best part is it's free for all who wise enough to take. smile
Yep, meeting each other would be a great start, no doubt in my mind.
  • Dotun
  • Md, USA
  • 1 Jan 2008, 02:16
very nice shot
vz-nostalgia: Thanks, D.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 1 Jan 2008, 08:33
thanks Vik, for a beautiful insight. happy new year to you too smile
vz-nostalgia: You're very welcome, my friend.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jan 2008, 10:02
Dear Viktor, my dictionair did not even know the word 'procrastinate' on-line I found the many meanings of this one word, THIS word my dear friend will be MY word for 2008, take your changes giffen to you, don't hesitiate, don't look back and if you do, learn from your mistakes, but I do love the word 'procrastinate' when I will use it, I will think of you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones (where ever they might be in this world) BTW I do love this beautiful picture, hope your wife did not give you a hard time coming home with dirty knees
vz-nostalgia: Who would ever thought that one day I'll teach someone an English word! Thank you,dear, and have a blessed and prosperous year yourself.
Z
Recognising the chances is perhaps the hardest.
I learned a very hard lesson over a long period of time about not listening to my inner voice. I've been listening to it for a good few years now but the path it makes me tread is too hard at times.
Procrastinate, well sometimes but I think I'm pretty good over that one.
I have a very simple one for me - go to bed early and stop waiting till midnight to see the new photos on Shutterchance - and I blew it on New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year Viktor
vz-nostalgia: Thanks, Jose. Your resolution is very easy to fulfill, just bribe John to change the shutter photo update to 10 pm instead of midnight, and you're good, no more guilt smile
Nice shot Viktor. A happy new year to you and yours
vz-nostalgia: Thanks, Richard.
I'll carry your few lines with me in to the new year, thanks...and I like the mushroom family too smile
vz-nostalgia: Good for you, Aksel. But don't cheat by taking the sketches I write to my pictures for the poems you must read. Ha-ha-ha.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jan 2008, 16:59
I've abadoned new years resolutions years ago but your three items will go up on my wall of reflections that I see every day. Oh and I do like this shot Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: Apreciate and am honored, dear.
happy new year VZ, and what a way to start it, superb photosmile
vz-nostalgia: Thank you, Tim.
Great advice! Happy New Year to you, too! (:o)
vz-nostalgia: are you going to follow it, Rosie?
an awesome picture! it really show that beauty really exist.
vz-nostalgia: Were you in doubt before, chao chao?
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 1 Jan 2008, 19:59
great pov
happy new year
vz-nostalgia: thnx fr cmmnt, doc.
I love pictures of mushrooms--what a great angle on them. I'm glad you heeded your inner voice and went back to them.

Happy New Year to you, too!
vz-nostalgia: Thank you, Larry. My inner voice is the only voice I listen to nowadays. smile
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jan 2008, 23:31
Interesting shot and wise words ;o) I am good at the second and third, but pretty bad at the first. Still 2 out of 3 isn't bad...

...have a great 2008 ;o)
vz-nostalgia: You're doing fine, Mike. Good thing is you have a room for improvement. Got to think positively- half full, not half empty. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 2 Jan 2008, 01:47
I like this low perspective, showing us the mushrooms up close and personal.
vz-nostalgia: Good thing I don't shoot people, Martin. I'd be in big trouble for up close and personal shots. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Florida
  • 2 Jan 2008, 10:44
Dear Viktor,
I've read your comments and those of others and here I am listening to my inner voice and I simply can't agree with all of the things you've asked me to add to my hypothetical resolutions list smile

First to your "do not procrastinate." Viktor, for me, and I can only speak for myself, there are times when I need to procrastinate. I need that time to reflect, to think, to mull over, to let things happen---everything does not need to be in the here and now. It is okay for me to put some things on the back burner or even to let them go--never do them. I think the key is knowing what to procrastinate or leave and upon what to focus one's attention.

And now more holistically, years ago I resolved not to make News Years resolutions. I've resolved to live my entire life in a way that reflects my beliefs/values/ethics, not those of others. To just agree with you and to accept the resolutions you've decided for me, would be me embracing what you've decided is important for me. And that, Viktor is my job to do.

Happy New Years back to you.
vz-nostalgia: I like the politeness of your rejection of everything I said, dear. You missed one thing, though. There is a big difference between "I'd like you to" and "you must". My job is to share my thoughts, your choice is to reject them all. That is absolutely fine with me.
I don't believe for a second that you are a fatalist by nature, Kathryn. That you let things go to resolve by themselves.
On other hand, I don't see any conflict between having the New Year's resolutions and living your life according to your beliefs/values/ethics. That contradiction in your thought got me puzzled quite a bit.
  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • 2 Jan 2008, 10:46
Whaaaaat ???? .... don't procrastinate ?!!! But that's the only thing I'm pretty good for !!! ... Pffff ... you're too hard on me smilesmilesmile It takes me so long to learn procrastinating.

I like your mushrooms ... with some beaten eggs and a glass of red Bordeaux wine ... mmmmmm ...
vz-nostalgia: Poor France! I didn't realize that Procrastination is your religion now. Remember, dear, Prince Charming will never knock on your door, if you spend all your time lying in bed. Ha-ha-ha.
Regarding mushrooms...well, one day I'll give you a chance to exhibit your culinary skills, when you're in Atlanta or I'm in Bordeaux. smile
"Stop Procrastinating" tops my list, friend. Old habits die hard. But your post has a good lesson. Happy New Year
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad I can help, Sandeep smile
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 3 Jan 2008, 11:01
Hum ... mushrooms ... I love eating them !!! Nice composition and I love B&W.
vz-nostalgia: Ha-ha-ha. I suspect the image of mushrooms triggers an image of a skillet in every French woman's head (see France's comment).
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jan 2008, 22:47
Great shot and excellent recommendations. When going after the birds I try to teach myself not to procrastinate - and it is about split second timing. If I have it in focus - shoot, don't try for a better shot since I can do that with the second picture. Birds don't hang around waiting for me to get ready.

That is what I am trying to do, but the old habit of creating the composition throught the view finder dies hard.

In SA my experience is that fungi remains on the spot as long as they are not in the spotlight of the sun - the cringe away and die when it gets warm and dry. Another reason to get the knees wet smile

Great shot and posting. A pictoresque 2008 to you.
vz-nostalgia: Thanks, Louis. You layed out all the right things in your comment.
Hope there is a blessed new year ahead of you.
Z
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2008, 13:52
But, VZ, you flattened your batteries, buggered up your clothes, etc, etc, and ultimately missed the brilliant "splatter" shot of the mutilated family...[grin]
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 6 Jan 2008, 20:00
Are you telling me I'm looking to dead mushrooms??? The whole family slaughtered??
There's no rest for peaceful creatures on this Earth...sad...!
About your shot: Beautiful family, great angle, and "elegant" treatment (hope you know what I mean...couldn't find a better word)
About your resolutions: the first two seem to be good resolution, but I don't know about the third...inner voices tend to get on my nerves grin
Have a great year, and reach for everything that looks impossible!
vz-nostalgia: You're looking at a healthy family, my dear. What happened later is behind the scene.
The "elegant" is in my middle name, so your choice of word is right, sweetheart.
You're right. Be careful with your inner voice. At worst, it might get you into trouble, at best- into a mental institution.
A lunch with you at a good Lisbon restaurant- how's that for an impossible? smile
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