Tuesday, January 27, 2009

preparation / insight



I came home for lunch today and as I was fixing my lunch I looked out the window and saw a squirrel trying to go through the tiny hole in our big polar tree with a very large mouth full of leaves and wood scraps - she was having a hard time. So I rushed to grab the camera in hopes of getting a photo of her, but by the time I got back all I saw was the tip of her tail as she went in the hole. I waited for a little while in hopes that I would see her going back in with more materials for her nest, but I couldn't wait any longer - I had to get back to work. I read a little bit tonight about the squirrel's nesting habits and found out that there are two mating seasons - one in January and one in June. I think maybe that little squirrel was preparing a nest for her young. Every spring we see a family of about 3 - 5 living in our big poplar tree, chasing each other and poking their little heads out of the hole to see who's watching. I know some think they are just pests, but I enjoy watching them play. / i received Annie Leibovitz's new book as a Christmas gift and i can't wait to read it. Annie Leibovitz introduces her book: "It is written for someone like the person I was at the beginning of my career, when I was in art school. A young me. I didn’t know which road I would take. Whether it would be a commercial road, a magazine road, an artistic road, a journalistic road. It’s written for that person. Someone who is interested in photography but isn’t sure how they want to use it." ...that person is me. it should be interesting reading - she describes specific photos and how each shot came about - the who, how, where and why - giving the reader real insight into each photograph. i don't know which direction i am leaning - what road i will take - but i changed my major from photography to graphic art (my emphasis will be on photography) in hopes that there will be more roads from which to choose.

10 comments:

Claire said...

little animals are so special...

one of my favourite aspects of life is the unknown... the adventure that an open road presents exhilirates me. enjoy this moment as you will soon reflect on it with joy.

ELK said...

so many roads to travel...the trees and careers
are you able to come home for lunch each day L?

Char said...

the squirrels were so cute and frisky yesterday as I was walking through the gardens - happy and joyful. It made me smile. Annie is one of my big inspirations.

Caroline said...

I think I need to get that book! You have a beautiful blog...found your through Relyn.

Sherrlyn Borkgren said...

ohhhh I hope you enjoy Annie's book. the excerpt sounds sweet.I came to your site via "white or gray depends on the day" blog.
Will look forward to seeing lots of pictures!
Sherrlyn Borkgren Photography

HOPELESSBELIEVER said...

Hello Leslye, and thank you so much for coming by my blog. And yes, please do come back anytime! I read your post today and I love the photos! They are so cute :) I am an artist as well. I like to do abstract work most often and I post my work when I complete one. I don't seem to have near the time to spend on my art as I would like to, but I work full time and a single mom of 2 boys one 19 and the other 9 lol. I would like to follow your blog if that would be ok, and u are more than welcome to follow mine as well if u would like. You are going to school?? I just finished my associates degree a little over a year ago. Well, hope to hear from u soon my new friend, take care,
Julian :)

Claire said...

I adore squirrels. And hedgehogs. I kind of wish I could nest and hibernate...

Cxx

Elizabeth Harper said...

I must tell you my squirrel story some time. It's about the ears. You did a great job in your description. I could almost see your squirrel with it's mouth full.

Thanks too for your sweet comment on my blog post for today. Just a few more days...

Georgia B. said...

so cute. i love creatures. i just talked about the creatures who visit me outside my window at work today in my post—some of which are squirrels, and very funny ones at that. they run around and play all day, and it makes me smile.

i am very intrigued by this book by Leibovitz. i will definitely be checking that out (no pun intended.)
:)

Relyn said...

Ooo, Taylor. That sounds like a perfect present for you. From Mom, yes?

footnote

The photos on the left are taken by me, Leslye, the mother. The photos on the right are taken by my daughter, Taylor – unless otherwise noted. Comments are always welcome. thanks
If you care to visit, I, Leslye, have another blog - AutumnSun where I ramble around different paths and pleasures of my own.