Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Simple gifts

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848
Brenda has her own gift, which she uses to delight her readers. This week she has woven her magic around a photograph that you will remember with delight. Go have a peek!

13 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos as always, Julie, but the one of a branch of multi-coloured leaves is astonishing.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Beautiful set of photos. I like the nostalgic feel.

Dianne said...

Hi Julie I love this set of photos especially the bottom two with their autumnal colourings.
How do I find Brenda's blog?

Julie said...

Dianne: I will copy this over at your place, too. See the words "Brenda has her own gift' which are in light blue. I have put a url (link) under this words. Just click them and, hey presto!

brattcat said...

each one of these is a gift. thank you, julie.

J Bar said...

I really liked the shots with the feel of autumn/winter too.

Dianne said...

Thanks Julie - found it!

Bob Crowe said...

This is quite a remarkable photo essay, carrying a strong feeling of place. On the other hand, I don't know who or what you are referring to, other than the poem, which makes me think of Aaron Copeland's musical setting.

Sarah Lulu said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I wanted ti choose a favourite so blew up each photo and still could not decide. Perhaps the seaside daisy at the top or the hint if the fence at the bottom, I dive up.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I am headed over to Brenda's site, but let me say that these photos are quite a gift, simple as nature, but exquisitely captured by your camera.

Like Bob, I thought of Aaron Copeland's orchestral ballet suite, "Appalachian Spring" created for Martha Graham. The movement "Simple Gifts" would apply to your lovely photos as well.

Bises,
Genie

Julie said...

Bob & Genie - Copeland based that movement on this much older folk tune. Shakers originated in the UK in about 1770, with their largest concentration being in upper NY state. They were a spent force by 1900. They only ever wanted to number less than 10,000 adherents.

Jilly said...

So many joys here. Trying to choose my favourite is impossible but then you didn't ask so I won't... I love Brenda's poem and all it says. Not that I don't think the ol' girl is a canny one and maybe put it on to draw attention to her moneymaking skills.