Thursday, September 20, 2012

Big Damn Leaf

I am so fucked up.
I remember the first time Carl told me that.
I was describing something I saw that was 
kinda off the wall, when he got this
funny smile on his face, his head kinda
cocked to the side as he listened to my tale --
"Chief, you are so fucked up."
I responded, of course, with a look of
my own, puzzled dismay.

"No, no," he said, "I don't mean you're *fucked up,* I mean 
that you just see that differently than I ever would have."
Oh, okay, I thought and moved on. I just don't think I'm at 
all unusual. On the creativity scale, I'm about a 6; 
there are so many other people who see and 
make such beautiful things, I'll envy them forever.
And so, there I was this afternoon, standing under the big leaves
of the plants on Monument Circle, looking at the way
the sun shone through the leaves, the way they overlapped
and made neat shapes, just a fucked up old lady
with a camera, who's buried herself in the leaves.


dive said...

I'd say that on the creativity side you go all the way up to eleven, Speedway. The way you see things is inspiring to the rest of us.
The sunlight through that leaf is simply beautiful.

Speedway said...

Thank you, Dive. As ever, you only say nice things, which must make you great to work with/for. I look around, see stuff and take pictures in a world where there are so many talented, insightful people, I consider my self fortunate to take a nice picture once in a while that someone likes. oxoxox!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Baloney! You are probably a 60 or a 600. You have fabulous photos and... you wrote a book? For heavens sake, woman, you totally rock!


Speedway said...

Thank you, Genie. I take so many pictures that it's gotten so I have to find another way to look at stuff because, sometimes, I feel like i'm taking the same ol' shots over and over. I guess it's because I tend to trod the same little trails when I go for walks.

I almost always have my little camera in my jacket or pants pocket, so it's inevitable I should get a decent picture or two because I take so many.

PS: I'm trying to get Dive to take me to Paris for lattes and macarons. Since we're both broke it'll never happen, but it's a nice fantasy. I like lace, silk and want to visit Chantilly and Longchamps for horse racing. Maybe take a little narrow boat through wine country.