Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mar 17/10 Echeveria

Mar 17/10 Echeveria, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Daily Shoot: Grab your camera and walk 2 minutes in any direction. Stop. Find a photo worth making from where you stopped and post it.

I think what happens when you start taking photographs is that it opens your eyes. Many years ago, when I forgot to bring my camera to an end of year event in which my daughter participated, she said that it was OK - I could take pictures in my mind. I have never forgotten that. Now that I go everywhere with my camera, I find myself taking many photographs with my mind - sometimes when I am driving and can't stop for the photo op and sometimes when I am walking. I notice more; I see more. Two minutes from my house or two hours from my house, I see things that are worth stopping to appreciate.

As the snow is almost gone here, I am amazed at what survives the winter and immediately gets back to growing. I came upon a patch of "hens and chickens" (echeveria). These succulents look as if they should not grow in our climate and yet they thrive - tenacious and persistent, spreading their offspring all around them. I guess people, too, find ways of survival in so many climates and terrain, living in places that seem hostile and yet we adapt.


  1. This is so lovely. Taking photographs certainly does open your eyes. And it opens up your mind to further learning which is so great - I find myself traveling down so many different, enjoyable sidetrips - what a joy!

  2. Interesting shot. I like the patterns. I totally agree with you about this project opening your eyes.

  3. Love the colors.. My don't look anything like this. Mine are green & black.

  4. I get these back year after year in my garden in Breckenridge, even though the ground will be snow-covered through May and the growing season is short. They're such an old-fashioned succulent - a favorite of my Mother. You're right about noticing more with a photographer's eye. I'm always snapping photos with my mind.

  5. Love the patterns and repetitions in this shot! Nicely done!