As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic. – Richard Linklater
Our theme this week is The Ordinary, hosted by I. J. Khanewala. There are many places, moments, things, etc. that we would say are ”ordinary”. But, we humans often use this word or concept differently. I find it interesting how easily ordinary things can become remarkable…In my examples, light is often the difference, and the combination of colours and an open mind. I guess many of us who photograph, write or paint – or are involved in similar activities, recognize the feeling and can easily appreciate the beauty of our ordinary surroundings.
Then, on my way up to the house again, my eyes followed the adventurous vine climbing along the laundry line. I believe I have one of the most intriguing and beautiful laundry lines in the neighbourhood… an ordinary Monday.
We hope you will join us this week for the interesting Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary. Please include a link to the original post from our guest host of Don’t Hold Your Breath, and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can all find you in the Reader.
A sincere thank you to all who responded to last week’s “Seen Better Days” challenge. It clearly shows that most photographers love to focus on the beauty lingering in old, worn or dilapidated places and things. Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week when Patti brings us challenge # 170. Until then, please stay safe and be kind.
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Although turning leaves are quite ordinary around the world, I hope I never take the sight of them for granted. They are the stellar feature in our autumn landscape and the primary reason I love this season so much. We’re getting in a little leaf peeping this week, too!
♥ We should not take anything for granted these days.
Wonderful post! And that linklater quote was excellent
Happy to share – I liked that quote very much – thank you!
Again, I think you have the most extraordinary laundry line I’ve ever seen anywhere. Very clever framing of that photo. Is that a greenhouse for plants in the background? Whatever it is, the setting is beautiful.
Here’s my offering for the Lens Artists Ordinary topic:
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What an interesting way to support a trailing vine! It looks great!
Backlit golden leaves…very nice AC 🙂
WOW. Ordinarily BEAUTIFUL!
The light you captured made a extraordinary image, AC. I love your beautiful laundry lines.
Thank you for taking us to your summer home for a walk before winter comes.
Breathtaking photographs of the changes Mother Earth is creating right now.
They may be for the challenge ‘Ordinary’ but there is nothing ordinary about
their beauty. Nicely done … Isadora 😎
I remember you talking about your summer house, AC. It was like yesterday. How beautiful the autumn leaves and your out of this world laundry line. The last photo is perfectly framed.
I think you’re absolutely right, AC. You’ve got the most beautiful laundry line in the world! I also loved the glimpse of your glass house in the distance. It looks very cozy. And of course, the back-lit leaves are gorgeous! Once again, you’ve shown us your wonderful, creative ”eye.” Enjoy the week. I hope it’s filled with sunshine.
Love the lighting in that beautiful first shot, hon, and the washing line made me smile.
Glad you liked them…and no wash is coming up on that line…
Ordinary can be beautiful too and you’ve shown us that in these images, Ann-Christine.
Thank you, Steve – took som thinking first…but the results are quite what I wanted to say…
Gorgeous colours and that washing line…!
Thank you, Sofia! I had some thinking before this came up, but I hope what I wanted to say came through.
I think so, Ann-Christine. At least I got a powerful message from your post and beautifully illustrated with your photos.
Then I am happy!
That light through the leaves is such a beautiful image. I like the extraordinary clothes line that you have 🙂
Isn’t it interesting that the first photo could be interpreted as ”the ordinary” or leaves which have ”seen better days” or as ”autumn”. One image, many interpretations.
Thank you for an interesting challenge! At first I found it difficult to find what I wanted to express – but I love challenges that makes you think extra…
The laundry line vine is so cool!
I thought so too, Nora! So, no laundry is there to take its place!
I love your ordinary garden especially the photo across the lawn to the greenhouse 🙂 🙂
Thank you, Brian – that day it wasn’t raining…
There is nothing ordinary about that first image. It is stunning.
♥ I was lucky! Thank you.
Lucky maybe, but you have the eye to see the beauty.
You are very kind – thanks!
Perhaps we have reached maturity when we recognize the beauties of the ‘ordinary’ and are able to enjoy and appreciate it often . . . not having to wait ‘eternally for the extraordinary . . .
Maybe you are right…and I have always felt ”old” in thought and reflections. An old woman once told me I was an old soul in a young body. Some of us are, and some never mature it seems. Right now I feel rather old in both body and soul…
Well put together AC!
Thank you, Sue!
That last shot’s especially fun, A-C. You and I seem to have the same thought about what’s ”ordinary.” 🙂
♥ Thanks, Janet!
Good for you for catching the light on those leaves Ann-Christine, a really beautiful image. And I love your laundry line LOL!
😀 As you might guess, I don’t have my laundry there now…long live the beauty.
Demonstrating the extraordinary in the ordinary. Thanks so much.
Margaret – we just have to open our eyes, don’t we? Some people never do.
Maybe the camera helps us do that. I’m often surprised to see in a photo I’ve taken something I’d never noticed when the scene was before my eyes.
True – happens quite often to me as well. Maybe most often little bugs or insects on a tree or flower that I just did not notice !
I loved your quote. And your photos 🙂
Thank you, Karina – every day I think of how short life is, and how to live it the best I can.
Beautiful images Ann Christine! I think ordinary becomes extraordinary to us when it has a special personal meaning.
I agree –
We add our little extra to the ordinary and it may just turn out to be extraordinary.
Thanks for the lovely photos!
And some things we count as ordinary are remarkable to others, like kangaroos
Now that really is an extraordinary washing line! Great pictures and you made my mouth water as you talked of picking the last of the grapes. How wonderful.
Thank you, Mari – a bit sorry for the grapes this year though – so much rain that they are not edible many of them.
This is really amazing. Very lovely captures 🙂
Thank you so much, Hammad!
I was eagerly waiting to see your selections for this topic and I wasn’t disappointed. Your lead quote seems a universal truth “As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic. – Richard Linklater” Your photo of the adventurous vine climbing your laundry line is superb, clothespins and all. Really.
Here’s my offering for The Ordinary Lens Artist challenge:
A universal truth it is…but still true. Thank you!
I love your ordinary autumn photos 😀 😀
😀 Thank you, Cee!