Saved by the bell pepper.

I haven’t felt like taking photographs for a long time. I did try, but always looked at the ones I took and went, “bleh!”, because that is what it was … just bleh! There was no sparkle, no ‘wow’ … nothing.

Who knows why this happened? Maybe my muse left the building, maybe I couldn’t see beauty anymore? Something was up, or missing or lost … until yesterday when I cut open a green bell pepper to put in my salad and there it was … beauty.

The seeds hadn’t come loose and scattered all over the inside of the pepper; instead it lay in perfect, velvety little pearl drops inside this luscious jade basket. I wanted to lick it, it looked that good.

I got my camera instead.

Seeking Beauty (by William Henry Davies)
Cold winds can never freeze, nor thunder sour
The cup of cheer that Beauty draws for me
Out of those Azure heavens and this green earth —
I drink and drink, and thirst the more I see…

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  1. #1 by Emad on August 19, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    Nice photos !

    • #2 by Celia on August 20, 2011 - 10:14 am

      Thanks! Love yours too. The black and white is beautiful.

  2. #3 by Tonia Marie Houston on August 19, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    Gorgeous! Moments like the one you described, I treasure them. There are many times I get the glums, what with three children and limited financial resources, I don’t travel too far. I dream about olive trees and sunflowers in Tuscany, or the wild beauty of the Africa you love. Then, I am relaxed and look out my car window, or the door of my own little home, and see, almost as if for the first time, the silohs and cornfields that prevail in my part of the world. Or a morning dove sitting in our little dogwood tree. There is something to be said for the “moments that take our breath away…” Thank you, Celia!

    • #4 by Celia on August 20, 2011 - 10:16 am

      Thanks Tonia. I would love to see your cornfields and silohs. Let’s agree to visit each other one day! 🙂

  3. #5 by totsymae1011 on August 22, 2011 - 9:44 am

    Nice work! Funny how you can find beauty in the simple things.

    Having studied art history, I do think of Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Maplethorpe when looking at food photography. Although I know you have different intentions,

    • #6 by Celia on August 22, 2011 - 1:53 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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