Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Discovering Lagniappe

I've discovered that my passion for photography has literally opened up a new world for me. I've always loved and had an appreciation of Nature, but now I am even more aware of everything around me -- not just the scenery -- but sounds, and smells, and the way light and shadows give new dimensions to trees, grass, flowers, and buildings.

I "see pictures" everywhere I go ... like this old wooden cross leaning against an abandoned building. I'd love to know the story behind how it got there.

Or this clump of wildflowers growing out of a crumbling brick wall at a cemetery. I wonder how many people walk by and never see it, much less appreciate its simple beauty.

One of the most touching things that recently caught my eye was this sweet little angel watching over a cross on the side of a country road, marking the place where someone lost their life in an accident.

How many people drive by it every day and never really see it, or wonder about its significance?

And speaking of not seeing things, I never would have gotten these pictures if I had not stopped to take pictures of the flowers these little creatures were on:

They were beautiful, and I was so excited to get a little glimpse of their world through the lens of my camera.

I love venturing "off the beaten path" on my photo shoots, and one of the things I enjoy is the little metal "scripture signs" that people put in their yards beside the road. Not long ago, I began taking pictures of some of the signs, and now I find it hard to pass one by without capturing it with my camera. Here are a few of the scriptures I've collected during my wanderings.

Life is filled with lagniappe, and I encourage you to slow down and take the time to see it and appreciate it. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset, notice how the early morning sun highlights the treetops, turning them to gold, start your day by watching the birds at your feeders ... and if you happen to drive by a scripture sign in someone's yard, slow down and read the message. You never know ... it just might make a difference in your day.


nancygrayce said...

Thanks for that encouragement! I need so badly to stop and really look at everything around me instead of hurrying through life worried about this and that!

Dorothy said...

Your opening lines could have been written by me, if I could write that well! Photography has done the same thing for me! My husband says I see pictures that he never sees. I'm enjoying 'seeing' pictures and in looking for pictures.

Yours are great!! I've never seen any of the scripture signs like those. Up here lots of people have those plaques of the Ten Commandments in their yards.
Take care and "Happy Shooting"!

racheld said...


I STILL can't get a picture that's properly focused or doewn't have the shadow of the camera's snoot on it, but I certainly can see through yours!

And Miss Emily would have loved the bee, meadow or not, and would certainly have added a verse about a ladybug on Queen Anne's Lace, had she seen this photo.

Enjoying YOUR Summer whilst ours has been so dry and sere.

love and,


Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

I know what you mean, Janie. I too have noticed a differnce in the way I SEE things, since I started seeing the world through the lens of a camera. I have had friends mention that they never thought about how BEAUTIFUL so many ordinary items are when you zoom in and focus a camera on them. How true.
Your photography is professional level. I've always loved your pictures, keep it up Janie.


Marian Love Phillips said...

I love coming to your site to see what you have posted...and yes, the simple things in life are free and we need to take the time to stop and enjoy it.

Love the scripture sign messages. I see them all around town and never take the time to read or take pictures of them. Thanks so much for sharing the readings with us.

Marian :)