Do You Ever Wonder?


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Do you ever wonder why something gets your attention, while something else completely escapes it?  I do.
All.  The.  Time.

For instance:  A beautiful sunrise over the Hudson River, but all I see is this viewer.
Once I downloaded this photo, I did notice what looks like 3 letters of the word “Love,” on the rocks, but I never saw it when I took the picture.
It was all about the viewer.

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Visiting The Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
Now, there is enough there to keep you clicking all day, but my favorite, and the one that got my attention?
The old scratched window, with what I thought was a beautiful little vignette of dried (ok, dead!) flowers inside.

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Boston Harbor on a beautiful hot summer day.
The Harbor was crowded with sailboats, and some very impressive cruise ships.  Hundreds of people out enjoying the day.
But what do I notice?
An enormous but very dilapidated old dock, with a single tiny tree growing up through it.

Do you ever wonder??

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44 comments

  1. Happens to me ALL the time Lisa, no doubt about it! What a great thought you’ve shared here, and I simply love the shots you’ve included! Well done, my good friend!

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  2. The three letters, the tiny tree.. Love will find the way 🙂

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  3. Yes I do – and the camera helps me look and look again. I guess we are all a little quirky and unique in the best way.

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  4. You always have such interesting and thought provoking posts. In a somewhat related way I have always wondered why I gravitate to some objects and not others. I seem to like anything– bowls, cups, pots, etc.- that’s green. Anything with a quilted or raised effect. And anything that suggests a story- for instance I have a small cat playing a fiddle under a glass dome sitting on the cabinet opposite my computer. Why, oh why is it I like these things?

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  5. Yes, I do… most of the time.

    Beautiful photos here, Lisa. I also love the filters.

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  6. Photographers see things other people never notice, I’m sure. Lovely moments you caught, Lisa.

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  7. Lisa…that’s just what I would do! I’m always looking for something different, generally something small. I like this particular view of the universe!

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  8. Great pictures! Photo art is to see the small, what is not so obvious. See what many others only pass … and have fun!!

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  9. Nice window / flower shot at the market! ​🙏🔮

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  10. Hi Lisa, You are really seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary everyday scenes that most people would not notice. Beautifully shot along with your inspiring thoughts.

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  11. I wonder about it all the time, Lisa. You’re not alone. ; )

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  12. It’s certainly interesting to see what draws your eye. Your photos are wonderful! I’m afraid I would have been drawn to the river view and the boats in the harbor. Noticing the less obvious is something I am trying to learn – if it is, in fact, something that can be learned. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I think those of us behind the lens are drawn to things that speak to us – for many different reasons. Your captures are lovely in their simplicity.

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  14. I wonder all the time. As Bruce has been getting used to driving me around, he’s commented that he “sees” things differently. I have to agree. 😉

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  15. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I love these and reading your thoughts. As I read, I was smiling at the similarities between what caught your eye and what would catch mine! Lovely images as always.
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. 🙂

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  16. Lisa, I love that detail of the old scratched window with those dried (preferably) flowers inside. Beautiful.
    I wonder all the time what I see in my photographs that wasn’t there before I took them! 🙂 That’s the beauty of how photography opens my eyes and makes me focus, I feel grateful for that effect.

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  17. I can certainly relate to that! No idea why certain things get my attention, but I’m glad they do 🙂

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  18. Oh my, Lisa. These are lovely shots. I so admire your creative mind when it comes to photography. Too many times when I’m out and about, life seems so rushed and I’m not able to meander and take in those unique shots. Probably has something to do with the fact that I’m never really by myself and no one around me seems to understand the right-brain need for this type of opportunity! But, to answer your question, Yes!, I wonder all the time about that. I take shots and am sometimes surprised at what I really captured when I look at them later. 🙂

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  19. i dont but then i also dont really think about what caught my eye i just seem to point and shoot … i do however think these very same things would have caught my eye too

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  20. I think it’s the details we notice that give each of us our unique perspective…or rather, our unique perspective is demonstrated by the things we notice. For example, the first thing I noticed in that first image was “EVO,” causing me to wonder who wrote it and what it meant. If you hadn’t mentioned it, I don’t believe I’d ever have perceived it as part of the word LOVE.

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  21. Yes, it is an interesting thought to consider, Lisa. Many times when I take a walk with my camera, I have no agenda, hoping to find something that just strikes me. I do wonder though, many times, what I was attracted to when taking the picture, especially when it isn’t flowers. And I do agree with Sarah, about the stillness being captured. Have a really wonderful day sweet friend!

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  22. I think a sign of a natural artist is the ability to notice what others completely pass by. You clearly have that. 🙂

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  23. Making photographs instead of taking them, helps us to increase our awareness of the world around us.

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  24. i never wonder with you lisa…whatever catches your eye, your image makes it magical. i am always drawn to the ordinary, you are always drawn to the unusual. i have learned many things from you. sometimes when i am out and about i see something, and i think, lisa would photograph that – and make it look amazing!!!

    i love the last image!!!

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  25. Yes, actually….I do often wonder. And it is that ‘wondering’ which has unveiled some memorable moments and awesome shots.
    Thank you for sharing this post.
    I really enjoyed it…
    ren

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  26. I love you observations of yourself and what you observe. It is an interesting question. And we all seem to see the world differently. Sometimes it takes a photo to reveal what was there. 🙂 By the way, I love you photos.

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  27. I call it the art of a photographer in seeing. I remember when I would get together with other photographers in photo walks and I would alway just delight in what others saw that I didn’t. Love that beautiful light through the window. Hope you are well and have a wonderful day.

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  28. Darling images Lisa. I am the same way when I upload photos. I think, how did I not notice that? The brain works in funny ways!

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  29. Hi Lisa,
    your view into the world is amazing ! I often find simple and important things in my photos later too. That´s the fun in photography.
    You think, you take a photo and you took it, of course.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  30. You have a way of seeing beauty everywhere!

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  31. YESSSSSSSS.
    Such beautiful. Such simplicity.
    …Says E V E R Y T H I N G.
    great photos, Lisa. xx

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  32. I wonder too much… lol
    The first time I saw one of these ‘viewers’ was when I visited New York city (40 years ago) and we made our way to the Empire State building. Yes, yes yes… discovering something other than what I was intentionally shooting.
    Your first photo speaks volumes… love it.
    Brilliant post… Lisa!

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  33. I think our cameras draw us to those little things we wouldn’t normally notice. Beautiful shots!!

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  34. I love what you saw…it’s the little things…eveyone see’s the boats and the sunrise..your photo’s are unique and beautiful. I do love it sometimes when I get home though and see something in my photo that makes me smile, especially when I didn’t see it while shooting…Your little love sign was a good example…and the dock with the little tree growing out of it is very nice…I love the dof with that one also.
    I think we all have an eye that is different…Two of us together, on the same day, in the same place, would come home with completely different photo’s…it’s what makes the world go round…
    Have a great week.

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  35. Lovely images Lisa! You clearly notice the less obvious things, the smaller things that many people miss and that’s not a bad thing… !

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  36. I love that first shot too. The lighting is also so beautiful. It is amazing what attracts us in a scene, I’m always rather surprised too when I upload my photos on the computer! I like the little tree growing out of the dock!

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  37. Beautiful photography, Lisa. You see the beauty in the small things. It shows an appreciation of life.

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  38. Fabulous and beautiful images Lisa, I love the first one.

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  39. I like the quirky scenes that got your attention. They all tell a story. When the scene becomes too “perfect” I sometimes think it’s also too flat or boring. I like photos that show a different perspective. Great story shots here!

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  40. I wonder that all the time too, maybe we gravitate towards what we’re passionate about. Loving the light in these beautiful captures. Have a wonderful week Lisa. xx

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  41. Beautiful images! And how true – we sometimes don’t see what is in front of our eyes, especially when distracted ( or concentrating on something else ).
    And so these images enable to extract more than we could at the time – not a replacement of the original experience, by any means, more of an enhancement. 🙂

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  42. I love those viewers too. So much fun to photograph. You are drawn to stillness wherever you go.

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