The rain came plunging drenching after drought
and silence burst as sensual groaning frogs
released at once from dry encysted sleeps
began the rhythms sounded so beneath
the world's first trees. Bromeliads and palms
embraced their roots in waters filled with songs -
but long ago. Tonight in twilight I
am standing at the edge of time and pond,
peering like a primate at the sounds
that pulse and surge from shadowed reeds and roots.
Somehow the blood and feet take up the beat.
But on the edge of plunging I retreat
withdrawing from the memories of bones
to faintly hear, within our walls, their songs. - by Dawn L. C. Miller
A double whammy. A nicely composed image with beautiful lighting accompanied by an exceptional poem. They're wonderful together.
“ . . . The executional characteristics of the image should not be the first thing you notice when you look at the photograph: you can overdo it. They should support the compositions, but not detract or outweigh it. This is one of the things I don’t like about overdone HDR, Instagram and other photo apps – the processing is so overdone to the point that fundamental compositional structure is overshadowed, and any flaws hidden. You only see the processing, and not the subject.” -- Ming Thien, in What makes an outstanding image? (part 1) on his blog, http://blog.mingthein.com, October 6, 2012