Monday, November 13, 2006

Get the Picture?

You might be wondering, right about now, "but...where's the picture? I want to see today's picture." And you'd be right. There is no picture today. Well, there's no picture from me, but there's a picture.

You see, my snowflakes, I've always made it a policy to post to this website only images taken by me. Love them or hate them, they are, uniquely "mine." They are part of what makes up Carol's Little World. They all come from the hand of Carol. And, I enjoy that. I love giving you my view of the world, actually a view of my world, day after day. It's a fun hobby. I think you enjoy it too. You get to catapult yourself, out of your cubicle, or maybe away from your desk at home, off to someplace like New Orleans, Texas, Venice, or, who knows where? And you've grown used to checking in, checking back to this site, day after day to see which exotic local or interesting viewpoint today brings.

But, every now and again, I happen across a picture that I didn't take, but I wish I had taken. A picture so beautiful, so moving, so incredible, so inspiring, that I stop in my tracks and I think, "damn! Why didn't I take that?" Maybe it has the colors just right, better than the most perfect sunset you've ever seen (even in "real life.") Maybe it has a composition that's so striking it left me in awe. Maybe I was moved to tears by the beauty it possesses. Maybe, somehow, in some magical little way, the pixels aligned in such a way as to make it the most striking, most beautiful, most moving, most evocative image I've ever seen-in my entire life.

Those of you who know me know that I sometimes like to spend time "goofing off" on flickr. It's fun and I probably do it more than I should. Maybe, what you don't know about flickr, is that it allows photographers to pick out "favorite" images, or images from the photo streams of others that they prefer, like, or enjoy for one reason or another. We single these images out as "favorites" and they reserve a special place in our flickr hearts (at least until we "un-click" that little "fav this" button anyway.)

What you might not know about me is that I'm a bit of a fussy photographer. I don't have many favorites. Possibly 20 or so images on flickr have moved me enough to make me push that little "favorite this" button, and many of those, if I had to look at them again, well, truthfully, I'd ignore upon second glance. I've been a photographer for a long time and it takes a lot to impress me with a camera. It doesn't take much to make me look at an image and decide it doesn't warrant my attention.

But not today's image. Today's image is special. It's magical. It's what happens when magic lights hits divine subject, mixes with creative composition, and blends together to bring that special smile to my face. Yes, my snowflakes, today's image brings a smile to my face instantly. It's my favorite of favorited images. It's one I come back to time and time again. It's beautiful, magical, timeless, elegant, and has that rare "special" quality that gives it that extra "Wow!" factor.

What's that? You want to see it? Ok, click here if you must.

(Ahem. This might be a good time to remind you that I do, indeed, have a sense of humor. In case you, like, forgot or something.)

Until next time...

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