There is a small but secluded wood that spreads down a hillside near our house. This wooded hill is bordered on the west by a busy road. To the north lies an old run-down house and property; to the east is a "hodge-podge" of fields, waiting for the economy to turn so that more houses and condos can be built. Finally, to the south is another street that leads to our neighborhood. And so, stuck in the middle of all that is this little plot of woods and grass and hillside where the daffodils (and later, Grape Hycinth) grow in a very secluded and protected atmosphere - really unknown by anyone, I have learned.
So, here, in this protected zone, grow the daffodils, that seem to survive and pop up, despite the terrible cold and, basically, non-existent "springtime" this year! After passing by and succumbing to the urge to stop I was quite surprised late last week that, not only were the daffodils "up," but they were merrily flourishing. So, this is my smile zone. I hope you like it.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire