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Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 17 January 2014 in Abstract & Conceptual.

My Journalism professor at California State University, Sacramento, was William Dorman. Bill was a marvelous and very inspiring man. He encouraged us to "think outside the box" LONG before that phrase was ever coined! He encouraged us to dwell, not on what was being put in front of us as "the truth," but rather, to learn for ourselves what the the message and truth might be. The phrase I can still remember hearing him say was his rendition of a familiar concept dating back to Socrates....Bill would say it like this:"Remember, Confusion is the Pre-Condition to learning!" The point is that, initially, we may be unsure and confused. But if we really study and absorb, and avoid the dogma, that surrounds us sometimes, the confusion will lead to understanding.

For some reason, these icy branches - all crossed up, with the sun shining through them - made me think of Bill. What a brilliant teacher he was.

NIKON D800 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 125 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

** 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

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful photo. Great light and colours.

17 Jan 2014 5:10am

@ursulakatariina: Hi Ursulakatariina - Thank you so much :-)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Brilliant, the branches look like glass

17 Jan 2014 7:39am

@Christine: Thasnk you so much, Christine :-) I was thinking the same when I was playing around with this on the sxcreen :-) Hugs to you both <3

Marie-France from Angers, France

Superbe ! belle composition...j'aime !*****

17 Jan 2014 9:06am

@Marie-France: Hi Marie-France - Thank you VERY much :-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image and it illustrates your text wonderfully Denny. I love to try to tease the facts our of the confusion some of my patients present me with and help them come to realisation and hopefully some enlightenment regarding their situation

17 Jan 2014 10:35am

@Doug: Hi Doug - What an excelent commet here - your patients are very fortunate to have you - I love your comment here - Thank you So much!

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent picture and text....confusion I don't know, but yes, let us not forget that manipulation is absolutely everywhere, that the truth is not univocal, that it changes, and that the "evil people" that are shown to us are not necessarily so evil...actually sometimes they even are the opposite, and the "good" people are very often the opposite...I'll add that the question of language is very important and that a lot of interpretative mistakes that we do are due to the difference of language.

17 Jan 2014 11:09am

@Basile Pesso: Hi Basile - Thank you So very much for your wonderful words and comments...I completely agree with you and your very eloquent commentary....especially the point you make about evil people and the deception about them I completely agree...Thank you So very much sir!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light and colours in this excellent abstract! Definitely 5-stars Denny!!! Bravo! ;-)

17 Jan 2014 2:30pm

@Eric Cousineau: Hi Eric -Thanks so much...I really liked the reflections through the ice...Nature is amazing isn't it? Thanks again :-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow Denny! This is just beautiful! I love the color. The ice is like gold! I think that your journalism professor would be very pleased with this.

17 Jan 2014 5:08pm

@Elaine Hancock: Hi Elaine - Thank you so much! It has been a very busy week so I have a lot of catching up to do again - But thanks SO much for this wonderful comment :-) <3

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

superb! love this light in this ice covered branches and this background is a perfect contrast to it!

17 Jan 2014 9:15pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, focus, tone & lighting !
L O V E L Y !!!!

17 Jan 2014 9:53pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


18 Jan 2014 3:36am

k@ from Paris, France

Seems a duck family of paws ! excellent.

18 Jan 2014 1:01pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the icy branches look magical against deep warm tones in the background! great story as well - it is interesting how "little" things in life can make us think of people and events in our past...

18 Jan 2014 1:31pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh impressionnant

18 Jan 2014 4:41pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely confusion.

18 Jan 2014 6:54pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful natural "christmas" decoration !!!

21 Jan 2014 10:45pm

1/160 second
ISO 125
300 mm (35mm equiv.)