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Glass Ball

Looking into my glass ball I think I might be back posting here regularly in 6 weeks or so. In the meanwhile I must be content with daily photographs of my garden and sharing my adventures beyond the mountains.

For the theme day I have chosen a glass paperweight decorated with gum leaves glistening in the afternoon sun shining across on my garden. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Words to walk with:
Glass by Robert Francis
"Words of a poem should be glass
But glass so simple-subtle its shape
Is nothing but the shape of what it holds.

A glass spun for itself is empty,
Brittle, at best Venetian trinket.
Embossed glass hides the poem of its absence.

Words should be looked through, should be windows.
The best word were invisible.
The poem is the thing the poet thinks.

If the impossible were not,
And if the glass, only the glass,
Could be removed, the poem would remain."


  1. Terrific, Joan - simply terrific. The dazzle of light is inspired ...

    There is a knockout line in the Frost poem: "Embossed glass hides the poem of its absence". That will set the cog-wheels of my brain a-whirring!

  2. And the aftenoon light fortunately does a reasonable job of hiding that my windows need cleaning. You should have seen my first shots ... showed up dust on the ball as well ... so I had to polish it and try again.

  3. Oh, the ways of photography ...

  4. I think this is the most serene post on the theme I've seen so far. Beautiful.

  5. Paperweights. Haven't seen one of these for awhile that wasn't for the tourists.Glass upon glass is simpy gorgeous.

  6. Beautiful composition and beautiful out of focus.

  7. I was so glad to see you here, JE. I thought you had shut this blog down. I hope to walk in the Blue Mountains with you very soon. The paperweight is divine. I would love to see that on my desk.

  8. So please your glass ball seems to be operational! Melbourne Cup winner clear yet???

  9. So simple and yet so beautiful! Great choice and composition too.


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