Today, I only have the ordinary to offer – the equivalent of canned moose meat. Yesterday’s walk produced nothing of significance in the way of photos.

There was the sound of the water running out of the pipe.

There was the horse and buggy “slow sign” that made me laugh.

There were the distant mountains to the north through active pass that made me think about how far it was to my parent’s farm in north central British Columbia.

All was rather ordinary. Still, I walked, I looked, and I framed shot after shot on the hopes that something might appear worthwhile of your audience. I feel like the fisherman who came home with no fish. When this happened as a child, well… we had canned moose meat. So today, I share with you ordinary images – my equivalent of canned moose meat. A creative day that is sustaining but not luxurious in its richness.

Sprout Question: Creatively, what do you do when confronted with “the ordinary?”

Note: Tomorrow I am traveling. There will likely be no Creative Potager post – unless I am very lucky find a window of time and an internet connection. If I don’t connect with you before hand, have a wonderful weekend.

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11 thoughts on “Ordinary

    • Oh Laurie… I am giggling. What a great answer to today’s Sprout Question – and thank you for naming my “ordinariness” into “extraordinary.” There is something to that isn’t there – when we find value in the ordinary, in our extraordinary of everyday?

      I have particularly noticed this challenge with digital photography. The ability to manipulate images into glossy-advertising-surreal frames is endless. I question this repetitive over-correcting for the soft edges of our ordinary view. I need room to be surprised and curious about what it is I cannot quite see, feel, hear or taste. It is in that vagueness, over-time, that a piercing experience will show its brilliance. In this way I treasure the days that are “canned moose meat” because it is in this ordinariness we will eventually meet and appreciate the “extraordinary.”

  1. Let me just say that the bottom two photographs are something I do not get to see every day. These shots are not ordinary to me. Ha! A sign featuring a horse and buggy? That does not exist in the Denver metro area. I’ve forgotten where you live, but we don’t have trees like that over here on the plains.

    Your question: Creatively, what do you do when confronted with “the ordinary?”
    My answer: Realize that what is ordinary for me may not be ordinary for people across the globe. That goes not only for visual images, but for states of thought, points of view, and vibrational being. Everybody’s on a different level and sees the same thing in a different way.

    • Jessica another very good and valid point about “ordinary.” Thank you so much for answering today’s Sprout Question. I live on Mayne Island on the southwest coast of British Columbia, Canada.

  2. Oh, yes, I thought that looked like a USA pacific northwest forest. I used to love walking through national parks in Oregon and Washington. In fact, I lived on Vashon Island, WA for a short time; it was very close to BC. The forests had those ferns and huge trees. Loved it.

  3. I remember a clip from Peaceful Warrior movie. (Of course, it was a book first; I think the author is Dan Millman or something close.) Anyway there was a scene where the gymnast protagonist is asked by “Soc”, his spiritual guide, “What’s going on here?” He looked at the tranquil park where he stood on a bridge and said, “There’s nothing going on!” Everything was normal and ordinary to him. It wasn’t until Soc hit his pressure point and brought him to a new vibrational level that he saw every moment and detail in exquisite richness. Colors became brighter, soft sounds were now overwhelming, and small motions were easily noticed. In a heightened state of awareness, nothing is normal. The protagonist later declares his big idea, “There’s never nothing going on!”

  4. the deep deep beauty, the richness, the joy , the giggles are RIGHT THERE–right in the *ordinary*–and each moment this *ordinary* shifts and changes. Ahhhh…. How wonderful it all is. Thank you for this retreat…

  5. No, hardly ordinary. I adored the fir trees and lakes that were the boring standard, while I lived in Scandinavia because, growing up on an island, there is no way I would have had such beautiful expanses at my disposal! ‘Your’ ordinary will be ‘extraordinary’ to another, with an open eye!

    To be frank… there is so much sensationalising things, that the ordinary is *especially* appealing to me at present! So I EMBRACE it totally… to answer your question! I am glad when I can see it for what it is and receive it gracefully.

    With love, Sherrilene

    • Hello Sherrilene, so glad you stopped in. I am with you when it comes to societal desire to take things over the top to the point that this practice has become normalized. I am lovingly our collective answers to this “ordinary” post and sprout questions. Thanks for a bit of Barbados spice to our conversation.

      p.s. Your “My Beautiful Blog” lives up to its name and I encourage others to drop in and have a read.

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