This was this morning’s sky…
Except it wasn’t. That’s my excuse for being reluctant to take photos of something so magically momentary and heart-stoppingly beautiful. Blink and the sky’s pallet has already changed, mixed and re-mixed by the master painter up there. Frame, crop, choose one single part of it and you miss the effect of being surrounded by the whole. Mornings like this (and camera’s like mine) make me wish I could paint. I’m convinced taking enough time to really see and sketch and mix colours and draft and perfect is the only medium that can truly honour justice to the beauty I’m blessed to live immersed in. There is frustration as I write because I want to take you by the hand and walk you through it so you really get what I’m getting. Photographers amongst you, feel free to argue… or send me a better camera and invite me to prove myself wrong:-)
And beneath that beautiful sky, walked a woman and her dog. The dog went by the name of Pepper and, cute as she was, she turned away from the camera when her face was at its sweetest for she did not want to make other dogs jealous. She knew that, should her beauty be caught on camera and shared across the Queendom for all to see, it would prove beyond doubt that no other dog could match her.
So when she did turn to face the camera she wiped the smile off her face, and stood at such an angle that the light would do all kinds of awkward reflecting things and make her look terribly bored and much too shiny.
Besides, there are far more important things than having your picture taken, and there’s a lot of Queendom to be covered on a morning’s explore, so photo shot over it’s off at a swift and bouncy pace to catch all the smells woven into the grass and discover who else is living nearby…
But all too soon the adventure was over and time came to return home to the house on the hill where she lived, warm and loved, amongst the two-legged ones who, though not as fast as her, gave good back scratches and knew how to open a tin of tasty food.
I love where I live…and Pepper seems to have decided, well, it’s home for her too.