Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder

There is a new photo challenge with four different hosts and this is its first week. How full of wonder.

I don’t know how regular I will be but I certainly appreciate the attempt to fill the void left by the abolition of WordPress’ WPC. And as always with me, there will be words too and most likely more than one photo.

Before I explain what there is to see in my photos that made me wonder, a couple of illustrations of Slovenian character, since this summer I’m again visiting my country of origin.

  1. There has been an epidemic of elderly people falling from cherry trees in Slovenia lately. The reason? The young don’t care about picking the fruit off the trees anymore, while the elderly feel that grave damage is being done this way in these tremulous times and cannot bare to observe it without having a go themselves. And then they fall.
  2. Our neighbour cut down his cherry tree because he got upset over the fact that he was unable to reach the fruit at the very top to pick it.

The first photo depicts my mother’s art project. She calls it “Piran Play-offs”. The material is encountered, gathered and assembled this way, she doesn’t cut it into the shapes. She gave some away – I have a beautiful specimen myself that you can find here – and the rest have been left on the little wall in my parents’ Piran garden.

In the second photo there are the art pieces from up close and the neighbour’s garden in the background.

The third photo shows a close-up of another art project, the one that can be seen in the distance in the previous photo. The neighbours claim not to be responsible for its creation. They had some workers recently and one of them must have been inspired by mother’s art. I zoomed in to see what it was. I think it’s beautiful.

And what is it that connects the two points above with these photos? The stump underneath the mysterious art is the cherry tree from point 2.

Cherries may not be the only fruit, but they are my favourites too.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by pilotfishblog.com, Week 1: Wonder

19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder

  1. Wonderful it is to work with art, Manja, and your family work wonders every day I think! I find it fascinating with the tree falls…but sad as well. My grandmother used to climb the highest trees and pick the top berries – until she was about 72.

    We have one big cherry tree in our garden – the other one died last year. The top branches cannot be reached, but the birds are grateful for that. This year I gladly let them have the cherries, because there is not much else for them to eat these dry days.

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    1. Thank you, Leya. All my life I have been disturbed by this national characteristics: if I can’t have it, nobody will. I love your approach. Of course, in such circumstances birds need it much more than we do. ❤


  2. Fascinating artworks, beautiful wonders!
    It sad to hear that youngsters are not taking the responsibility that elderly people have to take the risk…
    Thank you for sharing!

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  3. What a sad story about the cherries! But I do like Ann-Christine’s thought about the birds 😊. I have a friend who collects rocks that resemble hearts. She’d love your mothers art!

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  4. Hello, Manja. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your photos a lot! I love rocks. Those art pieces are wonderful! I think I will recheck mu rock collection to see if I can do something about it. Thanks for the inspiring post.
    Have a great day.

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  5. Cherries are my favorite as well. Sad about the elderly falling :/ I never get the apples at the tops of my trees, and think the squirrels like that about me.
    I love the photo of the hose/faucet and shells.
    The idea that your mother does these artistic things also pleases me. I’d hang those at my house, I would.

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