Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that what I call “A Photo A Day” has recently been “A Photo Once and A While.” Quite honestly, I’m fighting through the worst “blogging slump” I’ve had in four years. I can’t say why except that I’m a little jaded right now. I enjoy teaching photography at Lake Area Technical Institute, and I love my students but I am realizing that as much as teaching photography has given me, it also takes something away. I’m not complaining and I’ll have plenty of time to recharge in a few short weeks.
I will also admit that I’m a little bored with the dew dappled flower photos I post. But I posting one today, mainly because yet another winter storm has hit South Dakota and I’m looking out my window at at least 8 inches of new snow with more coming down. So my impulse was to find something colorful, and a set of iris photos I took last spring jumped out at me. I hope you like the one I’ve “developed.”
And, before I leave, a word about words. . .
Finding a title for my photos is sometimes hard. And it could be that even my title today is a bit redundant. But I like the word “aspiration,” which has the Greek word “spiro” as its root. Spiro means “to breathe.” Per-spire literally means “to breathe through.” Re-spire means “breathe again.” But “aspire,” or as in the title, “aspiration”, is a little more complicated. I’ll take the dictionary definition: an aspiration is “a hope or ambition of achieving something.” This iris aspires but probably doesn’t know it, especially today as it sleeps beneath a soft blanket of fresh, white snow.
Do I dare say that I am inspired (look that one up!) by what I just wrote. Today I have hopes and ambitions. I hope you do, too.