Friday, May 12, 2006

Florally photographic diversion


Because it's been such a fun-filled week of sleeplessness and illness, I thought I'd post something pretty and sweet to boost the collective mood around here.

As I wallowed alone at home this week, I found myself looking for comfort in everything around me. It's almost like a nesting instinct in that I seek out whatever touchstone brings warmth.

As part of this process, I meandered through some old photos. I've always enjoyed looking at images captured long ago. It's like a time machine, only less expensive.

This particular picture has always made me happy. I like the color, the composition and the mood. It's almost impossible not to feel better after seeing it.

Your turn: What images make you feel better when the world turns cold? Should I post some more so-called "comfort pictures" in the days ahead?

40 comments:

Robin said...

My animals. Just looking at them relaxes me. On my Cellphone, I keep pics of them (more than of my kids!!) to use in case of insanity at work.

Here from Michele's today!

surcie said...

Ice cream! I've had a killer sore throat, and the stuff works wonders. But you have to eat it all day long to keep the pain at bay. Not that I'm complaining. . .

Sorry you've been "under the weather," Carmi.

Twist of Kate said...

That is a beautiful shot. I love flower photos. I just took some of my friend's baby yesterday, those are comforting. Hope you are feeling better and if not...GET BETTER. And of course, you should post more comfort photos!

Twist of Kate said...

Ha, How FUNNY, I was just here all on my own not 5 minutes ago, what a coinky dink...well I came back via Michele...gotta play the game! :)

Dak-Ind said...

i love this picture. i visit my mothers web site precisely for this kind of picture. (her site is full of pictures out of her garden)

hopefully the image cheered you, becaue it did me.

as always, a joy to visit your site. michele sent me

Aginoth said...

A roaring open wood fire every time

Michele sent me

Prego said...

Damn, you pose great queries. I'm all about my boys.

And hockey.

Though I don't usually turn to 'images' first. I'm one of those chubby bastards that reaches for the ice cream scoop or creme brulèe torch.

here via Michele today.

(go sabres)

barbie2be said...

this is a lovely image, carmi. i just posted 2 rather lovely images on my blog of some comfort pictures. :) a nice topic for the weekend.

ribbiticus said...

pictures of my family, my dogs and flowers help comfort me when i am feeling down. sunflowers can do the trick in a jiffy! hope you feel better! :)

KaraMia said...

Some of my most treasured pics are up on my blog now. Especially the one of my mom and the one of Kendell sitting on the hill of dandelions. Those two bring the most comfort.

Pearl said...

Sure, more like that would be cheery. Up here its dreary grey. Glad you liked the bread pics.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

kenju said...

Comfort photos?
1. beaches (preferable in Hawaii or Fiji)
2. animals (not monitor lizards, but cute, sweet baby animals)
3. flowers of any type
4. babies (anyone's babies)

DAISY said...

That's because Daisies are the happiest of flowers ;)

AverageMom said...

My mother made a Flip Album of Girl Terror's first year. The music combined with the pictures make me feel so much better, works every time.

Theo said...

beaches. long, slow rambling beaches.

Here from Michele's, but reminded that i need to come here more.

Nic said...

I love looking at pictures of my daughter!

Daisies are my favorite flower BECAUSE they are cheery and friendly and bright. Good choice, my friend!

Here from Michele's today.

Mitey Mite said...

Love the picture! I am more about music -- I have several CDs of songs that never fail to make me feel better.

Here from Michele's today.

Paul Sveda said...

Any old photo caught so long ago that its age shows. A photo that reminds me that no matter what may be happening time will continue to march forward and with it will come a new time of comfort, joy, energy, what ever it may be that I am lacking.

Thanks for stopping by today Carmi.

Michele says 'hi'.

Cheers,

P.

David said...

im doing flower pics too, with a twist ( of course) HFM

mulligan said...

My four legged kids and my two legged niece and nephew.

Here by way of Michele.

Shane said...

naked women images - so full of warmth and comfort. lol

Deana said...

They are very pretty. I just went through my baby book today for a mom photo for Mother's Day. They do get you emotionally...my mom looked like a baby herself! Any photo of a happy child gets me.

I don't like violence in pics even though I know sometimes I might need to see it for it to become real.

Mitey Mite said...

Back again from Michele. I see the flowers haven't wilted.

knitti-me said...

Old family photos. It gives me comfort to realize my anchor in family. I love looking at a snapshot in time and think about life back then.

Here from Michele's today.

moon said...

I'm with robin , I love pics of my animals, my last post was a cute picture story with my dogs lol...no matter what, they always make u smile...
Hope you feel better soon...sending chicken soup thoughts your way ....

vanx said...

Well...you've seen my Staten Island Ship graveyard photos. They're a real pick-me-up.~,:^)

I hit the art books in my modest, verging on immodest library.

panthergirl said...

You saw the pics that make me feel better, when you visited me a little while ago. ;)

Here via michele!

netchick said...

Hope you are doing mucho better, Carmi! Me, I really love to look at photos of trips I've experienced, especially the Bahamas.

Michele actually sent me, but I'd come by anyhow!

colleen said...

I like comfort pictures more than comfort food. It's not fattening and it lasts longer too. Color. Nature.

Wordnerd said...

Old photos -- like the one of my grandparents' old store back in the 50's. It was a "dime store/soda fountain," and I can stare at the photo for hours, finding new things on the shelves and counters. They later had a country store that sold everything from long underwear to bologna.

Visiting from Michele's this time, although I've been coming here without her "prompting" as well!

lisa said...

I hope you're taking that Cher survey now. It will make you feel much better about all the hosing down!

Get back over to Lam(b) if you didn't or I'll never blog to you again. OK, that's a lie.

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OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Lord,YES! Post some more of these comfort pictures, my dear Carmi! I LOVE this picture. I can feel the comfort of it in my bones!! I look view old, (as in older) photographs sometimes..this series I have been been posting these last days..Mother& Daughter photographs..are old...and I hope you get a chance to stop by...I'm very proud of these photographs and the ones I already posted...well, I'm not sure of the date, but I think it was May 5th or 6th??
Anyway...I sometimes find it very comforting to revisit older photographs I have taken. Or, listening to some really great music that stirred me as a younger person..THAT'S comforting to me. My kitty is extremely comforting. All my cats always were, and Sweetie still is wonderfully comforting and relaxing.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

OH DAMN! I forgot to say I'm here from Michele's tonight! (lol)
Maybe it;s because I'm a "regular", anyway!

dena said...

That's a beautiful photo. There are many things that can warm me when I'm feeling cold or lonely. Certainly, looking at flowers always warms me right up.

Morah Mommy said...

Cuddling with you and the kids has to be number 1.

But I also love to lie under the covers with a good book and peace and quiet all around. Maybe add a good cup of coffee to the mix.

Michael Manning said...

Carmi; For me it's programs like Paul Newman's "Hole In The Wall Gang Camp" and the simpler miracles of Love, Courage, Acceptance and having Fun that brings me back to the Good Earth!

Hope you feel better soon, Carmi! The Summer is just around the corner!!

Grins said...

Pictures of nature or of my childhood. Or especially best, of my son when he was younger.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Dear..I saw that you weee coming to my blog from Michele somehours ago, but you never got to me! Boo Hoo!

Lovethis flower,still! Beautiful, Beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Rain pictures comfort me. Strange maybe?

Yes more comfort pics :)