photo friday: green

Posted by on May 4, 2012

“Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us. This is true of our homes, the place where we live, and, indeed, of those with whom we live. Friendships and relationships suffer immense numbing through the mechanism of familiarization. We reduce the wildness and mystery of person and landscape to the external, familiar image. Yet the familiar is merely a facade. Familiarity enables us to tame, control, and ultimately forget the mystery. We make our peace with the surface as image and we stay away from the Otherness and fecund turbulence of the unknown that it masks. Familiarity is one of the most subtle and pervasive forms of human alienation.” – John O’Donohue

Photo Friday

  1. A M B E R
    May 4, 2012

    If only I had titled this week "the fecund turbulence of the unknown"!

    These are wonderful photos. The first one makes me look a few times. And the O'Donohue passage with them gives them depth. I just listened to his interview with Trippet on On Being this week.

  2. Molly Sabourin
    May 4, 2012

    Well there's plenty to adore here, dear Julia. Your greens are riveting, I must say. That first photo drew me in like a whirlpool. And this line here:

    "We reduce the wildness and mystery of person and landscape to the external, familiar image."

    Will have me pondering all day (at least I pray it will) how I've managed to lose some wonder for the wonderful beings and places I'm surrounded by.

    Peace and love to you.

  3. Manuela
    May 4, 2012

    Oh, I remember these. I always loved the first one. Such beautiful green.
    The passages are very profound. I will have to read them a few times, I think to let it sink in.

    I miss you.

  4. Kate
    May 5, 2012

    Vis-a-vis the final photo: although I feel I became reasonably familiar with college football hoopla while living in the US, their rituals will forever remain a mystery to me.

  5. Stephanie
    May 5, 2012

    I loved your green images and the O'Donohue passage as well. I am reading Anam Cara and find I have to take small doses and let them swirl around in my head, pondering in small tastes. All three pictures are unique, inspiring thought, comfort, and smiles. "Go Irish" indeed!!