Through Twitter over the past few months I have discovered many great blogs, websites and personal pages that celebrate the two things that I love the most; that is pop music and movies.
One website that I love to see updates on has nothing to do with music or film. It is called Foxglove Lane and is a collection of the most beautiful photographs and writings on nature. The profile page describes the site as 'a celebration of the ordinary and the everyday stuff of rural life'.
I love the power of the image but that image is only powerful when we establish a connection with it. When we see a movie or listen to a song we constantly try to make a connection. We cannot write or speak about music or film unless we have experienced it for ourselves.
Foxglove Lane does the same in relation to nature. As the profile introduction states 'The more I look the more I see'. It celebrates the importance of getting out into the world and connecting with your own surroundings. One post notes that 'every place is beautiful when you pay it the right kind of attention'. The message of something like Foxglove Lane is that the power and beauty of nature is always near to us. Even if we live in a city we can go to a park or get on a bus and train and go to the countryside. That reconnection and the power of just being is there if we want it.
I am from the county of Kilkenny originally. Over the years my family have lived in different houses both in the city and in the countryside. The house that my parents have lived in over the past few years is lovely, there are fields all around. My parents both love their garden and they both have such a deep respect and love of nature. Foxglove Lane states that it is in a place in the South East of Ireland, I do not know exactly where but I think that is part of it's appeal. The photographs are simply moments captured. What is posted in January will or may be different in July and so on. Animals or insects we see one moment we may or may not ever see again. The various short posts both chronicle the seasons and our reactions to their changes. The words used in the posts are spiritual without religion even being mentioned.
Many of the posts on the website feature a collection of images of the same piece of nature or animal so the posts are best read and the sequence of photographs seen in their original postings but here are just a few of the images that I have loved recently.