Emotography …. I have Claudette at ‘To Search and to Find’ (strapline ‘happiness in every day’ which I love) to thank for Emotography. Its so alluringly simple …. post a picture, link to her site so she can include it in her gallery of the week and give, in as many or as few words as your mood dictates, the emotion that prompted the picture or that you felt when you saw the result.
For me today it is HOPE. When I came upon this scene at Vaughn Hill, Bolton here in Massachusetts it shouted of The Lorax, my favourite of Dr Seuss’s extraordinary catalogue of books read to me as a small child despite being non-American because we had best friends from Boston – he, Hoops, an English professor she, Betty, once legendarily said to me, when I was denuding her greengage tree of fruit ‘see how Hoops just bleeeends with the waaaallpaper’ causing me, a gauche English girl to nearly drop plum straight out of the tree so irreverently funny was the image of this studious professor simply a disembodied head, his shirt of palest apricot blending with the silken walls of their drawing room. The Lorax is a classic. And of course I read it in turn to my own children. It co-exists as a children’s classic with ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, it stands with ‘The Wind in The Willows’ and so many others here un-named as the finest books to read to children and for children to read. But the message – the message is clear to us all. Children and adults alike. These dry lifeless trees standing defiantly in the water, for all the world like the Truffala’s in The Lorax remind me and should remind us all that we must protect what we have. Be it from feisty little worms (to which these trees have succumbed) or to the greed of industrialists making their own version of Thneeds. I have hope that we will. Because we can. If we will.
I am The Lorax. I speak for the trees ….
Apart from talking for the trees I taking the liberty of suggesting the following that they might enjoy the value of taking part with Claudette in her Emotography weekly event: