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Southern Serenade

Outside the window
of my princess room,
the frogs strum
a cannon in D
while the Jasmine pirouettes.

Southern Serenade

Outside the window
of my princess room,
the frogs strum
a cannon in D
while the Jasmine pirouettes.

comments (31)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 29 Mar 2008, 07:49
Nice abstract Kathryn. Lovely sharp colours. It reminds me of Clarice Cliff pottery.
Kathryn: Thanks kindly, Aussie. I am not familiar with Clarice Cliff pottery, but will give it a google.
Wow! Very beautiful. A few weeks ago I tryed to make a nice picture of a row of guitars myself. I did not succeed. You did!
Goes to my likeys.
Kathryn: Frank, nice to know you like it so much. I took it a while ago and while I was listening to the frogs strum last night, while the smell of the jasmine danced on air---I remembered it.
Somewhere in the world is a less talented guitar player than me. This abstract capture of them makes better music than I ever have
Kathryn: Bill, and somewhere in the world if a less talented guitar player than that guitar player. You are moving up the list smile

Nice to now my photograph makes music for you.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 29 Mar 2008, 09:34
Curvy, Kathryn.
Kathryn: Chad, would you consider revising that to Curvy Kathryn?
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • 29 Mar 2008, 10:58
…when the crickets join the frogs for the evening concert of Johann Pachelbel’s jewel, that’s the best time for the little princess to take off her glasses and take a long walk through the field of wild strawberries…
Kathryn: if only i could bottle that concert and ask a pirouetting jasmine to deliver it just a smidge northwest.
Lots of future music here.
Kathryn: this morning the birds are playing a southern serenade for me, while the frogs sleep
Very nice abstract.
Kathryn: Thanks much, Nig. How is life with you these days? Off to any exciting places?
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:46
Excellent, like it a lot, was wondering what was happening before I clicked the thumbnail.
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Dave,
Very nice abstract. It makes me want to listen to my favoutite guitar player "Carlos MONTOYA"!
Kathryn: Richard, I hope you had a listen to Carlos Montoya after looking at this photograph.
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 29 Mar 2008, 14:47
Beautiful lines and colours - reminds me of some paintings I have seen
Kathryn: Thanks so much for the comment, Aksel.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 29 Mar 2008, 21:22
ha i didn't realize that they were guitars now that i do i feel thats a well cool shot Kathrynsmile
Kathryn: thanks much, Tim. Nice to know you like the guitars. Are the frogs singing there yet?
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 29 Mar 2008, 22:29
Clever shot. Makes a great abstract.
Kathryn: Oh thank you. Nice to know you find it clever!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 29 Mar 2008, 22:32
great lines and like aksel reminds me of a matisse or picasso
Kathryn: Nice to know you like it....Yes now that you mention it has the bright colors and lines of Matisse.
  • Ron S
  • 24 hours from Funchal
  • 30 Mar 2008, 07:38
Very effective Kathryn. Well visualised and executed. Kept me guessing!
Kathryn: I love keeping people guessing! Nice to know you think I am a very effective Kathryn!
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 30 Mar 2008, 13:11
welcome back kathryn. love the way you've framed this shot. had it been shot in moonlight, i'd have thought of the frogs too. this is just too colourful smile
Kathryn: thanks so much, Terry. I was laying in my bed with the window opened and the frogs were serenading me so loudly that I thought there was a band of minstrels with guitars outside my window. I remembered this photograph that I took some time ago.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Mar 2008, 17:33
Schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen,
die da träumen fort und fort,
und die Welt hebt an zu singen,
triffst du nur das Zauberwort.
(Joseph von Eichendorff)

There sleeps a song in every thing
dreaming on and on,
And the world will rise to sing, just find the word of magic.

Kathryn, you already often have found this word of magic to transform your (and our) world round about into a fairy tale mood and we are ready to sing and to pirouette -in thoughts and feelings and phantasy- together with you...! And especially Music has this magic power to transform self a frog into a prince! Can you also see the crown glittering? I very love your musicians- photo (reminding me of modern abstract art like Georges Braque...): the celli and basso continuo...- a whole string orchestra is sitting on the stage, and its leader must be Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker are playing Gustav Mahler, Adagio, 10th sinfonia Fis-Dur! And while listening to this impressive music the princess feels the soothing effort of the music and all her melancholic thoughts fly away and she may be full of hope and "Lebensmut"!
Kathryn: Philine...what is the world if we can not dream and find magic in the everyday? I am delighted that you and others are able to dream and travel with me. I love the poem you posted!

You are so right, music is magic. I was laying in my bed (which is actually pink and very princesslike) in the warm Spring evening here in Florida and the serenade of the frogs was brilliantly composed---each frog with his unique contribution. I found myself transported to a scene much like the one you described. The smell of the Jasmine was so rich and sweet, it seemed to dance on air.
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, UK
  • 31 Mar 2008, 10:25
Absolutley fabulous/ #1 guitar shot ever. Took me a few seconds to recognise them. GREAT abstract
Aussie is right about Clarrance Cliff also - good call.
Kathryn: Oh Sheeplover, you flatter me, but I don't mind! Nice to know you like it so much. Yes, I looked her poetry and the colors and shapes are quite alike!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Mar 2008, 16:33
Artistic with no end.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

I was wondering how this same picture would look with all guitars just out of focus. Not critique, just wondering.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 31 Mar 2008, 19:48
This is a very nice abstract, I love the shapes and the colors, very well spotted and captured.
  • 101
  • 31 Mar 2008, 20:32
the shapes and the colours came together real well. great shot!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 Mar 2008, 22:40
Our frogs haven't started their song yet, Kathryn, but it won't be long, now that the guitars are flexed.

I scrolled down past the frets and found another image altogether. I wonder if we would have guessed these were guitars?! Very sensuous.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 31 Mar 2008, 22:50
excellent use of lines and curves

i'd like to see a version with a larger depth of field
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Apr 2008, 12:10
awesome one, good DOF
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 1 Apr 2008, 12:51
Like the colour and the curved shapes
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 1 Apr 2008, 14:05
colourful abstract...
  • paul
  • 5 Apr 2008, 08:59
wow! wonderful image, definitely a Likey
  • Laura
  • USA
  • 6 Apr 2008, 15:30
such gorgeous shapes and colors
  • Blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2008, 14:23
Interesting use of a shallow depth of field here Kathryn - like the unstained panel being the subject.
  • liam
  • plettenberg bay
  • 11 Apr 2008, 07:49
excellent Kathryn. wonderful creative shot and a likey
Great, Great, Great!!
You have some beautiful images in your portfolio, Kathryn, and this one really stands out! Really like the flow of colour and shape, and the DOF enhances the effect well.
Kathryn: Rob, thanks so much. Nice to know it strikes a chord with you. Not one of my personal favorites, but therein lies the beauty variety being the spice of life.

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