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Monday, November 2, 2009


During my walk in New Harmony...I stopped by the greenhouse...spending some time with a world within a world.


Whenever I pass a greenhouse...if I can I always stop. Somehow the idea of a self contained bio-system intrigues me. Very large greenhouses even create their own atmosphere. It is a mini version of our world. The humidity rising, condensing and falling back to provide needed moisture and nutrients to continue the circle of life. Another feature of greenhouses that always draws my attention is how the light always plays on the glass panes. It is different each time I look as the sun moves across the sky.

I never really had access to a greenhouse when I was growing up but if I did...it would have been one of my favorite places to go to...a place all my own that I could enter and shut the door behind me...leaving me alone with the quiet yet very active environment. No sound from the outer world, just he drip, drip drip of moisture condensing on the panes. Looking from the inside out would give me a whole new perspective of the world outside. The discolorations of the glass from years of trickling water would create a diffused fairytale world as I gazed out through the old wooden door. I really think it would have been a world that I wouldn't want to leave.

The next time you pass by a greenhouse...take the time to look...really look.

Dan

20 comments:

Doreen said...

your words are dynamic as well as your artwork. love your blog my friend!!

Sunny said...

You create magic with your camera. I love greenhouses, especially old ones...the warmth of the sun, the delicious aroma of earth and flowers.
I had an old Aunt in England that had the most magical greenhouse, eventhough I was just a child I still remember it vividly.
Sunny :)

shabby girl said...

REally a lovely photo!
We have a Biosphere in Tucson that we keep saying we are going to visit. I sure hope we do before they close it to the public!

Cynthia L. H. said...

Lovely. I think that I will do as you suggest.
;^)

NPT said...

Dear Dan...
Shared an award with you on my blog today.

De Lly Dilettante said...

Great narrative :) Love the photo.

...... Bobbi said...

I love this greenhouse photo! Greenhouses have a great appeal to me - loved your narrative take on them!

Heather said...

I know how you feel in the greenhouse(s), Dan, and you've described it very well. When I was a young girl, I spent MUCH time with my mother in any greenhouse that our car drove us to. She loved flowers and the time spent inside the greenhouse. You've brought back some fun and touching memories for me today, friend...ones that I'd long not thought of. Thank you :)

And, as always...I love your photo.

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you Doreen. I also love the sculpture you posted on your site of the kids playing in the circle.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sunny...I am going to go back to New Harmony and see if I can get in the greenhouse for pics...

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl..I have heard about that biosphere. It has been around for a while hasn't it?

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia..I am going to do the same...I am going to see if I can get in the greenhouse.

Dan

DawnTreader said...

Dan, is this the same greenhouse as in a much earlier post of yours (I don't mean yesterday)? I tried to search for it now but I didn't succeed, it was probably a couple of months back or something...

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you NPT! I will go over and take a look.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Lly...I appreciate the comment.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...I am fascinated as well by them. I am going to try to get inside this one.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...I am so glad it brought back memories of you and your mom. Those times are precious.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I know the post. It is not the same greenhouse...the original post was a greenhouse much larger than this one but it is nearby.

Dan

septembermom said...

Love your writing and photo on this subject. Greenhouses are special, often mysterious places. Beautifully done!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Septembermom...I appreciate the comment.

Dan