Sunday, 7 October 2012

Looking for Chestnuts







It's the season for chestnuts - they are hiding somewhere under the trees, 
covered by the fallen leaves.



Families get together and go looking for chestnuts.
A chestnuts feels smooth and nice in your hands,
bringing a cozy autumn atmosphere.





Ode to a Chestnut on the Ground

From bristly foliage
you fell
complete, polished wood, gleaming mahogany,
as perfect
as a violin newly
born of the treetops,
that falling
offers its sealed-in gifts,
the hidden sweetness
that grew in secret
amid birds and leaves,
a model of form,
kin to wood and flour,
an oval instrument
that holds within it
intact delight, an edible rose.


In the heights you abandoned
the sea-urchin burr
that parted its spines
in the light of the chestnut tree;
through that slit
you glimpsed the world,
birds
bursting with syllables,
starry
dew
below,
the heads of boys
and girls,
grasses stirring restlessly,
smoke rising, rising.






You made your decision,
chestnut, and leaped to earth,
burnished and ready,
firm and smooth
as the small breasts
of the islands of America.



You fell,
you struck
the ground,
but
nothing happened,
the grass
still stirred, the old
chestnut sighed with the mouths
of a forest of trees,
a red leaf of autumn fell,
resolutely, the hours marched on
across the earth.




Because you are
only
a seed,
chestnut tree, autumn, earth,
water, heights, silence
prepared the germ,
the floury density,
the maternal eyelids
that buried will again
open toward the heights
the simple majesty of foliage,
the dark damp plan
of new roots,
the ancient but new dimensions
of another chestnut tree in the earth. 

Pablo Neruda



... When we meet under the chestnut trees, we know that the fall is here!








lorik art

44 comments:

  1. These images are very beautiful. I love the closeup viewpoint of the first - you must have been lying down! Fantastic! I like your interesting compositions - the feather on the ground. My favourite is the feather with the orange leaves, closeup. You might like to share your work on Mandarin orange Monday:)

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    1. Thank you Lorik, The ground was dry & the leaves were soft ... I love the colorful leaves so I wanted to get as close as possible. I'd love to share the picture on Mandarin orange Monday - Thank you for the tip! (It is just recently that I've taken part in the Photography-sharing, so it is all new to me :)

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  2. So much beauty in pictures and words!

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  3. My favorite photo is the one with the feather surrounded by the leaves. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank You! I like that one too :-)

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  4. How beautiful! Loving the images with the girls in them. Thank you so much for sharing at YSB this week, Nina. xo

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    1. Thank you nancu - The pleasure is all mine, I'm happy having found my way to Your Sunday Best ;-)

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    1. Thank you - Autumn with all the colors is a thankful season to take pictures :-)

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  6. What fabulous shots!!! I love the frog perspective...gave me goooosebumps:)

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! I admire your watercolor art - you have such a talent!

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    1. Thank You - for your sweet words & for the close up photo of the tiny wren - lovely!

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  8. Beautiful photos! I love the low points of view. Gorgeous Autumn colours.

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    1. Thank you - I tried to get a playful close up to the leaves & some of the colorful trees ;-)

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  9. I love your eye for the beauty of details and perspectives that most people would overlook. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words!

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  10. Nine Belle, I am so glad you decided to share your work on Mandarin Orange Monday:) And you chose my favourite to share too! Thank you for being part of MoM:)

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    1. Hi Lorik, the pleasure is all mine :)

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  11. Well, this is special hunting. Love those low-down images, great captures of your girls searching for those chestnuts.

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    1. Thank you Deanna, it was fun-time hunting chestnuts! However, the girls are not mine, I have two sweet sons - there were many chestnut-hunters at the park :-)

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  12. your photographs make me want to jump and crunch in amongst the leaves

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    1. Oh yes - jumping amongst the leaves is great fun :)

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  13. Gorgeous fall photos ♥ The first one is my favorite! So beautiful!

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  14. Wonderful pictures in warm colors!
    Beautiful lyrics.
    Autumn is my favorite season!

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you - I like autums & it's colors as well :)

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  15. These are beautiful shots! I am your newest follower.

    Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday.
    Duct Tape Bag is my entry.
    Your comment is always appreciated!

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    1. Thank you Rose! I'm happy you've started following my blog - I visited your blog & saw the pretty & creative bag - I didn't know that you get duct tape in those nice colors!

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  16. Your photos are just fantastic. I've never seen chestnut trees. The leaves are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Faye! I like also the leaves of the chestnut trees - some of them are very large, with bright colors against the blue sky.
      I fell immediately for your oil painting on canvas - is that a self-portrait - very beautiful!

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  17. Beautiful photos! I love roasted chestnuts. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

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  18. What a beautiful post and absolutely extraordinary, lovely photos :)

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  19. Thank you Debra - I saw your Wordless Wednesday-photos - You have managed to capture the feeling of a timeless afternoon moment in your series in a wonderful way!

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  20. love it. I've been doing this too this week. Happy Hunting. Thanks for sharing at your sunday best.

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    1. Thank you Debra! Your pictures of the fare are filled with ecxitement and happy atmosphere :)

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  21. Lovely photos Nina! Thank you so much for linking up with the sImple things this week...I'd love to feature one of your photos in my roundup tomorrow. :)

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, Than would be on honor to be featured in the Simple Things :)

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  22. Gorgeous pics! One of my favorite Christmas traditions since childhood is my dad gathering chestnuts and roasting them for our family-yummy! I'm your newest follower, and would love you to visit :)
    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan, gathering chestnuts is a great tradition! I like your ETSY-shop a lot - Some great found you did -especially the barrel - deep colors and a rusty look!

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