Five Senses

Five Senses

Now my five senses
gather into a meaning
all acts, all presences;
and as a lily gathers
the elements together,
in me this dark and shining,
that stillness and that moving,
these shapes that spring from nothing,
become a rhythm that dances,
a pure design.


Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,

Wave Break


Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,

California Poppy


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Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,



While I’m in my five senses
they send me spinning
all sounds and silences,
all shape and colour
as thread for that weaver,
whose web within me growing
follows beyond my knowing
some pattern sprung from nothing-
a rhythm that dances
and is not mine.

~Judith Wright


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Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,



Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,



Photography, Senses, Fujifilm X-T2, iPhoneX, Landscape, Nature, California,

Sutro Reflection


“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer” 

~Walter De Mulder



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  1. Is fear a sense because that guy hopping on the rock makes me fearful.

  2. ,an expression of nature -enjoyed

  3. My favourites of this set are Wave Breaks and Sutro Reflection. I like how the tranquillity of the pool contrasts with the restless waves of the ocean and the drama unfolding in the sky.

  4. Beautiful and poetic images. I especially like the look of the grasses in ‘Vigilant’. Reminds me of enjoyable moments watching egrets fish.

  5. I loved the photos. They were beautiful.

  6. Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Photos and words. Amazing.

  7. I certainly can hear those waves crash along the shore. My daughters and I are in SoCal for the week for a horse show.

    Speaking of senses, thanks for the follow on the new IG account. A very good guess on your part. 🙂

  8. wonderful shots…love that poppy….details are fabulous!!

  9. Beautiful photos, Jane. I love the egret in “vigilant”. Sometimes I see them when I’m driving along 280, but can’t stop.

  10. A very nice mixture of B&W and color. The poppy really pops as it should. Kids really tells a story.

  11. Beautiful words, beautiful images. Thanks for sharing 😊

  12. Loved your photos!!! Especially, when coupled with the verses and quotes! Bellissimo!!!

  13. What a pleasure, Jane! I enjoyed the poem, and especially the quote. I hadn’t heard of de Mulder, and I see he works in Ghent, where we’re staying (or maybe Antwerp, but that’s close too). 🙂 “Grasses”, “Vigilant” and “Sutro Reflections” really stand out for me. Oh, the patterns and perfection in “Vigilant” – wow! I love “Seeker” too – all of the human experience of the California coast seems to be encapsulated in that photo. I like all the mid-tomes in Sutro – it has a black and white film, as in moving picture film, look. The calmness of the water behind the barrier really adds something to the whole. I trust you’re enjoying yourself these days! 🙂

    • HI Lynn, What a coincidence that you are traveling near De Mulder… although that one is Frank- wonder if they are the same, or father/son, possibly? Oh, the places blogging research takes us. Very pleased to read your thoughts about the images– much appreciated. I think half of San Francisco ran to the beach when the rain stopped and the sun appeared! 😀I am enjoying working with monochrome contrasts and some images work really well for it. And, anytime there’s a tiny person on the landscape, I am pointing my camera in their direction. 🙂 Wishing you happy travels!

      • Internet research does have a certain expansive quality… 😉 But I see “Walter De Mulder (1933–) Blue pencil.svg · wikidata:Q21646363. Description, Belgian photographer. Date of birth, 1933. Work location, Ghent” and another for Walter at Univ Antwerpen. Anyway, his photos of people in the countryside seem pretty nostalgic at this point – wonderful photos but I doubt if that exists any more. We won’t have a car in Belgium so I guess I won’t find out! Regarding everyone running to the beach – people get crazy in spring, don’t they? It’s a good kind of crazy. I would have known “Grasses” & “Vigialnt” would be good as monochromes, but not the Sutro seascape. It takes a while to learn how to see that way, but clearly you’ve figured it out. 🙂

  14. Super images, Jane. Always love seeing your work!

  15. Your monochromes stopped me cold. Very nice.

  16. Love that Walter De Mulder quote. That’s exactly how it is.

  17. Loved your poppy Jane – looking forward to your captures of the super bloom. I have no doubt you’ll find a way to get to it!

  18. What an incredible collection of photos! Each and every one of them. Simply brilliant. My senses are aroused!

  19. Love them all…. Vigilant speaks…

  20. Great pictures that go so well with the profound words.

  21. Charming, Jane, every one of your photos and quotes. Thank you.

  22. Very striking post, Jane. The quotes and images are striking. I especially liked the contrast of light and dark in Wave Break.

    • Hi Jane, We had a great time at Rodeo Beach recently and the waves were pounding. I’m pleased you like the monochrome contrast. This poem speaks to me. Thank you very much, friend. 🙂

  23. Common sense is my candidate for the seventh and often found in short supply. Something tells me a super bloom is in my future. These were wonderful and many simply majestic.

  24. Really like ‘Vigilant’ It works so well in mono. Nice series again Jane.

  25. What a lovely treat for our senses, Jane. 🙂 I especially love the black and white of the children playing on the beach. Lovely perspective. I can almost hear the waves crashing. And the quote at the end is terrific.

  26. The De Mulder quote says it all, Jane. I especially like the poppy, and Seeker. Adrian 🙂

  27. Great pictures as always Jane. That Wave looks like a rabbit trying to climb out of the sea. 🙂 But I love the picture of the children playing. You can see they are having so much fun. Oh, to be young again and enjoying the simple pleasures of life!

    • Thank you so much, Mike, and you are right, the wave sure does look like a rabbit. I’ll have a few more Rorschach tests for you in the future. 😁 I’m glad you mentioned the kids playing– it was a joy to watch, yes, the simple pleasures of life!

  28. What a wonderful response to Judith Wright.Thank you Jane. She’s one of our great poets and your response would have pleased her. Love from Sally in Sydney

    • Hello Sally, What a wonderful surprise! I have been thinking of you throughout this time, thanking you for introducing me to Australian poets and the work of Julia Wright. And missing Sydney. As you may have seen I just mentioned you in a response below. 🙂 I will write you privately, but it is great to hear from you and very nice that you are still following along after all this time. Thank you so much.

  29. I love the textures in your Californian poppy. And I love the movement in ‘Vigilance’.

  30. A true feast of words and images. So hard to choose, but if I must… I simply can’t seem to get enough of California poppies. They’re so much more than a reflection of sunshine. Are yours blooming already?

    • HI Gunta, I’m so glad you liked this theme. I love poppies, too- they are so delicate and vibrant. They are starting to come out here — heading to LA soon and looking forward to seeing them in full force. Thank you for checking in and hope you’re having a great weekend.

  31. „Kids“ is awesome. Dramatic light!

  32. kids and vigilant are my top two of this post (the trees one was a bit of an optical experience as it made my eyes not happy – but it almost had a Van Gogh or Asian art painting feel)

  33. Your black and white picture of the heron is particularly graphic, reminiscent of a woodcut.

    I’d never heard of Judith Wright, who I see now was an Australian writer and campaigner for the environment.

    As for five physical senses, although that’s the number we were traditionally taught, my understanding is that scientists now recognize quite a few more. For example, the sense of proprioception lets us know where our body is and how it’s oriented in space.

    • Thank you, Steve. I love the analogy to a woodcut. When we lived in Sydney an Aussie friend introduced me to the poems of Judith Wright. I love her work. I see proprioception is the “sixth sense”.. I would agree that there must be more than five.

  34. Wonderful little portfolio, Jane. I’m especially fond of “Vigilant”. Well done!

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