98 thoughts on “Lily

      • I think it’s because readers count on bloggers to be the same. The blogger likes variety, but the reader likes consistency and sameness (though not necessarily of the comfortable kind). So the challenge for the blogger is to evolve within this nexus. (I’m really bad at this, so I think about it a lot.)

        Your website strikes a good balance, I think, between consistency and surprise. You’re lucky because you can both write and take pictures well–most bloggers can only do one.

        Cheers,
        SB

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  1. I don’t know what you mean, you always do pretty. Those old decaying sheds and barns and rusting automobiles, your haikus and little beautifully told stories, there’s a prettiness, or perhaps I should say an elegance, in all of it. Nice lily.

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    • And as I type I am watching your homeboy at Wimbledon. Hope Andy wins, but its going to be tough for him.
      Your really generous comment is really appreciated Lorna. YOU are elegant and classy and I thank you.

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      • Poor Andy, but he gave it his all. I think he could do it next year, or some day at least, he certainly has the fight in him but Roger is an extremely tough proposition for anyone. You are charm itself, dear sir.

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      • I knew Andy was in big trouble at the rain break, which is when I wrote that. I love that he wears his emotions so freely, but he looked beat up early on. There is something missing…..not much……stamina? strength? He has the game, and I do think his time will come. Roger is a great champion.

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      • I think with Andy it’s a mental battle. He has the fitness, the technique and the determination to go for every shot, but he sometimes lacks belief in himself, which is apparent from his body language with his head down, etc. Mind you, he has a lot to cope with because the British press can be rather merciless in their criticism, and scathing of him not having won a major tournament yet. He doesn’t have the ease with people that Roger has, so people don’t naturally take to him. He often comes across as arrogant and miserable, which is not what you want in a champion. However, after showing emotion yesterday I think he’ll have gained a lot of support and I do believe he will win a biggie one day. Roger is amazing. Did you watch him play Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final a few years ago? Much as I love Roger, I was willing Andy Roddick to win, and he gave it everything he had. If the Andys can take any consolation from their defeats, at least they know that they’ve been beaten by one of the best tennis players who’s ever played the game.

        Sorry for such a long comment all about tennis!

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      • I am a big tennis fan and played for decades. Andy Roddick is not a nice guy. Roger is. Nadal is. I will accept everything you say about Murray because you are much closer to it. I felt bad for how badly beaten he was. He looked like he got mugged, and Roger looked fresh.

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      • I don’t know much about Andy Roddick, I just felt he worked very hard for that match. You’re so right about Roger, he did look fresh. I don’t know how he manages it but he always seems to look like that after a big win, it’s tempting to think he might be a different species from us mere mortals. Much as I was rooting for Andy Murray to win yesterday, I couldn’t help being pleased for Roger, he’s such a master of his art.

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  2. The purples and the greens are such a stunning color combination. The composition has the eye moving searching for more… A little loveliness I think is good for the soul… Thanks for the gift this morning…:-)

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  3. The photo comes up huge in my RSS feeder and threw me for a loop. But I smiled — a toothy smile — because I love surprises like this! It wakes up the senses. Keep surprising us, Mike. Keep surprising us.

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  4. Hey there … thanks for touching base at my blog (PairodoxFarm) … I’ve seen you there a couple of times. Sorry for taking so long to look at your Look at Life. Really nice images. You are lucky to have an (obviously) large number of followers. Keep it up. D

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  5. Super pretty! I love that variety of lily, purple is my favorite color in any flower because it really pops at dusk.

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    • Well jeepers, thanks. Now I will be making a hasty retreat back to the dark side where the shadows and decay greet me like old friends. The dark surroundings feel like a warm blanket on a chilly day. Boohaha…….

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      • Dark surroundings often have an enchanting side which I find very appealing.
        Speaking of dark surroundings….I’m in a funk that Murray lost today, and I’m not even a fan.

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      • I knew at the rain break he was going to lose. He is lacking something…….endurance, stamina, toughness. He has the game, but I think he needs to be in better shape and he is so emotional, which I like, but I’m not sure it serves him. Federer ate him alive and he is such a great champion. Murray is only 25 but he also has but a few years to get himself past the next level. He is close and I like him also.

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      • On the one hand, I think how awful it must be to have to carry the hopes of an entire kingdom on your shoulders, but on the other – we should all be so lucky!

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  6. I’m not really sure about the “freaking out” comment early on… strange choice of words. Mike, you photograph a wide range of subjects, and I find them all appealing. I don’t have expectations of your work… I only wish to observe, reflect and find perspective (which of course differs from person to person). That goes for your prose and poetry as well. You bring a gift to us, no matter what form it might be.

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  7. Before looking at the first picture in the digest this week I said to myself, “what barn will be revealed today”…..but to my surprise there was l lovely Lilly. I love diversity!.

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  8. Just a breath of air. Ever asked yourself why you “don’t do pretty”? Just a thought to ponder. What you do do is life in depth but pretty is part of life, just as sadness and loss are….you did pretty so prettily. Thankyou.

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