I found a dewy spider’s web, hidden and protected under the boughs of a tree and softly back-lit by the rising sun.  I was surprised – captivated by the pageantry.

Here’s the thing, though.  I often struggle with what I know, the science of things.  Science has its purpose, of course, and I’ve made my living in that world, but it tends to take the wonder away, shining a harsh light, callously dissecting and categorizing nature.    Looking at this fresh dew, I try to focus on its clean sparkle, its wetness, its perfect roundness.  Dew is visually stunning and any thoughts of dew point or surface tension kill the joy.    The same goes for the cypress tree that protects this spider’s web and that is clothed in the morning dew.  It is delicate, lushly green and stately.  The tree has a scientific name – Taxodium distichum.  With all due respect to Linnaeus and his nomenclature, how about something more poetic or memorable, or perhaps no name at all?

I suppose it matters very little what we call the tree, as long we are able to fully experience it.  In the words of Romeo’s Juliet – “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”


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Kathleen Gill

I am a semi-professional photographer, with the passion of a true amateur, drawn primarily to nature and travel, but open to and intrigued by most everything. In 2014, I began working on a 52-Week Photo Project, posting one photo a week that expressed something about that week – a theme, a story, a feeling. My intent was to add an element of story-telling to my work. That project was successfully completed in September 2015 and is all stored in the archive here. After a several month break, I began a new 12-month project. Each month in 2016 I will present a group of carefully curated images – a sort of thematic portfolio – along with an essay. My intent is to improve my editing skills and, of course, motivate me to keep on shooting. Please follow me and let me know what you think. You can see more of my work on my website: www.kathleengillphotography.com.


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