Thursday, October 28, 2010


10.28.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

A bee showed up just as the shutter release button was depressed - how serendipitous! In fact, the arrival of the insect transforms the photograph from its original composition, providing even more weight to the left side of the image and implying a stronger meaning with its pollen gathering.

“The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Serendipity is a wonderful jewel in my world. Though I believe in its ultimate surprising fate, I have no doubt that I have influenced the opportunity to experience such an event...and to do something with it. A serendipitous comment on a Flickr photo led to an amazing project with two other '365 photographers' ( Sinikka and Tania) with our Through Global Lenses collaborative project. Creating a student learning opportunity through the use of photographs and reflective writing from Australia to Finland to USA alone was a fun challenge, but experiencing the authentic results of social connections across the globe amongst students was extra special. Like the bee, it was transformational. Naples, FL


  1. The petals on that flower are absolutely perfect. Is this in your garden?

  2. Hi Grace! This flower actually comes from a weed that is at the edge of the property...It really is pretty, but not a 'garden flower'! :)