From babies to adults - mammals (including humans), birds, fish, insects - seem to love bubbles. Above ice (as shown here), in the air, in the water, in a container. Bubbles are the most beautiful distractions, taking our attention from the present into a micro-world contained therein in all its perfect glory. Because of past blogs, you know I have been watching and photographing hummingbirds. They react with a inquisitiveness or even joy when, by drinking the sugar water, they form a bubble that rises to the top of the container. That, I have yet to photograph.
However this week, while celebrating our respective anniversaries with friends, the cava was poured. Perhaps due to the speed with which it touched the glass, the temperature of the glass itself, or the liquid, its effervescence completely coated the glass. Our friend, documentary filmmaker Cristina McCandless, got very excited, indicating that we needed to photograph it. My tendency is to leave the camera out of social occasions. I know that people who are not interested in photography tend to become really bored when you are shooting. But when a fellow photographer talks, I listen.
Below is a full length shot of the glass, coated with cava in blotches above the liquid line and bubbles within the liquid.
Here is an image shot from slightly above the glass, showing the bubbles from the top and below.
And here are two details of the bubbles, reflecting their world, hanging in space like ball bearings.
To end, a quote from Frederick Buechner, which seems to be applicable. "This is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." I might add, look for the beautiful distractions, like the simple and incredibly complex bubble.
until next Monday,
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