Simplicity, Depth, Flow and Queries – Picture to Ponder – v7 – issue 12

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 23, 2011

Today’s issue of Picture to Ponder is striving for simplicity, thus one photo. I am in the process of redesigning my business and evaluating where I’ve been spending my time.

I started adding two additional photographs in this issue. Then I looked again at this photo. In its quiet, there is a lot of depth and movement. So I invite you to simply “be” with it for a moment or two or more.

If you enjoy writing, I invite you to use it for a writing prompt and share your writing on the blog.

Today’s Photo

large green philodendron leaf in AOS gardens

The upper portion of a very large Philodendron leaf
in the American Orchid Society Greenhouse

Self-Reflecting Queries
I generally spend three to four hours per issue of Picture to Ponder, in picture selection, idea formulation and writing. So needless to say each of the components are a part of my “queries” process.

I know there are subscribers who pay attention to the photographs only. Others value both the Self-Reflecting Queries and the photographs.

If the SRQ’s are especially important to you, I would appreciate your emailing me and letting me know. Simply click on QUERIES and a “self-addressed” email will open up in your inbox. I have already indicated in the body of it that the “Queries” are important to you. All you need to do is hit “SEND”.

Of course, you are welcome to delete the statement there and/or replace it or add to it.

And, I invite you to look at the photo and your experience of it and check with yourself, “Is there a connection between the photo and my response to Sheila’s question?”

(Note: The last was not a planned question. It simply “came” to me as I was closing.

As always, have fun, and please share in the comments below what comes up for you and any writing you might have done to the leaf.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

carmen white March 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I loved this Philodendron leaf instantly. When I read Sheila’s description I didnt have my glasses on and I thought it was about death instead of depth. I didnt think too much before I wrote the following but I think it applies to either death or depth. Both are equally intense concepts.

I love colour and the intensity of the green struck me first. The green of the leaf is of such a shade it sucks me in. The lighter ribs seem to be roads to travel or pointers offering a variety of pathways leading who knows where but away from the dark opening. They could be leading in also.

We are all on different roads but we are all conjoined. The only way back is for us all to realise this. Then we are not afraid to return to the portal which will take us all in the end. The leaf as a whole seems calm and knowing. Like the planet it has no need to worry. It is whole. We who travel far need to hold ifast to the idea all is well. This photograph gives me a feeling of peace and tranquility. It is solid and strong, deep and comforting.

I am on my way back and I am not afraid to go through the door. All will continue to be well.


Sheila Finkelstein March 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Carmen, thank you so much for our in depth response.

It’s actually quite a vivid description of where I am right now in my life AND I hadn’t made the connection. I did pass your comment on with the photo to someone this AM, stating exactly that.

Are you on Facebook? There has been an interesting discussion there. I referred people to your comment and one person said she wishes she were on Facebook so you could follow it. The comment stream there is on

Thanks again.


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