Beauty and Expression – Pungent Power of Garlic – Picture to Ponder – v6 – issue 36

by Sheila Finkelstein on September 15, 2010

Today’s photo, for me, has a beauty, power and majesty, in and of itself. Yesterday we used it for a writing prompt n the writers’ group of which I am a member. Unique and powerful writing developed in four minutes. The caption in the title here “Pungent Power” came out of one of the member’s writing.

In the Picture to Ponder mailing of this issue I did not include further words about the photo other than explain that it was garlic.

I thus wrote:

Today’s Featured Photo

Probably obvious to you, two segments of a garlic bulb.

Today’s Photo Story
Again, I do not want to affect your experience of the image, so I’m adding nothing here in the ezine regarding the photo, other than what’s above.

I am posting other views with comments on possibilities of differing responses to changes in perspectives. You can check that out on the BLOG.  More photos are after the Queries.

Self-Reflecting Queries
If this photo evoked a particular response or responses to you, I invite you to explore, in writing, whatever that was.

And, if you did notice something are there other places in your life where that shows up?

Does whatever you saw empower you?

If not, can you reframe it so it does?

OTHER VIEWS of the same image –

Very elegant and by “herself”, the “Garlic Lady”.

Seeming to be the Yin and the Yang of oneself, below are the same as the initial image shown from different angles.

Does this angle evoke a different response in you?  If so, remember this at other times… the power of changing perspective.

The above is the original angle from which I shot the photo.  I turned it to be vertical for the presentation I wanted to make.  Does it have a different feel for you?

The garlic skin honors and applauds your participation  The “feelings” were important here, so the fact that there is no “head” in this image, matters not.

As always, you are invited to share your responses in the COMMENTS section below.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn Serafinn September 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Sheila, you never cease to amaze me with your ability to see things 99.9% of us simply wouldn’t see without your vision. These shots are astoundingly beautiful. Who’d have thought garlic could be so sensual?


Sheila Finkelstein September 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Thanks so much, Lynn. I appreciate your enthusiastic and acknowledging response.

I, too, love this photo…. actually the pieces of garlic themselves, that accidentally emerged… AND I also saw it as very sensual, as seen in the writing I did to it. I PMed it to you and will to anyone who responds here and asks for it.

I’m not ready to be quite so completely, publicly authentic.


Cathryn Wellner September 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Ethereal, wispy, dancing angels…so many things come to mind when I see your shots. It’s like seeing garlic for the first time. Beautiful!


Sheila Finkelstein September 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I love your poetic response, Cathryn. It, too, is beautiful. Thank you so much.


Mandy Holloway September 17, 2010 at 3:56 am

Immediately I saw the birthing of a new baby, emerging serenly from its sacred womb. Not surprising as my life is all about change and rebirth at the moment: Yesterday’s news that my partner needs a major operation – good news in that we know it will free her from pain, this morning’s news that my best friends are coming to the end of their relationship, and all this in the context of my own pending redundancy from a job I’m passionate about.
The image gave me an instant feeling of peace and tranquility, a sign that all the change around me will lead to the greater good of all involved. Thak you once again Sheila for presenting me with such beauty in such an understated way. x


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