Shifting Perspectives – Lyricism of Frond from Bottle Palm Tree – Picture to Ponder – v7 – issue 22

by Sheila Finkelstein on June 1, 2011

This weekend a new subscriber came on board, noting that she found Picture to Ponder when Googling “Bottle Palm Tree” pictures. I was curious as to what she might have discovered and did my own search. I found the issue published three years ago, this week, on June 3, 2008. And the message is timeless.

In reviewing it, I was moved with the photos, what they brought up and the messages, so I’m reissuing it today with some modifications. Thank you, Justine, for opening this up for me, for us all.

In addition to the variations as we shift perspectives, the experience here is a reminder to those who love to write that we can be using Picture to Ponder photos for writing prompts.

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Today’s Picture to Ponder Photo
Horizontal view of the leaves, or frond, of a Bottle Palm Tree

As I was searching for a Picture to Ponder photo the drama of this one popped out at me. “Perfect for writing,” I thought, though I did not plan to write from it here. And then as I was putting together the issue, I wrote:


Powerful leaves
Diagonally strong
Directed where?
Into an abyss or
A whole new world of opportunity?

I appreciate your strength and
Your different points of view.

Rotate you 180 degrees and
I want to sleep,
Lulled by your gentle movement

bottle treee palm frond

Rotate you once again at 90 degrees
And I want to party.
It’s the feeling of the rhythm of what
Now appears to be one side of
Your head of long hair.

This is the normal way you are seen.
Shall I keep this view,
Making a party statement on life?

Or shall I go for the power and direction
In picture number one?

For other views of the Bottle Palm Tree trunk and the full tree, see BOTTLE PALM TREE.

Self-Reflecting Queries
How wonderful it is that life does offer us so many options and opportunities to change in any moment, simply by shifting our viewpoints – perspectives. All I needed to do to experience totally different perceptions here was to simply rotate the photo.

Are there places in your life right now, where shifting points of view might present new opportunities for you? If so, I invite you to play with this. Before starting, note also that the original source of the shift occurred in the closing in, initially, on a small section of the frond. It was that which resulted in the variety.

As I look at the tree itself, large view, I find it difficult to source the origin of the powerful view initially shown here. This reminds me to invite you to also close in on a small segment of the situation you might be exploring.

Lastly, I invite you to use the photos as a jumping off point for your own writing, for exploration. You might find something totally unexpected opening up for you and I expect, most different than what came up for me.

As always, have fun, and please share in the comments below what comes up for you.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Jones June 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

No need to choose
Hair flying as you whirl
Arms out-stretched diagonally strong
Vibrational playground


Sheila Finkelstein June 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Love it, Susan. Goes to show we can have it all 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


Paula D'Andrea June 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

The wave of the future,
A dune of green.
Transitory lines
Subdued, yet alive
Curling, cradling
A stream of life.


Sheila Finkelstein June 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for accepting my invitation to share this here in the comments, Paula. Beautiful. Very visual and kinesthetic. Pulls me right in to movement.


Suzanne Holman June 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Wow…beautiful poetry from you and Paula and Susan…
I’m just sharing the wonderful feelings I felt as I looked at each view…
It IS amazing how our world shifts when we shift our perspective!!
Much love…


Sheila Finkelstein June 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Thanks, Suzanne. I appreciate your jumping in and the acknowledgment.


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