Sunday, March 04, 2012

delicious niches & other small things

Snow drops that survived the latest snow.
niche [nɪtʃ niːʃ]
1. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
2. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Mountaineering) any similar recess, such as one in a rock face
3. a position particularly suitable for the person occupying it he found his niche in politics
4. (Business / Commerce) (modifier) relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market
5. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Ecology the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc.
(tr) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)
[from French, from Old French nichier to nest, from Vulgar Latin nīdicāre (unattested) to build a nest, from Latin nīdusnest]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time ~ like to have a friend takes time.
Georgia O'Keeffe
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Snow drops closer.
Today's walk was searching for the little things, the little spaces between things. They are darling spaces. Spaces you want to kiss. The niche can easily be an entry way into Other Worlds if you let it take you there. Niches in Nature don't need statues. The space is the thing of Beauty.

And again.

Root, pachysandra and fern.

Root, fern and rock.

Sweetly closer.

Shaded by fern.

Into a tree.

Closer in, you can see some personality.

At the lake's edge. A liminal space.

Diving in deeper.

And yet deeper.

At another edge of the lake.


Closer in again.

One more time for good measure.

This is Spanky. He is a Little Fellow and worthy of this post.

Even discarded plants have their

This fellow looks a little like a snail.


ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

This is an exquisite post ~ wonderful idea ~ awesome photos and love Spanky ~ My yorkie is a 'little thing' and worthy as you say ~ thanks for this wonderful post ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

Ashling said...

I love this post, love the magic of niches, and teh snowdrops, and the care taken with your photos, which tell the story beautifully. But who is Spanky? Is he a new addition to the family?