I had been keeping my eye on a small section that was close to my house waiting for the right conditions... I needed a very calm wind to do what I had wanted to try. Everyday was slightly breezy and I would try to do my sculpture but the wind would tear apart the seed heads before I got too far. It was discouraging. Finally, one afternoon the wind dropped. I was so excited. I gathered up my tools and went down to the field and got to work. It was very slow going (it always is working with dandipuffs). And by the time I had most of the structure in place I saw the clouds on the horizon... not good... for what brings these fluffy globes alive is the sunlight sparkling through them. I knew that the shooting of the photographs was going to not be as good as I had hoped.... but I had just invested 4 hours in trying to make the sculpture, so I had to finish it and see if I could get it done and photographed before the sun was gone completely behind the clouds.
I JUST made it ! I was able to take approximately 4 good shots and then the light was gone. Working with the Dandipuffs is very rewarding when it works.... and very frustrating when it doesn't!
Later that night a huge storm blew in and ALL the seed heads were blown away. That was the end of the Field of Dreams. I'll have to wait for next year to work with them again.
While on the subject of dreaming... I want to share a poem that was recently sent to me by my dear friend Jennifer. It was a much needed boost. I hope you enjoy it too.
What if the world contained nothing but artists
Makers of music, spinners of yarns.
Weavers of stories, some dancers and singers
All lovers of self and of life.
Faces that smile with grace and with beauty.
Arms that reach out to help and to give.
Believers in self and assured of tomorrow.
What a joyful dream to live.
Feed not the thoughts that restrict and destroy.
The world of tomorrow sleeps in our heart.
Sing me a song from the heart of the singer
And I'll answer with mine before I depart.