Beauty steals darkness

A tsunami of light
Reaches the forest
Dull turns vibrant
Beauty steals darkness

Leaves deflect the tide
Blocking, molding
Shaping the flow
Teasing its strength

A determined stream
Survives the maze
Marking a spot
That catches my eye

The forest floor
Retains its aura
Shadows abound
Coolness undisturbed

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  1. Phil Lanoue says:

    I’m looking at this and imagining that there is a bear or other large animal lurking below in the darkness. But of course that’s just me, I imagine dark lurkers everywhere. 😀
    Well in any case I do like this latest endeavor. And why not diversify a bit and mix things up? That’s half the fun in it!

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  2. melodylowes says:

    More poetry! I like this one – it has an emotional pull, a quality of breathlessness and depth to it. Well done!

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  3. Scott Marshall says:

    I love it when you challenge your audience – I can see them sat behind there screens – looking and looking again – the words are strong too but I love the light on the tree – though I may have cropped the extreme left light (not sure would have mess around) but hey that is how we learn – challenging the norm and asking questions 😀

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    • lylekrahn says:

      I do like to challenge things – the normal can get boring. I appreciate your thots about cropping the left side. I tried many crop variations of that but in the end decided that I liked showing the dark edge of the tree and the larger view of the forest that showed the light hitting random places including the top left but not the bottom. It was a difficult photo since I had an idea and had a hard time getting there and still not sure I did. Would you have done it the other way? Your comments and challenges (on this and others) are most welcome – that definitely is how we learn.

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  4. Ad-libb3d says:

    The poem is incredible, and complements the photo perfectly. Well done, Lyle. A pleasure to read.

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  5. photographybycalliec says:

    Beautiful image and you are also a poet, very nice.
    Cheers callie

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  6. Adeline Berg says:

    This is an alternate way of seeing the world! Gilbert may use it in his group – Emotional Wellness Network to encourage. I like Mike’s comment: “seem to be reflective of a thinker, someone who looks for connections among the disparate elements of this chaotic life” . I was thinking something like that but I am not the word smith that he is.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks Adeline – really appreciate the comment. I have always been more attracted to the alternative view than the normal (which sometimes gets me in trouble) but makes life far more interesting. I am honored that Gilbert would even consider using it in his group. To be honest I am surprising myself with attempting different kinds of writing now that I have less pressured time.

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  7. FeyGirl says:

    Really lovely… You truly get the sense of this place, beautiful as it is.

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  8. Mike Powell says:

    In some ways this posting is different only in form, but not in substance. Why would I say that? The words in your postings are always carefully chosen and creatively used (often for humor) and seem to be reflective of a thinker, someone who looks for connections among the disparate elements of this chaotic life. You had my attention from the opening line with the vivid imagery of the words “tsunami of light” and the beautiful photograph of light. What could be more basic, more elemental for a photographer than light?

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    • lylekrahn says:

      It absolutely starts with light which was attracted my attention in the first place. To be honest, this post took a lot of effort to get to a spot where I thot it came close to reflecting what I saw. I certainly strive for the high standard you described in your thotful and well-written comments. You identified an interesting connection in my posts which took its own analysis! Thanks for all of that.

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  9. rachel bar says:

    I hope you don’t feel forced to shoot only wildlife. I love wildlife but this photo had an eerie atmosphere, which made it very special.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Over the years nature and wildlife photography have always captured my interest and I expect they always will. At this stage, wildlife is more intriguing but nature is never far behind.

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  10. rachel bar says:

    What an amazing photo and a poem to match! Great.

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  11. vanbraman says:

    A little bit different post than usual, but I like it.

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