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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Something Magical

Beth Maynor Young's photos

'Something magical'

On a recent return to the river, Young recalled her first trip.

She camped on the bank of Caffee Creek in what is now refuge land. She rose with the morning light.

She paddled a canoe out to a patch of lilies and set up her tripod in a current of shallow water and began clicking away.

Then, there came that moment, when the sun began to lift the dew off the flowers, when the mist began to billow off the gurgling water.

Emma Tannenbaum/Birmingham News
Beth Maynor Young's photos of the Cahaba lily helped change perceptions of the Cahaba River and its assets.On a morning 20 years later, the same things happen. Fish break the surface of the water, mussels and snails are visible under the clear current. Dragonflies and the damsel flies hover. Water bugs skitter on the surface.
"Something magical happens here every day, whether we are here or not," Young said. "Ninety-eight percent of it is just showing up and being present when the magic happens."

She is modest about whatever role her pictures might have played.

"My job was to fall in love with the river, and that isn't hard. The people working to protect these places. They have the hard jobs."

See the story in the Birmingham News


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

What incredible lilies, how delicate and airy! And what a modest photographer. I am glad those lilies are protected, they are just lovely.

ByLightOfMoon said...

Many thanks DAme, Yes, she opened the doors for the river to be a project to be protected.

Many groups can now canoe the river to enjoy. I just wish I was one of them.

I always enjoy your comments on my postings!
Smiles, CYndi

debbie said...

Dear CYndi,
thank you for visiting my blog....I read several of your posts and you will never know how close our lives dh has had 3 back surgeries.....I have severe neuropathy from diabetes and fibromyalgia...I am a big long rambler.....I simply love and adore Penniwig....she is one I am proud to call friend.
I signed up as a follower because I look forward to each new post and in my today's post I reminded everyone of my drawing have to leave a comment on my July 4th pink saturday post and I have been adding things daily so it will be bigger than it is....I love your blog title.....awesome
well come back and see me and I would love for you to sign up as a follower.
I will add you and your husband to my prayer list.
I read about your poor golden birthday is may grandma also passed on my birthday.....
Angel hugs

Thistle Cove Farm said...

LOVELY! She's much of life is just about 'showing up'!

ever said...

oooohhhhhh. wow. all it takes is being awake for that one moment . . .

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Magical indeed!!!!! What a beautiful picture!

ByLightOfMoon said...

Many thanks for all your beautiful comments! I HAVE to get to the shop downtown to get a print! I was hoping today for BASTILLE DAy fun at a couple of shops, but I am to get a spinal block and then meet an old friend in town.

Another Day!
Smiles, Cyndi

Cinderella Moments said...

Gorgeous pictures! Beautiful post! Hope you are doing well!

debbie said...

Dear Cyndi,
I am so very sorry you had to have a spinal block today. I will be praying for you and hope it went well.
We will think positive thoughts.
My sister found Amy 6 bottles in phoenix....actually she found 3 at a wal greens and a girl she worked with found 3 and she bought them from that girl and then I will pay her back.
thanks for asking
angel hugs