Thursday, 3 June 2010

Fly away with me


When you were  a child did you lay in the grass and imagine you were as small as an ant walking through a jungle? Well I guess we all did, which is why it is such a popular idea for stories and films, but when you were young, you felt as if you were the first to have that feeling. I really wanted to believe in fairies too. I just knew where they lived in the nooks in old tree roots and ivy clad walls. It was the sort of thing you kept to yourself if you didn't want to be laughed at, but my friend and I knew where to leave them gifts of flower petals and little bits of bread and cheese.  I would love to think of children today having such innocent and imaginary play, and I am sure some do. I re-lived some of those moments today. It was so beautifully warm and sunny so I popped the macro lens on the camera and got down on the grass. I guess my neighbours have seen it all before, the far from slim lady with the camera, laying on her belly on the grass, and then having trouble getting up again.

 But how small do you have to be for the daisies to tower over your head?



Or look a speedwell in the eye?


There are aliens too...


or you could catch a ride 


and fly off into the blue...


...and thank you to you all who commented so kindly on my previous post, allowing me to let my imagination fly away with me today, with no fear that anyone was going to laugh, unless it was with pleasure.

Jill

13 comments:

Lalabibaby said...

Let your imagination fly away with you as much as you like Jill ... lovely photos and if it is any consolation I would struggle to get up too ;-) So many children lose their innocence too soon and have little imagination so we must encourage them and in the holidays I try to take the minded children out to the surrounding countryside as much as I can so that we can pretend we are on a bear hunt or that the Gruffalo is hiding behind a tree or looking for footprints in the mud and wondering what creature left them. I don't do Playstations and Game Boys etc and try to get them to take a good look at the natural (and of course free) world around them. I may even try creeping round the garden on my belly tomorrow but if the OH sees me he will think I have finally lost the plot! xx

Jane said...

I think a lot of children do have that sort of imagination still - if circumstances allow and their lives aren't supervised and organised to the nth degree. I always loved the idea of being that small - though the thought of spiders was always a bit worrying!

Joyce at Calico Paint said...

I love the blue flowers and childhood memories. I made daisy chains and played "he loves me, he loves me not" even though I didn't have a clue what that was about :)

Printed Material said...

Jill,
Laughing with pleasure here - and thinking what a great way to take photos.... except that if I get down there I might have to wait for my husband to get home from work before I can get up again!! In reply to your comment , yes, the poppies have wonderful inky black centres. Going to try and draw them today. Lesley x

Heavens2Betsy said...

Beautiful photographs and a great altered perspective! I LOVE Speedwell. Thank you for sharing your lie down in the grass with us! Penny

marigold jam said...

Thanks for the memory! Lovely photos Jill and why not - we are all still cvhildren at heart aren't we?

Jane x

Menopausal musing said...

Good grief! those photos........ S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G! What a wonderful post Jill. Stay young at heart :O)

Heloise said...

Lovely photographs. The thought of lying on the grass to photograph daisies had occurred to me, but I had not done it. They look so beautiful and most of us as adults spend time cutting them down with the grass.

Lizzie said...

Those really are lovely photos and, yes, I did dream about being so small and also left gifts for the fairies - I even wrote them letters!
Carry on dreaming, Jill!

WrightStuff said...

Jill, I have an enormous smile on my face after reading this magical post. We clearly both know that fairies really exist... I want to go out in the garden now and look for some! I took a photo last summer of a fairy in my garden... must find it and send it to you

Vivien said...

Lovely photos!

Emma said...

I hope you are convinced after your last posts comments (my (lovely) parents have 7 degrees between them, imagine!)

You go girl, I'm off to lie with the daisies that I mow round!

Eileen said...

Wonderful post. I guess we shared the same imaginary space. And I also still like to look into those little worlds. One of the things I like most about macro photography is how it lets you see into the fascinating tiny worlds that surround us.