Monday, 24 September 2012

One Photo, Ten Tinies

Today's tinies come from poet Annamaria Weldon. This shot of tree wrens and welcome swallows was taken in Yalgorup National Park. Annamaria writes: 

Not long till school holidays now and if you go to Lake Clifton (between Mandurah and Bunbury, off the Old Coast Road in Yalgorup National Park) and sit very quietly on this observation deck, birds will come and perch all around. That's what I did. It's not difficult to sit still there, as the light on lake water and all the bird voices are totally relaxing. This was taken early in May when the birds had just feasted on swarms of insects, that's why they look so big-bellied (and sleepy).

Ten tiny things in one photo! Just gorgeous, and also very fitting in a way. Because something poets are good at is condensing the large into the small, distilling a lot into a very little: economy of language, a finely tuned image that does the work of many lines of prose. We love that Annamaria has done this here, too, capturing so many tinies in one small frame.

Much of Annamaria's writing is done in response to the natural world, of which she also takes stunning photographs. If you would like to know more, you can visit her website.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dix Choses Minuscules ...

... means "Ten Tiny Things" in French. Today's tinies have come to you all the way from the oh-so-stylish streets of Paris, France.

Anything goes ...

Good kitty

I don't think so!

Miniature street art with shadows

Throw away the key, love

Skeleton drain

Rainbow manhole

Pacman by mystery artist
Love set in stone
Wild creatures

With thanks to travelling illustrator Frané Lessac, who has a keen, sideways eye for the curious and unexpected in life. We're so glad you took the time from your Parisian sojourn to gather these tinies for us. Tu as très bien fait!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Ten Tiny Ningaloo Things

It's a beautiful time of year to be heading north. Dianne Wolfer sent ten tiny things from Ningaloo, so tiny they were all able to be gathered in one unexpected place ...

Thanks, Dianne! We have it on good authority that those tinies were returned to the wild shortly after this photo was taken, in case some equally tiny hermit crabs were on the lookout for a cozy new home.

Children's writers like Dianne have been out and about all over Australia and beyond in the last month or so, celebrating Children's Book Week in schools, libraries, and anywhere good books gather. Our next tiny things will be coming from quite a distance (and they might make you feel like saying ooh la la!).

Monday, 3 September 2012

Tiny Mississippi Things

From Madison, Mississippi, Mary Grace (16)  writes:

... the attached images are photos my brother and i took in our neighborhood.  We both had a lot of fun doing this and i really like what it encouraged. It has inspired me to go outside more. ever since that first walk taking pics. we have walked almost every night. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

These are the images that she and her brother Jake, aged 5, found, when they went for a stroll (captions are ours):

Someone left their tiny mark here.

Blue frogs worshipping at the tree (the cult of Stanley?)

Angels abound ...

But someone is watching!

What's tiny here? Tiny creeping plants, taking over the path? We found ourselves searching for something, and isn't that the point, too?

Gather ye rose-petals while ye may

Kissing geese-cousins

Alice on the rabbit-bench?

Can't help imagining someone chasing this little guy. Quick - this way!

A quiet blessing in the garden.
Thanks so much, Mary Grace and Jake. How exciting to have some tiny things from the other side of the world! We hope you keep enjoying your walks and discovering the secrets hiding outside.