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Mr. Grasshopper


From the same Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibition of David Rogers' Big Bugs (see yesterday's post), here's  the grasshopper, also made out of wood.  He's big enough for kids of all ages to sit on.
(And yes, I applied the PS watercolor filter.)

This is a tribute to my late photographer brother, Bennett (1948-1996), who knew about grasshoppers.  His photograph
at the bottom of this page hangs in our home.

Tomorrow I'll start the cruise photos.  :)


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Mr. Grasshopper


From the same Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibition of David Rogers' Big Bugs (see yesterday's post), here's  the grasshopper, also made out of wood.  He's big enough for kids of all ages to sit on.
(And yes, I applied the PS watercolor filter.)

This is a tribute to my late photographer brother, Bennett (1948-1996), who knew about grasshoppers.  His photograph
at the bottom of this page hangs in our home.

Tomorrow I'll start the cruise photos.  :)


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (25)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Nov 2007, 00:08
This is one hell of a bug Ginnie!!smileThe picture your brother took is amazing this shot is a great tribute to him.
smile I think i'm one of the kids of all ages!smile
Ginnie Hart: You are definitely one of the kids of all ages, Tracy. A real kindred spirit! A soulmate. Thank you.
Good stuff Ginnie, saw your brother's grasshopper as well, that is a very good picture. Certainly shows what he could do. Great Tribute. grin
Ginnie Hart: My sister, Ruth, and I often say that we got our interest in photography from Bennett, so it feels good to pay tribute to him. Thanks, Sesan.
I like the work which you have done in this photo, using that filter... the colors estan perfectly saturated to be able to see a pretty and colorista scene!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, José Angel! BTW, you can always write in Spanish and if I don't understand, I can use Babel Fish. smile I usually understand/read Spanish better than I speak, as I've already told you.
Ahhh! Sorry! I also when I am speaking with you through the keyboard of the PC, also draw to you in my mind. That is an advantage! smile
Ginnie Hart: We both have a great advantage, José Angel, now that we have met each other. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 10 Nov 2007, 04:18
Nice use of filters. The picture is so intense!
Ginnie Hart: I guess intense is good, Jewlya, so thanks. As a tribute to my brother, it does feel intense to me as well. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 10 Nov 2007, 04:36
I love the effect that you have on the image. It looks superb!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rags.
  • Richard Trim
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Nov 2007, 07:05
It 'bugs' me that it's possible to transform a photograph into a watercolour with a click of a button.The back ground hues do it for me. richard smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have a way with words, Mr. Richard! smile Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Nov 2007, 07:16
A nice (and useful) idea of the artist to look at the beauty and the perspective of a grasshopper for he can't hop away, and there is no danger that he could be crushed! How many insects may we have 'killed' - without knowing- walking through the grass!
Ginnie Hart: That is so true, Philine. I like that SC has been a place to give bugs/insects respect! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Nov 2007, 07:22
Thanks for the heart- touching little story about your brother Bennett, too! He would have loved the little story about Franciscus of Assisi who sometimes transported the grasshoppers on his head in order they would not ruined by people on the ways.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if Bennett knew that story about St. Francis?! Thanks for sharing that because it was new for me.
Lovely tribute to your brother, Ginnie. Your story is similar to mine in that my mom was an only child who wanted 12. She settled at 5. She died of early onset Alzheimers, which we have already discussed. My brother died at 21 from leukemia. I love Kathryn's comment on your other blog about the apple quote - square peg in round hole etc. I identify strongly with that. Again, lovely thought provoking tribute
Ginnie Hart: We really do have a lot in common, Mary! It's quite amazing to me...and comforting.

I loved Kathryn's quote so much that I'm copying it and pasting it here for anyone else who might not see it there:

Kathryn wrote: In thinking over "oddballs," I am always reminded of this text from Apple's "Think Different" campaign and want to share it with you, Ginnie: "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them... about the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward; and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
Wonderful tribute to your brother, Ginnie. Thank you for sharing this personal insight into your life and family. It adds resonance to this photograph and understanding to your passion. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes it helps me to remember where I've come from, Roz. All our experiences have brought us to where we are today in our photography. I'm a firm believer in that Journey that is unique to each one of us. If it doesn't give us our passion, whatever will?! Thank you, as always, for your comment.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 10 Nov 2007, 10:19
Love the watercolour treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Nov 2007, 10:21
It is a beautiful wooden grasshopper, Ginnie.
You have put the watercolour filter to great use here, as the image you have presented to us is outstanding.
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Ray. Thank you.
He's escaped off the cake and off for a stroll ;o)

I too like grasshopers - and think Bennet has taken a wonderful photo. Because of the David Carradine series in the 70's "Grasshopper" to me always has links with Buddhist teaching, as a term of endearment for someone who has much to learn. Don't we all.

Enjoyed reading about your brother on your blog - he looks very thoughtful and sincere.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't know about the Buddhist connection, Mike. I really like that thought because it does fit Bennett and, yes, the rest of us. Thank you so much for adding your meaningful words!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Nov 2007, 17:45
Excellent way to pay a tribute, but not as exceptional as the post on your other site. That tribute is creative, and I am always scared about such great work - someone just need to switch the server off ...

Make a book of that blog, including the tribute.

You think that the grasshoppr can carry a kid as big as me?
Ginnie Hart: You are way too kind, Louis! Thank you. And yes, the grasshopper can easily hold you. smile
A fitting tribute to your brother. I too looked at the photograph of the grasshopper that he took - an amazing image.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I love how images we see remind us of others we know, Ingrid. It happens to me all the time. Thank you.
I saw your brother's grasshopper and your wonderful tribute to him. You have turned this picture very effectively into a painting Ginnie. Nicely not overdone.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill.
  • Pilgrim
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Nov 2007, 19:49
Looks like you gave this one a good dose of DDT (dynamic digital tweaking) Ginnie. A fitting tribute to your brother. David.
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to remember that DDT, David! Thank you kindly.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport in the dark
  • 10 Nov 2007, 19:57
Interesting effect Ginnie, looks a great piece of sculpture and a fitting tribute to your brother.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Les.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 10 Nov 2007, 20:24
Hmm, I can't get the photo to load. I'll try again later. sad
Ginnie Hart: Hmmmm, about the first time. Thanks for trying again!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 10 Nov 2007, 20:25
Oh! After I left a comment, there was the beautiful bug! smile I like the treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for being persistent. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Nov 2007, 20:40
What a beautiful tribute to your brother Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Scarlet.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Nov 2007, 20:47
Ginnie, it is a beautiful picture, I read about your brother in your blog, this is indeed a nice tribute to him.
Ginnie Hart: I appreciate that, Astrid. Thank you kindly.
I shouldn't like to have this one in my garden smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I don't think you'll have to worry about that, Zeb. smile
What a wonderful piece! Must be irresistable to children.
Ginnie Hart: While I didn't see any children around it, Wim, because it was a school night, I sure hope they DID find it irresistible. I sure did. Thanks.

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