Reverie in Rust

My teenage years were filled with rainbows, unicorns and Shawn Cassidy. As a remnant of the eighties, I favored pastel parcels and white chalk dust on charcoal.

Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

When the Daily Prompt asked this question, it made me realize how far from that teenager I really am. I rejected bright and pink and shiny years ago. Today, a person could look at my garden, home décor and photography catalog and immediately identify the color I’d preserve in a world vacant of others. Pick a single object? This is where I stumble off the beaten path and celebrate everything that is my favorite color.



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Rust is the shade of Autumn,

of transition,

of nesting.

Rust was the sunrise on the morning my daughter was born

and the colored leaves peppering the sidewalk when we brought my son home six years later.

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The promise of Rust lured me out of bed this morning,

cured my writer’s block,

put me in a better mood,

and pleaded for me to grab my camera again.

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Rust reminds me that life is beautiful,

ancient, fleeting, decaying

and new–

all in the same glance.

These are the post-it notes I keep at arm’s length lest I forget.


 And the rest is rust and stardust.
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  1. The prose, the photographs…all absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for the uplift I experienced, and also the inspiration your post gave me to do better with my own blogging attempts. Blessings!

    • Oh, thank you!
      I’m giggling a bit at your comment about “better blogging.” I’ve been in a bit of a fog–finally posted on my main site last night and settled in for some simple photographic pleasures here this morning.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. It led me right over to you!!

  2. LOVE this post, Michelle. Your images are spectacular. My favorite is the tuba image. So cool. You have a wonderful eye for photography and a gift with descriptive words. xx

  3. Rust is perfect; these images blew my mind! Including the red sunflower that (I have seen before on your blog but) my mind refuses to believe is real. You’re a gifted photographer, Michelle. I’m looking forward to getting all caught up on your recent posts!

  4. Oh, how funny: I mentioned unicorns in my comment on your most recent post and then came to this one – and you have one in your first line!! Beautiful colours…you can feel the heat of the setting sun. Gorgeous!

    • Thank you, my friend!
      I’m so glad you liked it. I’ve been away from my photography page for too long. I’ve been snapping pictures everywhere (like I always do) and just haven’t published any. I have a feeling that they will come in handy for what looks to be a long winter in my neck of the woods. Thank you again for stopping by…I love that you are back!

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