Metallic Intersections

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Sometimes words escape me. Poetry seems to better convey the nuances of art, but still falls short. As adults, we look at the world through defined terms, we compartmentalize and limit our understanding of the world around us. Children on the other hand, are free from preconception, and don’t have to think inside the box. They create order and define the world around them in terms of what they know, the vocabulary they have on hand.

My son recently had his first vision test, and got to identify shapes: square, circle, apple/heart(?), house. His version: Knox, letter “o”, heart, house. Once he understood the nurse wanted him to say square, he refined his answer to fit the mold. But honestly, I enjoyed the creativity in his first answer. Knox is the name of the church we attend — and a church is a building. Hence, a square.

And what of these photographs I’m about to share? Trying to think like a toddler, I imagined these lines to be intersections, roads for cars to travel, a way to get where you’re going. And finally I was able to gather some words to creatively describe these metallic intersections:

Like little roads,
metallic highways
intersect haphazardly.
Circling, crisscrossing,
the lines travel ever onward.

What is it? I’ll let you know at the end of the post (along with some related kid activity resources). But for now, take a peek at this series of images.

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So, what is this macro photograph of? It’s something you’ve probably used on many occasions. Found in most homes. In the kitchen, to be precise.

Any last guesses?

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It’s a common kitchen whisk.

(Kid-Friendly) Resources On Using Kitchen Utensils

My son loves to help in the kitchen! When working on a puzzle the other day, he corrected my mother: “That’s not a chef, that’s a cook!” Whether he’s pretending to help or actually contributing, I hope to continue cultivating our son’s love of the culinary arts as he grows. As promised, here are some resources on using whisks and other kitchen utensils in creative non-traditional ways… and some more typical ways as well. The links will open in a new window for your convenience.

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7 Responses

  1. Stephanie

    Love these photos. Macro photography is one of my favorites. 🙂

  2. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Stephanie 🙂

  3. Thea

    This is brilliant photography! I am impressed how you were able to make art out of something that we take for granted. Thank for the inspiration!

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Thea. Glad to have inspired you!

  5. So beautiful! I had no idea what it was and love the perspective you put on the simplest of things 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #smallvictoriessunday. I’m a big fan of yours!

  6. Betsy Finn

    Aww, thanks Tanya …I’ve enjoyed being inspired by your many small victories 🙂

  7. Marianna Paulson

    Loved the anecdote about your son and his eye exam. What a wonderful record for him when he gets older.

    It’s amazing how we use everyday things and forget to look at the beauty within. Great metaphor for life. Stop to look, really look (and see, hear, smell, taste, touch).