The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


A Hat Full Of Light.

For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?  Photographers, artists, poets: show us STILLNESS.

Stillness is the essence of photography. We have captured a moment, somewhere around 1/200th of a second or less. Our cameras let us decide how small a slice of reality we want to have.  Once taken, the image is ours. We can concentrate on seeing what we wanted to see, or begin to notice what else was there. A final tweak, we can begin to see what isnt really there, artifacts of our imagination.

Time does stand still, it’s a dimension. We, however, continue to move within it.  Photography, art and literature are our attempts to  make sense of what we see as we drift forever downstream.

If time could be stopped

I’d walk across the glassy water

Filling my hat full of light.


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There’s a leopard in the pond today

Crouching in the shiny weeds.

Just below the surface waits

To catch the kids who misbehave.

Dont think of skimming slinky stones

Across his shiny patterned back

And never ever try to catch

A ride upon his stripey hide.

Even when the ice is thick

The leopard waits to do his trick

To grab the kids who fool around

Catch them quick and drag them down.


This photo was taken with my original HP digital camera. It weighed a lot and had a 4meg memory chip. No screen at the back to show you what you had got. The pond is in the Petit Sablon in Brussels. I dont think I’ve ever captured a better water pattern, try as I might.