a sense of scale

daisies

There are things that we see and hear that are forgotten in a moment, and other things that stay with us for many, many years.

The things that stick with us can come from any number of different sources and, while some may be profoundly important and shape the way we see life from that moment onwards, others are as trivial as a phrase that continues to echo in memory or a scene from a TV programme that has no relevance to anything at all.

moon daisies

There are all sorts of phrases and scenes I could choose from as examples, but I’ll settle for a TV programme I probably saw when it was first shown in 1970: Close Up, the episode from the first season of UFO where SHADO finally manage to get pictures of the alien planet.

I remember the final scene and the realisation that without some indication of scale the photos are worthless as it’s impossible to know what the rough texture they display is: it could be anything from a long distance view of mountainous terrain or a close up of skin.

giant dandelion clock

I’m not sure what made me think of that, but it is definitely relevant to the pictures on the blog today: except for me, who took the photos, who is to know that the daisies in the second picture were twice the diameter of those in the first? Or that the seed head above was three inches in diameter, while the one below was a scant inch?

dandelion clock

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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