Friday, February 22, 2013

I still have my marbles

Once in a while I use marbles in a floral arrangement. I drag out a round glass bowl from the miscellany cupboard, plop a brightly blooming plant inside (usually a primrose), and carefully pour in marbles around the pot (inside the glass bowl) until the pot disappears from view and only the marbles are visible below the blooms. I did this a couple of weeks ago, but last night I realized the plant was looking terrible, so . . . end of centerpiece!

Today was put-the-marbles-away day. It’s always a bit of a drag because the marbles get wet in the bowl and need to be dried thoroughly. I rinsed them in a colander and set them aside to dry. While they were sitting on the counter thus, I pushed my hand into the center of the marbles and discovered they could be pushed up the sides of the colander until they were all in one layer. A law of physics at work . . . and rather thrilling to impress Hubby with my discovery. 

I took the picture with my newish camera, a Christmas gift from one of my sons. It’s a Canon PowerShot Elph 320 about the size of a tin of Altoids. Inspired by the camera’s reputation for automatic micro-focusing, I took a close-up . . . and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but eight little camera lenses looking back at me.
Being alive in a time where a camera like this one is affordable enough for ordinary people to own makes me hope I never lose my marbles! 

1 comment:

old gray j-prof said...

Great photo. The audiologist I mentioned on my blog post the other day has a vase on her desk that she is filling with used hearing aid batteries. She has a single artificial flower planted among them. When she fills the vase, she told me, she will send off the batteries for recycling and start over. I got a charge out of that story.