I find the dinner bell on our ranch in McCall, Idaho fascinating. I can’t stop taking photographs of it!
I’m not sure why exactly. Perhaps it’s the shape, or the texture, or the imagined history… I just know that when I look at the photos I’ve taken, my heart lifts and I smile in delight.
The curves of the bell against the deep blue of the Idaho sky create such a pleasing contrast of positive and negative space.
The bell stands beside the porch and evokes a sense of family history when generations gather together in the summer.
This past summer we were looking at old family photos and realized that the post the bell is on was taller, so somewhere along the line, it must have rotted and was re-posted.
The dinner bell has simply beautiful lines.
but as Oscar Hammerstein wrote:
A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it,
A song’s not a song ’til you sing it,
Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay,
Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!
I take great pleasure using it to call my husband up from the barn where he works on his collection of motorcycles and dirt bikes.
All of the photographs above are iPhone 4 shots that I posted on Instagram and Facebook. But I’ve also got a few shots that I took with my Lumix FZ35. As you can see, I’m not the only one who loves the bell! (Look closely for the FireBonnet Fairy) 😉
And of course I love this bell because it is a reminder of our delicious time each summer on the ranch. To say our month in Idaho is magical is an understatement. This was the last shot I took of the ranch as we were leaving last July.
That my artwork inspires me is why I do it. Granted, I’d love to inspire others with the work, but the sense of “rightness” I get when I view a wonderful image of mine is priceless.
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