Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day Three:

"When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville."
(Flannery O'Connor)

So I have a million photos (or about 100) that I took on Friday--the Friday I visited Andalusia. I will only share three.

I was not alone in my mid-afternoon adventures; there were about 200 school-age children with all their joyous glory running around the grounds. Laughter was infectious, but seemed to disappear as I wandered along fences and overgrown landscape.

It was peaceful (considering) but a certain eerie feeling followed me all around (aside from the background noise).

(a grazing Hinny)

I thought about the one novel by Flannery that I've read: The Violent Bear It Away (1960), which was written while she was living at Andalusia. I never felt alone for all the rustling in the trees and all the sounds associated with water--be it baptism or drowning.

This really resonated as I sat by one of many ponds on the property--I even wrote a few lines. Pure inspiration. I can't imagine living in such a place where creativity seems to spring forth effortlessly. Of course, as you probably have guessed--it takes a certain "ear" to "hear" it all.

Flannery had this "ear."

Maybe I was able to "hear" it too (albeit briefly).


~~J

3 comments:

@llison said...

mm that last picture is gorgeous. I want to go there and get back some of my inspiration.

janet said...

It's a date!

~~J

Tara Mae said...

why read or write when you can soak up those sights!

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