Sunday, September 4

the bearded and the bell,


Good morning, I hope wherever you are, there are strings of happiness pulling clouds away.  High as birds, humble as petals.  The other day,  ribs carried belly folds, and we found ourselves in the woods.   Beside the wild Oak, there exists doughy white petals.  Below the soft sod, land slugs wiggle and pebbles sleep.  

If I could pull the lumber, and build myself a home here, I would.


monkeyshines, and banjo grooming. This is where I belong.   
When I was a child, small boned, and fragile like a soap bubble, I dreamed of this place.   A home where the curtains of eye lids are naked, where the pinholes see boots, grass, milkweed, fingers, and wild flowers. A place where hair flows over ear pockets, and the only sounds are those of laughter, unbroken creek beds, and folk tunes.   Until now, it was only a pipe dream... 

...On our way to the shrubbery,  a wild rabbit bumbled past us...

Carter, the one with the cap and the gentle hands, sometimes fetching a beard when he's not baking. He's the one who pressed my fingers upon silver strings. He's the one who displays the Banjo on my lap.  If it weren't for Carter, I'd never carry an instrument.   The only sound would be a singing voice. My song would only be a drifting echo.  
With Carter's hands, and heart, I am very awake.

 In the forests of enchantment, we surrender our stale worries. The tree tops, and the long grass forgive our tender bellies.  If it weren't for the woodland, I'd never know a true companion.

If your sitting in your chair, dreaming of composing, or singing, or hearing heart strings wallow against wood. Pick up the closest instrument, or find one.  There is nothing, so softening, so ethereal, so delicate, as the way one feels when plucking a string, pressing a key, blowing a horn, socking a drum, or dressing as the canary.  I've spent every bit of my life, building castles out of clay, and woolgathering dreams of Music making.   Now, I spend my days building dreams of taverns, folk clubs, fields, festivals, and strawberry jam sessions.


The sphere of shrubbery sits with me.  After a day of melody, and tree chambers, I feel alive for days. 
If only the sun always set high in the forest,  if only everyday was this softhearted, I'd never fear the Moon running away.   

Tonight, I've been craving warm soap, and the imaginary sea beneath a bubble bath.

Tomorrow, I'll drink apple juice, shine the room, play banjo, eat cream of wheat with maple, and maybe wander back into that crooked woodland...

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
George Eliot.*

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
To soften rocks, or to bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve.*




what i wore
Floral Dress- Value Village $13
Carter's outfit: All from Value Village
Hair constructed by Mama.

90 comments:

  1. Anonymous4.9.11

    You should braid your hair more often, it looks very pretty. I love the dress your wearing and the banjo<3

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  2. These pictures are all so lovely. The galaxy overlay effects you did on some of them is really neat! Your dress is also perfect for banjor playing; everything works so perfectly in these pictures.

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  3. I love these photos so much! the bunny rabbit ones are so cool, and you look too purty :)


    <3Meghan

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  4. Likewise, I adore your style &your blog!
    You always tell a story with your posts and I love it :)
    Also, amazinggg photo concepts! <3


    Xoxo
    Natalie
    http://lavagabonddame.blogspot.com/

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  5. Beautiful photographs is the first blog I go to your blog and it seems very nice God bless you!



    Sakuranko Blog
    My Facebook Page Fan

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  6. Anonymous4.9.11

    Banjo Amy! You and Carter are the cutest pair I have ever seen. You both look like you stepped out of a time machine(I mean this in a good way, trust me) Do you put on shows, Sometimes I come into the city of calgary, maybe it could be my chance to meet you :P and the bearderd carter.

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  7. Anonymous4.9.11

    From Ana ^^

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  8. Such idyllic captures! You two look wonderful.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  9. Amy these pictures are so beautiful! They look surreal, like a fairy tale.

    thanks for passing by my little blog! :)

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  10. all these pictures are gorgeous! every single one of them! you too are too cute!!

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  11. wow, your hair and the dress were simply gorgeous!

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  12. I'd just like to firstly say thankyou very much for coming and following my blog. I'm really looking forward to having you along and being able to share things, particularly books, with you. Maybe you'll have time to share some of your favourite things too. I very much enjoyed scrolling through you blog, too, bye the way. You have an uncanny way with words that is very enchanting to read. Anyway, thank you and take care.

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  13. you have no idea how much i wish i was this talented at taking photographs. these are soooo good! it really captuures the moment.

    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment. i love your blog too. it's sooo cute.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  14. You have the most incredible whimsicality! what a glorious post! i am learning the banjo too, and I love you two, what a perfect bunch of loveliness. Much love.

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  15. BANJO!!!!

    That makes me happy. I fell for the banjo ever since I first heard Iron and Wine a few years ago.

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  16. Wow this looks really cool, at first I thought it was an editorial.

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  17. Oh wow, such amazing photos!
    And I love the shoes from the previous post!

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  18. Cool blog, I'm now following you :)

    http://ohchaarr.blogspot.com

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  19. I love your dress, Amy! And your pictures look so dreamy and romantic! :-)

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  20. i awoke today with the notion to write songs. the breeze through my window was begging my fingers to come out and dance on my ukulele. but first, i thought, i will read a bit and get my mind spinning like my namesake wheel. amy, your photos are as beautiful as your words and your words are as beautiful as your spirit. i find myself doubly inspired after reading this post to channel the lark on this morning, to send out my thanks to the barefoot girl with the banjo, and to sing, sing, sing.

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  21. Such a beautiful post - in both images and words. I have a sense of being transported by your metaphors and imagination. Some of your phrases have to be spoken aloud for the music of their sound.

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  22. These are lovely! I'm contemplating buying a banjo and when I do, I will do a pretty little set.

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  23. The sparkly filters on your photographs are amazing... but so is a banjo in the wilderness. Great shoot.

    x The Pretty Secrets

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  24. Sara.p5.9.11

    Your boyfriend dresses like a dream. You two are insanely cute! I love the vest and of course your delicate sweet face !!

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  25. Such an adorable photo shoot!!! :D Your hair is too pretty and you and your boyfriend look so cute!

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  26. I missed coming here Amy! :) I couldn't live without music either... what you wrote is wonderful and so are the pictures! Love the ones of the rabbit :))))

    love
    xxx

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  27. this is SUCH a darling photoshoot! you look so amazing, and i love the shots in the woods!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  28. i believe i've found a fav in your blog! the photos are just so dreamy and pretty, and your writing is so easy to be caught by! thank you for posting on my blog, so that i now know of this beautiful blog.

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  29. These are beautiful photos. I love the editing you did.

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  30. aww, you guys look great! and the place is beautiful! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    $25 Apothica gift card giveaway :)

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  31. I love the print on the dress.

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  32. Marcus(!)5.9.11

    Oh and to think my imagination had a chance with a doll like you. When I read your blog I Feel like I know though weve never spoken! I can see Carter's love for you, it's very nice to see that. You both should feel SO very happy. I love the hand picture and how theres a magical dust around it. Love is magical isnt it.

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  33. I am so blown away and utterly enchanted by your blog. You left the sweetest little note on my blog and upon coming over to check out your blog I am in utter awe! You are so enchanting with your way of words, mermaid hair, whimsical outfits, breathtaking photography... I am totally enchanted to have discovered your blog and am one of your newest little followers <3

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  34. You have the cutest blog ever!!!! I love it :)

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  35. I love the beauty and calmness in your words and pictures, that dress is lovely! The rabbit pictures really came out extraordinary.

    I know what you mean about the braids too, but sometimes a messy one with lots of pins in does the trick!

    Kaylee
    xo

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  36. Gosh your blog is magical! These photos are gorgeous, it feels like another world.. I shall most definitely be following xxx

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  37. Very pretty photos. These photos tell a great story :)

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  38. Wow, the pics are pure magic !
    I love narrative photography, and I think you've nailed it :)

    Have a perfect day,
    /U

    pug-a-licious

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  39. Thanks for your amazing comment Amy! These photos are so beautiful and unique with the banjo props :) xx opinionslave
    / twitter: @opinionslave

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  40. Oh wow, you don't even know how much I am in love with these photos! So wonderfully magical! Gorgeous!!!!

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  41. Aw, beautiful photographs. Love the braids! x

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  42. So beautiful..!

    www.closetvoyage.com

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  43. your dress is lovely, I would never have guessed that its from value village! amazing. and awesome to meet another canadian blogger!!

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  44. Garret,#6.9.11

    deedle deeee banjooo~ play that thing! I BET its great! I am so jealous of your talent!

    cute couple such a cute couple

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  45. These pictures are so lovely. Perfect for the end of summer

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  46. Anonymous6.9.11

    Cery speical you two are.

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  47. Anonymous6.9.11

    Cery speical you two are.

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  48. Anonymous6.9.11

    I can't believe how cute this is! It looks straight out of a magazine! I am so jealous, gorgeous people

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  49. Superbe...j'adore ton blog plein de belles idées, d'ailleurs je viens de m'inscrire, si tu veux faire de même, c'est avec plaisir, bisous!

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  50. Such beautiful photos and thanks for stopping by :)

    There are times when things just seem to be going and in a rut but I do try to keep my thoughts on what made me want to go to school and it brings me out of it...that or a good nap lol. Great blog and style!

    -Amber

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  51. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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  52. My gosh. This post made my day a million times better!

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  53. love these photos!!! they are so unique and inspiring..makes me wantt to run around and listen to music in the fields

    francesca

    http://www.frankvinyl.com

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  54. Amazing pictures!! This blog is so cool!!

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  55. your blog is so beautiful and inspiring to say the least. i'm so very glad that i've found it! thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot!

    much love from New York!
    xx

    ps. i think your form of writing is just so wonderful! i'm in la la love!

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  56. These photos are amazing, I love the effects and your dress is very pretty :)
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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  57. these pictures are amazing. you look so pretty in this floral dress and i love the plaited hair
    see
    theheadlessstylist.blogspot.com

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  58. Anonymous7.9.11

    Can't believe how beautiful this is. It's one of those times I'm speechless(not an often event)

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  59. Such a lovely place! Where in the world is such a beautiful woodland?

    Enter my post mod dress giveaway!
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  60. these photos gorgeous. they look like their from a fairy tale or a music video! :) xx

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  61. Beautiful photographs! What kind of camera are you using? I like your sweet, positive flow :)

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  62. Good Morning! Great post!
    Please vote me, help me win:
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    Thanks you!
    xoxo Kiki

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  63. Gorgeous images! Love your dress!

    GTBB,
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  64. I got so excited when I saw that you were following my blog! Thank you!
    I've followed you ever since I can remember :)
    These photos are amazing, you look incredible :) x

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  65. Darling photoshoot! Love the messy braid - its fabulous :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog <3
    Tasia
    http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

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  66. Hi Amy,
    Thank you for such a lovely comment :)
    was a pleasure reading this post and the photography has a real charm about it!

    Keep well
    Tasha xx

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  67. Sounds like a truly beautiful, therapeutic life! These photographs are stunning and the editing is very nice. <3

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  68. on which the program so super processed photograph?

    marysia-k.blogspot.com

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  69. You are lovely, gorgeous, interesting and beautiful; from your words to your outfit to your photos. Your happiness makes me happy too. I like it. I follow you, would love if you decided to do the same.

    http://escapingthewindow.blogspot.com

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  70. You two are so darling. I adore your words about Carter. As adorable as you look, I must admit that I'm more taken back by your spirit. Love!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  71. what an awesome blog. these are some amazing pictures, i'm in awe. you are so crazy beautiful. thanks for following, it means a lot.:)
    LF

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  72. these are seriously beautiful. I wish I could play the banjo desperately!

    http://hiimsaratee.blogspot.com/
    http://twitter.com/#!/_saratee

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  73. super cute. I want to jam in the forest too!

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  74. Beautiful photos xx
    http://jessamynread.blogspot.com/

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  75. Just come across your blog, it's gorgeous! These photos are so pretty too. Now following you lovely :)

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  76. Lovely blog! Love your style and whole composition of this post! :) xx

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  77. Anonymous9.9.11

    If only I knew a pair as darling as you two. Very Real, very natural. Little Make up, Sweet simplicity. You both are beautiful people I can see it in your eyes.

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  78. aaaaaaaaaaahw, this is so cute!

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  79. such gorgeous photos! I love that you're playing a banjo!! You go girl! Great dress and absolutely stunning hair!

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  80. Gorgeous pictures, the place you were sounds so lovely!

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  81. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, otherwise I would never have seen this post now I think. When looking at your blog I instantly hear some 'Mumford & Sons' tune playing in my head. I really like this post! :)

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  82. I like your style and blog. I'm following it!
    Have a nice day!
    xoxo
    Festy
    http://festyinstyle.blogspot.com/

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  83. Matthew10.9.11

    GORGEOUS! SO DREAM LIKE!

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  84. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I am totally in awe!

    And thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog, it totally made my day.

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  85. This is everything I love

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  86. These photos are so beautiful, especially the white flower ones. And the way they all tell a little story!

    Thankyou for the comment on my post, indeed it would wonderful to play vagabond.

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