Driftwood Diversity

I’m working on a little art and photography project related to children and it got me thinking about things that I would have been interested in, and looking for, when I was a child. Not so different from what I’m always absorbed in now!
The bird above is a good example; I picked this up when I was child, out of the same river I am often beside (or in) these days. I was at a cottage with my family and this driftwood bird was lying at the water’s edge waiting for me to come along. It is, as I found it, and has flown with me from home to home ever since.

These smaller driftwood pieces have been arranging themselves into little works of art. They are pieces infused with salt air and salt water. Wood that has traveled the sea.


All images Ā© Karen McRae, 2012

64 thoughts on “Driftwood Diversity

  1. Very, very nice and enjoyable. I look for shapes in both wood and rocks, but never considered individual pieces as subsets to a larger concept.

    . . . yet another new hobby . . . where will I find the time?

  2. I forget – have you read The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson? She describes a beautiful version of Venice made out of driftwood by a grandmother and her granddaughter, and left by the side of a bog. These lovely pictures made me think of it. One of them would make a lovely cover for that book.

  3. So smooth and refined, yet imbued with personality. Your little bird is indeed a treasure. The compositions are inspired.
    BTW, thank for your lovely post comments. It seems wordpress will not allow me to reply today, but I want you to know how appreciated they are.

      1. excuse me if i jump in uninvited, but this i must say: karen, you are a fantastic, complete adult. but you have somehow managed to never lose sight of the child we all harbor deep within. you, me, and a few select others will never grow out of our childhood. we are the lucky few.


      2. Alessandro, it is a wonderful thing to still look at the world with a child-like enthusiasm and sense of wonder. You understand me well! šŸ™‚
        Thank you.

  4. Karen.
    What a fantastic idea. Do you think you’ll be working with different medium than just driftwood? Some look like small rocks.
    Le Clown

  5. so refreshing. you have such wonderful things to say, and being the master of the medium you are, you can say them in the loveliest of ways. i hope you never stop sharing your unique vision with us, karen

  6. This is so familiar to me… I’ve always been intrigued by little objects I pick up from the sea shore [driftwood, pebbles etc] I love your very talented and inspiring approach!

  7. So pretty, Karen…and I do love your little bird that has followed you from home to home…and the flowers on their stems….

    Your post reminds me of the drift-wood photos I have sitting patiently in a folder on my computer awaiting my attention…pieces captured in-situ along the stream-bed in one of our canyons here…. You have inspired me to visit them again…. Thank you. šŸ™‚

  8. Hello, I just wanted to say I enjoy reading your posts :), and I hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. By the way, if you are unfamiliar with the awards thing here at WordPress, you can drop me a note if you like.

  9. I love your bird, and that you’ve had it since childhood. I’m a collector, too, inherited from my mother, who inherited it from hers. I have a wonderful pic of all three of us at the beach, all looking not out at the water but down at our feet, looking for things to collect.

  10. Fascinating work, er – play. Your flora#5 I thought it was a mushroom until I saw your id. Then I saw the flower. I can certainly see why your bird is a “keeper.” šŸ˜€

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