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One of my heroes, Milton Erickson (the father of American hypnotherapy and, as it happens, a sharer of my birthday), is said to have cured low-level depression by having the patient count all the chimneys on his walk home.

Erickson understood that the simple act of looking up altered the state of the nervous system, in some cases enough to break the cycle of depression. I've found it to be true, and it doesn't much matter what you're looking up at, though of course lovely trees and sky are nice.

Not wishing recent trials to send me into the Pit of Despair, or even the Shallow Gutter of Being More Bummed Out Than Necessary, I set out into the neighborhood today for a little eye-raising.






Maple...I think.


No wait. On closer inspection, I think it's an ornamental plum.


Ornamental Japanese maple. Okay, I wasn't really looking up for this one--I just stuck my camera under the little tiny tree.


I'm thinkin' yet another maple. Colorful, aren't they?


Ha! Not maple. Bamboo. So dense it set off the flash.


Kind of a study in fractals. Cherry, I'm pretty sure.


Yucca. Wouldn't this make a nice texture brush?


Eucalyptus. I like the outlines on the leaves.


Hawthorn. Emphasis on the "thorn."


Not looking up. But just the thought of Xander on the County Commission made me smile. I'd vote for him. Wouldn't you?




And you know what? It worked.

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roxymissrose
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
*HUGHUG* Thank you! What beautiful pictures!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed them! You're so speedy. I was still editing the entry when you commented. Hit refresh to see a couple more that I just added.

You know, if you're into leaves. As who is not? :)
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emeraldsedai
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.
wedjateye
Apr. 10th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
Gorgeous.

And Xander would get my vote too. (I'm so shallow)
emeraldsedai
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hee! Me too.

But I did notice that where Xander's yard sign is displayed there tend to be other signs and bumper stickers indicating that the voters at that house are progressives. So I don't feel too bad.
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emeraldsedai
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
It's actually amazingly effective. It's one of those stupid little things at which cold logic shakes its cynical disbelieving head, but it has lifted me right up out of a funk any number of times.

There's the psychological component, too, of seeing things you don't normally see and becoming interested and engaged, which also helps shoo the blues away. I was amazed and a little worried one day to learn how many damn security cameras there are above the streets near my office downtown.
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