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One Word February: Open

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There’s an exciting challenge over at one of my favourite places, Shutter Sisters. There is a photo challenge I plan to participate in for the month of February. The idea is to choose a single word, live by it, and photograph images during the month that speak to you of that chosen word. My word is “Open” and beneath my reason for selecting this word is everything you could possibly want to know about that word (source: Merriam-Webster). I don’t expect you to read the entire harangue about the word — I’ve included it purely for whimsey. Wish me luck because there is a prize for this that I would LOVE to earn. There are some really talented and amazing photographers who will be participating and I look forward to enjoying their images — you will too.

During the month of February I plan to be open in my mind’s eye, in my heart, and in my observations. Each day I will be open to seeing what is around me; open to uncovering and opening old wounds if that is necessary; open to seeing the truth; to opening new doors whether real or metaphorical; open to what’s beneath my feet and soaring above my head; open to new images and perspectives; and open to whatever comes my way. If you care to follow along, I will add a few of the images here but since the images need to be posted in the Shutter Sisters Flickr group I’ll direct you to my Flickr account. Each one I enter will have the header, “OPEN”.


Open Door by Diane Schuller

Open Door by Diane Schuller

open |??p?n|adjectiveallowing access, passage, or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked up it was a warm evening and the window was open the door was wide open.
• (of a container) not fastened or sealed; in a position or with the lid or other covering in a position allowing access to the inside part or the contents the case burst open and its contents flew all over the place.
• (of a garment or its fasteners) not buttoned or fastened his tie was knotted below the open collar of his shirt.
• (of the mouth or eyes) with lips or lids parted his eyes were open but he could see nothing.
• free from obstructions the pass is kept open all year by snowplows.
• informal (of a car or house) unlocked.
• Phonetics (of a vowel) produced with a relatively wide opening of the mouth and the tongue kept low.
• Phonetics (of a syllable) ending in a vowel.
• (of the bowels) not constipated.
• (of a game or style of play) characterized by action that is spread out over the field.
[ attrib. exposed to the air or to view; not covered an open fire burned in the grate.
• (of an area of land) not covered with buildings or trees increasing numbers of new houses in open countryside.
• having spaces or gaps between elements air circulates more readily through an open tree.
• (of a fabric) loosely knitted or woven.
• (of a team member in a game) unguarded and therefore able to receive a pass the trick is spreading the defense so that at least one receiver gets open.
• (of a goalmouth or other object of attack in a game) unprotected; vulnerable.
• (of a boat) without a deck days without food and water in an open boat.
• [ predic. ( open to) likely to suffer from or be affected by; vulnerable or subject to the system is open to abuse.
• (of a town or city) officially declared to be undefended, and so immune under international law from bombardment.
• with the outer edges or sides drawn away from each other; unfoldedthe trees had buds and a few open flowers.
• (of a book or file) with the covers parted or the contents in view, allowing it to be read she was copying verses from an open Bible figurativeher mind was an open book to him.
• (of a hand) not clenched into a fist.
• [as complement damaged or injured by a deep cut in the surface :he had his arm slashed open.

open up begin shooting the enemy artillery had opened up.open something up 
accelerate a motor vehicle. 
(of an athlete or team) create an advantage for one’s side he opened up a lead of 14–8.DERIVATIVES
openable |?o?p(?)n?b?l| adjectiveopenness |?o?p?n?n?s| |???p(?)nn?s| noun
ORIGIN Old English open (adjective), openian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch open and German offen, from the root of the adverb up .
PS: A great big nod to Liss in Australia over at A Memory Forever for her kind heart in recognizing this blog. Despite my Internet problems I will try to carry it forward very soon. Liss has some beautiful children, is full of creativity, and you’ll enjoy the photos she takes of her children and their life.

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