Both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission. The reasons are various and inconvenient and not worth mentioning here.
The reason that I am so bummed that both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission is what drives me to write this post.
The reason being twofold. The reason being this:
There is a balloon bouncing in the breeze, nearby.
This balloon is silver, white and blue foil, partially deflated, and tied to a short but sturdy bit of ribbon which is, apparently, tethered to something on the ground. A dead branch, a rock, who knows what it is, but something is keeping the twelve inches or so of ribbon tied to the ground near a nearby neighbor’s tree and the balloon is bobbing up and down about a foot above the ground in the woods near my nearby neighbor’s property.
And the sight is arresting me, for two reasons.
One, it makes me immediately recall a scene from one of my favorite films, “American Beauty”, the plastic bag scene.
Two, it makes me want to film a short clip of the balloon and then make a mock ad that would go something like:
WARNING! This film is not suitable for Balloon Lovers. This film contains footage of an actual Balloon struggling to free itself from a trap. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR BALLOON. Balloon Lovers everywhere are encouraged to follow safe Balloon Loving practices and keep their Balloons indoors, loved and inflated and…free.