Description Meet 'Big Daddy Mudbug'. This freshwater crustacean, a relative of the lobster, is colloquially called a mudbug. It is also known as a crayfish, crawfish or crawdad. The name 'mudbug' is attributed to its preference of habitat. When water is low and the crayfish's mudflat is exposed, it digs a burrow down to the water level, constantly deepening the burrow as the waters recede; thus, causing a ring of marble-shaped pellets of mud about the entrance. I photographed 'Big Daddy Mudbug' one morning as he was attempting to enter my carport. Evidently, the hard rain the night before had flushed him out of his burrow and he was seeking a new home.This image is COPYRIGHT REGISTERED~~ALL RIGHTS RESERVED~~MCN:CY7VX-4KPM8-5QE9L
Betty Northcutt, Beckville, Texas Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso
This statement from Picasso sums up what photography does for me. Often in my day-to-day life, I forget about the beautiful things of this world. But, in pausing to photograph a glorious sunset or capture a reflection in water, I stop long enough to “dust” my soul of the everyday life and absorb the peace and serenity which surrounds me.
In my photographic art you will find an underlying theme of stillness - a quiet serenity - sprinkled with a hint of nostalgia. I find a spiritual joy in capturing the colors of nature’s palette; its hues blended by natural light. In an abandoned building, I revel in an imagined history and marvel at the bare essentials of its structure. I delight in the creation of a still life that can evoke emotion.
It is my intent to offer images which “dust” the soul. I can only hope that the peace and serenity I found while capturing these images will extend to others.