92 – Details *

Special thanks to Ann-Christine for providing the photos. Ann-Christine is in Sweden and I encourage readers to visit her photography blog Leya: To see a world in a grain of sand. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Ann-Christine’s work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

For whatever reason, today I think about details. Yes, details – those individual features, facts, and characteristics about anything and everything.

Details – those itemized particulars that describe, explain, expand, relate, catalog, identify, and specify the inner workings of whatever.

Details – all those things relating to the intricacy and spelling out an individual feature, fact, or item.

Details – a particular, feature, characteristic, attribute, specific, aspect, facet, part, unit, component, or constituent.

Details – itemized facts or information about someone – their particulars.

Details – a description of the full particulars – to describe, explain, expound, relate, catalog, list, spell out, itemize, particularize, identify, or specify.

Details – the finer points, the inner workings, the intricate, the design – both the physical and the functional characteristics.

Sometimes we focus on the smallest details while forgetting the big picture – such as the details of aluminum – but forgetting that it’s a can and the role a can plays in life.

Details – the more one learns about a topic they discover there is so much more to learn.

Details – those things that we may neglect because they are dull or distract from the task at hand – yet time tells us of their importance and that we should not neglect them.

Details – the parts gathering common points together into harmonious symmetry and order.

Details – the connective glue transforming the design into a product.

Details – a small part of a picture or other works of art reproduced separately for close study.

Details – those fine, subtle points authors weave together into the plots, twists, turns, and character development that make a good story or script.

Details – those tidbits that together form an intricate relationship – like putting a jigsaw puzzle together – individual pieces in a box eventually transformed into meaning.

Details – from the creative bliss of artists, composers, architects, and more – it’s the details that move the ideas into reality. Yes, composers arranging individual notes and nuances into meaningful music is about the details.

Details – each ridge, pattern, and color schemes I notice on the shells that waves wash ashore.

Details – those individual grains of sand on the beach I walk. Details are each drop of water in the ocean that I see.

Thinking about details on this day enhances my world and expands my mind with countless wonders. Maybe details are the silent and subtle coming together of points into wisdom.

There are many details on this beach when one takes the time to look – the patterns of the waves, the nuances in the many shells, and who knows how many ideas from the clouds. However, no matter the details, I enjoy walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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118 thoughts on “92 – Details *”

  1. Its all in the details…we hear that a lot at my work, because if we miss them, our residents don’t get good care. So we have to be alert and vigilant too. With the frailty of many of them, the smallest seemingly insignificant detail(s) could be the onset of trouble…

    Then again, when I return to my workplace after having several days off, I can see how some of them have progressed for the better, or regressed and gotten worse. Pay attention to the details is our MO there.

    (I always encourage those who have improved so they know it, too…sometimes they really do not see/feel it them selves because its so gradual, but I can tell. When they hear it, then their day is that much brighter.)

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  2. That’s a lovely video, Frank. I enjoyed watching the flowers unfurl and the little glimpses of nature. So many details! And you couldn’t have chosen a finer photographer than Ann-Christine.
    Wishing you a great week! Back to your winter home yet?

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    1. Jo,
      Photographers have a way of catching details. Plus, if only more people would, they take the time to look – then use their equipment to capture what their keen eyes caught. After Ann-Christine selected the topic, she told me, “You like macros.” Perfect! Meanwhile, I’m still in the north & still about 2 months to go.

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  3. What a perfectly beautiful video and the music was perfection…..details can easily be overlooked but once discovered are like little revelations adding to any experience. That old saying “the devil is in the details” for me should be “heaven is in the details” !

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Glad you enjoyed the video because it is a wonderful combination of soothing music and visual details. Thanks for watching. Details can definitely be overlooked. On the other side of the coin, they can also complicate things when they get in the way.

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  4. I am a details kind of guy, Frank. I particularly like studying architectural details in older buildings. I love considering design and wondering about the thought behind the many choices that were made. Thanks for pointing out the details around us.

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    1. Dan,
      Architecture is a great example of details – and like other subjects, when one knows about architecture, you can spot the details – and at times, the lack of. Buildings are much more than just buildings! I also realize the importance of details in your professional field. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Enjoyed the vid. Large red-orange poppies are one of my fav clumpy flowers. They are so full of structural surprises – the details on Ann-Christine’s poppy photo highlights just one of many: the fuzzy bud pods from which the flowers emerge.
    Nice!

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    1. Kathy,
      Appreciating close-up images is another thing we have in common. Many years ago I go to tour a new research facility for Procter & Gamble. Two kinds of photographers were found throughout the facility: electron micrographs (very close up) and aerial photos from high above. The purpose was to signiy the research takes place at the micro level …. but they can’t lose sight of the broad view – how it plays into society. Now I wish I would have included this in the walk! Thanks for the reminder and glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s photographs.

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  6. Is the devil really in the details or are they much more positive? πŸ™‚ I looked this up and it seems the quote was originally that God is in the details. That makes perfect sense to me, especially when looking at the details in Ann-Christine’s always beautiful photos. A-C, that poppy shot is fabulous! But then you already know I love your work. Frank, you plumbed the details of this theme farther than many of us probably thought they went. πŸ™‚ Good job.

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Thanks for the extra work and clarification about that saying/idiom. Very interesting indeed. Ann-Christine provided excellent photos for this theme – and I appreciate her efforts and skills very much. I hope she sees your comment! Thanks for the kind words about the essay, too. Our brain continually amazes me – that is, if you give it enough time and focus, amazing how ideas come forth.

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    2. Janet, thank you for your lovely comment on my work – and Franks post was an ideal way to look at the images again. I am very glad you clarified the quote – now it makes more sense!

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  7. this is stupendous Frank!
    It gave me new ways to view things and the pictures visually gave a poignant message. Nicely weaved.
    i loved this “Sometimes we focus on the smallest details while forgetting the big picture – such as the details of aluminum – but forgetting that it’s a can and the role a can plays in life.”

    I more live in this mind set but the details with my remodel are essential.. thank god for architects and contractors!

    πŸ’–

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    1. Cindy,
      Your comment made me smile and beam with pride. Thanks for that. During my teaching days, I would ask tough questions. Do we teach chemistry as if all students are going to be chemists. Do we teach writing as if all students are going to be Hemingway? Do we teach biology (my area) if they are all going to be biologists? If so, how many have you created? … Of course, teachers would deny doing what I accused them of doing, hence part of the problem. But I admit, I was a details person for the first half of my career before the big picture approach took hold … and that was much more professionally rewarding.

      Here’s a part of a replay I gave to Kathy (a few above yours), which I think fits our point: Many years ago I go to tour a new research facility for Procter & Gamble. Two kinds of photographers were found throughout the facility: electron micrographs (very close up) and aerial photos from high above. The purpose was to signiy the research takes place at the micro level …. but they can’t lose sight of the broad view – how it plays into society.

      Thanks again for the kind words about the essay and Ann-Christine’s wonderful photographs.

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      1. Oh I’s so glad to hear that Frank and I can only imagine what a great teacher you were. Such great points and if we did teach that way, I would never have found my calling.
        Great insight we can’t have one without the others. Truly a great reminder.
        Yes, stunning pictures my friend! She is brilliant! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  8. Frank, this is a detailed posts about details.
    I am totally into details, which is why I am unable to show a mural or street art in 1 photo.
    Same goes for my Art Gowns.
    There is a lot of joy in the details.
    I’ve always found you to be as detailed as possible, not just with your walks, but on your A Frank Angle blog as well.
    Crazy thing is, there are more details, within the details.
    Cheers!

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    1. Resa,
      Oh yes – and details can be applied to anything. Your gowns are definitely about details – and I image so are the costumes for a movie or television show. … but especially the gowns because they are more in-person.

      Yep – I enjoy details, and the aFa days showed that. Interestingly, I’m also a conceptualist – that is one embracing the big picture. (Hence my aluminum comment in the walk) … Thanks for the support and kind words … Cheers … clink!

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  9. What an interesting topic Details and beautiful apt pictures to go with it! It is like a whole world come alive in the tiny details. My favorite – those individual grains of sand on the beach I walk. Details are each drop of water in the ocean that I see.

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    1. PD,
      Thank you. Credit for the wonderful images goes to Ann-Christine who was willing to share her photographs to make this walk. There are so many details in both the natural world and in our lives, details can be overwhelming. Then again, our lives are much fuller when we recognize them.

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  10. Thank you for a wonderful walk, Frank! Details are indeed necessary to see the whole picture too… “Maybe details are the silent and subtle coming together of points into wisdom.” I think your last words says it all. If we do not pay attention to details, our lives will be much more empty and plain. I am glad I got the opportunity to fill in some details on this walk!

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    1. Ann-Christine,
      Thanks for the kind words, for sharing your wonderful photographs, and for adding a bit of your wisdom about details. Oh yes, somethings details are silent and subtle – and for me, it is those details that photographers capture. Then again, photographers take the time to look, therefore will find subtle gems for their skills to capture. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      1. The internets has stunned me into a stupor, as it has many of us. It’s become a grab bag of misinformation with no end in sight. Yikes?

        The Good Bengals need to show up. An AFC playoff spot is attainable inside this crazy year, very much so.

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          1. Remember that?! Oh my God, what hath Dr. Frankenstein wrought, Frank?

            Cincy needs to win impressively as the college football subjectivity scale cancels out silly stuff like wins, unless they’re by 70.

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  11. You show us the importance of details here, Frank, as well as the beauty. “It’s all in the details,” as the saying goes. I struggle to add details (about setting, characters) in my stories. But I teach my writing students how important those details are. However, in writing anyway, you don’t want to overwhelm your reader with details. It’s a balance. If I looked at a flower on my walk and could see every single detail within it, I’d probably be overwhelmed!

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    1. Pam,
      I’m right with you about details because there can be too many. In a short story, include all the details and it would no longer be short. I like this word you used – balance. I think of time, place, circumstance, need, and more – wow – balance makes a great point. Thanks for sharing!!!

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        1. Well … I’ve done one on the sense of balance. I have drafted another one about a different balance I call Dynamic Equilibrium – always changing but in balance …. and a biological balance called Homeostatsis …. but there is more room because balance is such a broad word … but I would have to come up with a word – a substitute for balance. Hmmmm … ideas?

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  12. I enjoyed the beach walk Frank. It’s truly the smallest details that we often miss that make all the difference in how we see and feel.
    You are incredibly gifted in bringing those details to light when we join you at the beach, the sound of the birds and the waves whooshing in and pulling back, the cool damp sand beneath our bare feet. Have a wonderful day dear Frank, thank you for this!

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    1. Holly,
      Agree – the smallest details make a huge difference – even in everyday things. For instance, taking the time to thing about tasting the food instead of the limiting insert, chew, and swallow sequence. Thanks for the kind words about my writing. I try to keep the same tone with each walk while incorporating aspects of the beach regardless the topic. Keep on smiling! πŸ™‚

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  13. I admit that I looked it up, because I was insecure with my memory, but it appears that the quote “the truth is in the details,” is attributed to Stephen King! Surprise? I think so. But that’s what came to me when I looked at Ann- Christine’s beautiful photos associated with your intriguing thoughts on the subject. I wonder if our evolutionary biology will eventually eliminate our capacity for holding on to the details! I think in my own lifetime I’ve seen a decline in the average person’s ability to appreciate the details in anything at all. I do hope I’m wrong!

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    1. Debra,
      You know that I appreciate research, so thanks for pitching in – and yep – Stephen King? I’m surprised! Details have a role – for instance, the research level must be all about the details. But not sure about evolution eliminating our capacity for holding details. After all, I believe we haven’t maximized the brain’s capability. Glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  14. Isn’t it amazing the amount of details there are if we really look?
    Observing the tiniest detail can be eye opening. Some might find it meditative to focus on details.
    Great thoughts on Details … Ann-Christine photographs are stirring images in so many ways.
    Super Beautiful … hope you have a safe and restful weekend … Isadora 😎

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    1. Donna,
      Welcome back and thanks for walking along. Details are both a wonder and an obstacle. Although we miss many details in daily life, blocking them out is also good because there are times when we don’t need them. Glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s wonderful photos.

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  15. Good afternoon Frank,
    I’m playing catch up! Ann-Christine’s photos are perfect for the subject at hand. As a photographer, I love focusing on the details. Every tiny nook and cranny fascinates me. Of course, I do enjoy the big picture too!

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