“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.~ Carl Sagan
For this week’s “elemental” challenge, I am revisiting places that feature the grandeur and majesty of our planet, fashioned out of the primary elements–earth, air, wind, fire and water.
It was a frigid day in November when we visited the falls. I had just finished a 6-week course of medical treatment in Boston and we were heading home. I was at the threshold–looking ahead at the future, free of illness. At this moment, the power and majesty of nature was uplifting, inspiring, humbling.
This first shot is ironically the last shot I took of the falls. After an hour of trying to capture the scope of the thundering, rushing water, I grabbed my cell phone and took this final shot.