It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.Rachel Carson
At times over the past 15 months, it’s been hard to keep the faith. The news is often overwhelming. World events, natural disasters, political and institutional crises have shaken us out of our complacency and rattled us to the core. We doubt that life is predictable, happiness is possible, and people are good.
Like many of us during the pandemic, I’ve turned again and again to nature, finding comfort in its beauty, its generosity, its predictability. So, for Amy’s Lens-Artists Challenge this week, I’d like to share several photos (some old favorites and some new ones) that give me comfort and reassurance in the power, beauty, and majesty of nature.
This first image was shot in early spring on one of our first hiking trips in Maine in 2021. On that day, I was rejoicing as I found the first signs of spring after a long winter. Here you can see the marsh grasses just turning green and the beautiful matching shades of blue in the water and sky.
This next image has been fixed in my mind for some time. I think of this rainy day in Sedona as a metaphor for our present time as we emerge from the pandemic “storm” and find unexpected moments of beauty and happiness.
This is another image of hope and wonder which has flashed through my mind over the past 15 months. I captured this little flower growing in rocky soil years ago on a hike in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This next image, taken a few weeks ago in Portsmouth, captured the astonishing feat when beautiful spring blooms burst open and turned their bright, cheerful “faces” towards the sun.
This last image is an old favorite. I captured this little boy on the run several years ago on a visit to Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids. He seems to be full of curiosity and energy as if he’s embarking on a great adventure. He reminds me that I should always treasure and nurture these same qualities in myself and others. Why? It’s always the adventurous people–doers, dreamers, and thinkers–who change the impossible into the possible.
I’ll end this post with a link to an astonishing video on the BBC of two scientists who have successfully cultivated an extinct palm tree dating from Biblical times. It’s a rare and wonderful feat of perseverance and faith in the regenerative power of nature.
We hope you join us this week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #153. Be sure to visit Amy’s post and see her beautiful collection inspired by the song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Be sure to include a link to her post and the “Lens-Artists” tag.
Thank you for sharing your favorite images last week featuring Shade and Shadows. Your wonderful, intriguing and sometimes mysterious images took us near and far. Next week it’s Tina’s turn to host LAPC #154. Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.