You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
A week or so ago, we went on a morning walk through Stanley Park and wound our way to the seawall. As we approached the water, the ordinary scene was transformed into something new. People walking dogs, running, and striding along the seawall were cast in shadow with the bright blue of the sea in the distance.
This is what I.J. Khanewala, our guest host this week, calls Photo Dhyan, that almost mystical moment when heart, mind, and soul of the photographer catches a glimpse of something beautiful, striking, or almost magical and clicks the shutter.
Here’s another moment from this weekend, when we were taking a late-afternoon walk through the gardens of the majestic Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria. Among the shriveled blooms, I discovered a few roses still thriving in the cool 11 degree C temperatures. Serendipity!
Here’s another example from a few years ago. On a walk along Hollywood Beach, Florida, I spotted a cluster of seagulls on the lookout for another meal. The light, shadows, and colors of the beach caught my eye as I captured this scene.
For my final image, I chose this dried husk of a flower which I spotted on a walk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Even when the frost comes, the faded and shriveled remnants of summer can be beautiful.
This week’s challenge reminds me that as we pick up our cameras, we are learning how to view the world around us in all its complexity, beauty, grace, and simplicity. By opening ourselves to a new way of viewing the world, we can find moments of the “extraordinary” in the “ordinary.” We hope you share your discoveries this week as I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath hosts “The Ordinary” challenge.
A special thanks to Tina for her “Seen Better Days” challenge last week. I loved the treasures you discovered in places and things that were weathered and worn.
Next week, it’s my turn to lead LAPC #170, so please stop by next Saturday at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful, safe, and inspiring week.