“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.” ― Bernard Beckett
As I observed these dried beech leaves a few days ago I saw many allusions to my current state of emotional well-being and my pursuit of calm and hope. There have been days recently when I have felt dried out, bereft of joy, and just waiting for the next message of bad news to push me to the brink. I’ve felt like curling up and hoping this all passes me by, trembling in the wind.
Yet, at the same time I realize just how tenacious these leaves can be. They cling to the branches all winter long as other leaves have long since fallen to the litter of the forest floor. I’ve previously commented on how the beech leaves are bright and colourful beacons of cheer in the otherwise dull, gray winter landscape.
It’s about perspective, I suppose; a matter of directing my thoughts to the positive and the belief that we as humans are able, resilient, and fully capable of solving this most recent problem. I need to remain confident and focus on the image of tenacity rather than fragility. I also know that these wonderful leaves will soon fall as well, but released by new growth rather than death, a continuing cycle of ebbs and flows; a balance. It’s all about how we look at it.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400
“Any belief worth embracing should be able to stand up to scrutiny. If not, it’s time to release it; let it go.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD
I struggled with a quote of this simple image of a Queen Anne’s Lace seed head emerging from its winter tomb.
Then, the image reminded me of a rather painful time in my recent past. One I won’t get into in this forum, but one that caused me to really reflect on what was important in my life, and I came to realize that some of the people and events of the past five or so years had no bearing on my future. They ‘entombed’ me in a sort of stasis as well. Yet, through the outlet of my photography, family, and true friends, I too was able to weather it out, relatively unscathed, much like this seed head.
If I came across it in a meadow, without knowing it had been fully encased in ice, I would not know its full story.
I love the simplicity of the image, yet it triggers such complex thoughts and emotions.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 140mm 1/125 sec, f/5.6 ISO 250
“Seeing all life in perfect symmetry. Perceiving each day with righteous clarity. Living each moment in purposed reality. Believing each day is the start of eternity.” ― S. Tarr
A unique way of looking at this heavily travelled bridge between Canada and the USA at Niagara Falls.
I’ve driven across this bridge many times and sat, lined up, for what felt like an eternity, at the border checkpoint both going to the US and returning home to Canada. With all the security on the surface of the bridge I was surprised at the complete lack, or apparent lack thereof, below the bridge. In fact, there is a beautiful walking/cycling path that I made this photo from, which allows you to see not only the details of the bridge supports but also the details and pathways on the far shore, which I had never noticed before.
Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm 1/125 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200