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“Tranquility”

“Tranquility”

“We must believe that there are places where tranquility exists and nature is given back her power to speak…”
― Nanette L. Avery

Seriously, I am trying to move away from whales, and the ocean, but the draw is too strong. I’m still going through the many photos I made on my recent vacation and finding images that simply resonate with me.

The image above of one such photo. Made around eight o’clock in the morning, as we were heading out for a day of diving.

The Sea of Cortez was calm, with a slight pinkish haze on the horizon. In the distance, the sparkling spout of a surfacing whale drew our attention from the stillness, yet not a sound was heard, other than the lapping of the water beneath our dive boat. Then the  dark outline of the Humpback Whale’s back broke the surface, with barely a ripple, just the smoothness and shimmer of its inky skin, which slid into the depths, just as it had appeared, soundless and gentle.

Then, as a finale to this act, the massive tail appeared, suspended above the waters like a flag, waving slowly, serenely. Till even it, disappeared, leaving a small pool of bubbles as evidence of its existence.

Just recalling this moment, bring an incredible sense of peace to me. It’s one of those moments I will cherish and will become one of those places I can go in my mind when life gets busy. I also have this photo, which I will hang on my wall, to look at, and remember, tranquility.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 110 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“My Green World” – Secord Forest

“My Green World” - Secord Forest

“The human body may need to receive sunlight through the tree canopy in order to be in a healthy state. I call this light “Interference Green Light” and it may be the top thing that you need to be receiving in order to be in good health and free of pain.”
― Steven Magee

I don’t know how true the quote is, but I know I need my ‘green’ time. To walk the forests and gaze upon Creation, as often as possible. When I’m outdoors, the busy world of my life fades into the background. It’s still there, but as a peripheral thing, that I can cal at will, but the green and peace of nature permeates me.

The ferns pictured above looked just like this. A verdant curtain, glowing with life, filled with hues of bright green and warmed by the sun. I could sit in this place for hours, watching the dragonflies flitting to and fro, the various butterflies on their endless quest for nectar, and the sound of the forest bids. It’s active and alive, yet ordered. Nature’s cycle, closing off spring and moving towards summer.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm

1/160 sec, f/5.6 ISO 560

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“Jeremiah 17:8”

Jeremiah 17:8

I can’t help but reflect on this verse when I seen this scene on Duffins Creek, just south of Whitevale, Ontario.

“They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

The image of this tree, rooted firmly to the shore, like a hand clenched and holding on, has always fascinated me, to the point where I have seen it in dreams.

Though the leaves are not always green, like in the referenced verse, it is still very much alive and anchored, drawing life-giving water from the stream that flows at its roots. It certainly has no fear of drought, as the cool waters run abundantly throughout the year.

This tree is, however, not without its challenges. It is located at a bend in the stream, which is prone to ice build up in the spring, and it has the scars to prove it, yet it hangs on, leaning tenuously over the creek, gripping the shore. I imagine it would take some force to move this tree from its moorings. It’s also not a picture of perfection or symmetry, by any means, with random gnarly branches shooting out here and there. Yet, there is still some wonderful strength here.

I was very pleased to have been able to capture the image in such a way as I believe captures the essence of the scene, and conveys how I see it, which is always my goal. Welcome to my world.

iPhone 5S @ 4.2 mm
1/120 sec, @ f/2.2, ISO 64

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