27 December 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Joy is a universal emotion that grabs us, and slips through us gently or powerfully. Joy is not easily won, but is so desirable that we seek it in ordinary and strange places.
While family and friends offer this feeling, we succumb to joyful enthusiasm from other sorts of experiences. Euphoria can come from watching a sunset, ziplining through the redwoods, or lazing on a hammock as the hummingbirds sip nectar from a cardinal flower.
Once Mother Nature took hold of me, she has never let go, never disappointed, and gives unconditionally. I often wonder if my small acts of giving back to her will ever suffice. Of course, not.
In the Lens section are two different (almost contradictory) ways that nature brings joy to my days. The first needs little explanation. Autumn’s golden light cast a golden glow on leaves from an apple tree that have turned a simmering orange.
The second image drew me into its abstraction–rendered by an effortless design to mark the water connection. As I walked passed, the sound of the leaves under foot drew my gaze to the pavement. That single moment brought me to the “street art.” Before me unfurled a still life, innocently and unknowingly. The scene captured my attention and kept it.
In my mind art and nature are naturally linked. They surface in the expected and unexpected. Each are active participants in my everyday life.
As a duo they raise the ordinary to a level of eminence. They expand my vision of what is possible: joy being one of the results.
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