05 June 2017
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I feel the weight of reaction, the weight of battle ahead. There is no way for me to express my emotional angst. The administration of my country has committed a huge injustice to humanity and the planet. For the U.S. to withdraw from our commitment to the Paris Accord is a crime against the present and the future.
All I can do is give you a sample of Mother Nature’s incredible legacy: a Spring flower of luscious delicacy in color, design and presence. The peony is a symbol of a flower’s ability to heal when our hearts and minds are wounded, when our hearts and minds are troubled, when our hearts and minds are tested.
I honor Mother Nature with her jewel that represents a transition time between spring and summer as more and more light fills our days. Each bough has a myriad of petals–fringed and irregular–that are layered in a circular design that brings a sense of chaos and calm all at once. These characteristics are emblematic of nature today, because global warming and climate change in its many dimensions and variations are prevalent and widespread.
Each of us must do our part to honor nature’s majesty and protect her future. It is baffling to me that there are still people who do not understand how the human animal is inextricably linked to the health of the planet. I’m simultaneously nonplussed and hopeful.
Tip of the Week: I wanted to offer a Tip of the Week that focuses on nature in a way that uplifts the spirit. Last year at a TED Summit the following TED Talk was given: Nature is everywhere—we just need to learn to see it (filmed June 2016 and runs 15:52) by Emma Marris. From TED Talks website are some encouraging words about her presentation: “Emma Marris is a writer focusing on environmental science, policy and culture, with an approach that she paints as being ‘more interested in finding and describing solutions than delineating problems, and more interested in joy than despair.’ I hope that you find a sense of hope in her point of view. I did.
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2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black and White
4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice – Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.