Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Patterns in nature
There's an old tree stump that sits along the edge of the road near our house. We pass it as we walk to the park, almost never paying attention to its slowly decaying form. Once upon a time, it was the base for a fairly large tree that must have cast a large shadow on the surrounding grass. Now it's a cut-down afterthought, forgotten by all save for the occasional dog.
Beauty is not only a pristine image. It is sometimes found in the nooks and crannies of our environment, and it rarely wears the label in an obvious manner. We have to look for it a little bit, take the time to find it and discover what it is that makes it worth capturing and remembering.
It's the process of discovery that often reveals an image far more worthwhile than those that may have been more perfectly packaged, more plainly obvious.
Sounds like a pretty good template for the larger things in life as well.
Your turn: What other decaying scenes have you captured? What made you stop and take a second look?