The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
I look down from the 3rd floor in the early morning hours as the big city begins to stir. It has a life of its own, a rhythm, a pulse, this city that I am but a guest in.
I watch a man, perhaps younger than myself, push a cart laden with bottles and cans. He stops to check the dumpster and makes a selection of a handful of items.
I wonder if anyone misses him. I can’t imagine what his life is like compared to mine.
What happened that made him fall through the cracks…
when seconds matter.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
Life is made up of seconds and minutes that roll into each other at an alarming pace.
Strewn between these moments are events better understood when viewed in slow motion.
Seconds matter, they change our lives in unimaginable ways.
Make them count…
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I remember as a child one of my favorite posters was of a cloud identification chart. It made such an impact that many years later I can still picture it in my mind.
Much like the ocean, the sky is like a huge canvas just waiting for the first brushstrokes to be laid and on this day there was something special planned!
These clouds are created in part by instability when wind is moving at different speeds in the upper and lower layers of a cloud resulting in a wave like appearance. They were named after physicists Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz.
A special note that often appears in discussions about the rare and fleeting clouds is that they are believed to have inspired the cloud formations in Van Gogh’s Starry Night oil on canvas.
A reminder to take time every day to enjoy the beauty found in our natural world. These disappeared in a moment but
for me, they will live on forever.
if there is magic.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Eiseley was quoted as being a scholar and writer of imagination and grace. His reverence for the natural world and his eloquent and poetic way of writing about it is nothing short of inspirational.
I share his thoughts on water. It compels in me a strong desire to record its transient nature and its variant forms.
The image above is part of a series that I have some special plans for and I hope that it in turns inspires people to look,
really look, at the beauty of our natural world.
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a better state of mind?
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
I’m reminded of something that my optometrist once said to me as she marveled, you really don’t like your vision to be fully corrected do you?
Today I still find a lot of truth in that, I don’t want to see things as they are but as they could be and my cameras allow me that luxury.
It’s a constant struggle between the optimist in me and the voice of reality that roots for people to change and to somehow become what they’re really not.
But people don’t change do they? They are exactly who they are when the mask slips and you see what lies behind.
And no matter how much I would like it to be different, that beautiful snow-covered peak will always just be a roofline.
in me comes out.
Water is the key to life, but in frozen form, it is a latent force. And when it vanishes, Earth becomes Mars.
As temperatures continue to plummet all over the country I wanted to take a closer look at this image from a frozen spring fed lake.
It was captivating to stroll on the ice looking deep into its depths at the frozen tableau.
It feeds my fascination with water and how nothing is ever the same and each encounter shares something new.
This was congelation ice that forms underneath an existing layer of ice, building off the bottom. Then when the top layer melts, the clarity of the ice below is revealed.
And once again the natural world parallels human nature. Sometimes what you see on the surface doesn’t come close to what lies beneath…