Monday, June 20, 2011

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it... - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I discovered my inner nature photographer this weekend.  While my greatest artistic passion is photographing the natural beauty of my blond-haired, blue-eyed, chromosomally-enhanced daughter, I have another passion for discovering and attempting to capture the natural beauty of, well, nature

Samantha and I took a ride down to my parents' lake house on Saturday, and just 15 minutes with my camera in the garden netted the most amazing finds.  It's incredible what you can see when you just look for it.  Just that little shift in perspective, wearing a different hat and glasses, effectively removing the blinders with which we stumble through our everyday lives, opens up a whole new world. 

I want Samantha to see and appreciate this new world, but a busy 5-year old with her own agenda is a busy 5-year old with her own agenda, and nothing can sway that.  "Samantha, come look at this butterfly/this bug/this flower/that turtle/whatever!  Do you see it?"  "Yes, Mommy, it's a beautiful butterfly/bug/flower/turtle/whatever."  And with barely a glance in the direction of such natural object, off she goes, back towards the house... 

I began another post with all of my favorites from the weekend, but there are so, so many, and so, so many that still need to be edited, that I will save them for another day and just leave you with this one for now.  (Sorry for the over-saturation - once again, my laptop shows me an image quite different from the desktop I'm using now.)

The Promised Land


7 comments:

doozee said...

that is AMAZING, Becca! "Cinders and ashes!" as Thomas the Tank Engine would say. "Smokes!", as Percy would chime. THAT IS WELL DONE, as Sir Topham Hat would boom (aka "The Fat Controller")

Rochelle said...

Amazing! Hopefully she will grow to enjoy the beauty of creation as you do.

Jenny said...

Stunning!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

gorgeous! You have one amazing camera! If I took that it would look like a red and yellow smear :)

RobMonroe said...

Wow - awesome shot! I have had to ditch the family on occasion to have some camera time.

Renee said...

Great photo! Now, if Samantha was an almost 6 year old boy, that bug would have made a trip inside the house.

Crazy Beautiful Love said...

Beautiful! Have you posted your camera/lens info and I missed it?