Thursday, November 11, 2010

More Than Enough

A long time ago, a friend of mine remarked that you can see things more clearly in the late autumn and winter.  She said that the contrast of empty, colorless landscapes makes anything vibrant stand out that much more.  There's a focus you gain when you find yourself in stark places.

I like that.  I like that because when it looks desolate, maybe it's because there's something I'm supposed to see. 

Yesterday, I leave my house to walk to pick the girls up from school.  It's 2:15 PM, and here I am, trudging through my own bleak landscape.  I take my camera because I'm learning photography.  It's nearly winter.  Few leaves hang on the trees like lovers not ready to depart.  There's a desperation in the air and a sadness as I crunch all these dead leaves under my feet.  Everything mourns.  But then, I remember the feature on this old camera called "Digital Macro."  I fumble with the camera, punch the button, and look around--differently this time.

Glorious Acorns
I'm exploring with hope on this mile walk to school.   Two acorns survived the fall from their tree, and as the sun shines through the bare trees, I lay down on the path and take a picture. 

I rest a minute in the stillness of it all.  It feels like flair to be a grown woman stretched out on her stomach on the ground like this with her hands propped up to steady an old camera. 

What else can I find out here?  What beautiful thing awaits?

All of a sudden, the view isn't barren.  It's absolutely abundant
Autumn Berries of Richest Red

This grim landscape has gifts to offer. 

And even in the starkest landscape, there's more than enough.

Yellow Berries with Blue Sky

5 comments:

Patricia said...

Very lovely, Heather. God has clearly used the macro setting on my camera to focus my attention on the beauty that surrounds me. I look forward to more of His glory, His beauty, captured by your "old camera" and an eternal perspective. XOX

Robin said...

This is actually about your post yesterday about your kitty. My kitty too came from a troubled background and has come a long way. The pictures were so cute, the first one is my wall paper on my work computer. I love it.

Enjoying the posts!

Debbie Happy Maker said...

Those are beautiful pictures. Great job. It is amazing what we can see in nature when we really take the time to look. Thanks
Debbie

Elaina Baker said...

Lovely. I LOVE photography. God made the whole world beauitiful even in other seasons too!

Aysel said...

I don't normally have a camera on me all the time, but whenever I walk home from the bus stop I take "mental shots" of the fragments I find astonishing and picture-perfect. It allows me to see more, to see differently. Every day it's the same walk, and every day I find something new to snap and store in my memory album.