Still Learning To See

Finalist #17, our amazingly gorgeous world!

CVMC Finalist--2I make no secret of the fact I’m in love with the beauty of the world. At nearly every turn examples, like this tulip blossom, abound! How crazy of me to not see it and enjoy all of the time.

Clearly life has images that don’t neatly fit this simple definition of “beauty,” and that is often my struggle, to accept all of it, not just what I see through my lens.

Thank you to our friend Julia for reminding me that 40 years ago today, for the first time, we were able to see the planet as a whole. The image changed our collective consciousness, even if our actions have been slower to catch up to the reality of our one world, a gem, floating in space.

blue marble

This entry was published on December 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm. It’s filed under Ecosystem, Flowers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Finalist #17, our amazingly gorgeous world!

  1. Marti Snell on said:

    John
    On many days the view through your camera lens and your accompanying words give a gentle positive shape to my own perspective. For that I am grateful.
    Marti

  2. Yes, the “blue marble” is my concept of holiness–what a gift the Apollo 17 crew has given to us. One Dostoyevsky quotation has remained in my heart, and your photography is an example of his thought:

    “Love all creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, the plants; love each separate thing. If you love each thing, you will pierce the mystery in all, and when you perceive this, you will from then on grow every day to a fuller understanding of it, until you come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and eternal.” from THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

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