Still Learning To See

Simply beautiful…

…but not necessarily simple! The structures that support life—and the processes of life, now revved up to full speed with summer—are beautiful in their simple outward forms even if what lies just below the surface is so dauntingly complex.

How else can a grape tendril reach out fully three feet into “nothing” until it finds a point of attachment and then grow a leaf structure that can move water and nutrients and collect the sun’s energy and also tolerate the raging storm that blew through this weekend? DSC03365

This entry was published on July 11, 2017 at 8:56 am. It’s filed under Ecosystem, Garden, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Patterns, Photograph, Summer, Vermont and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Simply beautiful…

  1. Karen Dailey on said:

    As I look at the grape leaf in all its detail, I am reminded of an aerial photo of a busy residential complex, with large veins/highways feeding into smaller subdivisions and even the individual lots. It seems a bit of sacrilege to put such natural beauty into such human terms, but there it is! Now, if we can convey the same sense of Nature and its calm and knowing ways into the more human picture, then we’ll have gained something overall. Thanks again for sharing you views on Nature and life. We are all still learning to see.

  2. I love thinking deeply on these things, since having retired.. Is it magic or lucky chaos, or a trillion..gazillions of “happy accidents?” Through microscopes, or telescopes… cameras or the naked eye..the closer I look, the more I’m convinced.. There is no design, without a designer..

    Thanks for this lovely thoughtful post John..

  3. Julia on said:

    Your grape leaf would be a stunning addition to one of my favorite books, NATURE’S CHAOS, with words by James Gleick and photography by Eliot Porter (and I know you’ve read the book 🙂 Gleick is the author of CHAOS (here’s a short youtube of him explaining chaos theory and fractals).

    The flyleaf of the book says, of Porter: “He has searched the jumble and disorder in nature for a harmony, not a static, balanced one, but a wavering, lurching, animating harmony, from the turbulent stresses within the wood of a tree to the jaggedness of a mountain ridge, from the cracks in dried mud bed to enfolded lava.”

    And added to those could be the veins of your grape leaf–with all the “animating harmony” he mentions.

    You always make me aware of what an honor it is to be on this planet and to be able to see such wonders. As always, thanks for keeping the focus on the big picture when the small human one is so overwhelming at times.

  4. Thank you for your comments and the link, both very appropriate and appreciated.

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