you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
These words were written over a century ago, but for me they could have been written yesterday. There is so much around us that is beautiful, if we just stop long enough to see it. But in our rush to get from point A to point B we sometimes don't see it. We don't stop. We don't look. We allow our lives to move too fast.
When I hike with my camera I slow down. I slow way down. Sometimes it's so easy to get lost in the big things we forget to look at the details. Big sweeping vistas can stop us in our tracks, but it's the times you look closer you see that everything is connected and it's all beautiful. One lone autumn leaf swinging on a bare branch, a dew drop hanging from a blade of grass or a bee working in a flower. These things and many others are so often overlooked but when they are combined they create the big vistas that originally stopped us.
When I take a picture I am taking a picture for me. In that moment when I am looking through the camera I am searching for what pleases me. The images I share all have a special meaning to me. A memory...a feeling...a reminder. And there is a part of me in every picture I take. When I receive feedback about my pictures I know somehow my picture struck a chord with another person. We could be exact opposites and we are often complete strangers but there was something in that picture we shared. Too often we forget how to connect with each other and we lose out on the big picture.
It's time to put down the phone, turn of the computer, grab your family and go for a walk. Explore the woods, sit by a stream, feel the wind on your face, talk to each other and take some pictures. You just might find the little things that make the sweeping vistas so beautiful.