Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Tenacity of a Mesquite - Nature Notes 20110420

Mesquite on Sunrise Street, Palm Springs
Sometimes circumstances throw curve balls at us.  Who hasn't had one of those?  Some may even consider we are currently all facing a global curve ball. 

For me every day brings something different, not always bad, often it's good, but it all requires assimilating.  It seems as though I am being tested on a whole lot of levels: am I going to trust that I am safe and that everything will work out for my best and highest good, and the highest good of those around me, or will I succumb to that overwhelming fear many are facing.  It's not easy trying to anticipate what's happening next and how I'm going to deal with it - whatever 'it' is.  As I was pondering the quirks of fate and the unknowingness of it all the vision of an ancient Mesquite tree I'd seen recently popped into my mind.

Look at this old girl!  She's been broken, she's been twisted, she's been hacked with a chainsaw, and she's even been down, but still she prevails.  The tortured limbs are still able to send up fresh green shoots. This old mesquite has been through more than I'll ever know but she's not succumbing to her 'story'.  Once again the World brought me back into balance through my Lens.  I trust I will never have to go through what this old tree has been through.  No, I'll just keep sending up new shoots and not look back.

Nature Notes for this week.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nature's Simplicity

I'm always drawn to shapes and patterns when I'm out with my camera.  I love the light, too, of course,  what photographer doesn't, but naturally occurring patterns fascinate me.  With effortless grace Nature creates the simplest designs to most intricate with artistic flair.  When something goes "wrong", like this wildflower below with it's damaged stem, Nature just incorporates into her new design.  No fuss, no bother, just move forward.

What an insight the World had for me through my Lens this weekend!

Linked to Macro Monday.  Click the link to see some other wonderful entries.