Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Desert: An Experience in Polarities

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Isaac Newton figured this out years ago, but I seem to need regular reminders.  It is too easy for me to get bogged down by over thinking the details in life and forget that there's also the opposite - allow it to be easy.

While walking this morning I stood on quite an impressive cactus.  Impressive in that it had the ability to go right through the sole of my shoe, bringing me down to earth abruptly.

I took this picture while precariously balanced on one foot.
 I could have used this less than pleasant experience to be hyper vigilant and keep my eyes down for the rest of my walk.  It probably would have been quite a sensible thing to do, really, at least until I was through the worst of the cactus area. 

However, had I been more than moderately cautious I would have missed this beauty about eight feet above my head.

A species of Columnar cactus.

My question to myself this morning is whether I want play it safe or aim for the stars, or perhaps, find some safe middle ground?  No, I'm not liking any of those options.  Too limiting.

How about aiming for the stars and knowing every so often I may be brought to earth, but knowing I don't have to stay there?  That feels better.

What would you do?  How do you feel about these options?

Think is my first link to  Favourite Photo Monday.
Of course, my favourite photo of the week in the flower not the prickly footwear :)


Celeste said...

Aim for the stars every time! But stars aren't just in the sky, they sparkle through at every level :)

Barb said...

Excellent point! Hadn't thought of the stars sparking through every level. Thank you.

Deborah said...

love cactus! and such an unusual cacti flower, one that I am unfamiliar with!

Barb said...

Thanks for stopping by Deborah. I think it may a saguaro cactus. It's immature so the plant hasn't developed the typical branches which is confusing me.

Anonymous said...

The safe middle ground sounds the worst option, that's safety but no adventure. I'd come along with aiming at the stars and never laying long on the ground :-).

The Columnar cactus looks great, was it sky in the background?

Barb said...

yes, that is a typical desert sky - love it!