Sunday, July 14, 2013
Pine Buff, Arkansas
It has been my observation that beholding beauty is a soothing experience. Given the daily dose of wars, pestilence, murder, larceny, extortion, threats, accusations, denials, excuses, embezzlement, disasters, and heaps of pure unadulterated organic barnyard material to which we are subjected, just a bit of soothing can go a long way. One of my personal beauty spots is a pond that is home to an American Lotus colony. I see it as a part of my daily routine — and the experience provides an all-to-brief moment of clarity.
Today, I stopped to shoot some of the huge blossoms. It takes either a long lens or waders. I elected to use the former versus the latter, since using the former also included crawling over a fence, or a long wade. After I was satisfied with the pixels I grabbed, it occurred to me that the camera forced me into doing something I could have done already, to wit: stopping and taking a closer look. I came to the realization that having a camera was not a required precursor to seeing something neat.
What’s even better is that my observation point for the Lotus colony sits on the shoulder of an interstate highway entrance ramp. So, if you stop to observe sans camera, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you have piqued the curiosity of some passers-by as they muse, “What is that nut doing walking around the edge of that pond?” That in itself has a scintilla of personal satisfaction. So, by stopping and looking, you feed yourself some relief and provide a boredom break for the traveling public. Two noble deeds.