Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Close-Ups: A Brief Meditation

I went to college in Oberlin, OH, so I’ve learned to appreciate microcosms.

Whether it’s a tidepool crammed with periwinkles or a gnawed-on nut teeming with ants or a flower with its own world of water, there’s something to appreciate in all the little crevices of life that we barely notice.

That’s another reason why I like cameras: they force you to see things you might never have noticed on your own if you were only interested in walking briskly through the park or along the beach or past the garden.

They make you feel privileged—and a little smug—for having caught something. And they make you feel humble as you wonder how much else you’ve missed.

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


Anca said...

Lovely stuff. What's the last photo of?

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

The last photo is of curling bark on...some sort of tree...Sorry, it hadn't leafed yet, so I don't know what it was.

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