"In all things of Nature, there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle
It seems that our area of Iowa has caught it's 5 months of winter all in one month, but the good thing is that it might be coming to an end with last yesterdays 8 inches of snowfall and blizzard like conditions. The good thing is that winter scene opportunities were extended for this photographer as my 2012 winter portfolio is very thin.
The above image is a blur created through the use of Photoshop and camera movement. I often forget about using this creative tool, but once I get the chance I'm glad I have that option. While it might appear to be a black and white it does contain some color, but still remains a monochromatic image.
After all that's gone on this past week I could stand in the peace of the place above for a long time wishing to never return to society. My thoughts and prayers (seems so feeble) go out to all those affected by not ony the Boston bombing, but the West, Texas explosion as well. While it is much simpler to accept the reasons of an accident like happened in Texas, I will never be able to understand (nor should I) the acts of violence on mankind. We are being surrounded by visuals of violence not only caused by extreme individuals, but also coming from our televisions, computer games, websites and social media. As if this were not enough it seems that each year the violence in the media gets "ramped up" to increase viewer ratings.
The kindness and graciousness in our societies is slipping away the same as those precious areas of natural beauty and there are few places to run for cover. One can still find a coffee shop in rural America where the talk is more about the Friday night basketball game or crop prices and less about our crumbling of our values. And there are still small spots like the image above where one can reside, sit, walk and ponder the "truth" of life or tomorrows joys.
This quagmire that we find ourselves in is not, in my opinion, God's doing, a corporations doing, or a countries doing...it's our doing...or lack of doing. It has less to do with who has guns or a political philosophy and more to do with the slippage of American values and the lack of respect and comfort with one another.
I wish comfort to all those affected by the trauma of this week and if you weren't affected by any of it, then I suggest you check your pulse. We all need places were our hearts and minds can heal. For some it's our home and family and for others it might be a natural place or church, but where ever it might be our world is in great need of healing. Healing starts with a lot of Love.
Thank you all for visiting.
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