taking extreme close-ups of tree bark.
I really find that as I look at things through the lens of my camera I notice more details.
As I pay attention to the details I realize how complex everything is...
and how beautiful.
looking at some of these close-ups I am reminded of arial landscapes.
and I wonder what is there that we don't see?
I think of Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.
(I spend my days with young children, so I often think of Dr. Seuss).
Looking at a tree my eyes make an immediate judgement. I know what it is...it is just a tree.
But, looking through my camera...I notice so much more. Moss, lichens, spiderwebs, tiny bugs, holes, cracks...so many little things that make up each tree. Each one is so different.
and I think...maybe people are a little like these trees. Maybe instead of just seeing people as I always see them, I should realize that there are many small details that I am not aware of. And maybe those of us who aren't standing as tall and majestic as we could be have a lot of small details affecting us that aren't seen unless looked at closely. I mean, how many of us have reached our full potential? I tend to be fairly critical (of myself mostly...but it does tend to migrate towards others as well)...this holiday season I think I will try to remember my camera and my macro setting.