Another water-lily image from Gibbs Gardens. This one shows a trio of pink lilies shining in the summer sun with reflections glowing in the surface of the pond they float in.
It is strange how we can look at something we’ve seen many times before and either walk by blindly or view it with new eyes and be amazed. Flowers are like that, especially in places where elaborate landscaping is on display in many places. You see flowers in large numbers along every sidewalk, at every shopping mall and at each front lawn.So, are they less beautiful because there are more of them? No, we become jaded by over-exposure.
I think it is a basic requirement in trying to find happiness, that we are able to notice and appreciate the beauty in things regardless of how common or small they may be. Paying attention to detail and not ignoring what is right in front of us is key to seeing the world as an awesome place. When we are moving too fast, we fail to see the value in what is around us, particularly anything that isn’t “new”.
Going new places and seeing new things are great but, you have to live in the moment and appreciate your surroundings wherever you are to be able to get joy out of life. Today, I will try to be present to the beauty that surrounds me and to be thankful for it.
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/200 sec – ISO 100
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