A Valentine to Nature

I was reading an article recently about poet, David Whyte. Within this article was one of his poems that I found particularly moving. I am not a poet but a good poem can really inspire me. Then I had a realization. Nature is like a poem that moves me to my core. On Valentine’s Day, as we  moved around Klamath National Wildllife Refuge, a familiar heartfelt emotion stirred within me. Nature has this uncanny ability to move me profoundly and instill within me a sense of promise for the future. This seems both curious and ironic to me in light of all that I worry about for the future of our natural lands and wildlife. Nevertheless, the assurance was there. 

As they do during migration, the geese and swans were sounding off, flapping their wings and flying up en masse. Immense cloud formations exploded in the sky and a pink blanket settled in at sunset. The refuge environment is a diverse collection of open expanses of farmland and hidden forts of trees and water, providing provisions and shelter to wildlife. At the end of the day, I was filled with a renewed sense of awe and wonder and fresh glimmers of hope. As I write this, I’m aware that new seeds of gratitude have been planted in my heart. I look forward to my journey ahead.

Not with words, but with images, I create valentines and send them wrapped in thoughts of love to nature.    ~  Susan

“Wrapped in Thoughts of Love”

 

 

 

“Upward”

 

 

“Winter”

 

 

 

 

“Chaos in a Storm”

 

 

“You Are Not Alone”

 

 

“A Clear Future”

 

 

“Keeping Me Safe”

 

 

“Stand Strong”

 

 

“At the Edge of Sky”

 

 

“Regardless of Color”

 

 

 

“Blind Faith”

 

 

 

“Blurred Lines”

 

 

“Home in the Sky”

 

 

“Shared Land”

 

If you’d like to check out David Whyte and his poem that inspired me you can go to his TED TALK .  It is well worth hearing!!!   ~   Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Bob Smith February 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    Thank you for this post Susan. It is exciting to find someone whose photography I so much respect expressing a view similar to mine of nature. When I’m out on the never ending search for the stunning bird-in-flight shot I constantly find myself sidetracked by the immense beauty and wonderfulness of the little things/the less prominent components of nature that surround me and pass underfoot.. The work of photography, it seems to me, is to capture the aspects that usually go unseen by most observers . Some of it you can’t see even if you look for it and much of what is actually there to be seen goes unnoticed. With our camera we freeze the moment and/or unveil the detail that the eyes cannot record. We stop and isolate a small slice of nature that we would otherwise pass by., thereby letting us share it with friends and family.
    I love your snow goose images. I imagine those geese will soon be back in the fields and marshes near here on their way north to their breeding grounds on Wrangell Is. in the Arctic Ocean north of Siberia and I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with them when they arrive.
    Thanks again,,,,,,, Bob Smith

    • Susan Dimock February 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Bob, Wow, what a kind comment!I do try to shoot a variety of of the lesser photographed details when I visit a spot. I like to capture the essence of an environment. Although, I love and admire many of the grand landscapes that landscape photographers achieve, I also have a hunger for some of the shots that really speak to what a place looks like and feels like. Sounds like you love nature as well, and that you also live in an awesome environment! Here’s to nature!!! Thanks again, Bob! Very Best regards, Susan

      • Bob Smith February 27, 2018 at 11:54 am #

        Hi Susan:
        I just wanted to update my comments about the migrating geese. They may have actually been here when I wrote that they would be arriving soon , but they were certainly here in the thousands when I drove down to the refuge on the 24th—actually in far greater numbers than I’ve ever seen here this early. The fields on both sides of the road were covered with them, with constant trading back and forth.
        Regards, Bob Smith

        • Susan Dimock February 28, 2018 at 11:39 am #

          Wow, lucky you! Enjoy and get lots of great pics!

  2. Donna Smith February 22, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Susan, Your photos are truly inspiring, as usual. You make what might be a mundane scene into one of beauty and specialness. I loved the first one “Wrapped in thoughts of love”…..and “Stand Strong”. You are a poet behind your camera and your eye catches the soul of nature where others might only see the ordinary
    Donna

  3. Susan Dimock February 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi Donna, Thank you for the very special comment. I work hard at capturing what I love and it feels great when others “see what I see” and appreciate the beauty! It means a lot that you take the time to follow and write thoughts of encouragement. 🙂

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