or leaning...which is it? Many people would walk right by this tree without further notice, but I saw such poetic movement in its shape. The elements trying to push this tree down, make it fall, conquer it. But through its strength and pure will it reaches out toward the sun from under the canopy where life planted it in this soil. Despite its beginnings, where it started from (who can change that?), it worked toward getting a new position in life, one growth ring at a time...reaching for the sun. Certainly that is a lesson for us all.
Just before creating this image, there were two young boys just beyond this tree, on the water's edge, fishing. Fishing in Central Park, New York City. Who knew? On my first pass by this tree, the boys were actively fishing and I couldn't get the shot I wanted. So, I continued my journey along the path, mentally noting that I should return here later. On my return trip back I was excited to see that the boys were finished their fishing and were packing up their gear. Patiently I waited for them to exit the scene, and then set my camera settings and took one shot. This is the result.
So many times in life we can't have what we want the first time around. But patience is always a virtue. Ask and you shall receive. Wait and it shall come to you. Persistence pays off. Reach for the sun. Power is in determination and flexibility. Never give up.
Through photography I am often reminded of the lessons in life that are easily forgotten in the hustle bustle of the every day. Besides creating images that make an impact or move the viewers, it is the reason I love this art for me. It may not be this way for everyone, but I am hoping that these virtues and my love of the art form are evident in every image I create.
Happy Hump Day everyone. I just smiled because I am remembering the Hump Day commercial with the camel. Have you seen that one? Makes me giggle like a schoolgirl every time.
Love to all. xo