I walked along a familiar path, but from the opposite direction. It may have been my new orientation that made me notice this tree for the first time in ten winter seasons of weekly visits. Maybe I was focused on texture because of this month’s challenge at HeyJude’s blog to find something rough to photograph.
I was drawn in by the rough texture of this stocky palm truck created by the overlapping pattern where dead fronds had been cut off and the beautiful colors that accented the texture.
When I zoomed in close, I found the unique characteristics of the trunk that made it so irresistible from a distance.
My first impulse was to marvel at the beauty of this small statue among the lush growth and different shapes of leaves. But if you go back and look at the first photo, I think you will appreciate how pleasing the whole is. There are so many textures and contrasts. Although I photographed parts, I most enjoy the whole. This is an excellent example of Systems Theory – that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
I have been listening to news about the world-wide health crisis as I have been writing this post. In Florida activities are being cancelled and we are encouraged to keep social distance from each other. As I integrate my thoughts about my photography and Systems Theory with our health crisis maybe we need to remember that acting together and keeping everyone’s well-being in mind will help us through. I do believe that the whole of our country and the world will be better and greater when we work together, when we sum our parts. Here in the US we are looking for guidance from our president and unfortunately he just isn’t able to understand how to lead. Let’s work together without him by keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe. And let’s call our congressional representative to let them know that we want the government to make sure all communities have sufficient test kits and unemployment is made available to people who can’t work because of the virus.
8 thoughts on “Texture”
Good points, Pat. It will be the common man-woman that gets us through this.
I agree – and we will do it by showing kindness and caring for each other. I am valuing my family and friends.
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You’re absolutely right….”we need to remember that acting together and keeping everyone’s well-being in mind will help us through. I do believe that the whole of our country and the world will be better and greater when we work together,”…..but I worry that this won’t happen
My congressional representative is in self isolation due to being exposed to the virus. He’s a rabid defender of the president. What irony.
Yes, it is great irony. He is isolated against a virus that we were told would go away about right now. It couldn’t happen to a better group. My condolences to you for having an idiot for a representative.
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It would be wonderful if those in Washington would recall that their first duty is to serve the interest of the people of the nation…not loyalty to an individual.