These are photos of the bush in Riverton, New Zealand. The green carpet covering spans across the distant hills. The pathways lead deep into the native forests. Tall trees tower above shrubs and younger trees. Beneath these grow ferns and mosses. Sunlight filters through the lush foliage, and birds and insects thrive. The bush is often dense and tangled, and you can easily get lost. For this reason, I only hike through trails with distinct pathways like the one in the photos. I don’t fancy being lost.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
I have many wonderful friends and family who have contributed to the success of my blog by sharing their artistic flare through photography. A little over a year ago, I met some of my mother’s family living in Mexico. Andrea LeKare is my cousin’s 15 year old daughter who is passionate about photography, modelling and many other common, teenage interests. When Andrea agreed to contribute her photos to my blog, I found these photos and have been waiting for an opportunity to highlight her beautiful work. I think that they fit nicely for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction.
I think the photos are stunning. I hope that you enjoy.
Reflections represent an original. The reflections of our mind recall past events, images and experiences. The reflection of water, mirrors or metallic surfaces project an image through a filter of light and surface. The reflection of character, behaviours and achievements provide insight to the inner person.
Looking for a reflection of our self-worth and value from another person is like looking into a cracked mirror in order to access our appearance. Hurting souls can reflect brokenness and pain. Therefore, allowing our self-worth and value to depend on the perception others reflect back to us is unhealthy. When someone we love treats us in an unloving way for prolonged amounts of time, there is a tendency to view ourselves as unlovable. Yet, the reflection is distorted. Their broken heart will not provide an accurate reflection of love.
Nor will young women find their body image correctly reflected through trends, magazines or movie stars. When I view my short legs, thick thighs and curvy structure to the model industry standard, I will always come up wanting. The key is to shape the view of my body on a true reflection.
Our mind sees what it believes, according to the Discovery Channel. I have known many beautiful women who could not see their beautiful uniqueness because of their belief based on external reflections. Those reflections tormented and haunted them to the point of misery.
Reflections are a tool…only a tool. They can help us repair, adjust, fix, or improve the original but they are never intended to be the truest representation of the original.
The image sings only because of the stillness of the water.
Samantha Pearson is a contributing photographer for my blog. Although, I did not take this photo, it demonstrates my point about reflections. The beautiful sculpture is reflecting it’s surroundings yet the snow and the curvature of the piece distort the images it portrays. The truest beauty can be seen by simply turning from the reflection to the original.
In my journey, I have learned the value in turning from distorted reflections to look at the original standard for which I was created. Only then can I be the singing image that portrays that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.
I don’t think my dad has ever used a curse word in his 74 years of life. As a kid, I often heard him say, “Take a long walk off a short pier.” He had a dry sense of humor but sometimes I thought that this was his nice way of telling someone to “Take a hike.” Funny how we remember things we hear from childhood.
When I looked at this photo this week, my dad’s quip immediately came to mind. I could just imagine a walk right off the end of this little pier.
My entry this week is more nostalgic than it is anything else. No beautiful path. Just a reminder that hurtful words can not be recaptured and that how we use our words is important.
In the movie, Step Mom, the biological mother often tells her son to “use his words”.
Words are a powerful tool. By adding some thought before use, we accomplish so much more.
I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane today as my entry for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 #16.
Hey, the weekend is not far away. Have you had a good week?
I was inspired this week by my new blogging friend, Janet, from This, That and The Other Thing. I had no idea that my Iphone would take macro photos…I know, I’m pretty shocking when it comes to technical knowledge. However, learning new things is one of the things that I really enjoy about the blogosphere.
When I saw Janet’s photo, followed by a few helpful tips that she offered (Thanks, Janet!) and a fresh morning rain, I ran outside with my IPhone and snapped a few photos. I was sceptical. Luckily, my IPhone did most of the work and Janet’s tips helped heaps.
I have an IPhone 4 but I think it did pretty well. The photos are a little grainy which is the only complaint I have ever had about my phone. So, I decided to grab my husband’s IPhone 5 and shot a few more photos to make a comparison. (Shhh, I was really trying to build a convincing case for an upgrade on my phone!)
My husband is a marine farmer so he has an aqua-safe case that encases the phone which produced the yellow tint. Other than the coloration, the IPhone 5 is slightly clearer.
What do you think? Do I need a new phone? 😉
My entry for One Word Photo Challenge: Mint is a fern frond taken while on a bush walk.
The koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizes new life, harmony, growth, strength and peace. The koru is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos.