The water cascades from rocks at cathedral falls and rushes towards the three rivers. The turbulent flow changes the landscape as it passes by rearranging the stones and moving logs. I stood on the little foot bridge and set up my tripod for a long exposure. The stick wedged between the rocks has caught my eye. It remains stable in the middle of the chaos of the high water. It was a place where I can hold my focus.
I have said before that my favorite images seem to have what describe as that “Zen quality”. I honestly don’t practice Zen and only have a pop culture definition as a state of peaceful focus that clears the mind.
I look at stick and the log in the lower right corner of the image as well as the dandelion on the left and consider symbolism of having a fixed point to focus on. They seem to have sidestepped the chaos for at least a few minutes. They are frozen in the moment and the chaos passes them by.
We all need to limit word’s ability to sweep us away in the chaos. A few minutes of tranquility in a place where the pressures of the the world’s demands can’t really reach us does the trick. Like the water we need these things but like the water they can sweep us away and swallow us whole. Like water the pressures of the world have an ebb and flow. Sure there will be times when we have no choice but to deal with what’s at hand. But when those days come being centered mentally and emotionally helps us to do so with little impact on our well being. Soon the high water will ebb and we can recharge.
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