did you ever…

…look at things is if you might never see them again…?

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I imagine that we would see those things with a certain richness…

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…one that would surpass the experience of when we first saw them.

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I think it would be bittersweet, as well…

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…for while we would be sad that we would never see them again, we would be joyous that we had ever beheld them at all….

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36 responses

  1. These are the aspects of life that we usually deny… for in fact, we are visitors here on earth… here for awhile, and then gone forever. And yet, many behave as if they will be here forever. Beautiful pictures… touching, and filled with the presence of natural beauty.

    November 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

    • Thank you, my friend…if we would only pause more often.

      November 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

  2. Calming words as my family mourns the very recent loss of both Mother and Dad.

    Thank you.

    November 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

    • Wishing you peace of heart, Raye.

      November 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

  3. Wonderful!

    November 18, 2013 at 7:08 am

    • Thank you, Alois…and for visiting, as well. 🙂

      November 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

  4. Yes, “we are visitors here on earth”, et tout l’art de la photo est de nous montrer le monde comme on ne l’a jamais vu et peut-être comme on ne le verra jamais, dans un instant suspendu, la beauté saisie dans l’instant, la fragilité et l’éternité de l’instant….

    English – “and the art of the photo is to show us the world as it has never been seen and perhaps as never will be seen, in a suspended moment, the beauty captured in the moment, and the fragile eternity of the moment.”

    November 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

    • Un si beau commentaire, Kristel … merci.

      (Such a beautiful comment, Kristel…thank you.)

      November 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

  5. Lois Farley Shuford

    What beautiful and profound words. Thank you for this reminder, Scott.

    November 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    • Thank you for being here, Lois…and for your very kind words.

      November 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

  6. Fantastic!

    November 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • Thank you, Dana. 🙂

      November 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

  7. Your words become more true the older one becomes. It’s not a comfortable feeling, I find, to be somewhere special and then think: I really must drink this in to the full – it may be the last time I see it. The consolation is though, that my memories are enhanced by the images I capture. They live on and enrich the memory. Without photography, recall would be limited by the capacity of our brains to remember a view – and a poor substitute.

    November 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • No, Andy…that’s not a comfortable feeling…but yes, we do have our photos for when the mental images begin to fade. I’ve mentioned in other places on my blog that I feel so fortunate to be able to hike the mountains and canyons as I do…and I wonder, sometimes, how long the dream might last that allows me to be here. These are my little treasures, truly…and I very often look at the vistas and the tiny details of them as if it might be my last time doing so. Thank you for your words, Andy…for being here.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  8. I like Kristel’s words above… “the art of the photo…”
    Your images remind me of that benefit that comes with carrying a camera. I seem to see things I would overlook otherwise. Small things or vast, seen through a very different eye than the norm. And then you bring them back to us and share them. What could possibly beat that?

    November 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    • I’ve learned about that benefit quite a bit over the last three years, Gunta…and agree with you very much that we do, actually, see things so differently with our cameras in hand. And yes, we do get to bring our images home with us and then share them with our friends here…it’s part of the treasure. 🙂

      November 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  9. Such a wonderful light and words to go with these lovely photos. Smashing post Scott!

    November 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    • Thank you so much, Adrian.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  10. I’d like to believe that I always look at things like that, but I probably don’t.

    November 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    • I think it’s probably a good thing to keep in our minds when we’re out there.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  11. Nut Balls

    Absolutely beautiful, Dad. My last hikes in the canyons had a similar quality to them….

    November 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    • Thank you, Nathan…and I’m sure they did….

      November 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  12. Heartafire

    It would be wonderful to absorb all of the beauty nature has gifted us…seems like life gets in the way. Pity. Beautiful shots.

    November 18, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    • Thank you, Hollie…and yes, Life does get in the way sometimes, doesn’t it?

      November 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  13. So true, Scott. Beautiful words and pictures. Thanks.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:07 am

    • Thank You, Dreams and Zeros.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  14. And there’s such a richness in these images! Sometimes when I look at things through my camera lens it’s like I’m seeing them for the first time.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    • Not to be punny…but it’s amazing how that brings about such a change to our “focus.” 😉

      November 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  15. Lovely lovely blog post, love the photos and love love your words!

    November 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

    • You’re very kind, Yvonne….thank you. 🙂

      November 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  16. Beautiful images and words, Scott.

    November 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    • Thank you, Meanderer.

      November 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  17. It’s so hard to present something like this without careening off into cliches or sentimentalism, but you sure succeeded. And it’s uncanny how well each separate image works with its line of text. OK, and not to mention that of course I’m with you on the idea. This post really rises above the norm!

    November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    • It’s very real to me, Lynn…stirring…. Thank you for your nice words…and I’m glad you’re here with me, too. 🙂

      November 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  18. Very spiritual, Scott…..your words, your photos…….and the connection that people have through a common experience of life on Earth…….very special.

    November 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    • Thank you, John…I so appreciate your perspective….

      December 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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