Every day we each encounter some part of nature. whether it be a garden or grass or a tree or two. Maybe you have house plants or a roof top garden. Or you see the struggle to survive as a vine begins to push its way through concrete walls and cracks in sidewalks. Nature surrounds us and we share this world with an amazing array of colors, shapes and sizes of living things and what we call non-living things. Each serves a function. Each has a purpose. But do we ever really look? Really look deeper or closer as to the parts that make up the whole? Micro vs macro.
Samantha Kennedy used her macro lens, a Sigma 105mm f 2.8, to capture this amazing image of a sunflower!!! Upon seeing it for the first time, who knew that the tiny disk florets are miniature heart shapes!!! The incredible discovery just opens a new world to those who view the image and in a world of stressful times, what is better than to take a few moments to see that love abounds. Macro photography allows for the photographer to capture parts of the whole in a way that challenges our sense and realigns what we see. It opens an amazing world of those hidden parts many of us are unaware of.
The world is made from parts of the whole. Each part plays an important role in the greater picture. We each have purpose in this world and we each add to the whole in ways that the individual cannot do alone. Please, take a moment to view Samantha’s stunning macro photo. You can see the tiny heart-shaped florets! They are each amazing by themselves but put each individual floret into a group and they can function and survive better in the group then alone. With only one single floret the sunflower would don’t be able to survive.
We need each other in this world and nature reflects to us so many hidden parts. Times are tense and like many, people only see the surface not the larger context or the hidden parts. Cooperation helps us all to survive and appreciate the roles we each came to play. After all we are here to shine for a short period of time in the spirit of cooperation. Compassion helps us to see the roles of others and we can then begin to step into one of cooperative effort, after all we are in this life together to shine our best light forward and be the best we can be. Let’s work together for a better world and bring our hidden gifts to a world in need.
Samantha, Lynda, Jan