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Plumb the Depths

hawkWhenever I think of the word depth, I automatically think of depth perception and its application in photographs and paintings.  Depth perception adds that element of reality, gives three dimensions to a two-dimensional presentation.  The depth is what allows us to see the horizon, to focus on not just the surface or immediate object but the big picture as well, to capture a glimpse across the miles that suggests an ongoing reality.  With depth, the photographs seem to become more than just a moment captured in time; the depth suggests an endless quality, an ongoing view into tomorrow.

Arches National Park, Utah

arches national park

 Big Sur Coastline, California

big sur coast

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

bryce canyon national park

Crescent City, California, Lighthouse

crescent city lighthouse

Grand Canyon, Arizona

grand canyon squirrel

Monument Valley, Arizona

monument valley 2

Rainbow Bridge, Lake Powell, Utah

rainbow bridge lake powell

Yosemite National Park, Glacier Point, California

yosemite glacier point

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Of course, the same basic idea of depth applies to people as well as photographs.  Some might suggest it is through the eyes that we can see the insights, the dimensions within people that make them more than their outer appearance. But depth of character is more fully seen through words and deeds, through the consistent, continuous repetition of the qualities that matter, that help move beyond the superficial or occasional. Depth of character shows the truer broader sense of what each person is all about, highlights the qualities—demonstrated over time—that deem someone worthy of being a lover, friend, leader, hero.

Plumb the depths wherever you find them—vistas or people—for it’s in that dimension that the beauty of life and relationships exists.

Treasure it when you find it!


 “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”  Peter Adams

 “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  Albert Camus

 “And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”  Khalil Gibran

 “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”  Jiddu Krishnamurti

 “It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting.  Are they fun when they happen?  No.  But they are what make us unique. And that’s what I know for sure. . . I think.”  Ellen DeGeneres

“Success comes from taking the initiative and following up. . .persisting. . . eloquently expressing the depth of your love.  What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”  Tony Robbins

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”  Rabindranath Tagore

“The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.”  Leon Trotsky

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”  Evan Esar

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.”  Carl Sagan

NOTE: This was my response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth.  Visit here to see how other bloggers responded.

Comments on: "Plumb the Depths" (5)

  1. Wonderful photos, but what’s that looking at the Grand Canyon? Love the way you ended the post about the depth of people, which was an extra pleasant surprise.

  2. Beautiful photos. Hard to pick a favourite, they are all stunning photos of nature. That squirrel is a brave one to be sitting so close to the ledge. I wouldn’t do that… “an ongoing view into tomorrow”. Love your interpretation of depth 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! Actually I think the squirrel was more worried about me sitting nearby than about the ledge, but he finally got used to me.

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