“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama
I have always loved the above quote. It is a good life lesson on doing what you can to make the world better. Of course, it is also a reminder that those little things in life are worth noticing.
When I travel in Nature, I keep the second lesson in mind. It is relatively easy to see the grand vistas, the big trees, the grandiose features. I find it is also worthwhile to look smaller, so to speak. To see the little wonders that are all around, the ones that are especially easy to overlook. Spring wildflowers give great opportunities to get lost in the details.
But Winter offers its own small wonders as well. The bald eagles and sandhill cranes I saw were glorious, but the soft subtle beauty of their feathers was incredible as well.
The following photos are some of the other wondrous details I noticed on my recent Winter Trip.
“Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” Paulo Coelho
“Imagination makes you see all sorts of things.” Georgia O’Keefe
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“Close scrutiny of an object in nature will nearly always yield some significant fact. . . . “ John Burrough
“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and unmeasurable.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” Vladimir Nabokov
“God is in the details.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
This post is my response to Lens Artist Photo Challenge 34 Close Up. Also, note that the opening quote is often attributed to a range of people, not always just the Dalai Lama.
SOMEHOW IT FELT COLDER ONCE I NOTICED THIS RAVEN IN THE TREE.