There is so much beauty around when you take the time to look closely. Sometimes I find that I need to stop, kneel down, and really lean in to find what I might have missed with a quick glance. On the beach the other day I noticed the brilliant blue of sea creatures–I had seen these before, they wash up on the shore from time to time. As I bent down to photograph them, I noticed the ladybug and the sea grass creating a sort of found still life…an interesting piece of living art. (I did a bit of research and found that these creatures are called velella, they are propelled only by wind and waves so can’t get themselves back in the water once they are washed on the shore.)
A look up and the moon caught my attention above the cliffs. I love the browns of the eroded hillside framed by the greens and purples of the plants growing, all against the brilliant blue sky…with just the tiny hint of the moon just above the shoulder of the cliff.
I was surprised and delighted to find these stacks of stones all lined up. Someone had taken time to find some balance in the smoothed rocks, creating stack after stack along the ledge. High tide made the beach narrow, pushing me up toward the cliff line…where I couldn’t miss this whimsical sight.
And sometimes nature’s art is in the framing. This seagull looks like it is “on duty,” a feathered lifeguard keeping an eye on all who are enjoying the beach!
And I don’t have to go to the beach to enjoy nature’s art. I noticed these same purple blooms that I had seen in my neighborhood on our school campus earlier this week. We had invited our students to take a photo to use as an element of their Mother’s Day project. I found myself looking with an eye to light and shadow, as well as working to capture the delicate brilliance of the bloom in the foreground.
This lily-like flower also caught my eye. The oranges and yellows seem to be highlighted by the diffuse light peeking through the shadows–yet another example of nature’s art.
And in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon, on a walk to the park with my 14 month old grandson, I spied the brilliant red of this fuzzy guy. A closer look brought the contrasting green and yellow bloom into focus. My friend called this plant kangaroo paws–such an oddly beautiful plant.
So, take a look around… Where do you find nature’s art? I love that my camera reminds me to look at the usual in new and different ways–so be sure to look closely and consider light and shadow, framing, nature’s arrangement…and more.
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What is nature offering up this week? Take a look around and share your view of nature’s art with us!