|Smoke on the Mountain - Isle of Skye, Scotland|
It is hard, however, to ignore the rumblings in Washington right now. After months of contentious election rhetoric we seem to be unable to let it go. I won't talk specifically about the divisiveness and the out right hostilities from both sides of the aisle, you just have to listen to the nightly news for that. I only offer this image as a possible focus for our meditations on the dilemmas we, as a nation, are facing. If you do not live in the US, no matter, politics (like death and taxes) is something we all share. I thought it would be a good exercise in the practice of contemplative photography.
Along with this image I include a quote from Henry David Thoreau (from Corrine Smith's new book, "Westward I go Free"). It was written in 1861 during an even more turbulent era in our history. I've often found it helpful to pair the literary with the visual and when I read the quote, this photograph sprung to mind for some reason.
I am not advocating a "head in the sand" approach for we all know where that leads us but sometimes we just need a break! So, mull over the quote and the photograph above and make of it what you will....
"Blessed are they that never read a
newspaper, for they shall see Nature, and
through her, God."
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