Lens-Artists Challenge #47 – Elements
“A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you.”
“If precious metals had been abundant, they would not have been precious.”
This week Amy has asked us to explore the fundamental elements of existence defined by ancient Chinese culture – wood, metal, fire, water and earth. Today’s science has identified somewhat more significant elements – such as the atom for example – but those might be a bit more difficult to photograph 🙂. So in response to Amy’s challenge, the image above features a double hit including both metal and water. I came across the “sculpture/Fountain/Water Distribution System” during a recent visit to Scottsdale, Arizona. While there I also captured the wood image below as I was hiking to photograph their glorious superbloom. I loved that the fallen cactus had become a vessel around which the blossoms were thriving – a testament to nature’s resilience.
“Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
As for water, I was surprised to come across these beautiful spoonbills last week foraging in a nearby marsh. Typically they”d have left our area by now. They serve as a gentle reminder of the dependence of all living things on the availability of fresh water. As Sylvia Earle said “No water, no life.”
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”
I’ve previously shared several images of the beautiful rose walls of Petra in Jordan. Perhaps more amazing than the walls themselves is the glow of the canyons as they are kissed by the rays of the sun. To my eye it seems they are as if on fire as the shadows and sunlight dance across the rocky chasms. (See what I did there? 🙂)
“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”
The candles below are a more literal portrayal of the fire element captured during our visit to Israel this past fall. Pausing in the quiet of a church vestry one can often feel the emotions of the remembrance of loved ones lost. As we here in the U.S. celebrate Memorial Day, let it serve as a reminder of the true spirit of the day – to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and the families they’ve left behind.
“The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire.”
Thanks to Amy for her very unique challenge. To view her post, click here. Be sure to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you, and hopefully tune in next week for Challenge #48 right here on Travels and Trifles. Have a great week everyone.