“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln
A few days ago I was enjoying my garden — reading, relaxing and taking the occasional photograph with my new camera. Suddenly I looked above my head, and there were dragonflies flying right above me. I hurriedly snapped a picture and, oh joy, when I checked my camera, I could actually see the dragonfly in the picture! This got me thinking…when I saw the dragonfly through my camera, it was beautiful It was an image, a moment, that I captured. A thing of beauty. This is one of the reasons that I love to take pictures, because when I hold the camera up to my eye, I am seeing things in a whole new way.
The morning glory vine that annoys me so becomes an explosion of colors.
The banana tree I can’t get rid of becomes a contrast of bright green across the blue sky.
It’s a whole new way of seeing things, and it’s exciting! On a normal day, dragonflies swarm at my front door, and sometimes they fly inside, which drives my cats crazy. In fact, in a recent battle between cat and dragonfly, my favorite lamp was the only casualty. My last cat ate a dragon fly, got sick, and threw it back up on the floor. Dragonflies can be a nuisance. But through my camera, dragonflies became beautiful.
The next time you see something in a negative light, imagine holding a camera to your eye, then look at it again. Through a new lens, it may become a thing of beauty, of wonder, or maybe it will tell an interesting story.
Life is all how we perceive it. This is a lesson I learned from my camera.