Approximately 100 feet from this still, limpid pool rages a waterfall.
The photo is deceptive: the scene depicts a quiet and serene image taken at the top of Glenoe Waterfall, but merely 100 feet from this point the same waters flow as a torrent and produce a sound that is deafening. The only thing that has changed is the incline the flowing waters have reached!
How are you inclined? Are you pushing up a hill or are you flowing freely with momentum in the direction of your objectives? Water does not resist - it flows easily over and past all obstacles on its course and will adapt itself to the environment in which it finds itself. ...perhaps we can learn something from water?
In my landscape photography, I try to match my nature to the natural surroundings in which I find myself. Sunlight, wind, water, trees - they all have an energy and when I immerse myself in the scene I empty myself of all the stresses, strains and pressures we humans needlessly, but habitually, put ourselves under.
The mighty bamboo bends in the wind; offering no resistance to what ‘is’ and the waters flow over and around that which stands stead-fast in its path. We can learn a lot from nature if we choose to listen and observe.
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke