The Curves of the Earth
Our lives are stories created from poignant moments punctuated by moments of simplicity, excitement, business, sadness or just empty feeling stretches where ambivalence can creep in. Sometimes we influence our story and there are other times where it feels as if the story is happening to us in a way that is beyond our control. This image is symbolic of such a journey. The camping trip that brought us here was a planned moment of tranquility in the midst of a busy summer. We often choose the 4th of July weekend to get away from the noise (not just figuratively!) of the business of life. The site we had hoped to get was occupied, so we chose a different location. It turned out that what we had originally planned was not nearly as good as what we ended up with. I went for a little walk with my camera as the sun was setting. I was distracted by an artist worthy palette of colors that sprinkled the landscape. At this elevation, July 4th is the beginning of Spring and the variety of wildflowers was astounding. As I wandered along, I stumbled upon a meltwater pond that I had not seen before. The heavy snow from the winter of ’19 had left large drifts behind and the water that seeped from them created an incredible reflecting pool. The shallow pool was warmer than the crisp evening air and wisps of vapor rose off the surface like dancers on a mirrored stage. I was awestruck by the composition that had presented itself to me. Glacier Lilies thrived in the cool soil at the base of the snowfields. The gentle curves of the rolling hills reflected so alluringly in the calm water that I probably wouldn’t even have needed the dramatic peak as an exclamation point on the moment. Oh, and the part of this image that speaks to how we can influence our story is this; a large cloud bank off to the west completely shut down the sunset. It went from pale yellow to gray in just a short moment. We are simply not in control of everything. This image has remained, unedited, on a portable hard drive for several years just waiting for me to influence the story and make something of it. I have unashamedly added some color to this image and I love the story that it tells!