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It is with some shyness that I find myself at a place where water, ice, and earth greet each other. On a chill morning, it is a quiet place, one that asks little of me. Indeed it is a place that barely acknowledges its own presence – a mere shift of cloud and sunlight would change these elements in profound ways. So I notice, and honor, the tenuousness of this visual moment. It’s what I’ve been looking for without knowing it. Tramping alone, I am cold and glad to be here.
I have been attentive to edges lately, edges and decay and reflections, my old friends. What draws me is the presence of these elements and something that I feel in my heart without concept or words. In this place I am at a borderline, a small, hectic outpost of change. It is inherent in this particular and personal mix of freezing water, earth, branches, leaves, animals, wind. And what attracts me is that in this bustling inevitability there is profound stillness. It resembles moments in meditation when stillness dominates even as action becomes imaginable. I aim to appreciate stillness in whatever form it manifests.
So, our days begin lengthen as they will. We do nothing but notice and are blessed by our knowledge that can bring hints of spring. We know the ice will melt, that imagined action will emerge from stillness. What we may also remember is that our heart need not wait for some thaw, that it might sing, right now, of the flowing even when ice remains solid, when it is cold and far from thaw.
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers with a career stretching over twenty years. As a motion picture director, he had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was thirty. Twenty years as a freelance photographer for National Geographic earned him a reputation as a world-class photojournalist. Turning to advertising, Jones rose to the forefront of corporate creative marketing photographing national advertising campaigns for Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines. He has published nine books, including California!, Visions Of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost, A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature Of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Dewitt’s column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine. He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Drama and holds a Masters Degree in film making from UCLA. Dewitt is recognized as a world-class lecturer. His knowledge of the creative process, his relaxed and genuine style, and his ability to communicate make his presentations truly outstanding.
Perspectives on nature by Bert Jackson…
It inevitably comes as a profound surprise to me when I easily slip into hopefulness. It is as though my trust in the goodness of this life is so shaky that I will believe in the permanence of whatever uncomfortable reality happens to be sitting in front of me. The comfortable is a bit harder to see, harder to expect.
And yet in truth it doesn’t take much to brighten my world, to shift me out of my guarded stance and allow me to appreciate my suddenly gentle, soft, easy surroundings. And, of course, I will notice sooner or later that hopefulness slips away just as easily. Is there a pattern?
Yes, and not the first I’ve noticed it. What I am learning and relearning endlessly is that the name of the game – or at least MY game – is sitting with what’s in front of me, knowing that my role is to cultivate patience and equanimity that is distinct from the rightness or wrongness of the feelings or actions that confront me, to hold that in my heart, knowing that I have been here before and will be here again.
Emily is a good family friend and photography student. She is one of those people who lights up a room with her enthusiasm, joy and love. She is an excellent dancer and has proven to be a staunch friend and collaborator to one of our daughters.
Emily J. says of her photographs:
I took these in the fall on my college campus. I like taking pictures during the daytime. The sunlight is what brings so much beauty to the photographs. The colors in the pictures are very vibrant, especially those of the fall leaves. Taking pictures, for me brings me closer to nature, and allows me to be a more careful observer. It allows me to become more spiritual.