Before I started photography, I took nature for granted. While I liked pretty flowers, I never noticed their delicate intricacies. However, becoming a photographer changed all that. I now I look at the light shinning through the petals and the stamens holding pollen for the bees.
Guest host I. J. Khanewala‘s challenge is for us to discover the ordinary around us and cherish it. I do cherish nature.
It might be an eagle, hawk or deer.
Or maybe a landscape in the country, an ocean scene or a well known tourist spot.
But what happens when nature itself provides challenges like the wind storm we had last winter. It blew most of the almond blossoms off the trees in the orchards, devastating the almond crop. Ordinarily these trees would be full of blossoms.
But sometimes humankind provides the igniting spark that destroys what nature has taken so long to create.
In one fire season we went from a scene like this.
To a scene like this, taken yesterday. The results from the Caldor fire.
Let’s not take our extraordinary nature for granted any longer. Be careful to leave areas you visit just as you found it–beautiful!