This week, Tina has for us as the theme of Lens-Artists Challenge is: Harmony
I focused on nature in this post. Whenever I’m in nature, I have a sense of being part of it, being blended into it. I think that’s a sense of harmony with nature. When we travel, I feel at awe of what I see and wish the images stay with me forever, or I could stay with nature forever. That’s one of the reason I came home from a trip with thousands of photos. Every single one was precious except the ones I moved the camera and took photos of my feet or something else instead of the scene.
I searched for some quotes and was happy to find the ones regarding different aspects of harmony in nature.
“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” – Aldo Leopold
My husband and I have been watching nature documentary every night before bedtime for more than two years. Conservation is a relatively new concept for only decades. We lost a big part of rain forest for new city development or agriculture. Yet Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet for their role in absorbing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and producing oxygen, upon which all animals depend for survival. Rainforests also stabilize climate, house incredible amounts of plants and wildlife, and produce nourishing rainfall all around the planet. When we traveled to Alaska, we heard so much about the climate change and global warming felt drastically in this region.
“He who is in harmony with nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking.” – Confucius
This is such a great wisdom that when we are in harmony with nature, we just feel right and natural. When human being forces on nature to do what conceived as beneficial to us, we created discord against nature.
“The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare
We can hear the wind, the running water of streams, the rain drops, the thunder, the sound of the ocean, the rustling of leaves, chirping of birds, howling of animals… to name just several. Together, they make great music.
“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” – Paul Cezanne
Botanical gardens are just one form of art parallel with nature. I’m sure you can think of many art forms in perfect harmony with nature.