A Quiet Moment: Lens-Artists Challenge 102

I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.

Chaim Potok

On a recent journey through the Great Smoky Mountains, we understood Patty’s Lens-Artists Challenge for this week: “A Quiet Moment” since, we, too, were searching for the hushed beauty of nature. But it wasn’t just the loveliness of what we saw as we pulled over to gaze quietly; it was also the way travelers, including ourselves, stood (or sat) in awe — and in silence.

People had come to escape as well as appreciate the natural environment — escape from the confinement brought on by the corona virus or the closeness of family life or the routine of staying at home for days on end.

A couple gazes into the distance from the Foothills Parkway of the Great Smoky Mountains

Nature, too, was in sync with the quiet. Flowers bloomed, greens got greener, and bees went about their business in silence gathering sustenance for the next round of productivity.

And who wouldn’t want to take in the beauty and revel in the quiet on the winding roads of the Foothills Parkway? Layers upon layers of color stand quietly in the distance framed by tall, dark trees stretching their arms outward to get into the picture.

Layers of color as seen from the Foothills Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains

It’s nature’s artwork that’s created each and every day as quietly moving clouds cast shadows atop the peaks . . . and then move on.

Clouds form dark and light shadows on the peaks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

If I could, I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.

Emily Dickinson

May you, as well, have quiet moments today.

Rusha & Bert

For more entries in this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment, go to Patti’s blog P. A. Moed and click on the links at the bottom.

34 thoughts on “A Quiet Moment: Lens-Artists Challenge 102

  1. Leya

    Thank you for sharing thoughts and images of quiet beauty. Yes, we are lucky to have nature close by – this is a lovely series. And I do love the Dickinson quote.

  2. We Travel Happy

    Wonderful pictures Rusha. We try to find quiet, alone moments, too, especially now that our entire family is together at home everyday. We allow each other to have moments to alone. My hubby browsing though netflix, I and kneading my bread, my teen and his guitar, my little one and his toy car. 🙂

  3. dawnkinster

    I love the Smokey Mountains. Last time I drove up from Alabama I made a short detour just so I could drive a few miles through the mountains, looking for that layered blue look I love so much. Your photos are beautiful!

  4. Tina Schell

    Those of us who are surrounded by nature sometimes take it for granted. A truly beautiful reminder of the importance of recognizing and appreciating it Rusha. Your thoughts and images are perfection this week!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks, Tina. Since we don’t have any big trips planned, we’re trying to re-connect with some beautiful places near us. We’re very fortunate to have the Smokies, and we could visit at least four times a year to catch the various seasons and not see the same thing twice. Don’t take Kiawah for granted either. It’s a piece of heaven on earth.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks for taking a look. We live near this area. Since we’ve been curtailing our travel lately, we are enjoying the views near to us. And we should. It’s remarkable. We just take it for granted.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much. It’s interesting to watch people get out if their cars or off their motorcycles talking as they’re walking to the edge of the lookout place. And then they begin to whisper or just stand and look out at the horizon without saying anything. The scenery really does have a calming effect on almost everyone. Thanks for commenting!!

      1. Wind Kisses

        You are welcome. I often step back when I see people approaching the Grand Canyon for the first time. Not necessarily a calm. More awe than anything. . Have a good week.

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