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.
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.
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.
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