The Nature of Old Indian

17 08 2012













There are many things I love. The practice of photography being high on the list. Most of you also know I’m a Christian though I consider myself a bit more liberal than many. I love all people and insight into the lifestyle of another person is fascinating.

We are fundamentally all the same. Made of the same stuff, function the same way. I can relate and empathize because I can visualize myself in your shoes. There is a world though that mortal man cannot fully comprehend. A life so subtle we may not even register it as such. Today I’m going back to my roots with a post more reminiscent of my early blogging style. With no further ado, I present the nature of Old Indian.

The shallow depth of field combined with the fairly neutral background strongly draws your eye to the flower. The petals were really interesting to me, the way every other one was so wilted. I left the image a hair underexposed to emphasis the somber mood. Capturing a generally very bright and cheerful subject in a somber light gives the viewer a deeper sense of emotion than simply making a happy thing look happy or a sad thing look sad.

In stark contrast to the previous picture I left this mushroom a little on the bright side. For me, the shallow depth of field draws my eyes from right to left (foreground to background.) This gives my brain just enough time to tell itself it’s looking at a rotting log before it happens upon the subject, the mushroom. Normally a mushroom doesn’t scream life but in contrast to a rotting log, it’s a bright and cheerful spot in this image.


This is a very subtle image. Sometimes there just aren’t enough words too describe the simplest images.

The touch of man. Not so pronounced as a lumber corporation clear cutting a beautiful forest but perhaps more touching in a way. I heard it said that a single death is a tragedy and a thousand deaths is a statistic. I don’t consider myself a hippie by any means and I know wood is a foundation of our society but it’s still important to take a moment to appreciate the things we take from nature. When we stop recognizing we live symbiotically with the world around us we will destroy it completely.


Windswept. I maintained a shallow depth of field to blur out the dull distracting background. I sacrificed a lot of the flowers but I’ve learned when shooting nature, one-thing in focus is usually better than everything in focus.

The complexity here is beautiful. Hundreds of tiny splinters of wood lacing in every direction. Nature does modern art far better than we ever will.

I hope you enjoyed the post today. I love hearing from you so leave me a comment and I’ll try to respond. Follow the blog to keep up with the goings on and there are links for my Twitter and Facebook somewhere around here 🙂

Thanks for reading and God Bless, -Arley






10 responses

17 08 2012

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. Joseph Stalin

17 08 2012

Great post (but the edges of those orange daylillies are not wilting – that rippled edge is part of the actual flower bloom).

Love the pics of the broken tree trunks – the image really speaks to me.

17 08 2012

Learn something new every day!

17 08 2012

My favorite part of this blog is learning so much from my friends far more knowledgable about the things I photograph than I know. Thanks for the feedback!

18 08 2012

Arley, thank you for your informative and instructive comments. I learn so much from your blog.

18 08 2012

…and I love looking at what you see through your lens.

19 08 2012

The little mushroom looks like he got left behind.

1 09 2012

Your photos make me feel like I was right there!

15 09 2012
Karen (formerly kcinnova)

“a single death is a tragedy and a thousand deaths is a statistic.”

This, I think, is why I showed my 13yo son a brief clip from 9/11 that showed people jumping, falling, from the WTC towers. It was his moment of realization that it wasn’t about airplanes and buildings, it was about individual people… nearly 3,000 of them.

Focusing on one thing — whether that is a tree, a flower, or a person — helps us understand the importance of everyone and everything. (I’ll refrain from going into a sermon here, but think of God becoming a man and walking the earth so we could get a better glimpse and realization of who God is.)

19 10 2012

I like the connection you made here. I’m a Christian and agree that the personification of God helps us to better identify with the person of God and recognize what we were created to be.

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