This week I went to the Natural History Museum with my daughter to see the Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There were hundreds of the most extraordinary photographs of animals, birds, insects, mountains, flowers – in fact almost all life on Earth was represented here. (The only life not on show was human life.)
Each photograph captured a split second in the life of a creature or a scene, in a way that we don’t ordinarily see and the result is the most amazing, beautiful, vast diversity of life depicted in full glory. Each picture seems to be a small fragment in a story, a freezing of time, that makes one wonder what happened before and what will come next. Life in these photos was stunningly bigger than ‘normal’, more poignant more real even, more …. well you will have to have a look for yourself, click on the link above.
The exhibition was so inspiring it is difficult to take it all in and it reminded me of the words at the end of the film American Beauty….
It’s hard to stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once and it’s too much.
My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst.
And then I remember to relax and to stop trying to hold onto it
And then it flows through me like rain.
And I can’t feel anything but gratitude
For every single moment of my stupid little life.
To watch this go to You Tube American Beauty