Nature as Inspiration

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.

Photos have a way of making us see the world differently, of making us wake up to what is really there, – even the mundane parts of nature of life can be inspiring.

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

Acacia tree in the Sinai desert

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About Helen Cranston

Helen works as a Nutritonal Therapist at Cotswold Health Centre and occasionally at Penny Brohn Cancer Care. She also works as Coordinator of Green and Away and as Educational Development Manager for the Makhad Trust.
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