Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Remnant of Forests Past

A hundred years ago, or so,
This tree was alive.
Fire took it,
But the forest revived.

Now it stands, blackened and stark,
Sheltering insects,
Holding  moss
Cradling life in its charcoal bark.

26 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful photo and beautiful words! I did a bit of fiction for Magpie Tales this week about forest regeneration after a fire. The regeneration part was from experience and wasn't fiction, although the time was speeded up a bit.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lucy Corrander said...

An example of death supporting life.

Lucy

cieldequimper said...

Lovely post. Thus goes life.

Fabien said...

Très joli noir et blanc, renforcé par les mots qui l'accompagnent.

Anvilcloud said...

Nice poem to go with the picture.

knitwit said...

What a beautiful image--and wonderful words to go with it!

Karen said...

There is a mesmerizing stillness about this photo Dimple. It's beautiful. I love it.

becky said...

A beautiful poem, Louise...lovely words to go with that stark view of the forest. Promising.

todayithink said...

Your wisdom is showing...

Ms. Becky said...

this photo makes me feel as though I'm deep in an ancient forest. I'm in awe.
and I got Molly to purr again!

stardust said...

The tree must be smiling at your lovely words. I'd stand humbled in awe if I were there in person.

Lina Gustina said...

Lovely poem and shot :)

http://www.homezweethome.info/2011/05/railway.html

Birgitta said...

A great photo and a beautiful poem!

http://birgittasfoto.blogg.se

Franius said...

Nice BW Shot!

That forest has something supernatural...

Dragonstar said...

It's wonderful how nature survives. A fine photo.

LauraX said...

so beautiful both the image and you poetry!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Yes it gives life for several even now when it is dead - life after ... as I see it :)

{Liz} said...

great shot

awarewriter said...

Lovely image Dimple. Your B&W skills get better and better. I went to my other park yesterday. Lots of fallen trees and quiet except for the sounds of the birds.

Your photo captures the cycle of life, the 'dead' feeding the new life.

Genie said...

Here nestled against the mountain, we see many of these...it is a common sight. Your picture captured it beautifully. The tree is still pretty and a work of nature without its branches and green leaves.

REJEN said...

Wonderful picture of the burnede three, I just read the story of Ghost, he is a wonderful cat....Have a nice weekend..

NatureFootstep said...

a great shot of the burnt tree.

todayithink said...

What a beautiful cat! As you know I am crazy for cats...and cat people...

David said...

Dimple,
Your description makes this all the more beautiful and thought-provoking.
David/ :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful picture and words both Dimple. It is nice to think about the tree snag sheltering birds and wildlife! The circle of life!

Saun said...

Good job I would have never thought of posting something that had caught on fire. Nice shot