I assume you like to look at beautiful pictures? Maybe that’s one reason you follow photography blogs.
Well, what if I were to talk about a beautiful photo this time instead of showing it to you?!
Oh, let me tell you! It is amazing. The foliage is so lush, the greens so vibrant! The leafy canopy and cloudy skies overhead do a great job of banishing any dappled light that would so obviously ruin the scene. There is this one giant rock on kind of in the middle of the photo (but just a little left of center) and it has like this thin layer of moss on it, as do most of the other rocks around it, except for this one rock closer to the top right corner that is basically covered with this mess of branches that blend oddly with background but create this neat depth effect. There are these splotchy dark brown spots in the slightly lighter brown water in the bottom third of the picture and….
And I’m probably boring you to death.
Because I’d rather see a picture than hear about one any day!
Is it not the same with other beautiful things we desire to share with others?
I read this poem the other day, and couldn’t help but think how one good action, like a picture, is worth many thousands of words:
I’d Rather See a Sermon
by Edgar Guest
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.
So, instead of me just telling you about my photo, I do think it would be better to show it to you. 🙂
Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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