Awake to Seeing the World Differently

The great thing about photography is the different ways you can see the world. I was recently hiking through a forested area and noticed a downed pine tree. Now pine trees in the Pacific Northwest are very, very tall! In my standing up vision, a downed tree looks like a natural part of the forest. What does it look like if I crouch down? A never ending path.

What have you awakened to this week? Where are you seeing things differently?

This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jeremiah 6:16a

“You enter the forest at the darkest point,where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ~Joseph CampbellThe Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.~Psalm 16:11

"You cannot travel the path until you become the path itself."~Buddha

Downed Tree or True Path by Terri Stewart
Downed Tree or True Path
by Terri Stewart

Essay and photo by Terri Stewart


  1. jrcowles said on April 30, 2014
    I'm glad you kept a "log" of this experience ... 8-) ... Seriously ... one of my favorite places on the planet is just inside Mt. Rainier Natl Park: the Grove of the Patriarchs. (It was probably named that when gender equality wasn't on anyone's radar screen.) I like to walk through there in high summer, when the heat of the sun brings out the aroma of wood & trees. Even at high noon, it's deep twilight & quiet-quiet-quiet. It's a natural cathedral.
    1. Terri said on April 30, 2014
      Yes! Back in my unchurched day, I used to say that nature was my cathedral. It really still is.

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