Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Possibilities and the Power of Gratitude

Possibilities, originally uploaded by jimcrotty.com.
With this image, posted on my flickr page, I included a quote from St. Francis of Assisi: "Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

The scene is the setting sun beyond the Cross Island Bridge, spanning Broad Creek on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The moment was this past Saturday evening, while bringing my boat (something I never thought previously of owning let alone operating).The frame of mind was - and still is - one of thankfulness and gratitude.

The opportunity to live in a place where there is so much natural beauty and the added blessing of being able to record and capture all the wonderful nature that's just outside my door with camera and lens. And now to be just a couple of weeks away from opening a new photography studio and gallery.

It's funny how much can happen in a relatively short amount of time when we learn to let go of what it was that we've been fighting for so long, coming to the realization that the only person who holds us back, knocks us down and places limits on what we can achieve lies within us.

The power of gratitude. The discovery of grace. Peace in knowing what it is to forgive but more importantly, to be forgiven.

This is why there is much more to my nature photography than just pretty pictures.

Look closely and sometimes you see something of the photographer - the artist - that was there all along, waiting for the storm to subside. Something that goes beyond light, subject and composition.

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