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A Poetic Snapshot of ourselves…



The steering wheel of the car turned to the left,
then to the right
Then various forms of scenery continued to stream by
Later, the brake pedal was depressed (not that
the mind was)
and slowing down ensued
The car door opened; the camera’s 
parameters were adjusted; the lens
cover came off and 
shots were taken
A little bit of the beauty was (in a 
superficial kind of way) captured; but
most of the majestic beauty was
left behind
The true beauty of Nature has not been, and never will be,
merely captured in a superficial photograph; it has not been,
nor will it ever be, captured in
a mere symbolic description consisting of words (which
merely are learned symbols)
The lens cap was put back in place;
the car door opened; then again, various forms
of scenery continued to stream by
The steering wheel turned to the right,
then to the left
The car door again opened
The front door of the house unlocked and
the computer turned on
We, who take photos with fancy,
modern inventions, need to be more humble
We don’t really capture Nature, though in a way, we
try to, (which is good and wonderful sharing in its own way;
but we can do better), and we shouldn’t take too much credit

for conveying Nature when 
so many of our fossil fuels and fancy machines are 
destroying Nature
We would do well to be more
environmentally active besides being 
Nature is beautiful
Again, we don’t really ever capture Mother Nature
with our little metallic, glass, and plastic machines; nor do
we really capture Mother Nature with the symbolic thoughts that we are

We need to be better environmentalists
Then, just maybe, Mother Nature will truly capture

A close friend. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

25 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. Beautiful poem and pics! I’m a big fan of dragonflies, and they are not easy to capture! We may never capture nature with our pics, but that will never stop me from trying!


  2. So true. The camera’s eye, nor words can adequately capture nature’s full impact when viewed. Quite often, nature is a speechless capture…silencing the soul. ~Storm


  3. You are completely right, Thomas. You think a lot about the enivronment and everybody should do that, that’s for sure. Nature cannot be captured by a photo, that’s true. You can’t transfer temperatures, the sun, smells, the wind etc. Nature can only be captured by our hearts and souls. Kind regards Mitza


    • Thanks so much for your insightful perceptions, Mitza! 🙂
      I’m not at all into politics, but i was actually crying a couple of days ago, when i further realized that one of the U.S. presidential candidates — the one who cares most about helping the environment and going beyond fossil fuels — is not doing so well with getting votes. Many people may not realize it, or care about it, but if we don’t radically change our polluting ways soon… it will be too late (later on) to do something about it.
      We can be intelligent and caring (or not)!


      • I’m really shocked to see what kind of people will become the next president of the United States, Thomas. I would prefer you for president because you think about the environment. I’m sorry that your favorite candidate didn’t get enough votes. Gosh if this DT gets president you have to emigrate to Hamburg, hehe. Inspite of the fact that stupidity rules the world, unfortunately, I wish you a wonderful weekend with Tweetie etc. Regards Mitza

      • We keep talking about leaving the country if Trump becomes president. Crass and barbaric people continue voting for crass and barbaric people; it is like a nightmare coming to life! China is using Trump’s popularity as proof that democracy doesn’t work… and top scientists are saying Trump’s presidency would bring the world much closer to a nuclear holocaust! Hoping your upcoming week is superb and DT free! 🙂

  4. So true. Driving down the road I see photos everywhere. Even the most mundane of things, a street light, a mud puddle, the color of the seed heads in a field of grass, they all inspire. I don’t stop, most of the time, wanting to just experience it, not capture it.


  5. Hey, Tom, how refreshing to find another photographer who’s not afraid to play around with filters and other tools when working with the small folk! I’ve done it a few times, also with flora, but have had some tut-tut and tsk-tsk comments that have sort of given me pause. Love what you did with your dragonfly! -Gary


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