Nov 30, 2014

Instagram Challenge Showcase - Nature

A few years ago, I began work on a book that was never finished. The working title was "A Garden Path to Wisdom". I wrote the introduction and several chapters but never did complete it. Seeing all of the images submitted to the Nature Challenge this week made me think of that book and I went back and re-read my introduction which I'd like to share with you here. 


“Mother Nature” – a name we give to the natural world around us. The dictionary defines mother as, “An origin, source; a woman in a position of responsibility or authority; to give birth to; to care for, nourish and protect.” Is it a coincidence that like a loving mother, our natural surroundings when observed can provide valuable guidance for our own life? Could there be buried beneath the apparent order in our universe divine lessons for living?  
I sense a deep connection when I am in nature – a connection with something other than myself and my own thoughts. For a moment, it seems that I touch the eternal and the infinite. In life’s most difficult moments, I have sought refuge outdoors – to ponder a sunset or silently watch the rhythmic pounding of the surf. There is a clarity that comes. Not even asking questions, I receive answers. If these answers have come by chance, what could I discover on purpose? What lessons would I learn if I stopped long enough to listen to the silence and screams of Mother Nature? 
In my early life, I would have characterized myself as religious – now I choose to call myself spiritual. I believe in a divine intelligence that has created order in our universe (I call this divine intelligence God). I believe this intelligence is also the origin and essence of love. Using those two tenets as my basic philosophy, I believe that by witnessing our natural surroundings we can learn valuable lessons about life and how it should be lived. Revelation should be apparent to the very simple and unlearned as well as the highly educated and economically advantaged, for this is what a loving and intelligent God would do – make the secret of life accessible to all. We can all walk the “Garden Path to Wisdom” just by taking the time to observe the natural order of things. 

Not much has changed over the years, I still find solace in nature. Thanks to everyone who participated. It was hard to select only a sampling of photographs. To view them all, please visit the #aom_nature hashtag on Instagram. 


@mariko_klug
@mariko_klug



@itha_mar
@itha_mar 
@apped_as
@apped_as

@desian66
@desian66

@kaprinski
@kaprinski

@clearerreflections
@clearerreflections

@richardcoombs58
@richardcoombs58

@sirpa9
@sirpa9

@100deletedpeople
@100deletedpeople

@mariannamax
@mariannamax

@patchouli3
@patchouli3

@manfrommarzipan
@manfrommarzipan

@mous.e_
@mous.e_

@contrerasclaudia69
@contrerasclaudia69

@tootz
@tootz

@pamelasweda
@pamelasweda

@theeandrew
@theeandrew

@cyner_g
@cyner_g

@mdjm_ibiza
@mdjm_ibiza

@coppercurls55
@coppercurls55

@nicjusz
@nicjusz

@joo_expo
@joo_expo


@christicarterphoto
@christicarterphoto

@tricia.dewey
@tricia.dewey


@kritterz
@kritterz

@kawol1
@kawol1

@darom77
@darom77

@doctorjazz
@doctorjazz
Stay Tuned! The theme for the next challenge will follow in the next post!

21 comments:

  1. Thanks, dear Geri, for including me in this fantastic showcase. I'm a little bit surprised but very very happy. 😄

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  2. Oh, how gorgeous...thank you for sharing these. Real life has taken away all my photo time. I hope to get back to it one of these days soon, but in the meantime I soak up the beauty of everyone else's! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Geri. :)

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  3. Thank you so much for including me-I am honored! I am just starting out with Instagram, and am having a lot of fun. Tricia Dewey

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  4. Thanks so much for joining in Tricia! Welcome to the Art of Mob challenges!

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  5. Oh, also, if you're on Flickr I think you'd enjoy our Painterly Group called Mob Paint. https://www.flickr.com/groups/painterlyma/

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  6. Real life has a way of doing that, doesn't it! I hope things settle down so I can see more of your lovely work.

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  7. Oops, forgot to say we had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending our youngest granddaughter's first Thanksgiving with her! Hope yours was happy too!

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  8. Thank you Antonio for joining in. I love the wild nature of this photo - it's was very real and beautiful!

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  9. Thank yourself much for including my photo amongst these awesome picture! @kritterz

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  10. Thank you sow much for including me in the showcase!

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  11. Lovely to read your words above, Geri

    and very honored to be part of this again ...
    Thank You!


    Christi Carter

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  12. Thanks for sharing your writing Geri. It is so easy to put those unfinished projects away and forget about them but I am so glad you resurrected this project and maybe just maybe you will keep working on it :)

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  13. As always I'm honored to find myself in such good company! Thanks, Geri. I really love the variety & inventiveness of this gallery. I've often said that I don't feel quite right if a day passes when I don't get off the pavement at least once. You should finish that book!

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  14. Hi David, Thanks for the encouragement on the book - maybe when I retire from blogging I'll finish it! Perhaps by then I may just be wise =) I'm happy you are joining in the challenges - your photo is beautiful!

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  15. Hi Sarah - Yes, with the encouragement from you and a few others here I am thinking that one day I might!

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  16. Hi Christi - Your piece is stunning! Definitely frameworthy!

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  17. You're welcome! Thanks for joining in the challenge.

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  18. Good for you. A little seed planted for the future.

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  19. Geri, thank you for adding in my pink camellia with your showcase on nature. And, I hope you do continue with your writing, even if it's only a paragraph a day!
    tootz (aka thistledownup on Flickr)

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  20. You're welcome Suza! Thanks for the encouragement - I guess I could manage to squeeze in some time now and then!

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