Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Top of the List

Focusing on Life was the host (or should I say hostess) to my last post about our senses, then it was our sense of smell.  Given that we have been blessed with 5 senses, I have elected to write about another sense that to me, as I am sure it is to all photographers, must be at the top of the list, the sense of sight.  Oh my, what would we do without our eyes, to see the beauty, the color, the charms of life all around us?  When I think of all the senses; taste, smell, touch, hear and sight, sight has to be paramount as the one I would miss the most if taken away. (altho I would sure miss that aroma of fresh popcorn if smell took leave) As a photographer, our eyes are our greatest tools.  Seeking out and capturing images is a gift granted to those that "see."  And see we do, from the smallest insects to the glory of the sunsets.....



to the laughter of family and the reading of a good book...



Being able to see from the mountains to the prairies and everything in between is truly a blessed gift.



I cannot imagine not seeing the daily surprises that the garden delivers or not witnessing the changing of the seasons....



Not being able to delight in the holidays or to enjoy the sights of the city.....



the shining sun or the heavenly moon would be a monumental loss....


I am a "visual" person, gulping in all that I see, noticing subtle changes that many miss.  Enjoy this gift, these tools that we call eyes.  They are precious, so relish in the sights around you, find joy in all that you see.  Protect and take care of these windows to the world that without question feed our souls, make our hearts happy, and enhance the remainder of our senses.

What sense would you miss the most?  Have you lost any senses or know of someone who has?  Please share....and don't forget there are only a very few days left to post to our FOL flickr pool with our monthly theme..."the sky is the limit."  Sure would like to see those images.  A new theme will be introduced on Friday, June 1st (omg is it June already??!!)  

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." 
~  Ralph Waldo Emerson



14 comments:

Linda said...

I have thought of which sense I would miss the most and it is definitely sight. For all the reasons you listed. I do like to seek out beauty and capture it with the camera!
Lovely images as usual Deanna!

xo,
Linda

heyjudephotography said...

Beautiful images Deanna. And I couldn't imagine going through life without my sense of sight. My Mom is just today at a retina specialist because she is having trouble with her eyesight. Something we take for granted, and definitely shouldn't!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hi Deanna,

Oh, your photography makes me sigh. Oh, and that quote is amazing, I love Emerson. There is something about your photography and the hues that you use that congers up lovely memories for me. I love your work. I too am a visual person and I am so thankful for my eyesight and the gifts of memorizing the beauty around me. Have a gorgeous day.
Karen

terriporter said...

I agree with you that it is our sight that us photographers would miss the most. When I was a child, we used to play the game "would you rather lost your sight or your hearing" and my mom would always say she thought she would miss her hearing most because she loves music so much. I love music too and would definitely miss my hearing but photography brings me so much joy that I know I would pick my sight if given the choice. Your photos are lovely, as always, Deanna. Sure glad I have my sight so I can enjoy them!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Beautiful post! I am always mindful and thankful for my gift of sight. These are truly lovely images.

AFishGirl said...

Picking up a camera is what made me most aware of sight. I've always been myopic and worn glasses all of my life so sight wasn't top of my list. I liked words, books. Great post to remind me of the joy of seeing, brought directly to me by putting a camera in my hands.
Grateful,
Pam

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

When I was in 5th grade we were assigned to write about one of the senses and if we lost it how would we react. I went to the library and looked up sight. I came upon a book about glaucoma. I spent hours upon hours researching. So much so that I became obsessed about loosing my eye sight.

:) Since I have grown up and over came the obsession of "testing" if i was loosing my peripheral vision I still on a daily basis am grateful for my precious eyes.

The way you look at your life and share it with us is one of my blessings. Thank you for you and your eyes.

Hugs
Claudia

leighlovedesign.com said...

I so agree with Pam that photography has really made me keenly aware of my sight. I am very grateful for my sight. Beautiful post Deanna and I love seeing things through your eyes.

kelly said...

i'm a very visual person, so i consider my sense of sight a great blessing. thanks for bringing it to my attention today. :)

Kim Stevens said...

Yep, losing my eyesight would be horrible, but and this is terrible (knock on wood) I was thinking what would I do if I no longer had any arms? Love that white horse and the barn!!

Dotti said...

There is no question that sight is invaluable to those of us who are visual artists. But don't underestimate the value of the sense of hearing, as Terri's mother says. If I had to chose, I'd be hard pressed, so I pray I never have to make that choice. My mother, my sister and I all have varying degrees of hearing loss. As my mother's has progressed, I've watched with great sadness how her isolation grows each time I visit her. It is harder and harder for us to communicate with her, harder and harder for her to be part of our family conversations on those all too rare occasions when we're together. It's a painful thing, so I'd be hard pressed to make that awful, awful choice.

Your photos are right on the money ... love them all.

stephmull said...

I love that you provided us with a plethora of beautiful images to remind us of the wonderful sense of sight! As a lover of photography, my eyesight and being able to "see" the world around me is hugely important. Thanks for the wonderful post!!

Jeanine and Emily said...

Deanna, that barn shot knocked my socks off!

Cathy H. said...

Deanna, this is such a gorgeous set of photos that illustrate your words so well! Since becoming a photogher I've begun to value my sight. I even take vitamins for my eyes. They were suggested since my Mother has macular degeneration and it's hereditary. My uncle also had it and completely lost his sight. My uncle always had a camera around his neck. He is the one that inspired me to begin my journey into photogarphy. I'm so grateful for good eyesight!

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