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Monday, November 20, 2006

Shadows


Larger Than Life
Camels cast long shadows under the late-day sun as they search for grass in Oman.

Photograph by George Steinmetz, published in National Geographic. Taken in February 2004 on assignment for National Geographic, this photograph shows a unique aerial perspective of The Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. George Steinmetz took the picture looking straight down while piloting his motorized paraglider near Wadi Mitan, a remote part of Oman close to where Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Yemen meet. Since it first appeared in National Geographic, it has been included in numerous additional publications and exhibitions.

Update: Jac posted the most beautiful comment, that I want to share here in case you don't click on the comments link:

Jac said...
I had a bad night sleep last night. So in the morning when I looked at this picture it made me think that the camels are our consciousness, and the HUGE shadows are our worries, fears, concerns, expectations. Just as our worries loom large but are really only illusion, so it is in life. Sometimes the world doesn't even get to see the real us for all the shadows we cast around!

9 comments:

Miranda said...

Thats a cool pic!

Steve said...

that is really awesome! :)

Jac said...

I had a bad night sleep last night. So in the morning when I looked at this picture it made me think that the camels are our consciousness, and the HUGE shadows are our worries, fears, concerns, expectations. Just as our worries loom large but are really only illusion, so it is in life. Sometimes the world doesn't even get to see the real us for all the shadows we cast around!

Fiona said...

Isn't it just Miranda...such a beautiful image!!

Steve ... I stared at it for AGES *VBS*

Jac...what a wonderful comment and it's worthy of pushing onto the post itself...hope you don't mind *S*

~TVS said...

I can prove that worrying works because most of the things I worry about never happen....

Fiona said...

Hahahahhah ~tvs - let's not stop worrying just yet then!

I sometimes think worrying is just examining all possibilities surrounding a situation.

But yes, I absolutely have sometimes allowed my true self to be 'overshadowed' by fears ... I'm actively working at changing that!!

Jac said...

Well, to make light of my previous worries, here's Robert Burns "To a Mouse."
"But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

Okay enough worries for THIS week. Thanks for the shout out :)

Fiona said...

aaaaah Rabbie!! Recites that in the requisite Scottish accent!

Sunny Delight said...

I do love the pic...I shared it with a few I know too...and funny I almost posted it on my blog..but had the thought that you would *VBS* and jac's comment...oh so very true!

 

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