Creation is a daily source of wonder to me. Admittedly, sometimes I’m wondering if I can survive the Washington, DC summer heat and humidity. But most of the time, I am in a state of wonder about the beauty of creation, from water lilies that inspire my canvases to sheep and their peaceful approach to life.
One of the most engaging perspectives on nature I’ve seen recently is a presentation from the website TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to what it calls “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence the name TED). Since then, its scope has expanded and now includes an award-winning TEDTalks video website with a cornucopia of presentations on all sorts of topics.
The one that captured me and I want to share with you is photographer Louie Schwartzberg’s presentation on nature, beauty and gratitude. Here’s how TED describes it:
“Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.”
And here is my own contribution to the wonderment of creation … two of my newest paintings — Water Lily Impressions III and Sheep II.