fallen. broken. dead.
During my visit to Yellowstone National Park, I watched many visitors walk past this tree. No longer standing to its great size, it cast a different image than what it provided for many decades if not centuries.
What many viewed as a dead tree, I thought otherwise and decided to take a closer look. Visible to all that would look beyond "the dead tree" was very intricate detail telling the history and life of this tree.
Like many things in life, it's about the perspective you use to view a situation or thing. Often times, when something is not doing what it has always done, it appears to be useless. I approach it a bit differently when I view it through my photographic eye and heart.
When I stumble upon such a sight, I see that the tree is showing me what it's really about. That its beauty is not just in the towering image that has stood there for so many years, but also in the details and character that lies within, like all things -- at its roots.
When you can shift your perspective and see situations or things in new light, you're able to see a broader purpose. For me, this tree continues to grow. Maybe not in the ground, but as my artistic inspiration and constant reminder that perspective is key, in all things related to my roots -
art & life.
same image. different perspective.