Perspective. It’s easy to lose it during troubled times. A drive through the desert restored my perspective. Maybe it will help you, too.
A Desert in Bloom
“This looks like the end of the road,” Pedro said. “I think I’ll back up and try the other one.”
The road had narrowed as it twisted around boulders, dipped into washes, and turned at sharp angles as it wended its way up the hillside. Pedro had to engage four-wheel drive to navigate.
“When you back up, can you stop at the intersection so I can take a photo?”
For the past four hours he’d humored me every time I wanted to stop the vehicle to shoot photos of the gorgeous desert flowers. He backed up and I jumped out almost before the vehicle stopped moving. A road curved off to the right, and a profusion of lupine grew down the middle between the rocky tracks.
Perfect. I snapped photos with my phone, then pulled out my DSL and started getting closer and closer to the blooms. I swapped out my telephoto zoom lens for a macro lens, changing my perspective once again. As I wandered along the road, the warm air wafted the minty perfume of chia flowers each time I brushed against one.
I snapped with abandon and felt giddy with the joy of a desert in bloom. By the end of the day, I felt replete with beauty.
Perspective Changes Everything
A week later, I finally had time to sort through all my photos, and what I saw reminded me how perspective changes everything. No photo seemed to catch the stunning beauty of a carpet of flowers across the desert. But a few came close.
Each time I swapped out a lens, I changed the perspective of my shots. But until I sat at the computer and processed the photos, I couldn’t see everything. The tiny glistening part of the owl closer that hung above the yellow parts of the petals. Minute green bugs crawling across the petals of a colorful bloom. The garden within the fuchsia walls of a cactus blossom.
Perspective changes everything. People we see from afar become beautiful mysteries that glisten when we take time to get to know them. Good news sprouts green hope in troubled times. As we lean in to pandemic life, we rediscover the garden of our family within the walls of our homes.
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