A thousand words, maybe, but not two eyes

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not-two-eyesNo supermoon for me, much too cloudy. But the lower-humidity “fall” air (temps could fall below 60 soon – gasp!) generates some spectacular displays all its own.

Photography and I are old foes. Either ducking them in my youth or taking them over the years, I’ve not had a friendly or rewarding relationship.

So, it was not surprising that the amazing display I viewed this morning is palely represented by the picture in this post. My surety in its ineffectiveness capturing the glorious view spurred me to write this post.

I’ve seen many amazing pictures posted on social media. I’ve searched and found many amazing pictures on the web for use in my posts. I’ve read many books and seen many amazing high-definition broadcasts of extraordinary beauty.

And they all fail before seeing it in person. It’s not even close.

For instance, this morning, leaving for my morning walk about 20 minutes later yielded an incredible sky of orange and red clouds. I could draw analogies to various movies or comics, but let’s just say it was incomparable.

Now, I’m sure, given time to set up, an accomplished photographer could capture the image. But he couldn’t capture the moment. The eyes can feel as well as see, something we only notice when we are witnessing a visual event live.

I often noticed this phenomenon on my GNABRT. In my road travels through the Pacific Northwest, many a winding road was girded by majestic tall trees, like ancient titans of myth offering either a welcome or a warning, depending on your fancy.

Herds of bison roamed freely, dismissive of the occasional human conveyance noisily passing through their serene morning nosh.

A snow-capped mountain range is impressive to see in pictures and movies. It was so much more in person as I stood on a ledge in Glacier National Park. It was more in ways that pictures can’t evoke.

When I see butterflies dancing around during my walk or a turtle bob its head above the water or when moose stopped my car by slow-walking across a curving highway in Wyoming, these create real images so much more permanent than photographs (or even a zoo).

Yes, many of us don’t get to drive all across the country or visit the places that look so wonderful in pictures. Still, don’t let yourself be fooled. Every dawn and dusk, you have a chance to see something more spectacular than any photograph…simply by stepping outside your door and looking up.

Really, about the only thing in nature photographs can present better than our own two eyes is us; the human bean. Seeing the glamorous without the glam (or vice versa) can be amazing, too.

In all cases, you’d be better served to believe your eyes.

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