Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

IMG_20140404_114542This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post was a work of art.  In the challenge they suggested “Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning — even food. Show us a thing, place, or person that’s a work of art to you.

We recently camped in the Smoky mountains and took a walk along the Gatlinburg trail on a rainy morning.  I was somewhat annoyed that the humidity in the air kept fogging up my camera lens but was pleased at the ethereal quality in this photo.  It reminds me of some of the early renaissance paintings with a dash of Thomas Kincaid for good measure.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

We routinely walk a trail with the dogs near our home, but we were recently disappointed to arrive there and discover it was closed for trail maintenance.  The dogs are always excited when we go for a car ride, undoubtedly anticipating the walk.  So we certainly didn’t want to return home with dejected pups.  We instead drove a bit further to another nearby trail.  I had my camera in tow to capture the recent snowfall and discovered this abandoned farm equipment off one of the trails.  As you can see, it has certainly been here for quite some time! Long enough for a tree or two to grow up through it!  I wonder what circumstances left it here?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

I must admit this week’s photo challenge was an exciting one for me.  As a life-long lover of the arts and art teacher by profession I can think of several examples of art that have had a profound impact on my life:  seeing Guernica in my elementary art class and learning about its meaning, visiting la Pieta and the Sistine Chapel in Italy, rounding the corner at the Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersburg Florida and seeing the Discovery of America by Chrostopher Columbus for the first time.

Yet, this is a camping blog, so I would be remiss if I did not mention the profound joy I get from camping and that is exploring the most marvelous masterpiece of all – God’s creation in the world around us.

The beauty of God’s masterpiece is that you can visit the same place over and over again and never see it exactly the same way.  Whether it be the change of seasons or the slow progression of elements over time, there is always something new to appreciate.  There is also an abundance of natural diversity if we are fortunate to be able to explore it.  Friends of ours just returned from a vacation in Sedona and commented how strikingly beautiful it was.  Just think about how many different terrains can be explored in our country alone.  And that is just the beginning!  What places have you visited where you have been awestruck by the beauty God has provided for our enjoyment?

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” – Andre Gide