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I took this photo four days ago. Yes, that is snow! The scene was at a rest stop near the Alberta – Saskatchewan border. As we continued driving west, the snow became thicker until we found ourselves in a full winter blizzard. The temperature was hovering near zero Celsius, so we knew that the snow wouldn’t last long on the ground. Two days later, it was as if the storm had never happened.
Storms have always interested me. More often than not, they give me a sense of comfort when I am in the house, safe. When I am outside, it becomes more of a contest in which I am pitted against the storm. I like to push the boundaries of safety so that I feel the adrenaline rush. But, I only do so with a careful eye to rescuing myself if I wander too deeply into the storm. There is a difference between taking conscious risks and entering the storm oblivious of the danger.
Why do I enjoy these storms? Well, I guess the most obvious reason is that I am left feeling very alive. The storms pull me out of my head, pull into the world where I can feel and connect with that world. When storms arrive and my first reaction is positive, I know that I have been too withdrawn and dissociated. The outer storms challenge me to look inwards and uncover the blockages that get in the way of connection. Storms in dreams do much the same.
I can also tell the difference in my inner state when a storm in the outer world doesn’t make me feel more alive. Storms generally become more of an obstacle that seems to want to force me to slow down in the outer world, force me to acknowledge the inner world. I can tell the difference through my responses.
Looking back at the photo, I noticed that the tree is showing blossoms, the promise of fruit. Would the storm kill these promises and force the tree to wait for another year before producing fruit? More often that not, this is the case if the blossoms freeze. The lost potential fruit is not a permanent response, it is simply a fact delayed. And like the fruit tree, I must accept setbacks knowing that new awareness will come. For now, I am not ready to become more conscious of self. The container must be ready to hold the fruit.
Thanks to my positive experience with the SoFoBoMo challenge, I have decided to enter into a provincial photo contest here in Saskatchewan, Canada. I am allowed to enter up to three photos in total into one or more categories. I chose to submit three photos which I will post here. The rules state that the photos can’t be enhanced in any way using software with the exception of some “minor” cropping. I submitted all three just as they came out of the camera without changes to contrast, light, shadow, colour, tint – whatever. The prize is small, but it really isn’t about the prize; it’s about doing it, going through the process. Thanks SoFoBoMo and Paul Butzi.
The first photo is entered into the category: People of Saskatchewan. My wife (the woman in the photo) took part in the Habitat For Humanity – Women Build 2008 and intends on repeating the experience this summer.
The second photo is entered into the category: Flora or Fauna of Saskatchewan. Just last week I got this photo of two mule deer just outside of our little town on the prairie.
The third and last photo was entered into the category of Saskatchewan Scenery. The photo contains a natural scene that could be found just about anywhere in the southern part of the province, a ripening crop, a grain storage bin and an old tractor tire – all found under the wide expanse of sky.
Does the environment play a part in the psyche of a person? In my opinion, it does. As adults, we often choose a place that best meets our needs whether it be for quietness and few people, or an urban setting that surrounds one with community. Choosing the place that best meets these needs feeds the soul. Any other place and one is left feeling restless, agitated, even negative. It isn’t really a contest between nature and nurture. As humans we need both – I need both.