“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller
Everywhere we look, every time we turn, there is growth going on, in some fashion and form. Growth is a constant in our lives and when we, nature, man, including all flora and fauna stop growing, we begin the process of dying. Frankly, some will argue that the process is simultaneous; we grow and die in complex ways daily. Growth occurs seamlessly, following the natural rhythms and patterns of life. Everything that grows eventually dies… Why not treat each other nicely while we still have time? For this photo challenge on growth, I found my interpretations in my surroundings; I added shots from a Japanese peony, baby deer with mom and older deer, thriving tomatoes plants and more… I also added a Dickinson poem written in four stanzas and split it up accordingly. Feedback is always appreciated.
“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.” Pearl S. Buck
Each — its difficult Ideal
Must achieve — Itself –
Through the solitary prowess
Of a Silent Life –
We have plenty of deer in our area, and they are probably no longer afraid of humans. We occupied their land, slowly built more homes on their terrain, and as foraging areas for food became scarce, they included our gardens and yards in their grazing zone… Such is the nature of growth and change. (The last picture was taken in Japan, the first three from my kitchen window, and the fourth across the street from my home).
“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” Herbert A. Otto
Effort — is the sole condition –
Patience of Itself –
Patience of opposing forces –
And intact Belief –
We planted some tomatoes, in huge containers, on our balcony/terrace last year. We weren’t sure they’d do well because the sun isn’t always strong there. But the tomato plants thrived and grew and grew; producing generous servings of the most succulent tomatoes. Even the birds got some… More below.