Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. Thomas Hardy
Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart’s desire. John Dewey
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. Nathaniel Hawthorne
We woke up to about 6-8 inches of snow this morning. The pending snowfall was announced, on the evening news last night, with a promise that the snow will dissipate and a wonderful afternoon sun will replace the blankets of snow that looked beautiful from a window but, made the morning commute a hassle. Like all the other seasons we experience in these parts, time is a major factor in their arrival and departure, and when I saw the challenge for today, I decided to share some of the photos I took of our early morning snowfall. Time is fleeting and when I took the pictures, I noticed a dove perched on one of the branches in front of my home. Just like the snowfall, I knew I was capturing a moment that would soon be gone.
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale
Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly. Ivan Turgenev
Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever. Samuel Smiles
As promised, the late afternoon sun melted most of the heavy snow we saw this morning, and so, my photograph of the bare trees, the trees and car at the traffic light, and the beautiful dappled sunlight peeking through, were reminders of the transitory nature of time… Now you see it, now you don’t! There is a settling that hovers in the air whenever it snows. In some way, I always feel like Mother Nature is paying a visit to remind us of her vast and varied manifestations. Perhaps I’m being poetic, but there is an urgency to her snowy, showy arrival and her quiet dissipation. All of it echoing the transient nature of time.
“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg
Time passes irrevocably. Virgil
While I’ve never been a huge fan of snow fall, mostly because the clean up and treacherous roads leave much to be desired, I enjoy photographing her arrival, her magnificent way of blanketing everything in her path in bright shades of white, and then the messy melting that takes place when she is done slowing us down… An aha moment for me was the recognition that weather like this forces us to slow down and take stock of our time. It makes us stop to look around and inhale the fresh air, to enjoy the beautiful patterns of snow on branches and to appreciate what we have – which is TIME!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: TIME This week, think about time and portray it photographically. Maybe you have a photo about one of the activities in the extract from Haig’s book above. Perhaps you have a fascination with clocks. Or maybe contemplating time takes you somewhere else completely. I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge.
Positive Motivation Tip: Time is ephemeral. Make the best use of YOURS!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection.