Sometimes a thing can appear unextraordinary from where we’re standing and it isn’t until we change our perspective that we find its beauty.
My family moved into a new apartment 25 days ago. For every one of those days I’ve walked past a shrub several times without even noticing its existence. It’s pretty sparse as shrubs go, and it doesn’t help that it’s down in a kind of ditch by a bunch of electric meters.
See? Nothing particularly eye catching.
I probably never would have noticed it as anything more than a piece of the general background of my dog walks. Except, on Tuesday, when I took the dogs for their evening walk (which is usually my husband’s job, but he was otherwise occupied in a light sabre battle with the boy) and passed that same shrub, the setting sun reflected off of a window and illumined the bush and it’s tiny, white flowers. I hadn’t even noticed that it had tiny, white flowers before.
I took the dogs back inside, dusted off my macro lens and returned with my camera as fast as I could. The light that drew me to the shrub had already moved just to the left and the plant was completed covered in shade. I was a little disappointed. But since I was already there and had walked past someone’s window looking like a crazy person with purple pajama pants and unruly hair to get to the shrub, I decided to take the picture anyway. I snapped eight images, went back up to my apartment and immediately loaded them onto my computer.
This is the raw image that popped up on my screen when it was done loading.
It was nothing particularly special, but I thought I could at least brighten it up a bit and it would be alright. So, I moved the exposure slider to the left and gasped when vivid purple and blue colors appeared.
At any point in this quest for a pretty picture I could have clung to the perspective that the shrub was unextraordinary and that the light wasn’t good enough. But I didn’t. And the photo I ended up with might even be better than the one I was chasing would have been.
I believe that when we look at things or situations or people from different perspectives, it can fix a lot of problems and even give us the opportunity to see unimaginable beauty. We just have to allow ourselves to move.