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Peace In Nature

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer and amateur photographer who has had several family members who have struggled with serious depression. He lost a brother to suicide in 1984.

About this photo: “I ran across a poem from Wendell Berry called ‘The Peace of Wild Things’. It says everything I could possibly say about the role of nature photography in my life:

When despair for the world grows in me 
and I wake in the night at the least sound 
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, 
I go and lie down where the wood drake 
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. 
I come into the peace of wild things 
who do not tax their lives with forethought 
of grief. I come into the presence of still water. 
And I feel above me the day-blind stars 
waiting with their light. For a time 
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Find more from Hank on Instagram @guywithtie.


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8 comments on “Peace In Nature

  1. James Work Photography
    January 13, 2016

    Hank….nice image, gorgeous colors and exquisite feel. en theos…jasL


  2. scrambler27
    January 13, 2016

    like a painting. Lovely.


  3. scrambler27
    January 13, 2016

    Reblogged this on Rich's Rambles and commented:
    There is beauty, and then there is Beauty! This is Beauty and he quotes one of my favorite poets, Wendell Berry.


  4. beautiful


  5. Martha Hellander
    January 14, 2016

    Thanks for the reminder of this profound poem. It illuminates your lovely photo quite well. I like that rather than describing the photo (it speaks for itself) you offer the poem.


  6. Hank shaw
    January 15, 2016

    Thank you for your kind remarks rich and james


  7. V S Antony
    February 25, 2016

    Sad, misty, fragile, remote yet with unexplored strength of nature to bloom and flourish.
    V S Antony


  8. Cla-c
    March 29, 2016

    amazing Hank ,I want to be there right now !!! away from what haunts me .


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