My friend Lois at On Pets and Prisoners (https://loisajay1213.wordpress.com/) nominated me for this challenge. I don’t do a lot of challenges, but the conditions in New England are still not great for pretty photos and I thought it would be fun to do a retrospective of some of my favorite nature images.
This first image was made in March 2015 of Mt Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
These boats are tied to the dock behind the Boston Harbor Hotel waiting for spring to arrive. They have a relatively sheltered place to winter as the hotel encloses the docks on three sides. It also offered good wind protection for an ambitious photographer out on a cold day.
We spent the weekend visiting my parents on Cape Cod. After dinner on Saturday, we took a ride down to Woods Hole, a charming village that happens to contain both the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory. There is always interesting “stuff” down there. We had seen this research vessel earlier in the day.
The Marcus G. Langseth serves as the national seismic research facility for the United States academic research community. It is distinct among ships in the academic fleet in that it is a designated National Facility. Its operations are not determined by any one academic institution but by a committee of scientists from the larger community.
Below is a color version of this image and a photo made during the daytime with my iPhone.
It was important to me that one quote be about generosity or service. I chose this because from the first time I read it, I thought that this is one of the unerring truths in the world. The people who serve and build up people or society succeed. Those who merely seek to gain for their own good may succeed in the short-term but at some level not in the long run.
Bryce Courtenay was an author from South Africa, who later lived in Australia. His most notable work is The Power of One. This quote is from an interview with Courtenay in Andrew Zuckerman’s book Wisdom.
This is from the first two lines of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”. The full quote is:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
It is one of my favorite poems and one of the few I’ve ever committed to memory. The poem describes all of the wonderful qualities a person should aspire to attain: calm, patience, proper perspective, relating to the world, perseverance.
I like the first lines because they set the tone for the poem. The quote suggest the value in not getting carried away and going with the emotion of the crowd, even when they blame their plight on you. It suggests a Zen like attitude of relating to the world.