In the Eye of the Beholder

It has been a very hectic two weeks! Not letting up any (not a bad thing, really, just not enough time for everything I need to check off my to-do list).

What constitutes the eye of the beholder? My eyes, with the help of glasses? The camera lens?

Here’s a redwood tree (I think) at a local park, basically the way I’d see it with my glasses.

Still standing in the same spot, I zoomed in on the tree to the max and took this close-up.

 Isn’t that like life, really? We can see the Big Picture, or we can focus on a detail in that big picture.

Either perspective is valid for the beholder.

Or maybe a whole different perspective?

I enlarged this so you can get a close-up of the water drop in the middle of my succulent. What do you see reflected in it?

Would it be different from what I see, what I know is in the reflection?

I’m reminded of a favorite quote by Margaret Atwood, from “Cat’s Eye” – I’ve loved it since I first read it in 1988 or 1989:

“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. If you can bend space, you can bend time also…I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another. You don’t look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that, sometimes nothing.”

Doesn’t that just take your breath away? It still takes mine away every time I read it and ponder it, and has for all these years.

See you next week!


  1. Well said, Sue! LOVE your photo with the drop of water in the center – AMAZING!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Margaret Atwood – you made me want to go back and re-read her, thank you!!!

  2. Fantastic quote, and fantastic post! So much to ponder. The pictue of the plant with the drop of water in the centre takes my breath away.

    Funnily enough I used those words (the eye of the beholder) in my latest post too!

  3. The water drop reminded me of a clear crystal. Beautiful photos Sue. Thanks for sharing your favourite quote, I had never heard it before. Happy Birthday, a little bird told us it’s your birthday today September 26! :)

    • Any time and thanks, too, Suzanne! When I read that quote so long ago, I promptly had time-travel dreams centered around the quote. That’s how much of an impact it made on me.

  4. Hi Sue, I came over here from Late Bloomers and I look forward to reading more of your story. I love the analogy you make between camera perspective and life. So very true, the big picture versus the details, and how they are both important (and valid).

    Happy Birthday! Best, Erin

  5. Love the different perspectives! The water drop is so cool!

    • Thanks, Michelle! Next time there’ll be even more of a close-up as I finally got proper macro lenses…can’t wait to try that!

  6. Oh Wow! Just love your photos, especially the succulent. There is something about those upclose florals that really catch my attention. And the water drop, perfect. What do I see in that….life! Thanks for sharing

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