Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Spring is host to many different kinds of ephemerals: ponds, wildflowers and insects, to name a few broad categories.  Nature is ever-changing; habitats and inhabitants come and go.  Yet humans often like to think of themselves as permanent and solid (‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’).  This is a great irony, given our surroundings.  To live in the moment, to appreciate your own presence and transience in the same breath — there is the key to living gracefully!  To realize life is as beautiful and fleeting as frost on my window,…

frost script

as powerful and swift as a rush of laughter.

mirth 3

It flickers like a candle flame: mesmerizing, warm and ultimately fragile….

new fire

 …while surrounded by mighty forces which shape its destiny.

refractionYes, my life is ephemeral, but LIFE is an ongoing flow that fills the aeons. 

moving waterTreat it well and tread lightly, my friends.



16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

  1. Love this, all the photos and words–and the Breaking Bad references! I thought the frost was a swirl of swooping feathered birds. I can always count on you for the optimistic flip side of my brooding interpretation of a theme!

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  3. So there is one way in which we diverge! “Ozymandias” was the title of one of the final episodes, and the one I think is the masterpiece among all the TV shows I’ve ever watched (and I confess whiling away quite a lot of my youth on entertainment). It happens that “tread lightly” was the lead character’s warning leading up to what happened in that episode. What a strange coincidence.

  4. What a beautiful post–with each photo so different, and each reference perfect for the challenge. And I love the reference to Ozymandias, one of the few poems I can still recite from memory.

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