Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasures

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover
the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” ― Joseph Campbell

This week’s challenge is hosted by Aletta of nowathome. She lives in South Africa and finds on the sands of the beach a fascinating treasure of endless variety. This week, I found my treasure in the Cascade mountain range of Oregon.

It has not been an easy week. Three of my family members have Covid. My national government is regressing into dangerously harmful territory. I called a couple of friends and took off into the hills, from whence cometh my treasure – being alive in wilderness.

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” ― Walter Anderson

I am enormously grateful for the ability to breathe the mountain air deep into my lungs, to smell the delicate perfume of wildflowers, to walk for miles and hours far away from flawed human systems. I treasure the perspective of the peaks above me and the plants at my feet. I treasure the freedom of flying butterflies, vulnerable yet exquisitely alive for their brief spans.

Thank you, Lens-Artists, for sharing your treasures. As we share, we build a caring community. Your generosity matters.

17 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasures

  1. Priscilla, thank you very much for your wonderful response to my challenge this week! I hope your family members will be well soon. I love the beautiful area you have shared this week! The mountains, the fresh air and the flowers are so beautiful! Being outdoors with your friend are a treasure too!

  2. Oh I love this dear Priscilla. Your thoughts really touched me. I can feel that I am almost there on your hike. Doing what calms our hearts and revives our spirit is a rare treasure that nobody can steal cuz itüs within us.
    Have a lovely day to you.

  3. So sorry to hear about your family being infected Priscilla – personally I think before it’s over we’ll all have it and can only hope for an easy time of it. In the meanwhile, hard to be mountain air and friendship! Lovely post.

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