Perspective is Everything

IMG_2052It’s all a matter of perspective. I love what these photos can tell us about our pre-conceived notions or our ways of looking at things in our world. One is a picture that you may not be able to recognize at all while another distorts the size of something that may or may not turn out to be an obstacle that crosses your path.

This first image may appear to be a large boulder on a cliff overhead but it is actually a small stone photographed from the underside at a very close range. You might not even notice it if it were something you came across in your path. The image is meant to be deceptive but it is also intended to show perspective.

IMG_0380This second image is one you may not recognize at all. The image is a 300mm lens inside the Burnt Island Lighthouse. The red color is something of an illusion – the lens itself is, in fact, white, but the light reflecting through the red panels surrounding it make it appear red. The design of the panels surrounding this light causes it to flash alternatively red and white as a way to guide ships away from the dangerous rocks of the Cuckolds, and safely into Boothbay Harbor. From a distance this large light can appear to be as small as a pinpoint of light in the night sky!

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Our perspective is everything. How we look at the world dictates how we live in the world. Try on a new perspective for size, you can always change it again if you find it doesn’t fit. But you never know when you might find a new perspective on some minor detail that can change your entire perspective on life.



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About pathawkins

Do you need to know who I am to appreciate this blog? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Knowing who I am may encourage you to read my posts, or it may encourage you not to bother - but that will say more about you than it says about me! So, just in case it matters, I can tell you that I am a progressive, white, middle-class, middle-aged, pro-choice, married, lesbian, American, Episcopalian woman who has studied psychology, theology and liturgy. I work in a church as well as being a reverse mortgage counselor. I am well educated and fairly well-spoken. But, I'm neither pretentious enough nor arrogant enough to think that my words will change attitudes, much less lives. On the other hand, if my words or images can open a window to another way of looking at something or if they can provide comfort or joy, I know I will be blessed in return.

2 responses to “Perspective is Everything”

  1. Barbara says :

    Your blog is filled with wonderful words and observations… your writing is thoughtful and kind and loving – just like you! Thank you and keep writing ! Barbara

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pathawkins says :

    Thank you for your kind words, Barbara.


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