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Today’s post is written with a great deal of reflection. While we were camping over the weekend my wife received word that one of my daughter’s pre-school Montessori teachers had lost her battle with cancer. She was one of those rare teachers whose teaching went far beyond that of academics. She taught the children about peace through a study on the world’s peacemakers. She also taught the children yoga and meditation as a way to manage their own feelings and behaviors. It is rare to find such a teacher and we were lucky to have her teach our daughter.
While I was going through my images of our trip I came across the one you see above. The symbolism of that image matched perfectly to the feelings that went through my head over the weekend. Here in nature, this tree was not dealt the best hand as far as growing. Sandwiched in between some granite rock, it somehow managed to grow and thrive. And now as it begins to wane, the tree is leaving behind a lasting impression not to be forgotten.
My daughter’s teacher was not dealt a fair hand in life (like so many), but she preserved the best she could and touched our lives in ways that will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace Valerie.
Life is short.
Until next time…
Camera: Canon 5DM2 with a Tamron 17-35mm
Processing: 5 shot HDR using Lightroom 3, CS4, Photomatix Pro 4, Phototools 2.6