The Reservoir of Wisdom

The Sunrise is God’s greeting – the Sunset, His signature

One of Life’s ironies is that the more time we spend becoming “educated”, be it in a University, vocational school (or just the street), the more we forget that we are all extraordinarily intelligent beings to begin with. The conditioning to which we have and continue to be subjected to simply reinforces the myth that mental prowess is Nature’s unique gift to its favored few. Often we go through life totally oblivious to our innate brilliance and natural abilities.

If we are looking to improve our circumstances, we need to keep in mind that as “part-owners” of that boundless reservoir of wisdom that surrounds and is available to us, we have the means to accomplish more than we ever dreamed of. All we need to do it recognize this source and draw a few buckets from it. Every human has four endowments self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.

This was shot with a Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens, polarizing filter all mounted on a portable lightweight tripod. Three exposures were taken to capture the full dynamic range of the light and then combined with Photomatix Pro – an High Dynamic Range (HDR) tool. This vista presented itself when we arrived at a charming Bed and Breakfast at Bird’s Ferry in New Zealand.

The Northern West Coast Region offers a wide range of scenery and historic sites to see and outdoor adventure sports and activities to do, all set within the natural riches that are found here from the mountains to the sea. By far the region’s biggest attraction is its geography and wildlife, from the rugged coastline and its spectacular rock formations, the deep gorges and valleys carved by ancient glaciers and the region’s many rivers, to the lush rainforests filled with an abundance of unique and wonderful native vegetation and bird life. Truly a must go destination!

19 responses

  1. jimdenham

    Beauty image and wise narration!

    May 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

  2. Gorgeous shot Erik.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

  3. Wonderful image and thoughts Erik – great start to the day!

    May 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

  4. Fantastic hues… love it 🙂

    May 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

  5. Sunset and color in this look awesome.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    • Thank you Mr Barlow – the sunset was awesome and we hoped we captured the mood as we saw it that evening. Your comments and feedback help us to get better!

      May 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

  6. Another great image Erik and a perfect use of subtle HDR.

    As for the accompanying words, I would tend to agree that most people have lost the ability to connect with their surroundings, lost the ability to see what is in their midst and to feel.
    We have gained so much knowledge but forgotten so much else

    May 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • Thanks again Chris – someone asked me what is the best tip for Photography….I told them, “Slow Down”

      May 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      • Totally agree. I’m used to shooting medium format transparency film. Having 9 images per roll teaches you to work on getting a good image before pressing the shutter.

        May 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      • Wow – that is awesome – I am a Medium Format (Mamiya) shooter from Ye Olde Film Days

        May 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      • Bronica 645 for me, loved that camera. We are still using a Rolliflex TLR here but film is getting limited in choice

        May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      • RE: Film, the choices ARE getting limited even in San Diego….have a freezer full

        May 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      • We still have a small selection. Even have some Polaroid 600 (well the replacement)

        May 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      • Very cool, love your Photography BTW

        May 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      • Thanks Erik, I really appreciate you saying that, that’s really good of you

        May 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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