This week at the Lens-Artists, Tina explores the concept of harmony. There are of course many ways of thinking about it – physically and metaphysically, in terms of colour, music, flavours, composition, structures, relationships, (angelic choirs even). My first thought, though, was of the East African plains: harmony in the sense of the natural cycle of things; every species occupying its niche within the grasslands ecosystem; harmony with edge since eating and being eaten also come into it. This photo, taken at sundown, could also be seen as harmony – at least from the human perspective – a case of the pathetic fallacy perhaps: disparate creatures roaming and grazing peacefully together in the wilderness idyll, all bathed in golden late-day light. On the other hand, and I am not absolutely sure about this, but there could well be a hyena on the prowl – the tiny brownish entity, slightly dog-like, a zebra and a half in from the right, and just below the bough of the right hand thorn tree. Harmony about to be interrupted then.
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What an amazing interpretation of the theme, be it in picture or in words ! Loved it.
Many thanks, Cindy.
Not harmony then, but balance. Predators who kill for survival rather than greed (oops, I can feel an environmental grumble coming on).
Lovely shot Tish, and a very good take on the theme.
Thanks Su.Yes that environmental grumble nearly surfaced as I was writing this – a historical one – of colonial settlers and their devastation of the East African game. We see only a fraction of the animals that they saw a hundred years ago.
😦 and the way things are going our grandchildren won’t see any at all.
Great take on the theme, Tish!
Calm on the surface, but frantic under the water- or is that just me swimming? 🙂 🙂 Things aren’t always what they seem, Tish, but it’s a beautiful scene.
Too true, Jo. What we think we see and what is, can be quite different things. I do frantic swimming too tho not very often.
I very much like where you went with the theme, both in words and photo.
That’s very nice to hear, Janet 🙂
Great thinking and choice of photo. Harmony and balance are sometimes the same – but not always.
That’s an interesting train of thought – harmony and balance – the same and not the same. Thank you, Ann-Christine.
A great choice for harmony – you show its subjective nature and it potential short lifespan.
Great shot too, Tish
Nicely put, Debbie. Thank you.
Hyenas are strange creatures. I think they still aren’t sure if they are cats, dogs, or maybe some weird land version of a frog.
You’ve put your finger on something, Marilyn. That’s why they go round giggling and hoo-hooing. Who are we, they say 🙂
Hmmm….I think you’re right Tish, that DOES look like a hyena. They are quite the clever creatures – sneaking up on the peacefully grazing, unsuspecting other creatures. A lovely example of harmony about to be disrupted.
Many thanks, Tina. And yes indeed, hyenas are devious critters, and really quite scary when they’re on the hunt.
“A zebra and a half to the right”. I love this new form of measurement, and th thoughtfulness of your reflections.
Thank you, Meg. Lovely to hear from you 🙂
Thank you, John.
What a perfect choice for the theme “Harmony.” All’s perfect now, but that peace is so delicate and tenuous.
Wise words, Patti. Thank you.
I really enjoyed the photo and your words. Thanks for sharing your talent and your thoughts with us, Tish.
And thank for such a very nice comment, Pat. Much appreciated.
Many thanks, Kendall.
Perfect photo and narrative for the theme, Tish. Love that late-day light. We humans could learn a lot from animals’ behaviour in the wild. I could do without the hyenas though. 😯
Yep. Hyenas definitely give one the creeps, though they have their uses.
I love your Africa posts, even if brief like this one. I’m always envious of your time there, and at the same time fascinated and smiling every time.
That is very lovely of you, Alison 🙂
Great photo … the giraffe didn’t seem bothered, but then I don’t think a full-grown giraffe would be bothered by the ‘brown blob’. 🙂
They can be quite feisty when challenged 🙂
I love your interpretation, Tish! Great photo! 🙂
Thank you, Amy.
As my dear friend Mary used to tell me when she was fighting cancer “‘Enjoy the moments and pursue your dreams while you are able”. Harmony is blissful but fleeting. Lovely image.
Wise words from Mary, Lisa. And yes, the fleetingness of harmony. Also often it takes a lot of effort to create it in the first place 🙂
Great poetic description of ‘harmony with edge’ on the savannah. As Su said, it’s a delicate balance. Too bad humans come along and screw it up.
Thank you, Joanne. We do have rather too much to answer for on the planet ravaging front.