This week's Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily post at wordpress.com is "Green"
Green is a color with obvious meaning: Nature, life, fertility. So to represent it in pictures the obvious choice is natural organic forms of the leafy kind. The first series of images I chose (below) is my easy take on the subject.
But then I decided to push it a bit more and see where I could go with this challenge. What else does green symbolize? I read that green is the color of balance, learning and harmony. Green also embodies growth and desire to expand, increase and transform. I looked around in my collection and found the photo above which captures the drama of a little spider caught in a droplet of condensation against a window. At first I was attracted by the luminous green hue of this image.
I looked at this picture for a while to see how it could relate to the growth and transformation qualities of green. It finally occurred to me that as we expand and grow, our baggage becomes heavier. We accumulate things, knowledge and opinions. But in turn those things we surround ourselves with cause our needs to grow further, until we become bogged down by the weight of our life. As we can see, the little spider drags more and more little droplets of water as he moves forth leaving a distinct path of his passage. Eventually the burden becomes overwhelming and he comes to a standstill, risking to drown. The only hope now is a ray of sunlight to evaporate all the water.
A time in our lives might come when we need to stop, look up and let the light in. We will realize with relief that all material things around us are meaningless and are trapping our spirit, keeping it from the natural growth it seeks.