Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A new Way of "Seeing Red"
Having the purpose of taking a picture every day, like drawing or painting for me, helps me be more relaxed and less likely to become angry at trivial events. Of course, being retired and less stressed by the rigors of earning a living, also contributes greatly to a better attitude. This better state of mind makes seeing the red of this Japanese maple against the rich blue sky of the high desert of Bend in Central Oregon all the more pleasurable. This delicate tree with its filigree-leafed canopy, one of many that adorn the downtown streets near the tea shop where I am sitting, luxuriates in the morning sun and is my prime subject for this glorious Ruby Tuesday. When viewing her majestic quality, the lyric comes floating to mind; "Red is the color of my true love's hair" and today, "seeing red" means being at peace and appreciating beauty rather than feeling anger.