Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Here’s my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge of Aug. 22nd and the theme is Fray

Time is the master at fraying, at wearing out – objects, humans, ideas, and values. Getting frayed, worn out is often perceived negatively. But, it is that fraying that brings new things to the fore. It is the cycle of nature, the circle of life, of unstoppable, inevitable change. In the quote below from Rumi, if you consider sorrow to be an aspect of wearing out, of getting frayed, then you’ll see what I’m trying to say…

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

– Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi

Withered trees on the banks of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C; the Jefferson Memorial in the background (March 2014)

Withered trees on the banks of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C; the Jefferson Memorial in the background (March 2014)

 

 

 

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3 replies »

  1. Bravo! Your photo is gutsy, dramatic and stylish. The tree in the foreground leads the viewer’s eyes easily to the secondary scene in the background. Thanks for sharing.

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