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  • Ami Adler

The Bend

Updated: Dec 24, 2023


Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah (11/1/2021)


The Background:

I took this shot on a photography workshop in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  This was the first day of the workshop and we were exploring the main canyon of Zion National Park along the Virgin River.  There were so many interesting scenes, but I loved the contrast between the yellow leaves and the red rocks in this image.


The Message:

The small bend in the tree trunk on the left side of the image really captured my attention in this scene.  The tree must have been reacting to some natural phenomenon – seeking out the light, staying steady against the wind or potentially being impacted by a rock fall or other geologic event.  I think in life we also make these types of adjustments to our trajectory in life. Sometimes we change directions seeking out the light – finding new things that fill us with joy and fulfillment. Other times, we make adjustments to avoid pain or challenging situations.  It is important to keep in mind that the path of growth is one of facing our challenges and dealing with the underlying issues – not avoiding them. So, while we may need to take a temporary detour to avoid a difficult situation – our primary goal should be to follow the (sometimes more challenging) path towards the light.  Our overall trajectory – and the adjustments we need to make – should be driven by positive growth and a desire to fill our lives with meaning.



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