Below is a photograph that has been color-enhanced in Photoshop. Can you tell what it is? Yes, it's green pond scum! Aren't the colors and swirls captivating? I must admit I was not thrilled when first stepping out on our balcony at a resort in Florida to find we were looking down on a pond full of algae. However ... before long it grew on me. ;-) My DH gave me a little tutorial on the benefits of algae, and I was finally able to move past my preference for clear water and enjoy the brilliant floating scum.
Above is the non-enhanced close-up photograph of the algae. Below are three normal range shots of the pond from our balcony.
Intriguing abstract art, once one is willing to marvel at what is!
are so perfect
I can hardly believe
their lapped light crowding
Nobody could count all of them --
the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch
only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided --
and that one wears an orange blight --
and this one is a glossy cheek
half nibbled away --
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled --
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing --
that the light is everything -- that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.
~ Mary Oliver
(Bolding in Oliver's poem added by me.)