Lens-Artists Challenge #168 – Seen Better Days

This week Tina invites us to exploring places and things that have “seen better days”.

A couple of days ago, I read a story about an aged Japanese man who was about to have a major heart surgery, he wasn’t sure if he could make it. The surgery took 7 hours, it was a long recovery process for him.

Several weeks after his heart surgery, during his daily walk, he saw a couple of bare trees along the road. He felt deeply sad whenever he went by these two trees, as it reminded him what he had gone through, also what he was facing.

One day, he walked closer to these two bare trees and thought, “They can’t no longer grow beautiful leaves, but look, they are standing tall with dignity and look up at the sky gracefully.”

He said to himself, “We have so much to learn from nature.”

After reading his story, I decided to alter my initial idea for the “Seen Better Days”. I selected a few tree images from my archives to echo his thoughts. I also want to designate this post to his recovery journey and wish him well. The photo below was taken in Kyoto.

It was delightful to see your beautiful photos and stories of autumn colors. Many thanks for taking us to where you are and where you have traveled to enjoy colorful trees, leaves, flowers, pumkins,.. of this lovely season. 🙂

Special thanks to Tina’s theme. Her post is inspiring and photos are beautiful. We hope you’ll join Tina’s “Seen Better Days” challenge. Please link your responses to her original post and to use the Lens-Artists Tag so we can find you.

We’re excited to announce that I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath will be next week’s guest host. 

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