“Wear and Tear”

“Wear and Tear”

“We are often unaware of the gradual decline and the erosion in our lives but not unaware of the gnawing feeling it brings.”
― Eric Samuel Timm

As I stood on the shore, I could not help but notice the features of this rock outcropping. Wave after wave flowed over it and the light revealed deep scrapes and abrasions. Small rocks washed and danced over the surface and around the edges. The surf repeated this pattern, over and over. At some point, driven by the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy, larger boulders must have passed over the surface, creating the deep gouges and chips. Long before I was born and long after I’m gone, this pattern continues, adding to the abrasive material that’s responsible. Eventually, the rock will be worn down by some it’s own material.

How often does life wear us down to the point where we are the very agents of our continued erosion?

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 95 mm
1/8 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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7 Comments on ““Wear and Tear”

  1. What a powerful question there Ed. I believe that life does not wear us down but as you so eloquently put, we alone are the very agents of our continued erosion. Things happen to you. All the time. Only you decide whether that is good or bad and how you will react to it. Beautiful picture and great writing, thanks!

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