The Other Side

This is another image from our summer Solvang trip. I just love the colorful mold growing on the fence.

If walls are boundaries, then fences are boundaries with temptation. A wall both prohibits movement across its border and prevents one from looking beyond. Try as you might, you cannot look through a wall.

However, a fence, while restricting movement across its boundary, invites us to flights of imagination. If we allow it, a fence can inspire us of what might be, inviting us to gaze beyond its partition and to speculate about what could lie on the other side.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.” I wonder what kind internal fences reside within me. Some are good and necessary, protecting me from dangers I should avoid. Other fences, I suspect, are constructed out of my fear or anger. They provide a false sense of security and excuse me from traversing into areas that I need to journey.

Photo taken with a Nikon D40x in Solvang, CA. Post in Capture NX2.

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