john warden photography

Go - But Go Slowly

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Growing bonsai trees and practicing tai chi have influenced the pace of my artistic journey. I’ve also learned though, that my nature photography has an interesting intersection with the art of fly-fishing. The following is an excerpt from an article posted by Christopher Rownes on his website, The Perfect Loop.

'The fly fisher moves slowly and carefully. He avoids all haste. He can wait and observe. He takes his time and that is one of the most rewarding experiences in fly fishing. It makes you conscious of time and lets you discover the fascination of moving slowly. It is not humans who set the pace here but nature itself.

The art of fly casting is inherently a spiritual practice. For me, fly fishing and fly casting are a path to a nature orientated spirituality. Something happens when I stand in a stream. The surroundings, the quiet, the silence.

Most people measure a day's fishing by the quantity of fish caught. I will tell you a secret, the catch is much bigger than that. Standing in the stream I catch a space in time where the only sounds I hear are the wind in the trees and the music of the water. My catch grows as I look up and take in the magnificent surroundings around me. After a while, casting and seeing and hearing and just breathing, I find my rhythm. I catch up with myself. I catch a bit of my childhood.

The catch, in other words, is too big for words'.

Like the fly-fisherman, my journey allows me to go slowly along a path that leads to a nature-oriented spirituality.

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