How to Sing Like a Mushroom
I have mentioned more than once now that I love taking pictures of mushrooms. One of the things I enjoy about mushroom photography is the opportunity to see so much detail in such a small plant. (Is it okay to call a fungus a plant? If not, please refrain from calling the linguistic authorities. I'm going with it.) In this one picture, that is approximately the space of a 3x5 card, you can see the plant in various stages of growth. There are the beginning fungi by the acorn, the early fungi by the leaf, the white lidded fungi scattered about, a few fungi showing various signs of the white lid decomposing, and then fungi with the exposed "eggs" in them. Each stage of the mushroom has a distinct look that is very detailed and complex. No two mushrooms appear exactly the same. Even in their uniformity that makes them identifiable as Cyathus striatus Bird's Egg Fungi, a uniqueness is crafted into each one.
The Apostle Paul explained in Romans 1:20 that since the beginning of the "creation of the world God's invisible qualities--His eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made..." The psalmist even pointed out that "the heavens declare the glory of God." (Psalm 66:4) In other words, when I look at God's creation, even something as small as these fungi, I see a living example of God's power that has no end. It is a power that existed before these plants were formed and will exist long after these plants disappear. I see in the intricacies of the details a God whose perfection transcends that of His creation. Each exact and unique detail cries out the glory and majesty of their Creator. Psalm 66:4 says the whole earth sings praise to God. When I have the chance to take pictures of God's creation, I am very aware that I am stepping into a worship service that has been going on since the beginning of time. Not a worship of the creation, but a worship by the creation of the Creator. How awesome is that?
Some would say that photography is an art. To some extent, I agree. However, I think the true art of photography is even more than that. Photography moves from being the skill of working a piece of equipment to being a pure experience of art when the photographer uses the equipment to join the creation in worshipping the Creator. How blessed I am that as a photographer I get to participate in and record moments of that eternal worship service.
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being."--Revelation 4:11