140 – Platt River Mandala

Platt River Mandala - Photograph by Mike Forsberg
Platt River Mandala – Photograph by Mike Forsberg

Conservation photographer, Michael Forsberg, photographed this winter beauty earlier this year along the Platt River in Nebraska.

From his Instagram post he states:

Water is our lifeline. In many regions groundwater and it’s connection to surface water plays a critical role both in the quantity and quality of this most precious resource on earth. But groundwater can be out of sight and out of mind, so I am pleased to share that this image (we first posted it here in late winter) of a powerful spring pushing up through the ice on a Platte River backwater was selected as today’s National Geographic’s Photo of the Day.

Vegetation forcing its way through concrete, pavement and other hard surfaces always fascinates me. The sheer determination of that plant demonstrates for us how we too can push through any apparent obstacles.

With Forsberg’s photo, mother nature demonstrates this for us yet again with the power of a spring wanting to break through the ice. In the process, it created this beautiful monochromatic painting, with fractal-like lines cutting through the circular pattern in the ice. How fortuitous for us that he captured this image.

Imagine what we could create for ourselves by applying this kind of will and determination to make it happen. As Captain Picard would say, “Make it so, Number 1.”

BTW…National Geographic also showcased this image on their “Proof” blog site about the process of photographing the watershed: The incredible feat of photographing a watershed in motion.

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy!  Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.

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