Flickr photo of the day: a drop of poetry

Michael Clemmer
CompassApril 12, 2013

When the 18th century poet/painter/philosopher, William Blake, wrote “To see a world in a grain of sand … and a heaven in a wild flower ... Hold infinity in the palm of your hand … and eternity in an hour.” In the poem, “Auguries of Innocence,” he was urging his contemporaries to slow down and look more closely at the world around them.

Spanish photographer Victoria Rivas applied Blake’s philosophy to her photography, and captured this close-up of a water droplet clinging to a reed. In doing so, she revealed her own deep fascination with the world around her. Modern digital cameras allow us to explore our world photographically more than ever before, and if we heed the poet’s advice, our lives can be much richer for it.

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