dreams found? by Jan Stead JEMproductions

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Some time ago I posted a shot of a dead, dry hill covered in nothing but red earth. One lone tree stood on the horizon. No other signs of life could be seen.
But a couple of days ago I drove past this same hill and was transfixed by the scene before me.
Indeed, so compelled was I by the vision of transformation, I stopped.
And got out my camera, of course.

This is the ‘after’ shot.

You can see the ‘before’ shot at lost dreams

once it was lost
but now it is found
our hopes and dreams
were dry dust all around

but now hope returns
our dreams are reborn
where once there was naught
but red, bare dirt
a new coat of green
now covers the earth

or is this all too soon

there is much still to be done
many changes needed
to our ‘use’ of this earth
and rain
such rain
a great rain
a Flood

maybe we
will see
hope truly revived
while we’re alive


An avid photographer, both still and moving, since I was 10 years old, I later discovered and developed a particular love of macro, which is one of my main genres. More recently, however, my repertoire has broadened to include stained glass windows and particularly the stunning beauty of outback New South Wales and South Australia.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of the Creation, captured and presented here for you.

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 6 years ago

    “our dreams are reborn”

  • Thank you Lee…so true!

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Biswajit Pandey
    Biswajit Pandeyover 6 years ago

    Nice composition.

  • Thank you very much Biswajit.

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • joshuatree1
    joshuatree1over 6 years ago
  • Many thanks Trevor. I hadn’t realised the shadows were in place or indeed what they were doing!
    At the time I took it I was too busy trying to remember how the other shot looked and to get this one to match it as closely as possible.

    But thank you for your fresh eyes, encouragement and affirmation.

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 6 years ago

    While the paddock LOOKS good, sadly the damage is still there; the tree stands on it’s own, an unnatural state and I see this scenario all around the farming regions. The land is worn out from all the taking and not enough giving. Drought only highlights the damage.

  • You speaks as one who knows first hand, Enivea!
    I tired to enter an additional comment following up on the first comment received, but I lost the internet connection in the midst of it.
    Basically I was trying to say in far more words and with less credence what you have stated so succinctly.

    I think the final piece I added was that the drought wasn’t yet broken, the dreams had been lost and not picked up yet, for the land hasn’t either. And summised two things..
    1. that maybe the rain when it falls revives hope, &
    2. we will only be able to say the drought is broken when the people of/on the land, the farmers tell us it is.

    I hope that makes me sound much less of the city slicker I once was..[fingers crossed…and everything else!]

    THank you for your deep thoughtful and impassioned comments! I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to add your valuable perspective and words.


    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 6 years ago

    nature is good at disguising it’s true state … beautiful pic!

  • a very succinct, true observation!
    Thanks for yet another great comment and compliment poupoune!


    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • calvinincalif
    calvinincalifover 4 years ago

    Please share/post this image with the Group One Tree at a Time

  • Hi Calvin…this one’s done and in…thank you for asking me to share it…there’s only one now that is refusing to go in….but I’ll keep working on it

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

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