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Taking the Intuitive Approach

One waterfall. Many ways to approach it. At first, Monitor photographer Robert Harbison shot from downstream looking upstream, a pretty but predictable view.

But then he was drawn to a more original perspective. He perched atop a stone wall to look down upon the waterfall. He wanted to capture the feel of it. What resulted is an image that is both powerful and profound.

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It wasn't Harbison's intent to create a misty abstraction of swirling currents and erupting steam. The unexpected crept in during the development process and surprised even him. And without even a hint about scale, the composition - a combustion of whirlpools, vapors, and glassy waters - takes on an illusion of grandeur. A serene waterfall becomes a foaming Niagara.

The artist's approach and his dynamic photograph illustrate a deeper concept: Wondrous surprises often result when a task or challenge is looked at from a different perspective.

It isn't always easy to stray from a common perch and step onto new ground. But just as Harbison chose to progress beyond the ubiquitous nature-calendar picture, opening his thought to a fresher, more intuitive view, anyone can rethink an all-too-familiar pattern and change course.

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