When I had my prescription updated on my glasses, I also took the time to update my sunglasses. When I am outside I use sunglasses most of the time so they have to be a good pair and comfortable to wear.
It’s always hard to find sunglasses to suit my face but this time I found a pair that I liked. Unfortunately they were at the top end of the price range I was willing to pay and would cost even more once the prescription had been applied to them as well but I got them anyway. The beauty is that I can just change the lenses when I need to.
However, it’s only been in the past week or so that I have really begun taking notice of just how much these sunglasses affect my view of the world.
These are what my glasses look like (although this photo was found courtesy of Google). As you can see the lenses are quite amber.
Living in the climate that I do, there is an abundance of browns in the landscape right now due to lack of rain and grasses and trees being burned by frost. Rather than seeing this as sad and desolate, these glasses are transforming my life by changing the way that I view it.
Yesterday, I marvelled at the gorgeous hues of the trees lining the highway on my way back home from visiting my parents. When I took my glasses off, the trees were withered and brown. When I put my glasses back on, there was greater contrast and a tinge of red.
I watched the setting sun dance over crops and was blessed by the beauty I saw. Without my glasses, the effect was gone.
Finally, as we neared home, we passed a dam. At one point, the water butts up to the road. The setting sun hit the dead trees within the dam casting them and their reflections in a golden glow. The GG offered to stop so I could take a photo but I knew that the photo would not turn out anything like what I was seeing through my sunglasses so I chose not to.
In hindsight, maybe I should have and then tried to replicate what I had seen through the wonders of Photoshop but I’m not sure it would have worked.
Over the next week or so, I will be wearing my sunglasses a lot more than my usual glasses as we are road tripping. I will be able to gaze in wonder at the beauty of the country side through my amber filtered eyes. The filtered eyes that see the contrasts and adds such depth to the wonder of nature. I’m looking forward to doing this.
I’ve been looking at filters that I might be able to purchase for my camera to reflect what I see but short of photographing through my sunglasses, there is nothing that can replicate exactly what I enjoy.
Apart from the obvious photography slant on this post, I began thinking about the different ‘glasses’ or ‘goggles’ that we wear in life that colour how we see it.
I have read about (and experienced first hand) ‘depression goggles’. They’re the ones that put a shade of black or grey over everything you see. They sap the colour and joy from life. Not fun glasses to wear at all.
Then there are the ‘rose coloured glasses’ that many wear. You know the ones that make the world a bright and happy place. These glasses are the polar opposite to the ones in the previous paragraph. Unfortunately they are like my amber glasses and they don’t represent life as it really is.
Whilst my amber glasses don’t reflect what the eyes in their natural state see, they do enhance the beauty of what is around me and help me to see things in a different way. That has got to be a good thing right?
When I am wearing my glasses I am appreciating the beauty of landscape and I am grateful.
And when it comes down to it. Gratitude is always a good thing.