Walking through Gamla Stan or “Old Town” Stockholm, Sweden my eye was caught by a white haired gentleman sitting alone on a crimson bench in the middle of the day. He wore a dark full length woolen jacket, dark slacks and polished black shoes. Perhaps he was a banker or a businessman taking in some fresh air on his lunch break, or a salesman, diplomat or government official waiting on an appointment… As I watched a stiff wind blew in from the harbor and set the gentleman’s fine white hair in motion. Instinctively, and remaining otherwise motionless he slowly leaned left into the wind as if to push back against the mounting gale.
Perhaps it was the gentleman’s instinctive “reaction” to the “action” of the wind or the man’s wild white hair, but as I depressed the shutter my thoughts turned to the German born, physicist Albert Einstein who’s genius contributed so much to our current understanding of the universe around us. And for just a moment I wondered…”Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” – A. Einstein.