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Pondering a message

| Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006

Jamie Yaich would agree that nature speaks volumes to those who are observant.

Yaich, 31, of Tarentum, always has taken note of nature and its wonder around her. While others may not pay much attention to the everyday occurrences around them, Yaich appreciates the details of natural events, such as sunsets, trees and potato bugs on potted plants.

Yaich, a chiropractor in Natrona Heights, Harrison, often planned excursions to relax when time permitted. One particular weekend trip in August 2004 put her in just the right place to see a more enigmatic side of nature. The weekend trip was planned to celebrate her birthday.

One day, while hiking on trails outside of Salt Lake City, Yaich says a message peeked from a sea of multi-colored rocks. The word “ponder” glared back at her when she photographed a colorful patch of ground below her feet. “A few of my friends pitched in on a digital camera for me for a birthday present,” Yaich said. “I had been taking a lot of pictures when I saw the bottle cap sitting there in the rocks.”

A rusted, bent tan bottle cap with “ponder” written in bold, black letters stopped Yaich on the hiking trail she was following with a friend.

While Yaich admits she constantly is evaluating aspects of life -- such as health, nutrition and her connections with other people -- she says that the bottle cap caused her to rethink some relationships she was involved in at the time.

“I guess it just stuck out at me,” Yaich says. “I always am thinking about relationships and stuff. But it made me think a little more about some relationships.”

Yaich's photograph of the bottle cap isn't her only unusual picture. By photographing those things that others may dismiss, she attempts to capture the essence of nature.

“I have crazy, off-the-wall pictures,” Yaich says. “Some other people may not see those things the way I do.”

Yaich says she appreciated seeing the bottle cap lying in the leaves, seemingly just for her to cross its path. But, she realized that it might also be there for others to someday run across, as well. So instead of putting it in her pocket, she left it on the ground.

“Maybe it will make other people think,” Yaich says. “Maybe it will give them a reason to stop and check out things in their lives.”

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