There is a plant that I have in the front of my garden called Artemisia schmidtiana “Silver Mound”. When I saw this plant at the garden centre I was impressed by its colour and texture and uniqueness so I bought it. After I had manhandled it for planting, it looked totally awful, like I had stamped all over it. However, after a period of time it came back to the plant that intrigued me earlier.
This is the nature of Silver Mound. It is also the nature of the raw perception in contemplative photography. Once that perception arises, you have to treat it well. If you let the busy dialogue of the mind enter, the perception will collapse.