Posted on October 31, 2016
It is now end October and I am 3 months post surgery, and recovery is taking a lot longer than I expected. However, I am pleased to say that I managed to get a shoe on last week, even though it is far wider than I would normally have it, and I still cannot lace it up, but it is on, and feels relatively comfortable. I wore it to work all week. The first day nearly killed me, it was so uncomfortable. The next day I lost the bandage and just wore a sock. What a difference. So come Friday and I am meeting friends for lunch and decide I will go to one of the local National parks where the walk is not that far and try and take some photographs. No such luck, Richard had removed the pass out my car. So, I go to the next best thing, Green Cay wetlands. My first challenge, do I attempt to walk down the ramp. Walking down may not be too bad but walking up may not be pleasant. I decided to risk it. I cannot measure in yards, but for those that work in metric, I probably walked 50 meters and I knew it was time to turn around and walk back to my car, which was probably another 50 meters away. The park is about 4 kilometers long and that is just not an option right now. So I really only got 4 images. They were in one of my favorite styles to shoot and so I decided to go back through my old files, and do some re-edits now that my computer has been calibrated, and use some of those to add to the 4 images that I took.
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Posted on October 31, 2016
I am not sure where this month has gone, but 30 Minutes in the Life is live again. This month I actually got out and took photo’s. For the past 3 months ever since I had foot surgery, Richard has wanted to go off road bicycle riding. I have not felt up to going anywhere, but he could have gone. I think he really wants me to get out. Problem is I really don’t feel like getting out. So last weekend I suggested that if he wanted to go I would be happy to do so. The state park is about 1 hour from where we live and so we left around 8am so that he would be able to cycle in the slightly cooler weather. The park is pretty big, and while I would like to say I walked around, I really drove to places and walked short distances.
When it came to editing I think the images I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and go dark. I experimented with burning edges and vignettes.
Possibly this is a reflection of what my mood has been this week. Tuesday evening was the highlight with me having a major meltdown, that resulted in tears and a pity party for one. Just being real here.
Part of it is all about expectations. I expect, and others expect me to be able to do more than I really can do. I am back at work, and moving around so I should be able to do what I was doing before. However, the frustration for me is that I can’t. I am dealing with daily swelling. I am learning to walk differently. My foot hurts, my heel hurts even more, and I am the only one that knows that. No one else can feel the pain or what I am going through. I wish I could wave a wand and make it better, but the realization is that this is a slow, slow journey and I have to deal with it the best way I can.
So here are my dark, moody images for the month of October.
I hope I have not depressed you but I am just keeping it real. I have been really good up until now, and the week just got to me and the tipping point just sent me over the edge. I am back up and I am doing things but as I write this I know that within a short while I am going to head to the bed and elevate and ice my foot. I am grateful for the people in this group, and the friends I have in the different photography groups, and those that I work with who have encouraged me and strengthened me through this journey. I don’t say it enough but without Richard and his help, I probably would have melted long ago.
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Posted on October 14, 2016
The theme this month of Artist Inspired is PINK. Pink is not my favorite color, however, the Roseate Spoonbill is definitely one of my favorite birds and they happen to be a gorgeous color of pink. Since I am still not walking out and about, I have gone to some old images I have of this bird. I often see the Roseate Spoonbill when I am walking through the wetlands. It is a treat when you see a lot of them but one at a time is a special thrill as well. The Roseate Spoonbill is a wading bird. Watching them feed is always interesting as they swing their bill, which is shaped like a spoon, from side to side. They feed on frogs, small insects, crustaceans, and small fish. They build their nests in trees typically laying 3 – 5 eggs. I hope you love this bird as much as I do.
October is breast cancer awareness month. I have learned a lot about breast cancer recently. One of our bloggers has shared very openly about the process she is going through as she deals with breast cancer. I also have a cousin who recently underwent a mastectomy, and breast reconstruction. Stats say that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Remember to be aware of early warning signs, check your breasts for lumps, do your annual mammogram. It is better to be safe than sorry. To learn more about breast cancer awareness and what you should do to be informed and how you can make a difference click here.
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Posted on October 6, 2016
Time was hard for me. The first thought is a clock, but none of my clocks are interesting and I did not have a pendant watch. So I had to start thinking outside the box.
The theme “Time” was chosen by Brandi and we decided to keep it. Kathy will be choosing the feature artist this month and I look forward to seeing who will be her choice as the featured guest artist.
Kathy shared some thoughts on the topic time.
“When I think of time, I think about how extremely fast it is passing us by. As photographers we have the ability to freeze those moments – beauty, reality, chaos, love, connection …life.
Here is my interpretation of the theme Time.
Time is so precious. Make the most of it. Love one another, mend fences where they need to be mended, forgive where forgiveness is due. Give time freely, give graciously. Don’t give expecting something in return. Make the most of time, it is a priceless commodity. It is yours, use it well.
There is only on thing more precious than our time
It is who we spend it on.
~ Leo Christopher
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We cannot wait to see your images on the theme Time.
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