October 20, 2014
Now that I am an experienced photographer (blogging for almost 3 months), I recognize differences in light.
Quality light is rare and fleeting. If one pauses to drink one’s tea, the opportunity for a great photo will
This morning, as I looked down at my steaming mug and out at the perfect morning light, there was
no hesitation in my actions. Hastily, I grabbed my camera and thought- I’ll take just a few so I can
be back before my tea gets cold.
A few quickly turned into several as I reveled in the chilly morning beauty. How easy it is to forget craved things-
like caffeine- while in the midst of doing what I love.
Lured by the call of a red-winged blackbird, I found myself on a favorite bridge
where the energy is good and prayer rolls off easily.
Saying a prayer, in this treasured spot, I felt close to God. Unbeknownst to me, in a matter of moments,
I was about to be precariously close to God.
Notice the watercress, in the photo below, growing along the banks of the creek.
Thinking it perfect for a healthy snack, I reached out over the water to pick some. Suddenly, the plank on
which I sat bolted upright catapulting me into the freezing water!
This unexpected fork in the road left me floundering for safety
in a bottomless pit of black sludge- evil black sludge intent on
swallowing me like the perfect cup of tea.
I grappled for the bridge, but unfortunately, all of the planks were loose so with each grappling I found
myself sinking deeper and deeper. Fearing my fate, I paused, still as a windless day, to ponder my situation.
I’ve had a good life, I thought.
With icy water up to my armpits, I saw you, up above, safely fastened to the tripod- my link to published
dreams. Emily Dickinson, famous poet, discovered after her death flashed before me.
No! I thought, this is not my fate; I want to bask in my fame. So with one last effort, I heaved a loose
plank, up and over, and grabbed onto the pole beneath it. Fiercely battling the ferocious suck of the black
sludge, I pulled myself out to safety, and raced, like a caffeine starved addict, back to my comforting cold tea.
They say experiencing difficult situations together promotes bonding- strengthening the relationship.