017This year has been the least prolific photographic year I’ve had in more than a decade. I lost two people close to me this year — the second diagnosed a week before the first passed away — and someone even closer has been diagnosed with a serious illness (with a much better prognosis, thankfully.)

In twenty years of shooting I’ve learned that in times of sadness or distress, the engine behind my writing and photography stalls. It can feel scary sometimes, but it will pass. This is all just life, and you have to go with that.

So when the prompt was to share the most meaningful photo of 2017, this one bubbled up. I took this in June, in the middle of the year, on one of the few days I felt that old familiar magic about being outside. I did travel this year — to Florida, the Badlands, and out to the Pacific Northwest. How funny, though, that the most “meaningful” image came from home, here in Indiana.

 

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14 thoughts on “Refuge

  1. I’m not quite comfortable clicking the ‘like’ button, because this post is full of sadness…but the photo is beautiful and the your reconciliation with life is too…so…here’s to hoping 2018 is a better year for all of us.

  2. Most meaningful perhaps because of the subject within the subject.
    When you are drifting along, unsure of when or how you might find the shoreline again, anchors can be found in the most common of places.
    A beautiful creek and the man you love. Makes perfect sense to me.
    Here’s to a new year filled with joy and beauty, laughter and gentle days.

  3. So sorry for your losses. Life has a way of throwing us unwanted challenges and profoundly sad moments. I hope that you will find your way back to your writing and photography. You are blessed with a talent for both creative outlets.

  4. Sorry to hear about the challenging times you went through this year. It really is scary when life and relationships are touch and go around around you…you realise how those around you and the small moments matter so much. It is a lovely shot you shared there – standing in the midst of chaotic yet peaceful nature, looking ahead and taking on what’s to come. Best wishes for the year ahead 🙂

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