I completed another quarter of my studies and have a bit of a respite before my next quarter commences. As a way of unwinding, my husband and I took a drive out to my favorite nature reservation. It was wonderful to walk in the crisp, clean air on paths through forest and along streams and pond. I shot some photos–only a few–but is wat late in the day and the light was waning. I did get one shot though, to share with you. I can’t remember which photo challenge it was, but one was “Reflections.” I have suspended my participation in photo challenges for a while, but this was a “Reflection” shot that I liked. Hope you like it, too.
Yes, I am to that time once again when I will have to step away from the blogging. You may have noticed that I don’t get around to your blogs like I used to. Soon I will start my practicum and fieldwork and time will be at a premium. I love blogging. I miss visiting your blogs. But priorities prevail and for the next year I will be tied up doing what I’ve prepared to do for years now. Last week marked by third anniversary of blogging. I began this venture as an effort to maintain my sanity while looking for work. Through writing and photography, hobbies that I let slip away years ago, I was able to redefine the trajectory of my life. And I am still walking down that road and loving it. This blog has evolved from writing about anything that popped into my mind to showcasing my photography when academia began to sap my writing energy. I don’t want to let “Inspired Vision” slip away into oblivion, so I will leave a word, a photo, or whatever, as time allows. Once I complete my studies I hope to come back to this page, or possibly create a new, improved site that reflects where I am at that time. At any rate, enjoy your days and count your blessings. I’ll see you when I can.
So, what makes this so “new?” These are some old cameras, one passed down to me from my grandfather, one passed on to me from an uncle, and one I bought when I was expecting my first child. I have other cameras too, still packed in boxes somewhere, but these three were just unpacked in the last week. Cee challenged us this week to post something that we photographed in the past few days, something new for our readers. As I pondered what to shoot whilst sitting amidst a stack of books and papers and school projects, I thought I might just take a shot of my work space and call it a day. But that idea was far too boring. I then thought about taking a walk in my backyard to see if I saw anything photo-worthy there. But it is dark and overcast outside, and spitting snow to boot! I walked into a back room to retrieve my camera and tripod thinking that there must be something in the house I could photograph. Then I saw the cameras sitting on a shelf of the bookcase, and voilà! Here you have it. I shot it in black and white, but then thought sepia would give the shot an old-fashioned look. After that I antiqued it…better still! Then I thought to add a little vignette and edge-blurring. Now this is what I call “something new!” What do you think?
PS: I also like the books in the background. Interesting reading, wouldn’t you say?
Fridays are coming around sooner and sooner! The weeks are flying by with ever-increasing speed . . . or so it seems to me. This was a busy, action packed week for sure. The VOTE dominated the thoughts of many of us living in the USA, and maybe many of you living abroad, too. We/I worried that this election would be a long, drawn out process, possibly keeping us in suspense for days and weeks to come. Instead the election was decided before midnight, and thankfully both candidates were gracious in acceptance and defeat. Whether your candidate won or lost, hopefully we can move forward, working together to address the problems facing this nation. Onward and upward!
I have chosen not to answer the 5QF questions this week. They are all about childbirth and a woman’s experiences giving birth. Actually, having a daughter and a daughter-in-law who have had C-sections, and a daughter who had a vaginal birth, each experiencing giving birth in her own unique way, not to mention my experiences giving birth three times, I can see where the questions would lead to some very interesting, dare I say “poignant,” discussions. The men however, would be totally left out of the mix. And many men read this blog. If you are interested in the questions for this week, I encourage you to click on the badge at the top of this post where you will then be whisked away to the site where the questions are listed. Enjoy. You may want to post them to your blog.
So, now what do I do? Since I have a paper waiting to be written (and due on Sunday), I will beg off this week but plan to return next Friday to answer five provocative questions! (hopefully)
Have a great week. Find ways to relish life. See you next Friday.