"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall." 1 Peter 1:24
Today's faded coneflower was taken on my last retreat. I used Topaz Labs "Clean 3" and the newly released Shadowhouse Creations November2011-7 texture.
Here we are at the end of November and most of my flowers have succumbed to the frost. Summer has long given up her fight and even with the occasional unseasonably warm day, there is no doubt that winter is upon us.
The scripture reminds us that life is brief and I won't lie that is often a depressing thought. In fact, I considered putting the quote on the image for Scripture and A Snapshot, but it seemed like such a downer that I doubt anyone would buy it as a greeting card. In case you were feeling too good about your recent accomplishments, just remember you are going to die and it really doesn't matter. Have a nice day.
No, this scripture has a bit too much meat and gristle in it to throw it out there blithely. One of the gifts photography has brought to my life is an awareness of what Richard Rohr calls "deep time." That is the sense of living in the past, present and future all at once. What my eye finds to shoot is influenced by my past and present which gives rise to a desire to preserve it for the future. And, when you live in deep time you know there is much more to life than the time spent walking the earth appreciate that physical life is just one season in all eternity.
Rohr says you know you are living in deep time when you have an abundance or surplus of energy for what it is you are called to do. That has certainly been the case as my passion for photography caught fire and I started this blog with the sole intention of keeping it burning. What else could motivate me get up at 4:00 in the morning to blog and stay up past my bed time to boot? Seriously, I'm much lazier than that by nature.
When I started this blog in mid-September, I figured it would probably go the way of other poor orphaned blogs I'd started and abandoned in the past. The demands on my time and energy in the rest of my life are great. I find it hard to believe that I've been putting something out there every day since my first post, or how important it has become to me that I do so.
Perhaps I've been creatively starved for so long that I've been binging on all the knowlege, inspriation, and encouragement I've found among the community of photographers that seem to frequent the same watering holes around the web.
One new friend is Deborah, and today concludes her 30 Days of Thanks challenge. I appreciate her providing the inspiration to contemplate gratitude in a focused way this season. In the process of following her blog and comments shared back and forth, I've come to realize we have several things in common like our love of naps, sitting on the porch, and our religious heritage (which isn't all that common outside my region).
It was photography that caused our paths to cross, and with Deborah and many other kindred spirits I've come to know, I feel like I've found my "tribe." I'm looking forward to making new friends and connecting through two challenges in December.
Picture the Holidays with Tracey Clark is a 31 day project with daily prompts, so this is pretty ambitious for me. Registration closes TODAY so if you want to get in on this opportunity to create and share with others and have something tangible (a book!) at the end, go here to sign up!
Behind the scenes in December I'll be going through my archives to present my year in pictures as part of Ashley Sisk's Memories Dreams and Reflections linkup. At this writing 112 people are signed up. It looks like it will be great fun, so check it out!