Sunday, September 16, 2012

Snapshot & A Song - Seasons Changing


Welcome to another installment of Snapshot & A Song - a weekly link party where participants are encouraged to share a photograph and a song that captures its essence. We are a small and intimate group, but new faces are showing up the party one by one.

My image for today was processed using Rad Labs'SX-70 stylet to give it that polariod look and I used one of Fuzzimo's free polariod frames to carry it that one step further.

Autumn is the time that seems to inspire mindfulness of the changing of seasons more than any other. After a long hot summer, we've experienced a welcome respite from the oppressive humidity this week. Although it is still warm, there is a definite whisper of coolness mingled in with those final summer breezes.

I spent a little time this weekend working on gardening things - mainly planting some gorgeous burgundy mums in my front porch pots to replace the flowers long since dead from neglect. I did better with my back deck plants this season, thanks in large part to the irrigation system my dad put in for me. Plus, I just see my deck plantings more because they are right off my kitchen.

Gardening is something I enjoy, but find it hard to do well with my current work schedule. As a result, my front bed (pictured here) has been left pretty much alone. The rose bushes planted last season are still going strong and putting out prolific blooms in spite of my lack of attention.

As I pulled a few weeds and made mental notes to buy some mulch and find time to clean things up, I thought about the changes that have taken place in the last year since I started blogging and there have been many in such a short span of time.

Aside from the ways photography and blogging have impacted my life, the most profound changes came in my family and social life.

  • My baby boy returned safely to us from Afghanistan and is happily enjoying married life with his sweet bride with plans to move back to Tennessee once he's out of the Marines next month.
  • My oldest son moved back home for awhile and then across the country, leaving my nest as empty once more.
  • My four year relationship came to an end leaving me to pick up the pieces and put them back together to form a vision for the future vastly different from one I'd imagined and hoped for myself at this stage of life.  It is still very much a work in progress.
  • I left the church I'd been attending with my former boyfriend, started attending another, and then decided to take a hiatus from church all together for awhile.
As I come to terms with this new life which leaves me largely on my own,  I can identify clearly with the lyrics in today's song:

I'm in this ocean yea I'm really out there
with no one to throw me a line
rolling and crashing I'm rescued by someone
whose face looks exactly like mine

With the approaching autumn, I feel myself settling in and preparing for the "inside" season and actually looking forward to it. Like the leaves that are beginning to fall from the trees, I'm shedding these last vestiges of the old life, old dreams, and tired patterns and making way for something new.

First, I must rest and regroup.

In spite of my intentional paring down and making space, there are still loose ends to tie up before I can settle down a bit. There's the humane shelter fundraiser photography book to complete, which I hope to finish before I board a plane to Camp Shutter Sisters in late October. At work, we are preparing for a big office move the first weekend in November. But, after that I do intend to keep things as low key as possible - even through the holidays.

This will be far from a dormant period. Lots will be going on underneath the ground, so to speak. Watch for the roses in the snow...


Seasons Changing
by Christine Kane
Click here to listen to a sample.

I'm in this rose garden waiting for my love
my hair is caught in the thorns

I'm in this church running down the aisle
my heart is broken and my...my dress is torn

seasons changing on me now
wait for the flowers to grow
watch for the roses in the snow

I'm in this ocean yea I'm really out there
with no one to throw me a line
rolling and crashing I'm rescued by someone
whose face looks exactly like mine

seasons changing on me now
wait for the flowers to grow
seasons changing on me now
watch for the roses in the snow

I'm in this open room
I'm painting pictures of romantic far away lands
out in the distance I hear you calling
I go out and offer you both of my hands

season's changing on me now
wait for the flowers to grow
seasons changing on me now
watch for the roses in the snow

Ok, so its time to link up. Here's a few rules before we begin.

  1. Please give credit to the songwriter and/or group - preferably with a link to their website
  2. Link to your blog post or flickr page, not simply to your blog.  
  3. Tell us a little bit about your image and the meaning the song holds for you (more of a guideline than a rule, but it would be nice if you would
  4. Include a link back to my blog, and using my badge would be especially cool


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2 comments:

  1. Nice shot, great processing!
    What an amazingly perfect song to match the photo and some aspects of your year!
    I can sooo relate!
    I love the lyrics you highlighted...what they imply is so right and true...
    xo

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  2. Great shots! I hope amid all the things that have gone on in your personal life that you find happiness and contentment! Sorry it's been such a long time between visits life has been kind of hectic. I've been setting up my photography business. Check out my site at http://rossmccreeryphotography.com and let me know what you think.

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