The Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress is Renewal. I thought about posting a more traditional vision of renewal (which, to me, is springtime). I have lots of photos that would work. However, I decided to choose the photo above. On the surface it looks nothing like renewal, however when I look at it that is exactly what I think about. This photo represents the renewal of my heart and soul over the past year.
This photo was taken exactly one year ago today. I was going through a terrible, scary depression (I wrote about it here). It was the darkest, lowest point in my life. I felt like I fell into a hole and I couldn’t climb out of it. This photo represents the state I was in. Dark, dead, and black and white.
But this past year has been amazing. Personal relationships are better than they have ever been and I feel like a better, much happier person. I feel like my soul has grown. I feel stronger. A year ago I went through a winter, but this past year has been a springtime.
I am looking forward to summer.
My brainz are full of fog today so we are pulling a Flickr Time Machine post out of the hat. This photo was taken on this day in 2010. It is a photo of Mt. Hood reflected in Trillium Lake (one of my favorite places to photograph). I had just purchased the new iPod touch (the one with a camera) and was going a little nuts with Hipstamatic. I have since moved on to an iPhone but I have to admit, I loved using that iPod at the time. I loved that it was always there with me in my pocket. Way easier to carry than my big-old slr.
Also: :looks at calendar and realizes: that TODAY is my three year anniversary of moving to Oregon!
The evening of the third day we were in Paris, Raf and I wanted to take a stroll down the river. We walked down the ancient stairs to the riverbank, and noticed that there was quite a crowd of young people hanging out down there. It was really cool. Some of them were in groups, some of them coupled. All of them drinking either beer or wine. Some were chatting with each other, others were reading. Most of them were enjoying the scenery. Everyone was having a nice time. We had a seat and soaked it all in. To our right somebody started playing guitar and singing a Bob Marley song, “No Woman No Cry.” Then they played something with more punch and a couple got up and started dancing. I was all, “if ever there was a moment to snap a photo, this would be it.” So I did.
- Tango by the Seine (babyboomersmusings.com)
- A Seine swim? Oui or non? (parisstateofmind.com)
- Full Moon Over the Seine (ireport.cnn.com)
- Rock en Seine (anythingsquirrelsquirrel.com)
Our original plan was to go to Versailles today be we nixed that idea to, instead, go back to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. It was a hard decision but we really felt like we needed to take in more of the museum Mecca. We had a guide book with us that had a tour of the super famous works and I am so glad we had this. We missed so much the first day because we wandered around. It was nice to have more focus today. I saw Venus de Milo! Among a whole bunch of other famous things. I am stoked.
I mentioned that we also visited the Musée d’Orsay. we wanted to find a Manet painting, (Olympia) we missed yesterday (found it!). We looked for the photography collection but never found it.
Finally, with very tired feet, we trekked over to Champs-Élysées and snapped a photo of The Arc de Triomphe. I think I could’ve lived my life without visiting this street. Not really my thing. There were people standing in line to shop at Abercrombie and Fitch. I so did not get it. At all.
Tomorrow we go home and I am sad. I had the best time.