This is ONE of those days that we don’t like here in the north. My last post was of beautiful, quiet, sparkly snow. Today the snow is almost gone and what is left are piles of black, rotting snow. For the past 24 hours it has been 35 degrees (just above 0 centigrade) and a very dull grey. The temperature is suppose to drop a little and give us lots of ice – on everything over the next 24 hours. We are hunkered down with plenty of food and plans to make some more cookies – but that will change if the power goes out.
To help with my denial of the messy weather outside my door, I am focusing on ONE solitary boy silhouetted in the setting sun on a warm evening on Lake Huron in July. Now I’m feeling warmer. Thanks for sharing the warmth with me.
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I use mental visualization a lot – for pain and to adjust my attitude. It is easy to do and a great stress reliever. I take a deep breath and turn a memory into a mental image. I use it when I feel nervous and inadequate by remembering a time when I felt competent, confident, and in control. As I form this image my body makes subtle changes until I am standing like I am competent, confident and in control – and I begin to be just that. The mind, body and emotions are closely tied so it is also possible to get into the body position and have the mind and emotions follow.
This morning I am looking for the energy and gentle peace I feel on those perfect summer mornings – not the grey and drizzle that is currently outside my window. I am pulled to those images I took the morning I got myself out of bed, not early enough for a sunrise, but early enough to experience morning at the Tawas State Park on Lake Huron. Morning at a beach has a quiet peace, very different than the joyful, energetic noise of the afternoon and evening play.
This is why I love photography. Photography has made me more present in each experience as I think about the personality or mood of place. I am more conscious of what I find joyous or intriguing or beautiful about what I am seeing. I love the excitement of trying to capture this in images, the mental challenge of using all that I am learning to form an emotional picture.
I know I have been successful when the photo evokes my memory of the total experience and others tell me it touched their memories. These are the photos I go back to because they help me remember the smells, the sounds, the feel of warm sun, cool air and soft sand.
If I am successful, I have photographs that reinforce the traces of memory that I need for the mental visualizations that bring a peace and gentle quiet long afterwards.
Two cabins on the beach at Tawas State Park on Lake Huron, taken at sunset. This is one of my favorites from our camping trip – it touches me deep within. As a child, I spent many summer evenings with my beloved grandmother at their cottage on a lake. Hubby and I took our children camping, frequently getting beach sites on Lake Michigan or Lake Superior. This image awakens all of those memories.
I haven’t been doing sunsets since we left the Florida Gulf beach last April. Central lower Michigan has way too many trees to see much of the setting sun. I was excited to come to Lake Huron, on the East coast of Michigan, so I could see a sunrise over water. Well the sun is rising way too early this time of year, the nights have been downright cold, and my bed way to warm for me to get my tush outside for a sunrise. But we watched a beautiful sunset over the water last night.
These sunsets were over Tawas Bay, but lounge chairs on the Lake Huron beach this morning were turned to indicate people were watching the color change.
I felt very fortunate to have the young boy strike a pose of reverence as the sun was sinking below the horizon.