Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fear of flying?

I have been feeling rather uninspired lately and I tried to remedy that by looking up what other people had to say about inspiration.  That’s how I ran across this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, which was filed under "inspiration" on the internet:  “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

  It kind of made me chuckle because I manage to do my one thing every morning as I get out of bed.  Just looking the world in the face is enough most mornings to scare me.  After all, who knows each day what that darn world will throw at you?  But is scary actually inspirational?

Well, while it’s not really scary except in the photographic sense, here the world had thrown me three dreary days in a row without a lick of sun until today.  Today right after I came back from my morning walk with the Olive, the pug, during which I had to put my camera away under my jacket so it wouldn’t get rained on, all of a sudden the sun came out.  I cursed.  Why couldn’t it have come out ten minutes earlier??

A little later, Greg and I went out to lunch at a local joint that sits by the Quinnebaug River.  As we were leaving, I saw a blue heron standing in the river.  Greg humored me when I asked him to turn around and once he stopped, I jumped down from the truck. Now, that’s really scary for me being much shorter than that darn truck, but I’ve yet to be inspired by it.  I walked over to take a picture of the heron.  This time, the sun was in exactly the wrong spot and all I could see were silhouettes making the heron look like a stick sticking out of the water.  Ten minutes earlier and I probably could have gotten a half-decent shot.
  Oh, well..

In spite of the dreariness of the last few days and my lack of inspiration, I have gotten a couple of shots I can live with.  Here they are.

This photo is greatly enhanced by the use of one of Kim Klassen's textures.  Thanks, Kim!
Even dreariness has its moments.
Now I’ll leave you with the words from one of my favorite writers, Neil Gaiman.
  He wrote, “Sometimes you wake up.  Sometimes the fall kills you.  And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
  Here’s hoping we all sprout wings.




Tammy said...

Oh, wow! Your images are gorgeous!!

TexWisGirl said...

you 'uninspired' is still better than my best. :) so there!

Buttons said...

Oh that last image is absolutely inspiring to me thank you. Love the quotes. I do know you inspired me today thank you so much. Hug B

Pamela Gordon said...

You found some really beauty on a dreary day. I love these photos! My scary thing today was tackling my Christmas cards. Got them done! Took 3 hours too as i had to make a new list to check off. I feel good.

Barb said...

Dear Barbara, My best friend and I live by that Roosevelt quote. I don't always do something that scares me - but, just keeping it in minds helps me from becoming too complacent. I just love the misty shot - it's white here and snowing hard.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, my, Barb, that second photo is breathtaking! YOU inspire me to try for better photos. I really enjoy your creativity. :-)

Lynn said...

breath taking photos! these are great quotes.

magda said...

Γεια σου αγαπημένη μου Barbara!
Είχαμε καιρό να τα πούμε...
Οι φθινοπωρινές φωτογραφίες σου, είναι καταπληκτικές!!!!
Και το χιούμορ σου πάντα ακμαίο!!!
Πολλά φιλιά

Debbie said...

goodness you are so hard on yourself!!

you and your photography inspire me always. and i get really good ideas from you on what to photograph and angles that look good!!

so there, i said it, i copy from you!!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Often, things turn out better than we expect, including the weather and photos, Barbara. Some days I also feel uninspired so it appears to be a universal feeling.

Brian King said...

Both of these are beautiful! I would hang the second one on the wall in a heartbeat! That's awesome!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Haha..I wonder if I can do one thing that scares me, every day!

Beautiful photos!

Rose said...

Oh, I love that part 'here's hoping we all sprout wings"....lovely images, too.