I’m at a loss for words this week. I open my mouth to speak, and the words die on the back of my tongue. My fingers touch the keys to type and just let them rest there because nothing seems to be adequate to express the sense of helplessness I feel. Each morning I’ve curled up on the daybed on the writing porch with my coffee and my morning pages, managing a few words before getting lost in the tangles. Maybe it’s just the continued antibiotic and steroid fog; maybe it’s the intermittent fever that has left me grasping for comprehension.
All week I’ve been in search of beauty and light. I am not sure what else to do. I have worked to ease the fears of my students who were honestly scared that President-elect Trump would “make us slaves again” or “send us to Africa.” I’ve taken my medicine and moved my body and eaten foods that are good for me while drinking copious amounts of water. And I’ve taken pictures. We were dreary for the first part of the week, but today, the sun returned.
I’m going to be OK, although right now it feels like I’m being eaten up with fever and it’s hard to take a breath. I hope that our country will wind up the same: struggling through , feeling as if we might die, but ultimately coming out the other side.
I was supposed to attend a group shoot tonight with the local photography club. The sun sets so quickly now that I left school and immediately headed for the Biloxi Lighthouse. I got distracted, though, by the incredible beauty of the sky. As I turned on to Beach Boulevard, I was frightened that I wasn’t going to make it to Biloxi before the light was gone; it changes so quickly and is the very definition of fleeting.
So I ditched the club and pulled into the Broadwater to set up the tripod and capture what I could while I could.
It is undeniably gorgeous. But I wish I’d stopped sooner because it was even more so in the 5-10 minutes it took me to get down the beach.
At least until the mosquitoes chewed my feet to hell and back, I was content snapping away. For an hour, I let the sun wash over me, smiled at the antics of the birds, took a photo or two for a couple on vacation, and let the power of the sea soothe me. Photo Friday reaps the rewards.
I’m continuing to play around with longer-exposure photography. I may run over to Mobile this weekend to get a remote shutter release (the nearest camera store is an hour and a half away) because the one I have doesn’t work (or I’m not smart enough to figure out how to make it work). Sunday night I’m supposed to meet up with a few members of the photography club for full moon shots.
I hope you’ve had a good week – that you are hopeful and well. I’m getting there, and I’m looking forward to seeing your Photo Friday posts to help push me through.
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I apologize for missing last week. I thought I had the same sinus infection the rest of the family was suffering through but when i went to the doctor, her first concerns were all about pneumonia. After a pretty good start to the week, I’m struggling again. (what does this say about my weekend plans??) I appreciate your patience and understanding.
Two weeks ago, our most viewed link came from Buckeroomama who shared an image from a rainy week.
Our final link was from Sarah at 2 Paws Design, sharing an image from her recent trip to Walt Disney World. As always, there are all kinds of links added later in the weekend; if you missed them, go check them out!
And now, let’s get to this week’s link-up!