Over these months of difficult times, photography has been helping me reduce my stress. I become totally engrossed in it, trying to express various aspects of the swirl of emotions inside me.
The biggest theme has been finding the beauty and the brightness along the path of life. Seeing a dog in the dark forest at sunrise, with the sun aligned just right, is an expression of that theme. On this particular morning, Shyla's breath was turning to mist which the sun lit up beautifully.
Within the darkness, beauty shines through.
Another expression of that theme is noticing small flowers that are glowing in the sunshine along a forest path. These flowers are tiny but they still can catch my eye as I pedal along a path.
Of course, it's sadness over my dad's cancer that has me seeking out life's beauty. All of the official news about my dad's surgery is fabulous. The surgeons believe that they removed all of the cancer. Even though they had to remove a big muscle that moves his arm and transplant a muscle from his back to replace it, he is moving his arm well - and that was not predicted! The downside is my dad's cognitive haziness. He is confused and scared some of the time, and that breaks my heart. I don't know the prognosis for that... but I'm remaining hopeful. I am experiencing the role reversal that so many sons and daughters experience at some point in their parents' lives.
In the meantime, I am going to continue to seek out beauty that makes me smile every single day, even on days when I'm sad. It always helps me, and I love trying to take photos that let others see that beauty too.
Thanks to Brian for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!