a Photographic Journey by Meryl

Posts tagged “mental health

Cheer

bricks stacked
bagels packed
morning cheer
on four wheels
Found

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Fossil

“I don’t seek, I find.”
Serpent 1These are wise words from someone
who taught me a great deal about photography.
When I first heard them, I was confounded. How can I find if I don’t seek?
Yet as time passes, I find that when I’m searching for something,
anything—my keys, the perfect gift, a new friend—
it eludes me, doesn’t appear until I stop looking.
Here’s a fossil in the sand that I discovered
through my lens one cold day when
I least expected it…

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Surprise

blanket of gray
last November day
afternoon revised
four o’clock
surprise

Surprise


Leap

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will,
and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”
Albert Einstein


Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday
for so many reasons. First of all it is inclusive…
everyone can celebrate together.  Second, there is no gift giving, therefore,
no shopping and no money wasted on gifts that people return anyway.
Third of all, the food is yummy, all except the turkey which tends to
be dry no matter what recipe you decide to use.
🙂
So even if you don’t live here in America
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


Rebooted

One of the benefits of all this blogging
is the feedback received on my work. Last week
I responded to a generous offer of a Picture Critique by Otto of
Munchows Creative Photo Blog.  In response I submitted my latest Phantom.
I knew that the background was too busy, but didn’t know quite how to improve it.
Within a few days, I had the answer. Otto simply suggested that I darken it so it almost appears
like night and increase the contrast in the foreground. Here’s the result…
Let me know what you think.
Thank you Otto!

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Powerless

lost my head
where’d it go
disconnected
who do I know

lost my head
boots keep walking
Yay a landline
am I talking
The  recent loss of power by so many of us
in the Northeast has fed right into my persistent belief
–and the premise of my Phantoms series—that we are perilously too
reliant on technology in order to communicate on the most basic level.
Now when I view the most recent Phantom taken in New York about
a week before the hurricane, I’m quite spooked by
the premonition it seemed to convey…

Visit Phantoms to see more in this series

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Hanging On

As the last maple leaves flutter to the ground,
there are always a few hanging on till the end for dear life.
As I look at this image, my heart goes out all those who lost their homes
and livelihoods in the recent hurricane. While many are indeed holding on,
I’m awed by the strength of the human spirit, somehow galvanized
in the face of great challenges brought on by this catastrophe.
I’m also hopeful that it’s a wake-up call for politicians and
the business community to start taking
climate change seriously.

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Forward

surprised
to find you
here in tact
rivers add
don’t subtract

surprised
it’s not
your final act
moving on
forward track

I prepared this post with obvious reference
to the hurricane that miraculously caused no major
damage to my beloved beach. On Sunday when access
was permitted for the first time since the storm, I was expecting
the shore to be largely eroded. Therefore, it was
a surprise to find it mainly in tact.

On this day after the election, it seems that
this post also applies to last night’s Obama win. I had been
bracing for an upset, loss of hope and change so desperately needed
here in America. Again I was pleasantly surprised!

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Peace

worn or ruined
windows detailed
tasks reframed
piece by
peace

In the midst of a crisis,
it’s often overwhelming and painful to look at the
whole picture. After reading story after story of all the suffering wrought
by the hurricane and seeing image after image of the devastated coastline including the
Jersey shore where I grew up, I found some solace in gazing at this image taken years ago.
I’ve learned that focusing on one piece at a time, brings me back to earth, to the present
moment, allows me to see the beauty in each detail surrounding me,
no matter how worn or ruined. Interesting that detail also refers
‘special duty’ since this approach moves me
forward to tackle one small task at a
time–much more peaceful
than trying to solve
the whole problem
at once…

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Blessed


I try not to use this as a forum for
my personal life, but I couldn’t resist
in this instance. In the aftermath of the
hurricane, with all the dismal news of wreckage
and destruction, I received this image via email of
me and my grandson, whom I took as my date to the
bat mitzvah of my neighbor’s daughter. When I saw the
picture, all I could think of is how blessed and grateful I am.
I know it’s a cliche, but sometimes it takes a catastrophe to
see and appreciate all that we have..

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Afterglow

fireworks
oh so clear
not a trace
terror
here
What a difference a day makes.
At 8 am the morning after Sandy,
the sun was shining so bright it set these
plumes on fire. One would never know what
nature had wreaked the night before. My prayers
go out to all those suffering from the havoc of the hurricane.
And I thank my lucky stars that my family and home were spared.
xoxomeryl

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High Noon

Here’s an update at noon…not so bad so far…
This is the town launch to the bay, one block south and east
from my home. Will be evacuating to my daughter’s
house a few miles inland in a few hours…
Thank you all for your concern!!!
xoxmeryl


Faith

undercover
black meets blue

faith flutters
melts thru

turns to butter
sticks too

As the branches start to sway outside
my window and I wonder if I will be evacuated
due to the approaching “Frankenstorm”,  all I can
do is have faith.  Faith that the full moon won’t push
the tide up my street; faith that I’ve taken enough precautions
to safeguard my belongings; faith that we won’t be without power for possibly
up to 10 days. But most of all faith that whatever happens, we’ll be okay.

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Flaming


With Hurricane Sandy heading toward us,
I’m thinking about light, not the outdoor light
illuminating my images. I’m thinking about the energy
I cook and read by. Is the power likely to go out? Should I run out
and buy some candles. Too bad I can’t just convert all the leaves
flaming outdoors into the energy I might need indoors.
That would be the ultimate in sustainability.
That would be ideal…

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