Saturday, September 18, 2021
“Roaming the Badlands in the heat of a summer day can be
a daunting experience at the best of times, and it’s especially…”
Before the venture had gotten underway, I stood where the car was parked and had gotten a feel for the day. The last thing I wanted to do was drop from heat exhaustion because I'd chosen extra camera lens instead of water bottles. So, with bare essentials determined, and backs packed, I headed out towards what is called the 'Hoodoos'.
While on the trail the first things that I encountered were some sarcastic thoughts, "Whoa, she's pretty dry. What's the best you're going to find on the surface of this no man's land ― an old fossilized bone lying around?" Clearly it was going to be difficult to silence the ego mind this time as it truly did look bleak. The best I could do was laugh over the idea of finding a dinosaur bone, since it was possible, but likely. I believe that the archeologists would tell me that I would need a 'dig' for that. No wonder, as there isn't anything on the surface of this type of landscape, other than evidence of what the sun, lack of water and dry, dirty winds can do over the course of time.
As the day wore on…
As I headed back in the direction where the car was parked, I pondered on how the environment had physically gotten to me. It didn't offer me anything. In fact, it was life draining, instead of life giving, and that had left me uninspired.
What followed next, in my mind, was what stopped me in my tracks. I suddenly realized how much I was playing the 'blame your circum-stance' game. That wasn't what I'm about. Sure, the circumference that my stance was in definitely looked like a lost cause, however, that didn't mean that I had to become a lost cause too. I didn't have to give my mind permission to drop into the same state of decline that I physically was in. I had options.
So, I re-hydrated and I re-turned, literally and figuratively, back in the direction of hope. And wouldn't you know it, right there in the middle of the path that I had just walked over, was thee photo. I had been so caught up at looking at how bad it was, that I hadn't even seen what was there all along – Life.
This little saying came to me, once I was back in the studio and wondering how I could use the image to create an inspirational poster (now turned into a journal cover). I just love when I can’t know for sure in the the “Land of Creativity’, whether I was being drawn to capture a photo, so a poem could be inspired from it OR whether I was called to capture a photo because a poem was itching to be inspired for it. Regardless:
“The sun is the cause of this drought and I’m cracking up!
said the dirt.
“Yes,” said the little seedling,
“but I’m choosing to see the sun in a different light
and it’s bringing me life.”
New, green plant making its way through the crack of some dirt.
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