I recently found this picture in my files. it’s title is “The Brave Umbrella” and I guess it’s obvious why. Over this past winter we had to be pretty brave and not because of the snow. That’s maybe true on a regular basis, but it seemed more vividly true this year.
I took this picture in a little scrap lot of trees, just down the road from where i live. The time was early afternoon in late Fall. Those little dots of almost red are probably macerated leaves. What attracted me to the scene was the way the light is playing though the density of scrub,
I like this picture now because i think the bend in that foreground tree looks like a knee. As if this older tree is saying to these young, straight shoots, Move over! Outta my way! But, looking closer, I’ve found something else. See that little, round, white stone, lower left, all by itself, parked next to another of the tall straight trees? It seems to be saying, La, la, la, don’t notice me. Think I’ll just sit here for a while. That’s how things are beginning to feel in this pandemic.
Hope everybody is still safe and not having too much trouble, keeping a low profile.
I’m pretty sure this is some garden accessory store’s version of David by Michelangelo. In photos I’ve seen of the original, he looks happier, but this shot seems appropriate to the times we’re currently living in. I see, in this picture, not the grace and beauty of youth, but a somewhat more solemn perspective. He’s a little weathered too. Aren’t we all? Well, I am.
I don’t know why I think the picture below fits the mood too. This was taken at Barrack’s Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville. To my eye, at this time, it looks like a figure of loneliness. We aren’t all standing in so much isolation, but no matter how relative your isolation, it’s still a matter of waiting…
The above picture is of somebody’s graduation party — or the setting for it, anyway. Found on one of my walks. I can only imagine how it must feel to be embarking into the “real world” (at least that’s what we thought we were doing when I graduated from high school, all those thousands of years ago…) in these days. Congratulations, grads! I And here’s a message that appeared on the sidewalk one afternoon. The original said, “We are all in this together.” A brave sentiment. Would that it were more than technically true…
It could be true
Like every commentator I’ve read this weekend, I hope the coming year has something better for us all. Or the ability to deal with it.
Happy New Year!