Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Project 52 Saved.................

Last week I thought I was going announce today that I had abandoned my "Project 52". Given up...........jumped ship, whatever you want to call it. ("Failed" came to mind more than once, but I try to avoid using that word.)

The reason for this was, lately my "pics of the week" have been "less than creative". I have been busy, tired, and at times discouraged and frustrated. Too much has been going on since I got back from my trip and I have been longing for space and quiet.

The activities "peaked" this past Friday and I am relieved!

After making the decision to end my weekly "Project 52" posts, I took myself out for a long walk along the American River on Sunday. This was the final outing with my iPhone 4S and I needed to spend time alone, simply taking photos. (Many of you know that I just received the 5S and fired it up on Monday.....)

Sometimes I forget why I love photography. I will share more about this later, but my photo making experience while in Ireland left a lot to be desired.

I already knew this, and I have talked about it here more than once, but I thrive while on my own and those couple of hours out on Sunday proved it one more time.

I started out on the main bike trail at the river, but many times ventured off on to dirt paths, many of which led nowhere. I didn't care, it was the thrill of the hunt that had me celebrating. This was the best I had felt in weeks!

One of those paths led to a cluster of trees where I found this tiny flower blooming. It was only one of three blooms and they seemed incongruent with the warm autumn colors all around.


©2013 Dianne Poinski

Another path took me to this beach which I didn't even know existed before.


©2013 Dianne Poinski


My "Pic of the Week" however, is this image of the welcoming light and apparent open arms of the trees that led me down the bike path at the very beginning of my walk.


©2013 Dianne Poinski

So for now, I am going to continue my "Project 52". I have already taken my iPhone 5S (32gb!!) on a couple of adventures and we are getting to know each other. It sounds strange, but trading in my first iPhone for this newer model made me a little sad. We had been through a lot together and I give it some of the credit for reigniting my passion for photography...........but it was time.

I know I am not the only one who needs solitude in order to regroup and find center, but I would love to hear how others deal with times of disconnect, fear and longing for a different approach to living.


4 comments:

  1. www.inandaroundthegarden.netOctober 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Fear has been my most recent trial as I have made several trips to Kaiser for medical tests. However, determined from the get-go to live as God ask us to do—trust and obey—I have been able to do just that with God’s empowerment. Normally, I would fret all day, sleep much, and find it impossible to be creative. So, this time I downloaded God’s promises, printed them out, and have been claiming them out loud, daily, as I walk around my house like a warrior. As a result, I actually found joy in my daily routines without fret, depressed sleep, or non-creativity.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing. I really loved this line: "I downloaded God’s promises, printed them out, and have been claiming them out loud, daily, as I walk around my house like a warrior." - so powerful! I will be sending good thoughts your way in hopes that it all turns out ok. Keep me posted!

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  2. Hi Diane: Glad you haven't given up your "Project 52"! Your photos of the American River brought back some fond memories (I lived in Roseville area for 12 years). I especially liked the view of the river from the beach you discovered. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to hearing how you like the iPhone 5S.

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    1. Thank you Judy! Let me know if you ever come up to visit your old neighborhood. It would be great to meet you in person!

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