I hope you all are having a wonderful day with family and friends! I’m having a great time at my sister’s house, slowly but surely getting my creativity back. Some time off helps!
Archives for December 2013
Returning from an international trip always feels a bit like diving into a bodyof water, resurfacing in a different place. There is a planned location for arrival back to shore, and plans about what will happen upon arrival, but plans can go awry.
Resurfacing from my China/Taiwan trip did not go as planned. My to do lists and scheduled commitments upon arrival to the home shore had to be forgotten. My body decided, after several months of non-stop go-go-go, not to mention exposure to foreign bugs and a 16 hour time change, that it was time for a break. So I spent much of the last week in bed, and the rest of the time paring down to the minimum required. I didn’t have energy for more.
Now I’ve washed up on shore, a bit battered by the waves, in a different time and place than anticipated. I’m catching my breath, laying here on the beach, trying to decide if I want to pick back up with the plans I had or if I will plot a new course. To be honest, a new course, with an easier route, appeals to me right now. I might just take a little break here for the moment.
So I’m not sure how much I’ll be around the blog for the next few weeks. I’m playing it by ear, letting my body and my energy rejuvenate, spending time with my family over the holidays, and opening myself up to what might come next.
If I’m not back here in the next week or so, I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. I hope you take the time to create some meaningful memories and heartfelt art as well. That’s where my focus will be.
I’m in love with Taiwan! There are scooters everywhere.
Rows of scooters lined up outside of restaurants…
Cute pink scooters parked by the door…
Weaving through traffic to get to the front of the pack, and then zooming ahead of the cars at a traffic light…
Drive through shopping at the night market…
Parking wherever you like…
It’s reminiscent of Italy, only different in the sheer numbers and the type of scooters. Taiwan is its own brand of scooter heaven.
Oh, scooters, how I’ve missed you! Who needs trees when there are scooters about?
The problem with traveling on business is that it’s all work and little photography! I arrived in China without problem, and spent my first day yesterday, mostly at work.
I managed to capture a couple of interesting photos on the commute, which was an experience in itself. This is the first time I photographed from a moving vehicle and I learned the iPhone is not at all good at that… I need to wait until traffic stops and hope I have an interesting scene out the window.
Either that, or hope the vehicle beside me is going about the same speed!
I hope to have more to share in a couple of days!
Two sides of the same coin? Perhaps. I see mostly hope with some sadness on one side, sadness with bit of hope on the other. They touch in the center. They echo each other; reach one to the other.
Can you have one without the other? Is the experience of one healthy without the other? For sadness, alone, seems to me depression. And hope, without sadness to temper it, is delusion.
Perhaps the best is when they touch in the center, balancing each other out. Hope and sadness. Sadness and hope.
Well, my Photo-Heart Connection this month is filled with melancholy, isn’t it? I couldn’t decide between the two images this month. They seemed to go together, and reflect one another. When I listened to the words they whispered, it was the mirroring emotions of sadness and hope. I don’t quite understand why I needed this message today, but I’m not going to try to analyze further. This is just the message from my heart this month. It will be clear in time.
What is your Photo-Heart Connection telling you this month? Does it speak of sadness? Hope? Or something altogether different? Link in here and share with us.
Please note I won’t be by to visit until later in the month, after the link up closes. I’m off to China and Taiwan on a business trip this week, and I’ll catch up when I’m back.