52 Weeks of Life Seen Through My Eyes

Ida's Photo Theme Challenge


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A3. I Saw It On Vacation

If you have ever been to Seattle and returned a rental car to the drop off lot near the airport, then waited to take the shuttle to catch your flight, you  must have seen this little treat for the eyes. I love these brightly colored circles, some of them spinning, and all of them quite brilliant as they stand side by side in a long row to keep waiting passengers entranced.

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7. Catch Me If You Can

I am lucky enough to be able to spend time at the beach when my husband is not bogged down with work. Naturally there always seem to be plenty of photographic opportunities and my dearly beloved patiently puts up with my requests to participate, even though he indulges in eye-rolls and raised brows. When looking at my pics, I figured these ones could fit the “Catch Me If You Can” theme as the waves threatened to engulf the bulky driftwood on the beach and saturate my poor subject.  

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Still happily posing…

 

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Note the facial expression…boredom is setting in…

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And that’s it. “I’m done. See if those waves can catch me now.”

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47. The S Curve

As many of my friends know, I have a tough time making decisions. I think my brain does continuous laps on a circuit with S-curves one after the other, always taking me back to the beginning. Result: no decision made. So after considering photos of tumbling streams, winding mountain roads, meandering paths, and even multiple rivers carving their way through the jungles of Panama as seen from a plane, I  jotted down the titles of the photos, closed my eyes, and stabbed randomly at the paper. Here’s the result from early morning while lying in bed and enjoying my tea to right before the sun went down while sipping a glass of wine on the patio. It’s my favorite S-curve.

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16. History

When my younger son was a senior in high school, he took a fancy to collecting old books, preferably classics. A group calling themselves “Friends of Napa Library” held book sales four times a year with proceeds benefiting the library. To encourage children to read, all students were able to get several free books. There was also a $3 Brown Bag day which my son chose to attend to beef up his book collection. When I visited South Africa to see my father who was fighting cancer back in 2004, I told him about his grandson. My father was an avid book collector who inherited primarily German theological books dating back to the 1600’s, but my dad also had The Complete Works of the poet, Robert Burns. He gave the book to me to give to my son. I now have it for safekeeping. 

Oddly enough, my mother has a letter from one of her relatives attempting to explain a little family history, some of it quite amusing really. My mother sent me a copy of most of the letter to show that not only can my father’s family be traced back to the 1200’s, but her family can be traced way back, too. My younger son features in this part of my account as well. He has been looking into the family genealogy and is interested in visiting Germany due to the family connection. With this in mind, my mother sent the copied letter to pass along to my son. And here’s the strange part. Robert Burns was a good friend of one of my relatives in the 1700’s. In fact, Burns wrote a poem “Tam Samson’s Elegy” with his friend Samson in mind. So we have the book dating back to 1896 with the letter to reference it, a pretty cool bit of personal history. 

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18. I Had A Dream

Once upon a time, many, many years ago (about 40 years in fact), there was a man who dreamed of building a castle in the mountains of Boquete, Panama, a castle amidst the towering trees, alongside a burbling stream. He spent days, weeks, months, and years building his castle, concrete block by concrete block. The years passed by and his castle grew slowly, more slowly than his now aging body allowed. One day the man who dreamed a dream died and with him, his dream died, too. His son had no interest in completing his father’s beloved project or dwelling in a castle in the wilderness. And so it stands, so close to completion, amidst the towering trees, alongside the burbling stream, solid, stoic, marred by graffiti and age, a renowned structure which has become a photographer’s dream, a legacy to the man who once dared to dream about a castle in the mountains.

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And honestly, there is a burbling stream (occasionally a raging torrent) running by. See?

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38. Ready For A Book Cover

I couldn’t resist following in the footsteps of my great uncle, James Wales Audas who wrote and illustrated “Native Trees of Australia” back in the 1930’s. The love of all things ‘flora’ seems to have been passed down to my mother who has created some amazing gardens which we as children were privileged to have played in. I grew up climbing immense trees in our back yard, hiding in them, crying when my favorite branch was cut down by the municipality as they claimed it encroached onto the road (it was the branch I hung from and swung on, for heaven’s sake!), using the vast tree in back to sneak onto the roof of the house, delighting in the fruits some of them produced in abundance, and naturally, the shade was a most welcome relief on those hot African summer days.

There are some truly spectacular trees in Panama and I simply HAVE to take drives during the time some of the trees are in blossom. This year the blooming period has been all over the place, making it difficult to decide which weekend to take our mini tree tours. The photograph I chose for this book cover, “Native Trees of Panama”, was taken later in the day when the rain clouds were gathering and the light was so pretty.

I wanted to honor my mother in this theme challenge as not only is she passionate about trees and flowers, but is also an artist, another talent she shares with her uncle. So here’s to you, Mom, and Great-Uncle James, too…long live trees all over the world!

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I thought I’d include the beginning of the preface from “Native Trees of Australia” by James Wales Audas for added interest.

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