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WPC: Favorite Place

This weeks Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post is “Favorite Place”. Share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.

My submission is Weekapaug Point in Westerly, Rhode Island. As a child, my family would spend a great deal of time in the Mystic CT area, and often we would cross over into Rhode Island to visit Misquamicut State Beach. If you drive east a little way down Atlantic Avenue past the state beach, you come to Spray Rock Road, where there is a small parking area on the side. You can park your car and climb down a short path and venture out onto a quiet rock beach. This is my happy place.

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Sitting on the rocks, watching the tide and hearing the continuous crash of the waves against the shore centers me. It allows me to forget nearly everything else in the world, even for just a little while. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like (although I do prefer it to be warm), there is always something that soothes the soul at this location.

 

 

 

 

I love this place so much that I shared it with my fiance, in the hopes that he too would find it as magical and healing as I do. He went there several times with me, and once on his own, and he confessed that being there did him a world of good. He loved the rock beach… so much so that we went one evening late at night and sat on this very rock, and he asked me to be in his life permanently. This rock beach is now more than just my happy place. It holds memories of so much more.

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It also helps that this place is full of birds, so there is at least one in nearly every photo I take there. On the way out of the area, there is an amazing field with really awesome rock walls. I have a thing for rock walls and I don’t know why. I just think about how much effort it took to put them there. Someone took the time and put in the hard work to make it happen… and it endures. They fascinate me.

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Weekapaug Point in Rhode Island is absolutely my favorite place.
I hope you see the beauty in it, too.

WPC: I’d Rather Be…

Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

As dark as this is… it’s the only thing that fits today. On Monday, my fiancé and best friend, was found dead in his apartment from suicide. I am so absolutely lost and broken, and I don’t know what to do anymore. My entire life revolved around, and was saturated, with him. So… the only thing that fits for this photo challenge is this photo of him when we were in Acadia last fall. He was trying out all sorts of different light tricks during some night photography.

This Wednesday, every day before and every day here after, I’d rather be with you, Alex. I’m so sorry that you couldn’t stay here with me. I love you. You were all my reasons.

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WPC: Out Of This World

I am so horribly late on this. The entire week has run away from me. I had so many great intentions of trying to explore this theme and see what I could make of it. And yet, here I am, with one photo that isn’t even terribly creative. Sigh. Perhaps I will make it a short term goal to explore this theme in my free time.

So… for now… here is my submission for The Daily Posts Weekly Photo Challenge: Out Of This World. It’s something familiar to me, yet looks nothing like what it normally would if you looked at it as a whole.

It’s my bed. And if I am honest, I do not spend nearly enough time in it lately as I would like.

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WPC: A Face In The Crowd

This weeks photo challenge over at The Daily Post is “A Face In The Crowd”

“Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.

Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.

Here are my submissions so far this week. I plan to head out at some point and try to explore the other suggestions beyond the anonymous crowd photos I have here. The reason I chose these photos is because they show a great deal of anonymity, yet all the while you can see how collective the experience is. You cannot distinctly see anyone’s faces or features, but I believe the photos accurately convey the intensity and captivation in the room.

I can’t wait to try and capture the rest of the suggestions. Thanks for checking out my first submissions for the week! Be gentle… I’m a fresh-out-the-box newbie to all of this. Working on it though!

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WPC: Beloved

This may be a little premature as my blog is not even close to being completed, but I was anxious to participate in some photography challenges online. I decided to jump right in and join in on The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for January 31, 2018. The theme was “beloved”, and while I felt the urge to post photos of my kitties, I knew there was one other item in the house that is quite precious to me.

image1This coin was given to me by my father before he passed away in 2002 from cancer. It is a Saint Patrick coin – Patron Saint of the Irish. On the back, it reads:

“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

This coin is very dear to me, for reasons I am sure you can understand. It has traveled with me through many rough periods of my life. The coin is showing its’ age — the image of Saint Patrick on the front is so worn that you can only make out the silhouette now. But the back – the blessing – still remains crystal clear. Hopefully someday I can pass it along to someone else who will see the value in it, and will keep it as one of their most beloved possessions as I have. It is amazing how something as simple as a coin can help you through some of your toughest days… just by holding it in your hand.

Photo taken on an iPhone 6 camera… nothing fancy. My camera was not readily available to me this morning. Shot in black and white – my favorite. I feel that the B&W really helps the detail of the coin to pop.

I look forward to any comments or likes! Thanks for checking out my very first photo challenge post! Happy to be a part of this.