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Staying in Focus: I’m Back! (I Think)

I can’t believe my last post was in August, and here it is October already.  We didn’t travel  this summer, or do much of anything, really. I lacked inspiration.  Then we had some family matters to work through.  My 93 year old mom suffered through a second round of Shingles and required  our help in getting her to doctor’s appointments, and weekly visits to help keep up with her household chores.

On the positive side, we had a lovely visit with Bill’s sister Pat, husband Rick and son Matt. They brought us a grandfather clock , which had been a gift given to their mother from their father just months before she passed away. Before his untimely death this past March, he had expressed the wish that someone in the family would take the clock. We had a space for it, and everyone agreed that it looked like it had always been there. During their stay we browsed the bookstore, looked at new houses in the area, and sampled the fare of local eateries.

Our 40th anniversary was September 4th. We finally found a few free days last week to get away to the mountains to relax and de-stress, and celebrate 40 years together. I took some nice pictures of Echo Lake. The trees were just beginning to trade their overall green color  for splashes of color like crimson, umber, sienna, red-orange and yellow.

So I’m back, I think. We are about to start my favorite season, and it is a busy one. I am preparing for our Moving Day Event – A walk for Parkinson’s disease . Pat’s  Patrol (my team) will number at least 17 this year. And I am proud to announce that we have achieved  our team goal of $720.00 raised for the National Parkinson Foundation. This will be followed by Halloween,  Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas, with buying gifts, wrapping, decorating, cooking, and visiting. with family and friends

So, I’ll try to keep up with posting (I wouldn’t mind a little snow this year. I love taking snow pictures!)

Here are some photos of Echo Lake:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are back from vacation and I took a few more reflection photos of Echo Lake in Pennsylvania. I have three seasons of photos now – we have not been there in winter yet. Every time I think I have photographed this lake from every angle, it presents me with something new to focus on.

Spring:

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Summer:

 

 

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Fall:

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Reflections on Photography

 

Some people reflect for relaxation

and some of them seek revelation

I find both in  the many reflections

I see through my camera’s view;

sharp and focused, crystal clear

my camera captures visions;

through the lens I take  a peek

and find the answers that I seek;

photography is my door to

achieving revelation through

the relaxation that it brings to me.

 

Staying in Focus: A Matter of Reflection

As I was taking pictures of the gazing globe yesterday, I began thinking about the concept of reflection. It is a term that can apply both to throwing back an image, as in a mirror, or in meditation, as in self-reflection. Not all reflections are alike, however. There are circumstances that can affect the degree of perfection (dare I say) in the reflection.

This is clear, especially in photography. When conditions for a perfect reflection are in place, it is almost impossible to tell the reality from the reflection. It’s not easy to get the conditions perfect. Whereas a mirror is relatively stable, the surface of a lake is not. With the touch of the slightest breeze, the reflection changes.In these first two pictures the conditions are just about perfect.The reality and the reflection balance each other. We are more like the surface of the lake than the mirror.  The experiences and events in our lives change us much like the breeze changes the reflection in the water, causing  us to lose focus.IMG_5103

This is where the other meaning of reflection, that of meditation, comes in.When all is balanced in meditation,IMG_0004 we are calm and focused, not distracted or scattered.IMG_3962 That isn’t to say we should  give up on meditation because we are feeling distracted.IMG_9674 - Copy We will have days when our meditation sessions are less focused than others. It remains important to continue the meditation more than ever.Through meditation we  bring to the conscious mind problems or situations that need attending to, so that we  can adjust and   regain our focus. 

IMG_0003My favorite approach to self-reflection is to meditate on the shore of a lake and watch the change a sudden breeze will bring. The reflective image  on the water’s surface becomes blurry and scattered, but in time the breezes settle and balance returns. So, too, it is for us.We will meet many experiences as we grow into who we are, and these experiences change us,and like the breeze, send us off to learn and adjust. We change, we concentrate, we seek the balance. We grow calm and focused.It’s all just a matter of reflection.

Staying in Focus: A Walk Along the Lake

upon the lake in early morn
the misty vapors rise
until the morning sun appears
to clear the azure skies
then sunlight sparkles on the lake
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we pause to clear our minds
and absorb the peaceful scene
standing on the shoreline
lost in deep reflection
an early morning at the lake
a moment of perfection.
– pc 2013

Now for the promised virtual walk along the lake. When we arrive, the mists have flown and sunlight is in play. We spot a heron in the distance, rising from the deck and soaring into the air. IMG_0784The chatter of birds and the whoosh of the waves as they reach the  shore  are  a symphony of nature sounds. A line of  empty chairs gaze at the water and invite the weary visitor to rest and enjoy the viewIMG_0817. A lovely stone fountain gurgles nearby, and baskets of flowers hanging from lamp posts brings to mind a song by Simon and Garfunkel called ‘Feelin Groovy.’ I may be dating myself here, but I’ve always loved that song, part of which goes:
slow down, you move too fast
you’ve got to make the morning  last
just kicking down the cobblestone
looking for fun and feeling groovy..

Hello, lamppost, whatcha knowin?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin…

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In addition to just sitting back and enjoying the view, one might take a canoe or kayak out more a morning row, and give your four-legged little friend a chance to swim.

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The rock garden and bubbling brook, with waterfalls, invite the birds to splash and play. If you put on your walking shoes, there are trails to follow if you have the time to immerse yourself in nature, and let go the stresses of life. Even a short visit, though, will fill you with appreciation of our beautiful world and the natural places just waiting for you to enjoy on a late spring morning at the lake.  I like the pattern the stacked canoes make as they await the weekend and a chance to glide through the waters of the lake, in the morning, under the sun.IMG_0806

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