Stress seems to be hovering over me like that dark cloud that follows cartoon characters. Between Katie’s surgery and her cone of shame, my shoulder which is requiring physical therapy three times a week, and our Aunt’s move to a nursing home, it feels like the days are filled with concerns and difficult decisions.
Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming.
I don’t remembered even noticing the sky the past few weeks, but as I left the house yesterday the clouds struck me as kind of pretty. The weather was changing fast, the wind blowing the clouds around and the sun popping out for brief moments of brilliant light which moved like a spotlight across the yard.
Grabbing my camera I knew I didn’t have time to go far before the sky would be totally cloud covered and we’d be sunk once again into the grey that is often a Michigan December afternoon. I headed toward the closest wide open country around here, not sure what I’d find, but hopeful.
And I was right. Barns, clouds, fields, all pretty in the changing light.
I haven’t been on a barn hunt in months….maybe even a year. It seems fitting that I get one more mini adventure in this year and that it revolve around barns.
And a church.
I was only out there an hour, and the weight of the camera made my shoulder ache, but it was wonderful. Recent problems fell away and it was just me chasing the light through crisp air and skies filled with heavy navy clouds.
I guess it’s worth remembering to do something you love as often as possible. It helps to deal with all the other stuff if you give yourself a break now and then.
Happy New Year everybody! May we all work through the problems that will inevitably come along, and may we balance those out with moments of pure joy doing the things that make us happiest.
December 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm
These are wonderful. The patch of blue in the first pic….And the light coming through in the others. 🙂
December 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm
The photos are fabulous!!! I am praying that things ease up for you, and so many (including me! lol! We are so financially strapped that I feel as if I am going to have a nervous breakdown…seriously!!) “this too shall pass”, right? We gotta believe! Happy early New Year and here is to MUCH better things in 2017!
December 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm
Love all your photos but most especially the last one – the moody landscape with the beams of light breaking through the clouds. “Beam me up, Scotty.” Here’s to an improved new ear.
December 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm
New year. But if you need an improved new ear, I wish you that too.
December 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm
I love barns in that sudden slant of light that splashes through dark clouds. Good to have these adventures. Always a cure for grinding my gears. I hope your weekend is peaceful and pleasurable. (And that is a plural “your”!)
December 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Wonderful to see it, too, Dawn. How those red barns POP! And beautiful skies. Thank you so much. Warmest wishes for a peaceful, healthy new year!
December 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm
That last photo blew me away, but I’m also drawn to photos of barns. In fact, I beg Bert to pull over and let me jump out and take pictures whenever we’re in the country, and we see an old barn. Best wishes for a better 2017!
December 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm
The sky has a way of putting us in our place AND making us breathe. The ocean does the same for me, too. I love this little phrase “…chasing the light”. I may borrow that for a poem!
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January 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm
Beautiful shots! Nature can sometimes break through my stress, too, and let me take a deep breath, with its beauty.
January 12, 2017 at 6:15 am
Attitude is everything. Although it can be so hard to keep your chin up I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously running out of steam.
January 12, 2017 at 10:10 am
Me too. Things are not good here with Aunt Vi. Hugs to you and Cole.