Friday, 24 November 2017 09:48

Flying Too Close To the Ground

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 We never know where our angels may come from, or when they may show up in our lives, or for how long. Sometimes they come disguised as parents. Some years ago as I wandered though the beautiful burying ground in Savannah known as Bonaventure Cemetery, I came across this lovely piece of statuary whose bowl had been filled with camellia blossoms by some photographer before me. Today she serves as a reminder of an angel I have lost. Walk in Beauty Virginia McGowan (9-30-1926~11-23-2017). We probably disagreed much more than we agreed, but love-without question-was always between us, and always will be. She taught me how to think critically.

 I wanted to eliminate all extraneous reference to the place itself, so I used a focal length of 300mm to achieve the narrow angle-of-view I wanted and to magnify the fairly diminutive statue. An aperture of f/16, focused on her chin, provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds, among the shading live oaks, at ISO 100 gave me a somewhat-lighter-than-medium exposure.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 02 December 2017 16:21 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Everyone. Thank you all so very much for joining me for this conversation. To describe this small cherubic statue as beautiful is not difficult for me, but to call the Image I have shared "art" might be a stretch. I'm not even sure it was intended as such. Perhaps what I thought more of it as was a symbol of the connection that exists between us and our higher selves, and through that realm of spirit to the universe itself, to the oneness that transcends all of our worldly limitations and draws us together in our common humanity.
    I could easily acknowledge what each of you has said, for each of you has shared a very personal expression of your connection with me that is very deeply appreciated, but what I would rather choose to do is to acknowledge all of us collectively as members of a community, a caring community that regardless of our differences can come together in a time of grief and share one person's grief as if it were a condition in all of us.
    You have all done that for me, and the burden I have felt has been lightened. What more could one wish from those with whom one shares the journey of creativity. Thank you.

  • Comment Link Dacid Wilson Monday, 27 November 2017 10:51 posted by Dacid Wilson

    Don, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss. After a short while, the good memories will help fill the void. Peace unto you, my friend.

  • Comment Link Greg Miller Monday, 27 November 2017 09:31 posted by Greg Miller

    What a sincere and heart-felt tribute to your mom. She must have been a special lady. May she rest in peace.

  • Comment Link Marcia Perry Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:53 posted by Marcia Perry

    Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful way. Thinking of you as you journey this path of loss.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:40 posted by Nancy Tripp

    So sorry for your loss. I know there are no words to express the feeling of such a loss. You should find some comfort in knowing she is smiling and feels the love as she looks down at this beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing and God bless... Hugs

  • Comment Link Hinda Betkelhammer Sunday, 26 November 2017 13:15 posted by Hinda Betkelhammer

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you. I have lost both of my parents and continue to recall the lessons they taught me every day.

  • Comment Link Aileen Fletcher Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:07 posted by Aileen Fletcher

    Precious memories, how they linger.....

    You will always be connected to your mom through memories.

  • Comment Link Dorsey Davis Sunday, 26 November 2017 11:53 posted by Dorsey Davis

    As you know Don I now know how much less or longer I have left of this life. May it will be a few weeks or it could leave me a little longer. I hope to reach those shores where God wraps my heart in his love as he did your Mom. May the angels bless us and wipe the tears from our cheeks. May you find his walk to find His beauty and love. God bless.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 26 November 2017 11:13 posted by Donald Newsom

    Don, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Peace and strength be with you.

  • Comment Link Linda Greenup Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:16 posted by Linda Greenup

    This little angel might be holding the open and vulnerable hearts of those left behind. Thank you for sharing this sadness in such a lovely image.

  • Comment Link Rosemary Benson Sunday, 26 November 2017 09:51 posted by Rosemary Benson

    She takes a part of your heart with her and leaves an invisible part of her soul with you.

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 26 November 2017 09:18 posted by Ron Belovitz

    Very sorry for your loss!I think the toughest part of getting older is seeing our friends, family members and those who were a part of our lives leave us with only the memories. We've all been there more times than we care to remember. Beautiful and fitting image!

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 26 November 2017 08:47 posted by Nancy Kelly

    How poignant and beautiful! Thank you for sharing in this time of your loss.

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