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“He sleeps. Although his fate was very strange,
he lived. He died when he had no longer his angel.
The thing came to pass simply,
of itself, as the night comes when day is gone”
~ Victor Hugo – Les Miserables ~

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The day before my opening reception (which went very well btw) I was a tad nervous and a bit antsy so I decided to go for a drive. It usually calms my nerves and helps me relax. I also never know when I’ll find a photo opportunity that stirs me. This is the case with the above photo.

I drove about an hour east to the town of  Belfast which is on the coast. It’s on of my favorite places to go. There are a few art galleries, a great coffee shop as well as a very quaint ice cream shop where they have homemade ice cream. On the way in town I drove by the Grove Cemetery which looked wonderfully inviting.. at least to me. It’s an older cemetery and I love older cemeteries. They have something about them, an energy that I find magical. Can’t really explain it. They draw me in as this one did.

After I had spent a couple of hours meandering in the downtown area I decided to head on home.. it was getting late and while a bit overcast the sun was just starting to go down. I again drove by the Grove Cemetery and went in. I’m not sure if it was the lighting from the late sun or my mood at the time but I knew this is where I wanted to get some pictures. This statue as as well as another one spoke to me. I felt compelled to photograph them. To me they look almost real.. and a bit haunting (not in the ghostly sense mind you). It was almost like they are trying to convey something and I wanted to try to capture that with my lens.

I stayed there for about 30 min’s and it was the most relaxed I had felt in a while. Completely and utterly at ease. It was exactly what I needed and proved to me yet again to go with my instincts since it was my intuition that guided me to Belfast and them to the cemetery.

For anyone interested this photo has a texture on it that I also took while at the cemetery. Therefore it’s a blend of two photos and some post processing in color and tones.

Hope everyone has a great week!

~ peace ~

“I finally figured out that I’m solitary by nature, but at the same time I know so many people; so many people think they own a piece of me. They shift and move under my skin, like a parade of memories that simply won’t go away. It doesn’t matter where I am, or how alone I am, I always have such a crowded head.”

Charles de Lint “Memory and Dream”

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

~ Rachel Carson ~

It was a great day at the beach the other day. First time I’ve been all year and I wasn’t disappointed. The scents in the breeze, the ever changing artwork in the sand. The peaceful feeling I have when I’m near the ocean. It all came back and it reminded me that there are cycles in life. People as well as nature all go through a certain stage in order to get to another. While sometimes it can seem to be a repetitive stage such as the seasons there are always variances to them. Hopefully we can catch sight of those variances and learn to appreciate them for what they are and what they are giving to us. So that in the next stage we can carry bits of the previous one to heal us in some way and possibly make us stronger.

~ Peace ~