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2014 Blog Project: Week 30

August 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 30: Peace

Peace means a lot of things to me, and instead of taking this to a global level and trying to represent world peace (which was tempting to work on composing an image of different cultures getting along) I decided to go for a more personal sense of peace direction. Where do I feel at peace and relaxed? Outdoors in nature, at the beach (ocean), up in the mountains, on the coast of a lapping lake it doesn't matter. Being in nature gives me a sense of peace.

Now you may be wondering what this exact picture has to do with peace and if I find water so peaceful, why didn't I use a picture of the ocean or a lake. This picture requires I set the scene so you can see what was going on before, during, and after this picture was taken.

I dipped into my archives for this one, which I usually feel guilty about because I feel like I cheated. But this time it had a unique use (or at least used in a way I think is slightly unexpected). Yes it's a picture of pretty green grass, blue skies dotted with clouds and wildflowers growing wild in the background. Taken during my family's summer vacation at the beginning of July, this is the property of the Ethan Allen Homestead outside Burlington, Vermont. We were there near the end of the day so there weren't many other people at this historic site at the time, with one small tour group in the house taking the last tour of the day. Even though it was only a minute off the highway, the property was very quiet and really gave you the sense that you stepped back in time and were away from modern civilization. We walked (with Bogie!) around the house looking at the gardens and talking about various things.

I passed Bogie's leash off to my sister to hold so I could take some photos of the house and gardens around it, so enthralled with the peaceful location. I took this picture, took about 3 steps and was greeted by a snake very quickly flying back into the wood pile. To say I jumped a mile is an underestimation! At least I didn't scream, bonus points for that? In less than 1 second my peaceful experience near the Ethan Allen house turned into a heart pounding adrenaline pumping event. Just like that, Peace was gone. Seems to be the MO for poor peace, who so often vanishes in the blink of an eye.

But like I said, I'm a nature girl. After a moment to take a few breaths, I was continuing to take pictures and enjoy the beauty (once I gave the family a heads up so they could keep their eyes open and Bogie on the path!)


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