Friday, February 3, 2012

Familiarity

I have really been focusing on my one little word for 2012.  I have lots of changes happening, and a few more in the planning stages.  I am really learning to have courage and embrace change completely.  That being said, it is so far out of my comfort zone that every once in a while I need a bit of familiarity.  I find myself gravitating to places that I'm rooted to.  Places that stir comfortable images in my mind and places that just feel safe.  Last week on a warm evening I trudged through the slush and snow to visit one of my favorite places.  The old red barn that I used to spend so much time in when I was young sits right behind my parents home.  It has changed over time, but the way I feel when I visit has not.  It's one of those places that I can stand in and feel peace.  It overwhelms me every time.  It plays such a huge role in the memories of my childhood.  The old leather bridals, the pitchforks and lead ropes, and the smell of the saddles in the tack room spur something inside of me.  I can't remember a bad moment in the barn.  I can't remember a time when I didn't look forward to being there right next to my dad.  He doesn't have the opportunity to visit here that often anymore, but I do and each time I do it stirs my heart and brings a smile to my face.  I know my dad has those same feelings when he visits and because he doesn't have that choice anymore, I took these images for him.  He patiently waited inside while I visited the red barn that he worked so hard to build and keep nice, and I snapped these images so I could run back inside and show him that not much has changed there.  It's not quite the same as visiting in person, but the same smile that it brought me crept into his face when he looked at what I captured in my camera.  On this day he needed to feel that same familiarity that I did.  I'm glad I could share it with him.

6 comments:

Kim Stevens said...[Reply to comment]

I so understand about change being outside your comfort zone, but when we do leave that safe place exciting things can happen!

I love the images you got and the one with the red rope, the light is scrumptious and the third one with the horse, Ahhhhh!!

Julie said...[Reply to comment]

Fantastic!

Ashley Sisk said...[Reply to comment]

These photos are just gorgeous - well done for stretching yourself.

Naomi said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous shots! Love them. Change is not one thing i do well with either but sometimes it's worth it :)

lesa said...[Reply to comment]

Hello, Love it!!

Kandice said...[Reply to comment]

I love it!! The b&w horses mouth and that icicle are perfection!!
Change is something I really struggle with. My family has gone through some big changes in the past few months and it's not sitting well with me. But I am trying.
You're fabulous and I love seeing the awesome images you capture. Keep it up, friend!

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