Fancy filters, special effects, and tricky techniques are all in order for this week’s photo challenge, dreaming.
I’m going in a different direction, of course. Instead, I present a typical view from an Adirondacks lakeside. This is the kind of place of which I dream and the kind of view that when it comes into sight, I reflexively gasp and wonder, “am I dreaming?”
It was hard to pick a subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Create. I do lots of creative stuff – when I’m up to it, i.e., not right now. That’s just the way it is; sometimes up, sometimes down.
Knitting, photography, tinkering, and making all manner of things. But I post a lot of the stuff I make in my public Flickr photostream, give it as gifts, show it off on Ravelry, list it on Etsy, etc. So I can’t really show that stuff off and remain anonymous, can I?
Here’s a little something I created in a hypomanic frenzy last summer – pickled hot pepper mix. Easy, tasty, a good gift, and a damn sight better than the stuff in the grocery store. Interestingly, in this case, creation is also preservation. Maybe I’m archiving hot peppers?
It didn’t take long for me to locate a decent shot for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Close. There are a couple ways to frame this photo for the theme.
First, the trail distances are an obvious literal interpretation. How far from here to there? This trail junction is literally in the middle of nowhere in the Adirondacks, but closeness is relative. Piseco and Blue Mt. Lake are the only two road crossings for this entire 55-mile section of trail. The meaning of “close” is relative: what’s close by in a car is far away on foot.
There are less obvious ties to the theme as well. I spent a week on this trail with my husband – close to one another pretty much all day, every day. And this place in the woods is close to where I live, again in relative terms. For a city dweller, having wilderness within a morning’s drive is really pretty close.
A final reason to select this image: I love the font in the bottom sign! I saw at least 5 different fonts used on trail signs for this long, long trail. I saw each one indicating a different generation of NYSDEC sign makers, but the big round O’s make me happy.
This week’s photo challenge is hands. Most of my shots of hands involve holding something, usually wild berries. But this week, instead of picking a photo from my archives, I made a new image.
The focus of this blog is mental health, and I write about my life with bipolar disorder and ADD. For me, as for many others with mental illnesses, taking my mental health into my own hands means taking a handful of medications and supplements.
My morning cocktail currently consists of high doses of fish oil, Vitamin B Complex, Folic acid, Vitamin D-3, and Biotin. The prescriptions include Wellbutrin XL (bupropion), Lamictal (lamotrigine), and Adderall XR (amphetamine salts).
Both bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder are chronic conditions. To stay stable and prevent cognitive decline, I will have to swallow a handful of pills every day for the rest of my life. If I neglect to take my meds, I just can’t function. I am so easily distracted that I can’t work, my anxiety levels are disabling, and I have wild mood swings that can include severe depression, excessive irritability, explosive anger, and euphoric highs.
Once these pills make their way into my system, I’m a fairly normal human being. I’m a functional, contributing member of society and very good at what I do, just like many other people with mental illnesses. You would never guess that anything is remotely wrong.
I thought I’d try my hand at the Weekly Photo Challenge (we’ll see how long this lasts…) This week’s theme is “Together“.
The photo was taken on my recent trip to Washington DC. It’s from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Third Term room. The full statue includes FDR and his little dog; my photo focuses on the dog, but you can see that he’s not far from his master.