In an old Seinfeld episode, George’s father Frank was advised to say “serenity now” every time he got mad at something to keep his blood pressure down. The mantra was meant to control his outrage. These days, it seems we need to say it, and say it often as we watch the killing of a black man, ensuing protests, and more bizarre events that followed. (more)
As I kept repeating “serenity now” more often in the last ten days, I tried to find things in the vicinity to help stay calm. Nature, quiet neighborhood, and short walks came to the rescue. I tried to focus on flowers, plants, light, colors, trees, even tree trunks pretending to be an elephant as in the opening photograph. (more)
But, I also picked a new subject, shadows. I had photographed shadows of the clouds from airplane windows and even wrote about them as part of my Infrared Earthscapes series.
This time, I noted the shadows of electric wires, poles, houses with shapes, and lines that caught my attention. But the most important thing that suited the huge shadows over the country was that shadows only happen when there is light. The feeling of the presence of light was as comforting as saying “serenity now,” maybe even more so.
Serenity now! There is light ahead!