Take A Moment To Admire The View

photography, Maine, Modern PhilosopherWhat a difference a week makes, Modern Philosophers!

Last weekend, I was very grumbly.  On Saturday, I gave myself the gift of nothing, which basically meant I could just sit around and do nothing.

On Sunday, I published a post entitled Why Does The World Suck So Much Lately?  I don’t think I really need to explain my mindset there.

But I worked through it.  I relaxed.  I got a lot of writing done.  I slept later than usual.

One of my favorite coping skills lately has been to take take photographs of things that really speak to me.  These are usually taken during my run or on an after work walk.  Some might argue that it’s the walk or run that calms me, but I give a lot of credit to taking the time to stop and admire the world around me.

That being said, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos from the week.

I think this one is my favorite, but it might be this one…

Maine, photography, Modern PhilosopherThat’s the same house and tree, taken from different sides, on successive nights.

There’s something about the combo of the house, tree, and foreboding clouds looming above them that really caught my attention.  I’ve had a thing for clouds lately, and the Maine skies this week have not disappointed.

Here’s another one I really liked…

photography, Maine, Modern PhilosopherThose of you who read the blog regularly know that this is the spot I have in my head when I write the Aaron and Holly posts every Sunday.

Yes, you can be a stickler and point out that this cannot be the spot because this bench is actually off the path, which means that they cannot sit on opposite sides of the path and chat.  I would respond by saying that you are correct, but this is what my weird mind sees!

This was the first morning in many months that the water has been that blue.  I love the way the color contrasts with the blue of the sky.

Maine, photography, Modern PhilosopherI run along the river walk all winter, and the trees have been bare.  It has been a nice change this week to see them blooming again.

I took it as a metaphor for how I was feeling.  After being dead and barren, I sudden feel alive with fruit flavor.

It’s kind of amazing what a little rest and some sunshine can do!

Maine, photography, Modern PhilosopherI thought I’d close out my photography exhibit with one more stormy sky.  Not because I sense the dark clouds returning, but because I can see beauty in that which also darkens my day.

I find is impossible to look at a cloudy sky, and not find something to admire.

In the end, it’s really how we react to the world that determines how our day is going to unfold.  So I suggest taking the time to stop and admire the view.

What are some of your favorite coping skills to use during more challenging times?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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8 Responses to Take A Moment To Admire The View

  1. beth says:

    nice pics, Austin. that could be a really good outlet for you. my go to’s are walking, music, reading and movies.

    • Austin says:

      Thanks, Beth. I’ve always loved photography, and I realized it was much easier to use my own photos on my blog, rather than have to worry about copyright issues. It’s a win win. 🙂

  2. Austin, beautiful photos. Glad to see and hear your positive posts. Happy Weekend

    • Austin says:

      Thank you. I learned something in Film School other than how to write screenplays! My freshman year photo class was one of my favorites, and we learned how to develop our own film. I’ve loved photography since…

  3. markbialczak says:

    Taking photographs and sharing them on my blog has become one of my favorite calming life tools, Austin. I’m glad to see it’s working its way into your ways! Great photographs, my friend.

  4. kristianw84 says:

    You have a great eye. I really like that second photo. That tree is gorgeous and the juxtaposition of the dark sky and house make that photo so beautiful.

    I really enjoyed this post, Austin. We share many common interests, and I love your outlook on life.

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