Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Summer Evening on the River

Truth be told, I've always been a little wary of the river. The Rappahannock has ledges, hidden drop-offs, strong currents and eddies and swirls. I am not a strong swimmer nor a big risk-taker.  Well, at least not when it comes to physical risks.


But, more and more, these days, I am willing to take the risks needed to connect with people to make pictures that matter. Standing along the shore of the river, I smiled and waved . . . and pressed the shutter . . . sinking deeply into summer.

The sweet mother floating down the river with her husband and child just ahead, fairly glistening in sunshine, as though her cares were miles away . . .



The band of fearless boys, taking turns diving from a rock into the cool water, carefree and . . .



The adventurer anticipating the rapids just ahead . . .


The small pieces of a life, seemingly random, that send us . . .
 


And the tendrils of nature . . .



I made room and welcomed things that I never thought possible.

It's exhilarating to find my place and my purpose.

Wishing you find the same, Donna

25 comments:

  1. These are just glorious pictures. I love each one - but the images of the boys are so boys. I love that.

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    1. Rebecca, After visiting your blog and viewing your photos of "the boys," I have a new found appreciation for how group photographs can be interesting and interactive. Typically, I don't care for the pictures with folks all lined up, but you really captured their youthful exuberance. I just got lucky - the boys in my pictures were naturals and wanted to pose and "ham it up" for the camera. They were hilarious!

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  2. A perfect series of summer-y shots!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I loved your recent hydrangea photos - and hope to make some romantic flower images soon - using yours as inspiration. I always feel as though I've visited your home . . . and your family stories are treasures I love to hear . . . all this through a blog. What a blessing to connect with you.

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  3. wow. WOW. Your photos just keep getting better and better. and I thought they were fantastic to start with!!! Such a lovely series of summer shots.

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    1. Cathy, Can't wait till you can visit here - when you settle back down in the states. I'll take you to the river and we'll share a picnic lunch!

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  4. Such a cheerful visit to the river. :)

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    1. Kia, Yes, I'm enjoying the long summer days and beautiful light. Wish I would come upon a lovely scene of boats to photograph like the ones in your recent post - beautiful art, my friend!

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  5. You have such a gift with your photography. Love the boys on the rocks, and they played up well to you.

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    1. Sarah, Those boys were big hams! They asked me to take their picture and kept on setting up fun scenes. Thanks so much for all you share on your blog. I missed the self-portraiture class you are taking but am on the waiting list for next time. You've inspired me to take a few a self-portraits, too - and I've learned a lot just from watching you!

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  6. Such fun-loving, and adventurous times. Wishing you a wonderful summer too!

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    1. I hadn't given much thought to the celebration of summer until I visited your blog, Beverly. And, once again, you have reminded me to appreciate every thing - especially those things I tend to take for granted such as the gentle transitions of one season to the next. It feels so good to be in the sunshine taking pictures - whether in a garden (you) or by the river (me). Thanks for your visit.

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  7. L-O-V-E seeing this side of your photography! And wonderful to see the river shots in b&w. I'm definitely a firm believer that in order for our photography to get better and better...the more risks we have to take! Great series! More please!

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    1. Robin, I must tell you that much of my ability to take these risks and expand my photography comes directly from your example. I see so much of what I'd like for my art to be in your work . . . thank you for every picture, every word, and every encouragement.

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  8. You are in your element of storytelling, by the way I have the same brick on my outside fireplace from VA. It was given to me by my brother who took it from one of the streets in Roanoke when they were repairing the old streets downtown. I treasure that brick.

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    1. Barbara, You are truly my sister! I am so enjoying catching up with your travels and finally got around to subscribing to your blog. I don't want to miss a single post - I learn so much from you - about photography and about life. And, yes, we are sentimental so that even a brick has meaning for us!

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  9. I have to agree with Barbara, you are in your element with storytelling - these images are bursting with life and each one tells a story, as well as being part of a bigger story. I love that you did them in B&W until the last two. My sweet friend, I just love watching you grow as a person and as an artist. Well done.

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    1. June, Your kind words of encouragement always help me to see the best in myself. Thank you!

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  10. A wonderful series of photos--they tell of a beautiful summer day! I love the splash photo!!

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    1. Hope you are enjoying a lovely summer, Roxanne. I'll look for some of your latest work over at Kim's!

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  11. How bucolic and idylic is this series of pictures Donna! They reflect perfectly what summertime means and should be for a lot of people...
    This river, not far from your home, seems to be a great place to walk on its banks, to relax on a rock, for sporty people to swim, dive or paddle and is obviously a great and inspiring place for the photographer!
    I'm amazed at the friendly and smiling responses you got when showing your camera... you're such a warm and beautiful person that you gain confidence and arouse smiles and waves... You made such joyful scenes out of these simples moments of young people having fun in water that this joy is contagious...
    Great, great post Donna... Thank you so much for sharing.... I wish you many happy and joyful moments like this one all along this summer...

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    1. Odile, You have said exactly what I need to hear - to be reassured that I am on the right track. To venture out in this way is a big leap for me, but where the doors open to make me feel welcome, I will go! Hope your summer passes by with many lovely days - and I'll follow your journey on your photo stream.

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  12. Thank you for sharing Donna, I had a smile on my face while looking at your photographs. Loved them all ! My blog has been suffering since my move, but I will get back to it as as I can.! Maybe I'll even share something later today :)

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    1. Caz, Your life is overflowing with goodness. I hope you are settling into your new home and enjoying those sidewalks for strolls around the neighborhood. Post when you can - and I'll look forward to your photographs and your adventures!

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  13. You've captured a wonderful feeling of summer in these photos.

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