^Taken by me at Sunset - 10/1/2015
The latest mass shooting in America hit me just a little more than the others. Of course they're all awful. Of course they're all horrible. Of course they all make my heart heavy. But when callous violence erupts in your state, it just seems to resonate a bit more. "The shooting was in Roseburg??! I always stop there when I drive to Jay's hometown" was the first thought I had. Followed by memories of kind waiters and helpful gas station attendants I've encountered on my little pitstops. Were they connected with these victims? I then waited to hear the official number of lives lost. 9. 9 families grieving. 9 individuals no longer with us who held beauty and purpose and who had a right to end the day safe in their warm bed. Ugh. In that moment, San Francisco's glorious sun quickly became a cloud of gray in my tainted vision. I felt incredibly down and sad.
As I left the office that day, I felt the need to go do something that evening that would lift my spirits. For me, this usually means being outside - and I knew just the place to go. I arrived home off the bus, leashed-up my jumping bundle of joy (whose thrill to see me always, always serves as a reminder of the good in my life) and drove up to the Marin Headlands for some quiet time with the dog and my camera.
I stood there for awhile in silence with other tripodders who worked hard to get their shots amongst the spray of the wind and the encroaching black of the night. Each snapped shot I took came with critique which resulted in knobs adjusted and buttons pushed to get a little more light into the image against the charcoal sky. More light, more light, more light. That was the entire theme up on that hill. The only way I could capture this incredible view was by working to give it more light.
^Taken by me at Sunrise- 10/17/2015
How perfectly in line with my feelings that day. With some pushing of knobs and adjusting of buttons, let there be more light in this world soon enough. So much so, that the sparkling shines through even against the cloak of resounding darkness.
Love to all.